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New leadership center at FFA/FCCLA Camp honors Terry England


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
7/26/2017 1:59:52 PM


Ga. Rep. Terry England (R-Dist. 116) was honored for his support of ag education, Georgia FFA and the Georgia Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) programs during a dedication ceremony for the new Terry England Leadership Center on July 18 at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Camp.

England, who has served in the Ga. House since 2005, was instrumental in developing an oversight committee for ag education more than 12 years ago. As chairman of the Georgia House Appropriations Committee since 2011, England has been instrumental in spearheading the appropriation of around $20 million for improvement projects at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley and at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Covington.

Funds have been used to build new cabins, dining halls and activity centers, renovate existing cabins and improve water and sewage infrastructure at the two camps to sustain the ag education and FFA/FCCLA leadership programs.

"I want to thank everyone who felt this was appropriate. I'm humbled to the point of not knowing what to say," England said during the dedication ceremony. "As I left high school, one of my goals was to give back to an organization that helped a boy who started in FFA afraid to speak in front of a mirror. FFA gave me the opportunity to learn how to stand in front of people and speak. It taught me how to be a better friend, husband, son and a better person. My hope is that for decades to come this building will create the memories that some of the buildings down the hill {at the camp} helped make for me."

An exhibit highlighting the contributions of Terry England and his wife Cindy to the Georgia FFA program and Terry's achievements as an FFA member in the early 1980s is displayed in the foyer of the Terry England Leadership Center at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Camp.

The Englands served on both the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee in the early 1990s. England chaired the GFB YF Committee in 1993.

"We're here to honor Terry and Cindy. We appreciate what you have done. This is a tangible example of what great leadership can produce. This center is a very important addition to this historic institution," Gov. Nathan Deal, a former FFA member, said during his remarks at the dedication center. "Terry has been the leader of the
appropriations committee in the House and he's been a supporter and encourager of ag education. There was a time when vocational ag education was in jeopardy even though agriculture is the number one economic driver."
Deal thanked the camp staff and ag teachers across Georgia for their work with Georgia's youth.

More than 150 Chapter FFA officers were on hand for the dedication ceremony and the Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference held at the FFA/FCCLA Center later that day. During the conference the officers set goals for the coming year.


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