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National Convention

The National FFA Convention is held each October with nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more. It is one of the largest annual student conventions in the country.


Delegates

Texas will be represented by 63 voting delegates at the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo. In mid August, each Texas delegate will receive a letter explaining the delegate process and requirements in detail.

Dates & Times

The National FFA Convention and Expo will take place October 28-November 2, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. Texas delegates must check into the Crowne Plaza Hotel no later than 8:00pm on Monday, October 28, 2013 and remain in Louisville through 7:00pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

There will not be a delegate day of service on Monday morning, but there will be actives available to those who arrive Sunday, October 27th and are present Monday morning. We recommend $30.00 for delegates who are participating in Monday activities.

The State Officers will arrive Sunday, October 27th.

Expenses

The cost to be a voting delegate for Texas is $385.00 if you are arriving Monday, October 28, 2013 and departing on Saturday, November 2, 2013. If you are staying any additional nights (arriving Sunday, October 27, 2013 and/or departing Sunday, November 3, 2013) you will need to pay in addition $50.00 for each additional night.

Payments are due to the State FFA Office by September 20, 2013.

Forms & Information Due

The Delegate Information sheet is due before July 29, 2013.

Here are other items that are due shortly (By August 26th): 
- Delegate Commitment Pledge 
- Delegate Health Form
- Flight arrival and departures details 
These forms are located at the bottom of this webpage.

They can be faxed to: 
Austin Large
Attn: National FFA Convention
Fax: (512) 476-2894 

or Mailed to: 
Texas FFA Association 
614 E. 12th Street 
Austin, Texas 78701
**Forms must ARRIVE by the deadline. 

List of Items Due:
August 26th - Travel Itinerary, signed Commitment Pledge, signed Health Release 
September 20th - Delegate Payment/Check due to the Texas FFA Office 
October 1st - Delegate Photo: austin@texasffa.com 

Delegate Committees

The delegate process incorporates local and state level issues into a committee process. The representatives who attended the State President's Conference have determined the six delegate issues which will be considered during the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo. Descriptions of these committees as well as the delegate committee assignments can be found below in the documents bar.  You will be receiving further information from delegate committee chairs and delegate committee coordinators as National Convention approaches.

Hotel Information

The information below will allow your parent or guardian to contact you.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209-1387
Phone: 502-367-2257
Fax 502-363-2087

Give this information to you parents and advisors! 


 


Photo

We will need a headshot of you in official dress for our Delegate notebook. This picture must be e-mailed to the FFA Office no later than October 1, 2013.

Email to: austin@texasffa.org

Delegate Schedule

All Texas delegates will meet on Monday, October 28th at 9:00 p.m. in the convention center  for our Texas Delegation opening meeting and pizza party. The delegate caucus room will be located in the Kentucky Exposition Center. A sign or state officer will be outside the door to help you locate the room. Your week will be a full one, so please get plenty of rest before arriving to ensure you are prepared for the week ahead.

Dress

Because we will be working and living downtown for a week, you will be interacting with people that are unfamiliar with our organization. You should be prepared to represent the Texas FFA well during your week as a delegate. Look professional at all times, this includes your grooming (haircut, shave, etc). Dress for the occasion. Bring plenty of official dress (clean white shirts, pressed black slacks and skirts, shined shoes, black socks or plenty of black hose). There are a number of activities that call for casual dress.  Khaki slacks and a nice collared shirt please.  If you want to wear nice pressed Wranglers for the Wrangler night, that is great, but you do not need to purchase something special for this event.  However, do not wear (or bring) torn-up jeans with rips, tears, etc. It may be popular, but is completely inappropriate for this occasion. Collared shirts and closed-toed shoes are expected.  If you bring boots, no work boots please. The weather during the week typically includes lows in the 30's and highs in the mid-50's. We recommend you pack an overcoat if you have one and an umbrella that fits in your suitcase.

Travel

Air: 
Remember to pack in luggage suitable for air travel. Leave pocket knives, etc. at home as they will not pass airport carry-on screening. They will also be checking pockets and purses in Freedom Hall where the sessions will be held, so once you arrive you will still have to be cautious of what you have with you. This can be difficult, but please try not to create a distraction at the airport or during convention. We want an uneventful trip to Louisville. You must BRING A PHOTO ID to the airport! Also keep in mind that all liquids over 3 ounces must be placed in a piece of checked baggage and not in carryon baggage. For more information on what you can and cannot bring into the airport, visit the Transportation Security Administration website.

Shuttle:
There will not be a representative of the Texas FFA Association at the airport to shuttle each of you to the Crowne Plaza. The Crowne Plaza offers a shuttle service to the airport which runs 24-hours. We recommend that you call the Crowne Plaza prior to your arrival in Louisville to reserve a shuttle to pick you up from the airport. 

Meals

There will be three meals provided early in the week at no charge (Tuesday Lunch, Tuesday Dinner, Wednesday Lunch), but the rest of your meals will be your responsibility while you are in Louisville. Please bring plenty of cash or a credit card to cover additional meals. You will be receiving a $200 check from the Texas FFA Foundation to help cover expenses. It will be mailed to same address used for letters mailed. Please notify the FFA Office if you want it mailed to a different address.

Delegate Preparation

It is crucial that delegates have educated themselves on the constitutional amendments and issues that will come before them before they arrive to convention. Delegates will be receiving emails prior to convention from the State Officers and our National Convention Committee Chairs. Delegates need to be aware that when serving as a National Delegate, your job is to represent the interests of the more than 95,000 members of the Texas FFA Association. You are their voice at the national level - and you must put your own interests aside to make decisions that protect them. Important information regarding the National Convention will be added to this web page periodically. Many of the documents specific to Texas are on this page; however, if delegates want to find more information about the National Convention such as keynote speakers, session addresses, and general convention schedules, or more detailed delegate information, these links are available:


National Results


NameOwnerDate AddedSize
2014 Texas Proficiency Results Admin 8/8/2014 708 KB
2014 Agriscience Fair Finalists Admin 8/8/2014 176 KB
2014 National Chapter Award Finalists Admin 8/8/2014 142 KB

Documents


NameOwnerDate AddedSize
2013 National Delegate Housing - FINAL Admin 10/17/2013 87 KB
National FFA Delegate Handbook Admin 9/6/2013 859 KB
2013 Committee Purpose Statements Admin 9/4/2013 373 KB
2013 National Convention Delegate Committee Assignments Admin 9/30/2013 62 KB
2013 National Convention Commitment Form Admin 7/17/2013 26 KB
2013 National Convention Health Form Admin 7/17/2013 90 KB
2012 National Convention Housing Form and Rooming list Admin 9/12/2012 424 KB
National Delegate Policy 2010 Admin 7/23/2011 14 KB
2012 Chapter Rooms and Maps Admin 9/12/2012 231 KB
85th Convention Review Admin 11/13/2012 69 KB
2013 FFA Chapter Challenge Admin 1/18/2013 50 KB


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