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Themotto consists of only twelve words, however, these words are filled withpractical, philosophy, reflecting a spirit and sincerity that shows the trueviewpoint of today's youth, the "backbone of our nation". 

Learning To Do, 

Doing To Learn,  

Earning To Live, 

Living To Serve

The Salute

Theofficial salute of the FFA organization consists of facing the flag of theUnited States, placing the right hand over the left breast and holding it therewhile repeating the following pledge:

"I pledge the allegiance to theflag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands,one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


Asthe blue field of our nation's flag and the golden fields of ripened corn unifyour country; the FFA colors of national blue and corn gold gives unity to theorganization.  All FFA functionsand paraphernalia should proudly display the colors.

FFA History

•      Establishedin 1917 by the National Vocational Education Act in 1917.

•     In theearly 1920s, Virginia formed a Future Farmers club for boys in agricultureclasses.

•     Thenational organization was born in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri.  National dues to the Future Farmers ofAmerica were set at 10 cents.  Inaddition the FFA Constitution was developed.

•     Namingof the first Star Farmer of America in 1929, Carlton Patton.

•      Selectionof national colors  (1930):  National Blue & Corn Gold

•     By 1934,the only states which had not chartered were Rhode Island and Alaska.

•     In 1939 aNational FFA Camp was founded on the grounds that now house the National FFACenter.

•      NationalFFA Foundation was created in 1944 to provide funds from business and industryto support new programs.

•      NationalFFA Supply Service located in Alexandria, Virginia established in 1948.

•      PublicLaw 740, passed by Congress in 1951, granted the FFA a federal charter.

•      1952marked the establishment of the National Future Farmer magazine.

•     Themerger of the New Farmers of America, the organization for black agriculturestudents, with the FFA took place in 1965.

•     In 1969girls were admitted into the organization.

•     TheNational FFA Alumni Association was formed in 1971.

•     In 1988the organization changed its name from the Future Farmers of America to theNational FFA Organization.

•     In 1989,the official FFA magazine's name became FFA New Horizons.

Other Tid'Bits:

•      Fatherof the FFA:  Henry C. Groseclose

•      LeslieApplegate, from New Jersey, was named the first president of the National FFAOrganization.

•     Dr.Lane was the FFA's first National FFA Advisor.

•      NationalFFA Week was  established to be theweek in which George Washington's birthday occurs (February).

•     Thefirst girl elected to a national office was Julie Smiley, from Washington in1976 (National Vice President from the Western Region.)

•     TheFFA Creed was written by E.M. Tiffany, a Wisconsin educator, and was adopted bythe FFA in 1930, revised in 1956 and 1990.

The FFA Today:

Developing leadership, cooperation and citizenship fortomorrow's agriculturists - this is the main goal of the national FFAorganization.  For more than 65years, the FFA has complemented agricultural instruction by making classroomlessons come to life through realistic applications. 

The FFA is structured on three levels - local, state andnational.  A board of Directors andsix student national officers leads the National FFA Organization.  Together they act on recommendationsfrom the national convention delegates and set operational policy for the FFA.

The program division, FFANew Horizons magazine, and the National FFA Supply Service, located inAlexandria Virginia (headquarters) carry through the policies, and provideprograms and services for the organization.  The national officers represent their members.  A President, secretary, and fourregional vice presidents are elected each year at the national convention.

State associations function within the constitution of thenational organization, but also may create individual leadership, award andcontest programs.  Chapters arechartered through the state associations. As on the national level, state officers lead their membership of theassociations, and are elected by convention delegates.  The number and types of officers at thestate level may vary. 

In Iowa the Iowa FFA student officers include president, sixvice presidents, representing the six districts (North East, North Central,North West, South West, South Central, and South East Districts), a secretaryand reporter.  Each district isfurther broken down into 4 sub districts (North East, North West, South West,and South East, representing approximately 10-11 schools per sub district).

The heart of the organization is at the local level.  FFA Chapters may be chartered in anypublic school with an agriculture education program.  Officers include a president, vice president, secretary,treasurer, reporter, and sentinel. Additional officers may be utilized as the local chapter sees a need.

A Program of Activities is utilized, serving as a road mapfor planning activities and accomplishing desired goals.  Each member is assigned specificresponsibilities within the program of activities to ensure total memberinvolvement. Wide-ranging types of activities are utilized to meet individualmember needs and the needs of their community.

The FFA is structures into a degree program that rewardsactive FFA members for progress in all phases of leadership, skill andoccupational development.  TheGreenhand degree and the Chapter FFA degree are awarded at the chapterlevel.  State Associations awardtop members with the State FFA degree. The highest degree, the American FFA degree, is conferred on an elitegroup of members at the national level.

In addition to active membership (retain active membershipuntil November 30, following the fourth National FFA Convention aftergraduation from high school), individuals can become members in three othercategories - honorary, alumni and collegiate.  Honorary membership is conferred on those individuals whohave rendered outstanding service to the FFA and agriculture education.  This degree is found on three levels:Honorary Chapter, and American FFA Degrees.  Alumni membership is available to former members and othersupporters of the FFA.  Collegiatemembers belong to FFA chapters at two or four year post secondary schools andare enrolled in agriculture courses.

FFA is a vital component of the agriculture educationprograms involving millions of students since its inception, in 1928,  located in all 50 states, Puerto Rico,and the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

LocalChapter History


Vocational Agriculture, nowcalled ASTM (Agriculture Science, Technology & Marketing) began in 1917when Congress passed the Smith Hughes Act and in 1928 the FFA organization wasestablished.

It was not until 1951 thatthe FFA became a part of the Creston Community School system.

From its inception theCreston FFA Chapter has grown. Initially the program was located in a small room at the old highschool, but by 1969 the enrollment of 58 students had outgrown its smallfacility.  That year the ground wasbroken for a new facility on the corner of Swan and Pine streets.  Evert C. Hunsicker was the instructorat that time.

After Hunsicker's retirementin 1977, Galen R. Zumbach became the sixth FFA advisor to work in the CrestonCommunity School System until his retirement in 2010.  Kelsey Bailey became the seventh FFA Advisor to head theCreston FFA program when she began her duties in the 2010-11 school year.  Today the Creston FFA membership hasbecome one of the top programs in the state of Iowa and the nation with amembership of 73 students.

The Creston FFA Chapter wasrecognized nationally for thirteen years in Building Our American Communitieswinning state and national competition in 1993 and state competition in1994.  After twenty-three years theBOAC program was discontinued in 1995. During the past sixteen years the Creston FFA Chapter has beenrecognized as one of the nation's top programs in the FFA’s National ChapterAward Program competition.  Since1986 the Creston FFA membership won state competition in the National ChapterSafety Award Program six times (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996).  The Safety program was discontinued in1996.  Both BOAC and Safety are nowpart of the new National Chapter Award program.  The Creston FFA Chapter was the only Iowa chapter to berecognized in all three national chapter award programs areas (BOAC, Safety,National Chapter) from 1985 to 1995. These accomplishments led to the Creston FFA Chapter being named Iowa'stop FFA Chapter in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1995, in what was then calledTriple Crown competition, and as Iowa's Supreme FFA Chapter in 1996, 1997, 1998and 2006 in the new National Chapter Award Program competition.  In 1996 the Creston FFA Chapter wasonly one of three chapters in the nation to be a top ten finalist in all threenational chapter award areas (chapter development, student development andcommunity development) being selected as the nation's best in communitydevelopment.  In 1997 and 1998 thechapter was named a finalist in two of the national chapter award competitionareas (Community Development and Chapter Development) winning in the area ofCommunity Development for a second and third time.  The local Chapter is the only chapter in the nation to winthree national chapter award competitions.  In 1999 and 2003 the chapter was named a national meritfinalist in Community Development, and Chapter Development, winning thecommunity development award on the state level in 1999. Nine times in the pastfifteen years the local chapter has been named a state winner in one of thefive chapter areas (Economic, Environment, Human Resources, AgriculturalAwareness) found in the National Chapter Award Program.

The Community DevelopmentRecognition Program was created in 2004 to recognize those programs in thestate that most impact their communities in the following area:  (1) Economic, (2) Environment, (3)Human Resources, and (4) Agricultural Awareness.  The Creston FFA Program has won the overall state CDRPcompetitions in 2007 and 2010.  In 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 the localchapter was named a winner in the areas of either environmental or economicdevelopment on the state level.

Since 1977, 221 chapter members have received StateFFA degrees.  Prior to 1977 fourchapter members received this coveted honor.  Terry Taylor was the first member to receive this honor in1961 followed by James Jones in 1962, Raymond Wilson in 1965, and John Wolfe in1971.  Raymond Wilson and his sonChris and daughter Erin were the first and only father, son, daughtercombinations to receive their state FFA degrees.  Chris received his degree in 1988 while Erin received herdegree in 1992.

Other chapter members who received their state FFA degrees since1977 were David Brown, 1979; Dan Hawks, and Larry Bailey, 1980; Dennis Leith(Star South Central District-production), 1981; Brad Anderson, Joe Moore, MickPettit, and Kevin Moulin, 1982; Roger Baker, Lori Hartsook, Kevin Eblen, DeanLeith, and Ron Skarda, 1983; Steve Weese, Tim Loudon, Steve Rhine, Thane Glynn,and Alan Weisshaar, 1984; Greg Ehm, Scott Pettit, and Rick Quam, 1985; TonyClem, Chuck Denton (Star South Central District-agribusiness), Doug Fils, BrianPriest, and Ken Kline, 1986; Eddie Ide, Kara Frey, and Tom Woodard (Star SouthCentral District-Agribusiness and Star Iowa Agribusinessman) 1987;  Brian Smith, Sherry Sammons, SeanDunphy, John Taylor, and Chris Wilson, 1988; Jodi Western, Scott Finn, and KirkFrancis, 1989; Alan Bennett, Derek Mohr (Star South CentralDistrict-production), Matt Johnson, Rob Evans, and Shawn Kline, 1990; ErinWilson, 1992; Ryan Mohr, Rod West, Ben Adamson, Andy Johnson, Matt Moberg, andT.J. Dunphy, 1993;  Rick Reeve,Brad James, Jan James, Darren Long (Star South Central District Farmer), JamieTravis, 1994; Brook Linderman, Chad Rieck, Melissa Baker, Brad Van Gelder,Nathan Pottinger, Ann Moberg, Michelle Saville and Shamus Stephens in 1995;Scott Evans, and Jake Tripp, 1996; John Paul Pokorny, Clint Travis, AmandaJames, Clint Brown, Cody Purdum, Trista Ide, Kory Tanner in 1997, and CoreyBailey, Josh Sevier, Philip Moberg, Clint Hoffman, Meredith Baker, Mike Taylor,Curtis Hoakison, and Mandy Travis in 1998; Carly Hoffman, Caleb Hoakison,Nathan Studer, Levi Buxton, Charlie Tripp, Jeremy Ide, Nathaniel Jackson, BrianBolton, Adam Travis, Logan Jackson, 1999; Jill Tussey, Dusty Brown, RachelBolton, Aaron Hoyt, Janelle Buxton, Josie Stephens, Matt McNichols, TrinaWhite, Brad Crill, Casey Purdum, Chad Ide, Cody Waltersdorf; 2000; AdrianRichardson, Francine Jackson, Derek Quam, Travis Eggman, Kashia Studer, BlairTaylor, Alyssa Franklin, Clint Travis, Matt Raemaker, Nathan Katzer, KelseyHoakison, Cody Bailey and Matt Buck, 2001; Cody Bailey, Nathan Katzer, ColeMiller, Cody Frey, Mike Hilger, Cory Hoakison, Lindsay Loomis, Mallory Travis,Nick Tussey, Taften Kuhl, Kevin Lents, 2002; Jeff Baker (Star Iowa AgribusinessDegree Finalist) Mike Baker, Dan Martwick, Nick Schultz, Tyler Mahan, SamAleto, Michael Buck, David Schroder, Jordan Kralik, Ashley Studer, ChrisDowning, Tim Jennett, Luke Baker, Matt Ramaeker , 2003; Sam Johnson, JacqueJay, Megan Brown, Jim Ide, 2004; Austin Studer, Andy Jennett, Ashley Hartsook,Laura Baker, Heidi Ramaeker, Brooke Peppmeier, Austin Berry, Justin Linderman,Jacob Schierbaum, Adam Leith, Sam Katzer, Damian Richardson, Tyler Wolf, 2005;Curtiss Bird, Eric Bradley, Caleb Brus, Judd Goldsmith, Jenny Hagen, MichaelHyde, Emily Ide, Jason Lents, Tyrell Miller, Steven Moeller, Steve Myers, KeithPeterson, Nicole Stoll, Cameron Weeda, Ben Weis, 2006; Alex Johnson, KyleThelen, Casey Frey, Jacob McGehee, Cody Pearson, Sarah Studer, Candace Weeda,Quin Leith, Jared Johnson, Tyler Harris, Adam Riley, Josh Maitlen, Abby Kinyon,Doug North., and Kyle Thelen (Star Ag Placement Finalist) 2007; Liz Beatty,Brandon Frey, Peyton Glynn, Rachel Griffith, Brian Katzer, Zac Leith, PeteMyers, Ayla Peppmeier, Todd Ramaeker, Daniel Riley, Alec Smith, Maggie Thelen,Nathan Vicker, Grant Wood, 2008; Colton Dunphy (Star Agribusiness Placement)Frances Myers, Ethan Harris, Seth Pals, Tyler Pettit, Kevin Irr, SpencerBakerink, Mackenzie Pearson, Donovan Richardson, and T'Lee Ray, 2009; IsaacSedlmayr, Brian West, Sarah Jennett, Chase Blazek, Haley Stalcup, AshleyPeters, Klint Craft, Chelsea Ekeler, and Alec Paup, 2010; Brad Weis, AllisonWood, Mallory Griffith in 2011; Theo Hartman, Zach Powers, and Lanae Ramaeker in 2012.

Just as the State FFA degree is a good indication ofoutstanding individual programs, sixty-five members have gone one step further when they received the American FFAdegree.  This degree is the highesthonor the National FFA organization can bestow on one of its members.  Creston FFA members who have receivedthis coveted degree are Dennis Leith, 1984; Kevin Eblen, 1986; Chuck Denton,1987; Ken Kline and Brian Priest, 1988; Tom Woodard, Chris Wilson, 1989; JodiWestern, 1991; Alan Bennett, 1992; Erin Wilson, 1994; Ryan Mohr, Darren Long,1995; Shamus Stephens, Michelle Saville, Ann Moberg, 1997; Clint Brown, TristaIde, Cody Purdum, 1999; Mike Taylor, Nathan Studer, Philip Moberg, Nathaniel Jackson, and Cory Bailey; 2000; Cory Hoakison, 2001; Francine Jackson, DustyBrown, Chad Ide, 2002; Derek Quam, 2003; Cody Bailey, Nathan Katzer, KevinLents, Lindsay Loomis, Cody Frey, Jeff Baker, Cole Miller, Michael Hilger,2004; Tim Jennett, Luke Baker 2005; Megan Brown, Jimmy Ide, and Sam Johnson,2006; Austin Studer, Brooke Peppmeier, Andy Jennett, Justin Linderman, LauraBaker, Heidi Ramaeker, and Sam Katzer, 2007; Jason Lents, Pete Myers, CameronWeeda, Kyle Thelen, and Tyrell Miller, 2008; Quinn Leith, and Candace Weeda,2009; Brian Katzer, Liz Beatty, Todd Ramaeker, Zac Leith, Ayla Peppmeier, andMaggie Thelen in 2010; Tyler Pettit and Ethan Harris in 2011; Haylee Stalcup and Alec Paup in 2012.



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