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Texas FFA Convention Reaches More Member Than Ever Before    
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | Author: Austin Large, Texas FFA Executive Director

In front of the screen of a computer or mobile device was hardly the way anyone envisioned they would participate in the 92nd Texas FFA Convention. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, virtual was the only option available for Texas, and other state associations across the country, to recognize students and chapters for their accomplishments, hear inspiring messages from outgoing officers, and set the course for the future of the organization be electing a new team of state leaders. Despite the odds, FFA members, advisors, and officers rose to the occasion, and the Texas FFA Convention was no exception.

Although the event was nothing like any of us imagined, Texas FFA was able to reach more individuals with convention than ever in the past. During the week of the convention, nearly 25,000 unique users logged into the convention website; that’s a 10,000 individual increase from the 2019 convention attendance of 14,335. There were more than 53,000 unique sessions and nearly 250,000 page views on the convention website during that time period. 

This year’s Texas FFA Convention consisted of six pre-recorded sessions that recognized Texas FFA members and chapters for their accomplishments over the last school year. Through these sessions the state FFA officers shared their retiring messages, award winners were announced, and scholarships were presented. Sessions aired twice a day, for three days. Following each of the six sessions, the state FFA officers hosted a live aftershow which allowed them to dive deeper into certain programs, award areas, and special recognitions. The officers interviewed experts and were able to provide instruction and information on topics which can’t normally happen on the convention stage. 

At the conclusion of each morning session and aftershow, the state FFA officers and other facilitators presented a variety of workshops that individual students and chapter watch parties could participate in. Workshops delivered focus on topics relevant to both personal and chapter development. Personal development topics included having a positive mindset, building positive habits, and effectively managing time and stress. Chapter development topics included developing an effective POA and strategic planning, engaging the chapter membership, and engaging in the community through service. Additionally, the Teach Ag Campaign presented a workshop on agricultural education as a career; while Tess Siebel, a national FFA officer, facilitated a workshop about developing as a leader.

The final component of the virtual convention was the ability of delegates to participate in the democratic process of conducting the business of the association and electing the 2020-2021 state FFA officer team. The delegates set association dues for the 2020-2021 year, approved the association budget, approved the Lone Star and Honorary Lone Star Degree recipients, and approved Calvin Morgan as the 2020 National FFA Officer Candidate from Texas.

In conjunction with the virtual convention, the association hosted the state officer selection process. On Wednesday, delegates were introduced to the top 24 candidates (two from each of the 12 area associations) and were able to cast a vote for the preferred candidate from their area. On Thursday, the 2020-2021 state FFA officer team was announced and delegates were given the chance to elect the new State FFA President and First Vice President in another round of voting. The new officers are excited to serve the Texas FFA this coming year!

All of the convention content is still live on the convention website for FFA members and advisors to go back and view. It is the hope of the association staff and board of directors that teachers will utilize this content in their classrooms to supplement instruction on FFA programs and opportunities. Additionally, these resources can be used as a promotional tool with administration, and recruitment tool with potential members. To relive the convention, visit convention.texasffa.org!

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