FFA What you need to know to become a successful member! Emblem Consits of 5 symbols These symbols represent History Goals Future Each part of the emblem has unique significance The Cross Section of the Ear of Corn Foundation Symbol of unity The Rising Sun Progress Holds the promise that tommorow will bring a new day glowing with opportunity The Plow Labor Tillage of the soil Backbone of American agriculture Foundation of our country’s strength Eagle National symbol Serves to remind us of our Freedom Ability to explore new horizons The Owl Wisdom Knowledge required to be successful The Words Agricultural Education FFA Signify the combination of learning and leadership necessary for progressive agriculture The Emblem The emblem and letters “FFA” are protected by trademark registration in the U.S. Patent Office and by Public Law 105-225, 105th Congress The FFA Motto Learning to Do Doing to Learn Earning to Live Living to Serve The motto gives members 12 short words to live by as they discover the opportunities availabe to them in FFA. The Creed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ4xaq9T 6s0 Written by E.M. Tiffany Adopted at the 3rd National Convention Revised 38th 63rd It is recited by new members to reflect their growing belief in agriculture and agricultural education. Colors Blue For the blue field of our nations flag Gold Golden fields of rippened corn that unify our country These colors give unity to our organization Salute The Pledge of Allegiance Official Dress Otherwise referred to as “OD” Provides identity and give a distinctive and recognizable image to FFA and FFA members. It should be worn with pride just as it has been since 1933. Guys OD Black slacks (jeans) White collared shirt Official FFA tie Black dress shoes (boots) Black socks Official FFA jacket zipped to the top Girls OD Black skirt (or slacks) Skirts must be at least knee length, evenly hemmed, with a slit no higher than 2” above the knee, excluding the kick pleat White collared blouse Official blue scarf Black nylon hosiery Black dress shoes with a closed toe and heel Official jacket zipped to the top The Jacket Established in 1933 O.D. standards were created in 1973 Revised in 2002 Proper Use of the Jacket See the Official FFA manual p. 19-20 Jacket Facts More than 66,000 jackets are sold each year It takes 1.5 yards of corduroy to make one jacket 99,000 yds of fabric each year to make all those jackets!!! The cotton used to make the corduroy is grown in Tennessee. The corduroy is woven in North Carolina It is dyed in South Carolina Now that’s AMERICAN MADE! Jacket Facts Before the blue jacket became Official dress FFA members wore a dark blue shirt, blue or white trousers, blue cap and yellow tie The FFA jacket has appeared in movies such as Napoleon Dynamite, Paris Texas and Charlotte’s Web Only Blue Will Do!! In 1933 a company that manufactured uniforms sent a salesman with a sample of the jacket to the national convention and received 1 order. That year Ohio FFA Advisor Gus Lintner of Van Wert FFA Chapter had the Universal Uniform Company make blue corduroy jackets with a big emblem on the back. The entire chapter wore their jackets to the 1933 National Convention. But it wasn’t until 1934 when the Utah State FFA band showed up at National Convention in the blue jacket and white pants that the sales went through the roof.
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