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December 2014


 

 


From the President

Our Blessings Are Many!
Charlie Sappington
NAAE President 2014-2015

The 2014 NAAE convention is now over and looking back on it, all I can say is, "Wow what a convention!" Professional development, business sessions, and committee meetings gave our members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a variety of agricultural areas and work at improving our organization.

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Did you Miss Convention? Watch our 60-second wrap-up.

Click the image above for a quick overview of the great things that happened at NAAE convention this year.


Change in NAAE Committee Structure Brings Opportunities for More Meaningful Input by Members

In an effort to improve the way NAAE committees work and make the most of the time and expertise of those who volunteer to serve on committees, the NAAE board recently approved a proposal to change the committee structure and process.

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Meet the 2014-2015 NAAE Board!

Members elected a president, president-elect, two new regional vice-presidents and two new secretaries. Follow this link to see who our 2014-15 leaders are and read more about each of our newly elected officers.


2014 Teach Ag Champions Honored During NAAE Convention

The National Teach Ag Campaign is grateful for all the individuals and groups that make the Teach Ag message resonate across the country.  This year the National Teach Ag Campaign recognized three individuals and one group as Teach Ag Champions.

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Congratulations to 2014 NAAE Award Recipients & Program Participants!

Click on the images below to read more about each award and program, read news releases, and see pictures of the award winners.


 

National Agriscience Teacher of the Year

Outstanding Young Member

Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher

Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Ag Education Program

 

Outstanding Postseconday/Adult Ag Education Program

Ideas Unlimited Awards

Teacher Mentor Awards

Teachers Turn the Key Awards

 

Outstanding Service Citation

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Outstanding Cooperation Award

XLR8 Program

Don't Forget....

2015 NATAA Applications are due December 21

2015 NAAE Internship Applications are due December 19

2015 Teach Ag Internship Applications are due December 19

Get a $3000 Grant from Ford for Your FFA Chapter

 

Excellence in Action Award Applications are due December 18th

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The new NAAE website has been up and running for several months now. We want to make sure our members can get the most out of the resources available to them through our website.

 

Logging in:
At the top, right-hand part of each page, there is a "login" button.

  1. Click the login button.
  2. Enter your current email (the one you provided to NAAE when you paid your membership dues) and password.
    1. If you do not know your password, just click the "forgot password" link and you will be redirected to reset your password.

 

Printing Your Membership Card:
Once you have successfully logged in, you should be able to access many links, including printing your membership card.

  1. Scroll to the portion of the page that says "What Would You Like to Do Today?"
  2. The fourth bullet down on that list, should say "Print Membership Card." Use this link to save the membership card to your computer in a place where you can access it.
  3. Open your Adobe acrobat reader program, then open your downloaded membership card file.
    1. If you open the file in your browser, your name will not be visible on the card.
  4. Now you should be able to select "File" and "Print" to print your membership card.

 

**If you are experiencing trouble logging in or printing your membership card, please contact the NAAE office at 800-509-0204, to make sure that your membership dues are current and that we have your correct email address on file. **

The 2014 NAAE convention is now over and looking back on it, all I can say is, "Wow what a convention!" Professional development, business sessions, and committee meetings gave our members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a variety of agricultural areas and work at improving our organization. 

 

 

 

The beautiful Opryland setting was a great backdrop for our convention as we renewed old acquaintances and made new ones.

 

 

 

I'm really excited to see how the new committee process is going to work, to tackle issues at the grassroots level, and be able to help make our organization stronger and serve our members better throughout the year.

 

 

 

As we close out 2014 and look forward to the year 2015, may we take time to reflect on the blessings that have been bestowed upon us and our Ag Ed students. 

 

 

 

I believe that there is no other place in the world where we may live in freedom and pursue our dreams and ambitions in life. My hope for all of you this Christmas Break is to be able to spend time with your family and friends and enjoy a wonderful and safe Christmas holiday.

 

 

 

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas holiday and I look forward to working with you in the 2015 year.

 

 

 

God Bless,

 

 

 

Charlie

In an effort to improve the way NAAE committees work and make the most of the time and expertise of those who volunteer to serve on committees, the NAAE board recently approved a proposal to change the committee structure and process.


This change brings new opportunities to get involved in NAAE committee work. Please take a moment to learn about the changes and how you can get involved.


Each committee will be comprised of three members from each NAAE region (a total of 18 committee members), with a chair and secretary elected by the committee membership from within those 18 committee members. At least one NAAE board member, as well as one NAAE staff member will also be assigned to each committee as ex-officio, non-voting consultants to the committees.


Committee members will be appointed to 3-year terms. Since this is the first year of the new committee structure, each region selected a person to serve a 1-year term, a 2-year term, and a 3-year term. As the terms of service of these initial committee members expire, the replacements will be selected to serve 3-year terms. This is so that there will always be first-year, second-year, and third-year member form each region as the 3-year terms rotate.


Committee meetings will be held by webinar and/or conference call on a regular basis throughout the year. These meetings will be recorded and archived to allow for later review. One meeting will occur between the annual NAAE convention and January 31st. Another meeting will occur between the NAAE summer board meeting and convention. Additional meetings will be held at the chair's discretion. One-hour committee sessions will be held at NAAE convention.


The goal of the new committee structure is to focus efforts and break committee work into meaningful and controllable chunks. The committees will be work units of the organization, and make full use of the time, expertise and commitment of NAAE members and board members to address issues and achieve goals. The rotating membership structure will allow for more committee members to be fully informed of the committee's functions and activities.


Each committee has its own area on Communities of Practice. To learn more about a committee, please click here, then choose a committee from the list. If you are interested in becoming involved in a committee, please contact the committee chair for more information. Committee chairs, secretaries, and members are required to complete a Committee Member Memorandum of Understanding, which clarifies their roles and expectations.



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