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Chapter Officers      

What is the role of a chapter FFA officer?
Chapter officers serve a vital function in FFA. By taking a major leadership role, these students grow from the experience and benefit the chapter. It should be the officers’ goal to lead by example and encourage other members to participate in chapter activities. The success of the chapter each year, in and out, depends on the quality of its leaders.

What is expected of me as a chapter FFA officer? 
While every chapter has its distinct expectations, here is a list of some general expectations
that all officers should abide by:

A genuine desire to be a part of a leadership team.  
A willingness to accept responsibility.
A sincere desire to work with all chapter members in meeting their leadership, personal, and chapter goals. 
A commitment to lead by example. 
Knowledge and understanding of the chapter, state, and national FFA constitutions, bylaws, and programs.
An ability to memorize and recite their parts in the official ceremonies.

What are the positions that I can run for in a chapter and what is their role on the officer team?
Running for a chapter officer position is a huge responsibility and should be treated with the upmost respect and dignity. While every chapter is different, scroll to the bottom of this page to find a set of defined roles and responsibilities of the general chapter FFA officer team. This will also include where each officer is stationed and why they are stationed there. More information on this can be found in the National FFA Manuel linked here: Official FFA Manual - National FFA Organization: Additionally, one person from this officer team should be selected as a Program Of Activities Chair. This individual will assist with ensuring that every committee within the chapter is being upheld. 

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District Officers      

What is a district FFA officer? 

The primary purpose of a district officer is to provide student leadership to approximately 1,000 FFA members at the district level. During their year of service, students will be tasked with the responsibility of planning and facilitating all district-wide events while also continuing to promote the mission of the FFA organization. District officers should also strive to improve their respective districts and encourage other FFA members to become more involved within the organization. 

Why is it important to network and build connections during your year of service?
As a district FFA officer, you will be given ample opportunities to network and build connections with FFA members, ag teachers, and community members. This is crucial to building bridges that will significantly supplement your future. Believe it or not, the people you connect with as a district officer may be your future coworkers, bosses, or lifelong friends. So, please don't underestimate your outreach as a district officer, and take full advantage of every opportunity given to you to serve this year.

6  Benefits of Networking:
-Creates or Strengthens Relationships
-Help Gain New Perspectives; Fresh Ideas
-Raised Profile; Creates a Reputation
-Expands Opportunities Available
-Expands Knowledge Bank
-Opportunity to Receive Advice

How do you maximize your opportunity of serving as a district officer?

Serving as a district officer is both a privilege and honor which should not be taken lightly. Throughout the course of your year of service, you will be given close to 525,600 minutes over the course of our year to fully commit and connect with people all across the district, so take every opportunity and moment to make those meaningful connections. It should also be noted that as district officers, we should utilize this year as a steppingstone into our leadership career. While leadership is not defined by a title, we should not take this position for granted. Below are some tips given to you by the state officers on how to make the most out of your year.

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Tips To Maximize District Office

Area Officers      

What is an area FFA officer?

The primary role of a Texas FFA area officer is to provide student leadership to FFA members in their respective areas. Area officers are typically selected first by their districts, and then by their area delegation. As an area officer, you are expected to perform and uphold the duties and responsibilities that come with this leadership opportunity. These officers are expected to plan and facilitate workshops, conferences, and camps for FFA members. Additionally, area officers will play a vital role in the Texas FFA State Convention delegate experience as well as the National FFA Convention delegate experience. 

What will I do as an area officer?
Area Greenhand Camp- During your year of service you will most likely be asked by your area coordinator to develop a workshop for Greenhand FFA members about FFA opportunities. This workshop will be given at your Area Greenhand Camp. 

Area Leadership Camp-
At your Area Leadership Camp you will be expected to facilitate workshops for district FFA officers, as well as plan many activities for district officers to partake in during this camp. This camp is not only a learning experience but also an opportunity to connect with district officers all across your area. 

State Leadership Conference-
The State Leadership Conference is the Texas FFA State Officer-administered leadership conference for area officers, hosted in the month of June. Area officers are immersed in a four-day leadership training in which they are given the concepts and skill sets to effectively serve as area officers. From facilitation to the committee process, State Leadership Conference has been a long-standing pillar of Texas FFA leadership development.

District Officer Training-
During this training area officers will spend the day teaching district officers basic facilitation skills such as the magic formula and will also begin planning their workshops for Area Greenhand Camp and other camps and conferences. This is also a great experience for both district and area officers because they get to spend time getting to know their teammates. It is important to note that not every area will have this training, so be sure to check with your area coordinators for more information. 

State Convention-
As an area officer you have the incredible opportunity to attend the annual Texas FFA State Convention where you will be tasked with helping coordinate your area's voting delegates and, in some instances, you will be serving as a voting delegate. Additionally, you will help ensure that the area voting delegates are keeping high energy throughout the entire convention! 

National FFA Delegate-
Since every area officer will not be able to attend National FFA Convention as a voting delegate, this opportunity is one that should not be taken lightly. Depending on the size of your area, 4-5 area FFA officers from your area will attend National FFA Convention as a voting delegate. Typically, they will start with the President and go in order down the list of officer positions. During your time at National FFA Convention, you will be representing not only Texas FFA but your areas, districts, and even your home FFA chapter. Each voting delegate will serve on various committees that deal with issues pertaining to the National FFA Organization as a whole. It is important to keep the members in the forefront of your mind during this process because ultimately that is why we are here. 

Area Convention-
Area Convention is a time for FFA members to come together to compete in contests, hear from talent teams, and also elect the new area officer team. Current area officers will play a vital role in this convention by ensuring that everything is running smoothly. You will help announce results from various contests, perform opening and closing ceremonies, and even play a role in the electing of area officers. This will be your final time as an area officer, so we encourage you to cherish every moment of this day. 

District Convention/Banquet-
While this event might be held at the district level, often times an area officer is asked to come to give remarks on behalf of the area or a keynote to encourage FFA members to take action in their FFA careers. This event will vary amongst areas, but it is important to keep this event in your mind. 
Where can I find workshop and other area officer resources? 
As retired area officers, we know how difficult it can be to find workshop ideas and activities, which is why we have created resources for you to utilize at the bottom of this document. There are various resources that can help guide you during your year of service. 

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