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Leadership Development

  • The Greenhand Conference – (This is a skill development activity.) This leadership development conference is designed for freshmen students. Participants are provided an overview of the opportunities in the FFA. They also become involved in goal-setting activities. If you are a freshman, you will want to get one of the limited seats to attend this exciting activity.
  • The Made for Excellence Conference – (This is a skill development activity.) This leadership development conference is designed for sophomore students and is the second in the Integrated Leadership Development Program. This conference builds on the Greenhand Conference. It continues with goal setting and helps to develop self-esteem and confidence.
  • The Advanced Leadership Academy – (This is a skill development activity.) The leadership development conference is designed for junior students and is the third in the Integrated Leadership Development Program. This activity builds on the two previous conferences. The focus is on the continued development of leadership skills and how to best use them for success.
  • The Sacramento Leadership Experience – (This is a skill development activity.) This is the final conference in the Integrated Leadership Development Program. This is without a doubt one of the best conferences that a student will have an opportunity to participate in. Participants have the opportunity to discuss important agriculture issues with some of the most powerful and influential leaders of California. The conference includes an activity where students discuss an issue on the Senate Floor. Only forty students from the state of California are selected each year to participate in the Sacramento Leadership Experience.

Leadership Activities Outside Of The Leadership Development Program

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies – (This is a skill development activity.) The Tri Rivers Section FFA has three divisions for this activity. There is the competition for Officer Teams, one for an open team, and one for Greenhands. All students in Agriculture Students are encouraged to participate in this activity. Students in groups of six, one for each of the six offices, recited from memory the FFA Opening and Closing Ceremony. Teams are compared to the ideal and not each other. Teams are awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards depending on their score.
  • Tri Rivers Section and Central Region FFA Activities – (This is a participation activity.) There are several sectional and regional activities. For students interested in becoming leaders beyond the chapter level, both the section and region elect officers. These officers become involved as a host for sectional and regional activities.
  • State FFA Convention – (This is a participation activity.) The State FFA Convention is held each year at the Fresno Convention Center. At the state convention chapter delegates conduct the business of the state association. The Patterson chapter elects their state delegates at a chapter FFA meeting in the spring. Students enjoy the opportunity to attend the State FFA Convention.
  • National FFA Convention – (This is a participation activity.) The National FFA Convention is held each year in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is a convention that each student should hope to one day attend. In addition to conducting the business of the National FFA, the convention includes some of the most motivational speakers, workshops and a very large career and trade show.

Public Speaking Contests

  • Creed Speaking Contest – (This is a skill development activity.) The creed-speaking contest is restricted to freshmen students. It is intended as an introduction to public speaking. The speaker delivers, by memory, the FFA Creed. The contestant then answers three questions from the judges concerning the creed. The judges consider both the delivery of the creed and the quality of the answers to questions in choosing the winner. (The state winner advances to the national contest.)
  • Parliamentary Procedure Contest – (This is a skill development activity.) In the Parli-Pro contest, members compete as a team of six members in a “mock chapter meeting.” Each team is judged on the basis of its skill and proper use of Parliamentary Procedure. The competition includes a test, secretary minutes and a demonstration of Parli-Pro. There are 24 different motions used in the contest. All six team members must be knowledgeable of all motions. There are two levels of competition. The novice level is for freshmen and sophomore students who have not yet competed. The advanced level is open to juniors, seniors and underclassmen who have already competed at the novice level. (The state winner of the advanced contest advances to the national contest.)
  • Prepared Public Speaking – (This is a skill development activity.) Public speaking is a very important contest. To compete in and win at any of the difficult levels of competition is quite an achievement. By using a topic related to agriculture, participants must write and deliver a six to eight minute speech to a panel of judges. Following the oral presentation, the speaker will be asked questions by the judges concerning their speech. The judges consider manuscript quality, oral delivery, and responses to questions when determining the winner. (The state winner advances to the national contest.)
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking – (This is a skill development activity.) Students who participate in this contest develop skills to speak on technical subjects with little preparation time. Students draw a topic and then have 30 minutes to prepare a speech. This speech will be between 4 and 6 minutes in length. After presenting the speech to a panel of judges, competitors will submit to questioning on their subject for 5 minutes. (The state winner advances to the national contest.)
  • Job Interview Contest – (This is a skill development activity.) The Job Interview contest is designed to stimulate interest and acquaint FFA members with the employment procedures they will face when applying for a job. The contest requires students to prepare a resume, cover letter, and complete a job application. Students are then interviewed for a predetermined job. (The state winner advances to the national contest.)

There are many other activities above the chapter level for Patterson FFA members to become involved in.

 

 

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