Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. describes his experiences in high school as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and how the skills he acquired in FFA assisted him when he ran for student government at NC State. Interview on May 29, 2012. (2:02)

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But the organization, the FFA, Future Farmers of America, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.809
was a leadership organization 00:00:05.809 - 00:00:09.192
and in addition to having all kinds of farm project activities 00:00:09.192 - 00:00:15.453
-mine were always dairy cattle- 00:00:15.453 - 00:00:17.627
we also had parliamentary procedure contests. 00:00:17.627 - 00:00:24.283
You'd have a team of about five or six people. 00:00:24.283 - 00:00:28.568
I was the president of the team and you'd go through parliamentary procedure exercises, 00:00:28.568 - 00:00:35.257
open a meeting, 00:00:35.257 - 00:00:36.926
take motions, amendments to the motions, 00:00:36.926 - 00:00:40.606
appeal the decision of the chair; 00:00:40.606 - 00:00:43.630
you learned all this parliamentary procedure stuff 00:00:43.630 - 00:00:46.740
that most people never learn. 00:00:46.740 - 00:00:49.143
Most citizens don't even know how to make a motion correctly. 00:00:49.143 - 00:00:52.660
They have no idea that it requires a second 00:00:52.660 - 00:00:55.881
and that you can amend it, 00:00:55.881 - 00:00:58.245
that you can appeal the decision of the chair 00:00:58.245 - 00:01:02.707
and let everybody vote on whether or not the chair made the right decision. 00:01:02.707 - 00:01:05.888
I learned all that stuff in parliamentary procedure. 00:01:05.888 - 00:01:09.671
They also had public speaking contests. 00:01:09.671 - 00:01:12.714
Of course I represented my school in public speaking 00:01:12.714 - 00:01:16.503
and went up several layers in terms of that. 00:01:16.503 - 00:01:19.860
o in that particular farm youth organization 00:01:19.860 - 00:01:23.807
I learned a lot about leadership 00:01:23.807 - 00:01:27.910
and about how to speak and how to engage in 00:01:27.910 - 00:01:33.757
meetings and work to get things done, 00:01:33.757 - 00:01:40.230
how you go about getting action taken in the way you think it ought to be done. 00:01:40.230 - 00:01:44.747
All of that of course served me very well when I went to North Carolina State University 00:01:44.747 - 00:01:50.586
and ran for student government after a few weeks on campus. 00:01:50.586 - 00:01:54.347

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