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  CONVENTION TIP of the DAY - Friday, May 31, 2024- Backstage Reminders & Business Session Mtg Link  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  5/31/2024 7:00:00 AM  

CONVENTION TIP of the DAY - Friday, May 31, 2024- Backstage Reminders

BONUS - Here is the link to the Business Session from Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Stage Appearance Cards

*** RETURNING this year! In your convention packets, you will not only receive the stage appearance document that details what sessions your chapters will appear on stage during the convention, you will also receive Stage Appearance Cards.  Each card will indicate what session your chapter and/or students appear on stage, what award you/they are winning, when to report backstage, as well as section number and what order to line up in once they arrive backstage.  Please take notice to keep track of your stage appearance cards and delegate them to your chapter members as they represent your FFA chapter.  If you have Stage Appearance Cards in your packet, please send them with your members when you send them backstage.

In previous years, we have asked you to remind them of why they are going backstage.  What award they are to receive? What Section?  The Stage Appearance Cards will help with that, DO NOT forget to send them with the STAGE APPEARANCE CARDS!  THANK YOU! 

ALSO NOTE, if for ANY reason your chapter or winners name doesn’t get said when it should have been or we made an error - please have them let the backstage crew know IMMEDIATELY, we will do our best to correct the mistake and get them/your chapter the intended recognition.  Our goal of course is to be error-free, but if and when it happens, the sooner we know about it, the sooner we can do something about it.  

Want to see an epic video walking FFA Advisors and Members through the process of going backstage?  CLICK HERE

Advice from our Backstage Volunteers who dedicate their time and countless hours to helping make the convention a success:  

  • Make sure that everyone takes their buttons OFF before they go on stage.

  • Make sure everyone stops at the Backstage checkpoint table FIRST, they will help make sure you are there at the right time and can help you get lined up.  

  • Make sure everyone has a stage appearance card and if they do not, go BACK to the checkpoint table.

  • The stage appearance card has what area and order they are supposed to line up in.

  • “Most importantly, this is the most hectic part and location of the convention. There are a lot of people going in and out of backstage and we are not trying to hurt anyone's feelings or yell at them but we are trying to help get a couple thousand people with awards on and off the stage as efficiently as possible.”  

  • Our backstage crew loves FFA as much, if not even more than each of you, they are helping.  Help them, help you by being sure to send Stage appearance cards with them.  


If I were to administer a 1 question worth 1 million points quiz from this Convention Tip of the Day… 


TRUE or FALSE:  Anyone appearing on stage should take a backstage card with them?   TRUE


That’s right friends, this is an important one that we want you to read, retain and remember.  Many, many thanks!

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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