The Read Mountain FFA chapter placed first at the Virginia FFA State Junior Parliamentary Procedure CDE held at Lord Botetourt High School Saturday, March 09, 2013. Team members were Haley Mundy, Rachel Brown, Mason Sowers, Ashley Phoenix, Claire Seibel and Tess Seibel. They will be recognized on stage at the 87th Annual Virginia State FFA Convention in Blacksburg this July. In addition to the Gold Team placing, Tess Seibel and Claire Seibel were selected to the Junior All-State team. This team is a selection of the best demonstrated officers in a parliamentary procedure setting. Tess received Junior All-State president. Claire received Junior All-State vice president. Haley Mundy received honorable mention as Junior All-State sentinel.
FFA chapters from across the state came together to participate in this highly competitive FFA Career Development Event. At the beginning of the event, each team performs FFA Opening Ceremonies, moves into solving a parliamentary procedure problem, and then performs FFA Closing Ceremonies complete with a salute to the American Flag. The problem must be resolved in a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes. Members of the team do not have to be officers in the organization, however, they practice as a complete team of a sentinel, reporter, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president as they solve a problem using parliamentary procedure. The problem is not disclosed to the team until they finish their Opening Ceremonies. At that time, the secretary turns over a card containing the problem to solve handed to him/her by one of the judges.
This year’s problem was “make plans to start a local alumni affiliate”. Led by President Tess Seibel, the team immediately took off amidst a blue and gold cacophony of “Madame President”s with several ideas about what to do to start a local alumni chapter. No doubt, the team members were fired up by the recent development of the Botetourt County FFA & 4H Alumni Chapter this past year. FFA members were able to attend the 1st Annual Banquet of the Alumni Chapter this past February and present their chapter’s activities. Anyone can join the Alumni chapter that meets at Lord Botetourt High School, Monday evenings, quarterly, at 7pm. If you are interested in supporting events like this in Botetourt County, contact any agriculture teacher at the middle schools (Andy Bell, Amy Stevens) or high schools (Stuart Byrd, Richard Furman, Jan Hendrickson) or extension agent (Katherine Carter, Kate Lawrence) in the county.
-Amy Stevens, Read Mountain Ag Instructor/FFA Advisor