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FFA Opening Ceremony
Transcript of FFA Opening Ceremony
"The (meeting room, banquet hall, etc.) will come to order. We are now holding a meeting of the (chapter, district, etc.) FFA (chapter, district, etc.)
Mr./Mdm. Vice President, are all officers at their stations?
Secretary: "Stationed by the ear of corn."
Secretary: "I keep an accurate record of all meetings and correspond with other secretaries wherever corn is grown and FFA members meet."
Vice President: (Rising and facing the president) "I shall call the roll of officers, determine if they are at their stations and report back to you, Mr./Mdm. President."
Vice President: (Calling roll of officers) "The sentinel."
Sentinel: "Stationed by the door."
Vice President: "Your duties there?"
Sentinel: "Through this door pass many friends of the FFA. It is my duty to see that the door is open to our friends at all times and that they are welcome. I care for the meeting room and paraphernalia. I strive to keep
the room comfortable and assist the president in maintaining order."
"Stationed at the emblem of Washington."
Treasurer: "I keep a record of receipts and disbursements just as Washington kept his farm accounts—carefully and accurately. I encourage thrift among the members and strive to build up our financial standing through
savings and investments. George Washington was better able to serve his country because he was financially independent."
Reporter: "The reporter is stationed by the flag."
Reporter: "As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii."
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FFA Opening Ceremony
Advisor: "Here by the owl."
Advisor: "The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true
knowledge and ripened with wisdom.
"Mr./Mdm. Vice President, why do you keep a plow at your station?"
"The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Without labor, neither knowledge nor
wisdom can accomplish much. My duties require me to assist at all times in directing the work of our
organization. I preside over meetings in the absence of our president, whose place is beneath the rising sun."
Vice President "The rising sun is the token of a new era in agriculture. If we will follow the leadership of our president, we shall be led out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation. Mr./Mdm. President, all officers are at their stations.
President: (Rises and faces the vice president) "Thank you, Mr./Mdm. Vice President." (All take seats at tap of
gavel.) "The secretary will call the roll of members."
Secretary: "There are .......... members and ............ guests present, Mr./Mdm. President."
President: "Thank you. FFA members, why are we here?" (All members stand at 3 taps of gavel.)
All members in unison: "To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and
develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should possess." (All are seated at 1 tap of gavel.)
President: "May we accomplish our purposes. I now declare this meeting of the (chapter, district, etc) FFA (chapter, district, etc) duly opened for the transaction of business, or attention to any matters which may properly be presented."