Joe Park is gearing up for exciting activities for the Indiana FFA Leadership Center. He's the Center Director.
The Center received the Farm Credit grant for $50,000 and will soon replace all windows in the lodge and mattresses in the cabins. Windows and mattresses are the original items since the buildings were erected. They'll also be constructing a new entry sign off County Road 125 West which should make it easy for all to know when they have reached this destination.
Park is also moving forward on a shooting range for archery, rifles and skeet shooting. Construction should begin later this fall to build berms for the ranges. It's in cooperation with the Johnson County 4-H shooting sports program and a local deputy who teaches gun safety. When completed, the range should open to the general public.
Construction has started on the mountain bike trail and the level four low ropes course. The ropes course will contain five more elements for advanced students. This addition should add a new dimension to the course for adults as well as students. It's completely separate from the existing course.
The monthly pork chop dinner held every second Thursday evening continues to grow in popularity. In August it featured live entertainment – a folk singer form Brown County. In September profits go to the Brad Smith family. Brad's 13-year-old son was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Brad and his wife teach at Indian Creek schools.
As you can see the FFA Leadership Center is quite busy and becoming busier as each month passes. The staff is working hard to change the image of the facility, Park says. It can serve many purposes along with hosting and leading FFA activities.
If you're a member of any organization that's looking for a weekend retreat of host site for a special dinner, contact Park at [email protected]. Contact him if you live nearby and want to attend this week's pork chop dinner as well. Reservations are required.