Odds are good that no matter where you live, there will be a pair of state FFA officers very close to you within the next few weeks. It's chapter kick-off season, and the officers typically spend up to a month visiting chapters during the day, and holding district kick-off meetings with FFA members in the evening.
There are 12 FFA districts in Indiana, nearly 200 FFA chapters and more than 10,000 students. Thousands of them will attend one of 12 district kick-off meetings in the next four weeks. It's a traditional start to the new FFA year, and a chance for members from different schools to get acquainted, and plan district activities for the year. The state officers also provide leadership insights for the students at these kickoff meetings.
Allie Abney, Indiana FFA State President for the 2013-2014 year, says she's looking forward to visiting with FFA students and advisors all over Indiana. Abney and her fellow officers have already had a hectic summer, manning the state fair FFA Pavilion after setting it up, then tearing it down. Officers have also been conducting camps, manning a booth and helping at a benefit auction at the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The auction was held to raise money for both Illinois and Indiana FFA Foundation.
When potential candidates are told each April that it is a year of service and travel, Steve Hickey, who often helps tell them what the year will be like, isn't kidding. There is fun along the way, though, Abney says. Recently she talked some of her fellow officers into taking a few rides down the new water slide at the FFA Center so she could get pictures for an article in Indiana Prairie Farmer. Look for it soon. She will also be writing the first FFA Corner column by a state officer. It will appear in the November issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer.