The 2013 Christmas FFA meeting was a great success at Nevada Union High School.
Two huge items of business were accomplished: The Greenhand and Chapter FFA degree ceremonies and the decorating of 16 Christmas trees to be delivered to families in need this holiday season.
The Greenhand FFA Degree is handed out to a freshman in FFA. The bronze emblem pin signifies involvement in the FFA and an interest in future agricultural endeavors.
The silver emblem pin is handed out to second-year members.
It is important to obtain both of these degrees to eventually gain their state FFA degree and American degree to those who earn them. Both of these degrees had to have been applied for by the members. Nevada Union FFA had a record-breaking 42 Greenhand degrees handed out and 12 Chapter degrees.
The chapter members took part in a Christmas-themed community service project. Maxie Holmberg-Douglas and Heath Mullen, the Community Service Committee chairmen, worked hard to gather a list of families that could not afford a tree this year, to ask also for trees to be donated from local stores and farms and to gather ornaments from FFA members to decorate them.
With more than 120 people in attendance at the meeting, the chapter was able to decorate the trees and, the next day, deliver them to families around Nevada County.
Nevada Union student Taylor Foster is the FFA Chapter reporter.