"Dierks Bentley's song 'Every Mile a Memory' is exactly how the past six months serving as an Indiana FFA State Officer have been," says Allie Abney, Indiana FFA State President.
The team is just over half-way through their year of service and has traveled nearly 30,000 miles. Along the way, they have been making memories, promoting the Indiana FFA, advocating for agriculture, and helping members ignite their passion for ag, FFA and leadership.
They spent last week representing and promoting Indiana FFA at The Fort Wayne Farm Show, where they met lots of FFA members and talked with those involved with agriculture about FFA.
The first week of February the team will host and facilitate their last FFA conference: Leadership Development Workshop. The conference is directed towards chapter officer teams and focuses on communicating through social media, raising money, professionalism, community service and team development and growth.
Then they will celebrate National FFA Week, February 15-22. The team will spend the week dispersed across the state participating in FFA activities at various chapters.
"My teammates and I look forward to many more miles as well as memories as we embark on our second semester as state FFA officers. We have met so many incredible FFA members who are learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve. The future of agriculture is bright and this year has definitely reassured me of that," says Abney.
Know someone who would make a great state officer? The 2014-2015 application has been posted online. State officer candidates are often individuals who have shown leadership and dedication in FFA and in academics and community involvement. Encourage someone you know!
"It is so impactful working with FFA members whether that be in the classroom, at conferences at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center, or participating in chapter activities," Abney adds.
For more information, visit www.indianaffa.org.