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These ceremonies are used to start and close all official FFA meetings.

Opening Ceremonies
President: "The (meeting room, l, etc.) will come to order. We are now holding a meeting of the (Marbury, district, etc.) FFA (chapter, district, etc.) Mr./Mdm. Vice President, are all officers at their stations?"
Vice President: (Rising and facing the president) "I shall call the roll of officers, determine if they are at their stations and report back to you, Mr./Mdm. President."
Vice President: (Calling roll of officers) "The sentinel."
Sentinel: "Stationed by the door."
Vice President: "Your duties there?"
Sentinel: "Through this door pass many friends of the FFA. It is my duty to see that the door is open to our friends at all times and that they are welcome. I care for the meeting room and paraphernalia. I strive to keep the room comfortable and assist the president in maintaining order."
Vice President: "The reporter."
Reporter: "The reporter is stationed by the flag."
Vice President: "Why by the flag?"
Reporter: "As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii."
Vice President: "The treasurer."
Treasurer: "Stationed at the emblem of Washington."
Vice President: "Your duties there?"
Treasurer: "I keep a record of receipts and disbursements just as Washington kept his farm accounts—carefully and accurately. I encourage thrift among the members and strive to build up our financial standing through savings and
investments. George Washington was better able to serve his country because he was financially independent."
Vice President: "The secretary."
Secretary: "Stationed by the ear of corn."
Vice President: "Your duties there?"
Secretary: "I keep an accurate record of all meetings and correspond with other secretaries wherever corn is grown and FFA members meet."
Vice President: "The advisor."
Advisor: "Here by the owl."
Vice President: "Why stationed by the owl?"
Advisor: "The owl is a time-honored emblem of knowledge and wisdom. Being older than the rest of you, I am asked to advise you from time to time, as the need arises. I hope that my advice will always be based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom."Mr./Mdm. Vice President, why do you keep a plow at your station?"
Vice President: "The plow is the symbol of labor and tillage of the soil. Without labor, neither knowledge nor wisdom can accomplish much. My duties require me to assist at all times in directing the work of our organization. I preside over meetings in the absence of our president, whose place is beneath
the rising sun."
Advisor: "Why is the president so stationed?"
Vice President: "The rising sun is the token of a new era in agriculture. If we will follow the leadership of our president, we shall be led out of the darkness of selfishness and into the glorious sunlight of brotherhood and cooperation. Mr./Mdm. President, all officers are at their stations.
President: (Rises and faces the vice president) "Thank you, Mr./Mdm. Vice President." (All take seats at tap of gavel.) "The secretary will call the roll of members."
Secretary: "There are _______members and _____guests present, Mr./Mdm. President."
President: "Thank you. FFA members, why are we here?" (All members stand at 3 taps of gavel.)
All members in unison: "To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should possess." (All are seated at 1 tap of gavel.)
President: "May we accomplish our purposes. I now declare this meeting of the (Marbury, district, etc) FFA (chapter, district, etc.) duly opened transaction of business, or attention to any matters which may properly be presented."

Closing Ceremonies

President: "Mr./Mdm. Secretary, do you have a record of any further business
which should now be transacted?"
Secretary: (Rises, replies and is seated.) "I have none, Mr./Mdm. President."
President: "Does any member know of any new or unfinished business which should properly come before this meeting?" (If no answer, proceed as follows.)
"We are about to adjourn this meeting of the (chapter, district, etc.) FFA . (chapter, district, etc.)________________
As we mingle with others, let us be diligent in labor, just in our dealings, courteous to everyone, and, above all, honest and fair in the game of life. Fellow members and guests, join me in a salute to our flag." (Taps three times with gavel to call members to stand, face the flag at the reporter’s station, and with their right hands over their hearts, repeat the following pledge.)
All in unison: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag 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."
President: "I now declare this meeting adjourned." (Taps once with gavel and the meeting is adjourned.)

The following parts are EXTRA parts that are used for other offices. They are called out between the Secretary and the Advisor in order of Parliamentarian, Historian, Chaplin.

Parliamentarian
Part
Vice President: The Parliamentarian?
Parliamentarian: Here by a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order.
Vice President: What are your duties?
Parliamentarian: It is my obligation to know and share information about parliamentary law and assist members in proper meeting procedure and etiquette so that we can accomplish the business of the chapter. I assure that every member will be heard and that the majority will prevail.

Historian Part
Vice President:
The Historian?
Historian: Stationed at the chapter scrapbook.
Vice President: What are your duties?
Historian: Tradition and history are a source of pride for our organization. It is my duty to maintain a record of chapter achievements and promote excellence through highlighting activities, events and accomplishments so that our chapter membership is motivated by our past successes and looks to future achievements.

Chaplain Part
Vice President:
The Chaplain?
Chaplain: Stationed by the Bible.
Vice President: Your duties there?
Chaplain: My duties as Chaplain are to promote Spiritual growth among our members. I offer intercessions to our supreme creator on the behalf of our chapter. I strive to uphold brotherhood and good morals through scriptures in our meetings, in our classrooms, and in our lives.