Galena FFA receives Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 20, 2023 – The Missouri FFA Association awarded the Galena FFA Chapter a Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter Award. Galena placed 10th out of 355 chapters. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation annually.
The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. Chapters improve operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. This award is sponsored by FCS Financial. The Galena FFA Chapter advisor is Tiffany Kauffman.
The Galena FFA Chapter’s growing leaders activities included SW Career Day. Members attended the SW Career Day in Mount Vernon to learn about agriculture careers from industry professionals. Participating students also learned about ruminant nutrition by touching the rumen walls of a cannulated steer.
Building communities activities included Food Insecurity Day for the Galena FFA Chapter. Members attended the Missouri State Fair Food Insecurity Day to package dry meals for those in need across Missouri. Canned goods were donated by the chapter.
Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category for the Galena FFA Chapter included MSU Cattlemen’s Association Farm Safety Day. Members learned about seven farm safety areas: grain bins, livestock handling, vaccinations, equipment usage, mental health, basic first aid, and pesticide application.
The top chapters in Missouri compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 96th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The Missouri FFA has 26,716 members representing 356 chapters. The national organization has more than 850,000 members representing 8,995 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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Pictured from back left are Advisor Tiffany Kauffman, Riley Martin, Josie Farley, and Ruby Wright.
Pictured from front left are Bryonna Beasley, Cheyanne Stewart, Jacob Coones, Chaley Plottner, and Kiley Evans.