INDIANAPOLIS — The Omak FFA Chapter in Washington state has been named the 2016 National Model of Innovation Chapter Award winner in chapter development.
The chapter was honored the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The nation’s top 10 three-star chapters in the chapter development division competed at the convention and expo. Omak FFA was awarded a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention and expo’s second general session on Thursday.
Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student and community development divisions.
Omak FFA developed a unique and fun social media campaign to promote FFA activities and membership. Each FFA officer selected a stuffed animal that would travel with them to FFA events. Officers then posted pictures and messages online with their mascot at the activity.
Through this campaign, the chapter exceeded their goal and membership increased over the previous year by 50 percent.
The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. I