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February 22, 1962     The Perkins Journal
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The Only Newspaper ;n the State That Can Benefit Perkins and Community am Future Farmers of America members across Oklahoma and throughout the nation will be focusing public attention on the Work of their organization during National FFA week, February 17-24. In Oklahoma, Governor J. Ho- Ward Edmondson has signed a Proclamation making the celebra- tion period "FFA Week in Okla- homa." Many of the state's young farm boys in 366 FFA chapters Will be presenting civic club pro- grams, assembly programs, help Produce special FFA newspaper articles, present radio and televis- ion programs, and honor parents and businessmen in banquets dur- ing this special week. Membership in the FFA is made up of students of vocational agri- Culture in state high schools. The organization's activities are de- signed to help develop rural lead- ership and good citizenship, and to stimulate the boys to better achievement in their study and Work toward successful establish- raents in farming or other related OCcupations. i!i i ii!iiii!iii : !!iiii!iiiii i i! i!iiiii! IT'S OFFICIAL-- Gov. J. Howard Edmondson and State FFA Pres- dent John Ford inspect the proclamation makin˘ Feb. 17-24 "FFA Week in Oklahoma." Oklahoma's 16,000 FFA mem- bers continue to set records and receive recognition across the nation for their state and their organization. Their judging teams always rate near the top in nat- ional competition and the fine livestock produced by Oklahoma Future Farmers furnishes stiff competition in out of state events. As students of vocational agri- culture in the state's high schools, Oklahoma's FFA members are applying schoolroom training to .practical farming programs at home under the supervision of vocational agriculture instructors. This year, the state's FFA boys have an investment in farming of more than $8,000,000, including crops, livestock and equipment.~ To develop their leadership ab- ilities more that~ 3,000 FFA mem- bers participated in public speak- ing contests, and accepted parla- mentary procedure practices were used by all the chapters in con- ducting their FFA meetings. Most of the 16,000 members participat- ed in one or more character-build- ing leadership, community service, or cooperative activities which their chapter sponsors, The national Future Farmer or- ganization has 378,000 members with 9,000 local chapters in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. Future Farmers choose the week of George Washington's birthday each year for the obser- vance of National FFA Week. Al- though usually recognized as a Revolubionary War General and our first President, Washington's first love was the farm he called Mount Vernon. There, he was one of the first in the nation to pract- ice contour planting, crop rotat- ions, fertilization, and other soil conservation and improvement methods. It was more than a century after Wasl~ington's death before general use was made of many of the sound agricultural practices that he advocated. Winning high honors in many types of FFA contests is a habit for the Perkins Future Farmers of America chapter. In a survey completed by an Oklahoma State university grad- Uate student last year, the Per- kins chapter was shown to have been among the top five chaptef~ ifi more FFA contests during the ~st five years than any other Chapter in the state• Placing se- COnd in this rating was the Guth- tie chapter. Taking high honors in many contests isn't the primary goal for the local chapter, however, ac- cording to Paul Evans, Perkins VOcational agriculture instructor. "Our main purpose in FFA is to .help a boy establish a beginning la fai'ming," Evans says. "Our FFA members are supposed to achieve this through supervised farm training projects and the FFA program• We try to build up ~embers' knowledge and confid- ence through participating in. fanny FFA activities, working With ,projects and competing in many fields. Their FFA training Will help them to pursue almost any field of endeavor." Evans emphasized that FFA aCt~Vl mtl on a volun • •ties are str y ~eer basis the part of the mere- on . ers, and required classroom work In Vocational agriculture is large- 15 separate from the FFA work. "The boys are on their own," boys ~z,. ' ~:c FZ':x_. ;:y h,:it2.~.g , to earn and own property and livestock through the work of their own hands, teaches them res- laonsibility and a high regard for ther people's rights and property, quality which will carry with thera throughout their entire ~lves,, Evans says. ~- riother way in which we try to help is in inspiring scholarship among the memberff throughout high school and, for many of them, on into college. We feel that, since we are so close to OSU, 'followup' work with our students and close contact with them not only keeps them insph-- ed, but is considerable help to boys getting ready to further their ed- ucation. Just this year, a former livestock judging team member here, Phillip Sumner, won first in the freshman livestock judgin~ contest at OSU--an outstanding achievement for him and indirect- ly a fine honor for our chapter." A few other former Perkins FFA members now attending OSU include Stephen Sumner, sophe- more poultry major, who was at the top of his class of poultry maj- ors last year; John Casey, a form- er nationM livestock judging team member, a graduate student In- structor now working on a mast- ers degree in poultry; Richard Nelson and Tommy Butler, both pre-med majors; Charles Nelson, pre-veterinary major, and Gary Cundiff, school of engineering. Teams from Perkins will be participating in a dozen different FFA cortests this spring, accord- ing to Evans. These include live- stock, meats, poultry, dairy, hort- iculture, entomology, farm struct- ures, farm shop, and products judging, public speaking contests Perkins FFA officers include (top, from the left) Leland Tester, reporter; R. Wayn(, Woolsey, treasurer; Paul Evanil, inrtructor; (bottom) Nolan Arthur, president; Donnle Gundtff, vice prelident and Bill Gravel~ |ecretal~t. and chapter meeting contests. Approximately two-thirds of the 65-member local chaptelx will participate in these CODLtests. Evans said, Two contests to determine Okla-- homa's representative in national contests, meats and livestock jud~- ing will be held in March, and Evans e~l)ects lo have good re- presentation at both. The local chapter has won both of these contest~ on a slate level during the past six or seven years. Members of the Perkins FFA chapter include Nolan Arthur, Donald Bales, K~,nneth Cross, Donnie Cundiff, Tony Cundiff, Bob Darby, Bill Groves, Melvin ttoneyman, Jim LaFolette. Bill Little, Bill MeDaniel, LeeRay Murlin, Barrett Needles, Kennard Spillers, Roger Spillers, Billy Bob Thompson, Lynn West, Char:es Woolsey and Wayne Woolsey. Also Bob Bartram, Ror.nie B(,s~- ian, John Bowyer, Gene Busch, Duane Collins, RoyDolin, R.K. Ew~ng, Kenny Hall,Tom Hardy, Larry Holbrook, Jim Hunt, Jim Irwin, Mike Johnson, David Mar- ler, Carl Mahar, Danny MeKey, Darrell Porter, Curtis Owens. Warren Reynolds• Larry Savage and Leland Tester. Also Bob Tomlinson, Eddie Tubbs, Earl Westfall, Gene Webb, Lyle Youngker. Jerry :Braziel, Wayne Bu.row. Jerry Beavers, Wylone Crews. Kenny Cundiff, Jim Goforth. Mike Hurley and Robert LaFollette. And, Dennis Marler, Gary Mer-. eer, Stanley Moffatt, Jim Niles~ Darrell Sadler, Dale Shaffer, Ron. nie Stephens, Ronaie Stout, Arfh. ur Terrel and Larry Thompson. !