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Bellaire / Southwest Houston Rotary Club  
Annual Bellaire FFA Auction
BSWH Rotarians - - Affecting Lives

At the 50th Anniversary of the Bellaire FFA Livestock Auction, Bellaire Southwest Rotary purchased the second place large weight goat - - a tan and white South African Boer raised by Laren Kelly - - and donated it back to the FFA Chapter. It was Laren's first year to raise a goat. Boys and Girls Harbor was this year's FFA honoree, and Director of Development Richard Gruen (Heights Rotary), recognized Bellaire Rotary's support of both the Harbor and the FFA in remarks from the stage. President Byron bid with enthusiasm - - turns out that he raised Boer goats as a youth! Byron, Linda Holloway, and past president Nan Wagoner represented the club at the sale. Proceeds help fund scholarships for participants, and the livestock sale followed lunch with silent auction.


BSWH Rotarians have a positive impact on the lives of young people by helping educate, train, and the leaders of tomorrow. We support the goals and work of the Bellaire FFA chapter with our time and money and approve the FFA motto - - Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve - - as consistent with Rotary's ideal of service. Bellaire FFA offers a unique opportunity for urban youths to develop leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education, adding the balance of a real-world challenge to an increasingly "virtual" culture. Students who participate in the FFA animal husbandry program learn hands-on vocational and management skills by raising animals to be judged and auctioned at the annual livestock show, and the most successful FFA members earn money for their college educations through their livestock sale. Many BSWH Rotarians individually support the annual event with spirited auction bidding, and the "Down on the Farm" club project also provides funding through group bidding by the club (animals purchased by Bellaire/Southwest Rotary Club at the livestock auction are donated back to the FFA chapter.)

Photos of Rotarians at FFA Auctions: Bayou City Properties' Jon Holverson with his daughter and the 4th Place Heavy Weight Hog; Kathy Ballanfant with a prize-winning pig; Nan Wagoner with Sharde Mattox and her 7th Place Chicken. 
Photos courtesy of Village-Southwest News.

 To accomplish its mission, FFA:

  • Develops competent and assertive agricultural leadership.
  • Increases awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture and its contribution to our well-being.
  • Strengthens the confidence of agriculture students in themselves and their work.
  • Promotes the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career.
  • Encourages achievement in supervised agricultural experience programs.
  • Encourages wise management of economic, environmental and human resources of the community.
  • Develops interpersonal skills in teamwork, communications, human relations and social interaction.
  • Builds character and promotes citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.
  • Promotes cooperation and cooperative attitudes among all people.
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles.
  • Encourages excellence in scholarship

FFA CREED:  I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

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