Poinsettias and Parties!

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Our chapter now has our yearly poinsettias for sale!

We have either eight inch white or red poinsettias and are $12 per pot.  Due to the recent construction on the grounds of the high school will be delivering the poinsettias directly to your home or business that are within the Marion city limits.

If you would like to purchase one you can contact Wayne Griffith directly through the high school at (618) 994-8296 x194 or contact our chapter through our email at marionffa@marionunit2.org.

We would also like to note for all chapter members who are viewing this page that our annual christmas party is coming up next Thursday, December 10, 2015.  All information can be found in the flyer below. Remember chapter members to reserve the date via our event page on our Facebook page.

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Excuse the dust! We are still letting the paint dry.

As you may see a fresh new coat of paint was put onto the website and there are some new links and an updated calendar!

We are now using a more minimalist theme with for our website and we now have a static welcoming page when you first come to the website.  On this page is a short bio of our chapter and some links that our students will or would use each and every day.  We have also updated the calendar to show the events until the end of December 2015.  Some events I would like to highlight for the month of September are:

September 11 – Section 24 Horse Judging/Forestry

September 11 – STAR Conference

September 16 – Greenhand Workshop

September 29 – Section 24 LTS/Quiz Bowl

We are excited to start the 2015-16 school year on such a high note and our officer team is pumped to serve the chapter and are ready to slowly unveil some amazing events we have planned.

End of Year

As the 2014-15 school year for Marion High comes to an end the start of the year for our chapter begins.  For the start of the 2015-16 year of Marion FFA we have 3 events planned to attend and/or host which are:

1) Discussion of agricultural issues to students in the 5th grade at our local elementary schools.
2) Illinois State FFA Convention
3) Washington Leadership Conference

Washington Leadership conference as showcased on FFA.org explains that, “During the five-day event, attendees learn how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, how to value people, how to take action and how to serve others”.  If you would like to find out more information can be found in the source below.  Carrie White and Haley Easton will be attending this event.  Illinois State FFA Convention is the annual event where the state gets to highlight the achievements and events that happens throughout the year. There is also an FFA dance, talent show, and much more.  While we do not know who is currently attending this event we usually have 10 to 12 members attend this event and it is always a good time to be had by all.

We would also like to announce that Logan Quance and Misty Hopper were both elected to a office of the section 24 officer team.  We wish them the best of luck in their next year with the officer team and cannot wait to see their achievements at the end of the year.

Source: FFA.org

New Officer Team!

We held our annual officer team elections and we are pleased to announce these members as our 2015-16 Marion FFA Chapter officer team!

President – Shane Vaughn
Vice President – Thomas Billingsley
Secretary – Haley Easton
Treasurer – Carrie White
Reporter – Jordin Foster
Sentinel – Jonathan Jennings

Welcome Back

A new school year has begun. All of our agricultural classes are filled to the brim this year with so many talented students that are wanting to “Go All Out” and grow their potential. Our chapter officers just had their first meeting also and it is exciting what they have planned for our chapter this year. If you do not know who our officers are you can find them at this post here.

As you have seen we have put a new coat of paint on the website and it looks amazing. There is still some tweaks we may have to do throughout the year but this is the final design for the year as it stands. We hope everyone had an amazing summer. Many members of our chapter sure did through State FFA Convention, State Leadership Camp, Communications Summit and more!

If you have not yet make sure to like our chapter’s Facebook page! Our page can be found at http://facebook.com/marionffa. We try to update that page with a ton of photos from all the events we go to plus reminders about future events that are coming up within our chapter. We are hoping to see another great year for our chapter and are excited to see how members will go all out and try the be the best leaders they can be no matter if it’s at a local CDE event or in the future in the workforce.

Greenhouse Sales

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Note: You can click the image to get a better view of the flyer.

It’s that time of year again. Time to support your local FFA chapter and help us earn money to help support our students. Come on down this Tuesday at the time listed above at Marion High School and visit our grand opening of the 2013-2014 greenhouse. You can see some behind the scenes work here.

Chapter Officer Elections

After having a great time at SIU with Livestock/Dairy judging today we held officer elections.  We would let to congratulate the follow on their positions:

President – Brody King

Vice President – Jake Dunaway

Reporter – Riley Blandford

Treasurer – Kaley Jones

Secretary – Raven Stone

Sentinel – Zach Smith

It’s interesting how it’s going to be half juniors and half seniors next year.   I hope all 6 of you are ready for officer meetings next year!

Protip from Jonathan:  Someone make it their job to bring donuts and/or drinks to each meeting. No one likes being at a meeting with an empty stomach.

 

The Events of February and Early March

February 2014 has been a very busy month for the Marion FFA Chapter. Students have participated in events such as public speaking, parliamentary procedure, receiving proficiency awards, and receiving state degrees. As mentioned in a previous post, In the public speaking competition Austin Fishback won first place in the category of Prepared Public speaking for his presentation about the ways in which agriculture can affect over population problems. Lily Nicolaides won second place in the category of Creed Speaking at the public speaking competition.  The Marion FFA Chapter was the 2nd place team in the Section 24 parliamentary procedure contest, Shane Vaughn was 1st place chairman, Haley Easton was 3rd place secretary, and Alexis Baugher was 4th place floor member. In the district parliamentary procedure competition Shane Vaughn was 3rd place chairman, and Alexis Baugher was 6th place floor member.

In early March three members of the Marion FFA Chapter were 1st place proficiency award winners, Zach Smith for Diversified Ag. Production, Thomas Billingsley for Ag. Mechanics, and Ashley Walker for Equine Science-Placement. Lastly, two members of the Marion FFA Chapter, Jennifer Blankenship and Maria Ramirez, are receiving their state degrees. Both have been recommended for approval and awarding in June 2014 during the 86th Illinois State FFA Convention.

Spring Break & Social Media

I hope that all of you had a great spring break and enjoyed the amazing weather we had last week.  Some would like to say it was winter break part 2 with the snow we had once or twice throughout the week.

Now that everyone is back from break I would like to remind you that we currently have two social media pages and I am planning to expand us to even more throughout the rest of this school year.  Our current pages are:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/marionffa

Twitter – @MarionFFA

We also have a Facebook group for our chapter.  If you have a friend that is in it you can ask them to invite you to the group.

Note:  I will have the direct link to the group added ASAP.

  • Jonathan J.