In late June, seven individuals were elected to be the 2013-2014 state FFA officers. Each was an individual. They are still individuals, but they are now becoming part of a team – a family.
When I visited them recently for breakfast, one of them joked, "The family that eats together stays together." While they don't always get to do so, they did enjoy breakfast last week after two important but tough tasks – nearly a month at the Indiana State Fair setting up, manning and dismantling the FFA Pavilion, followed by a week at the Farm Progress Show, meeting people and soliciting donations for what turned out to be a record benefit auction for the Indiana and Illinois FFA chapters.
Each officer will write a column for Indiana Prairie Farmer's FFA Corner feature in the magazine beginning with the November issue. Look for an article from a different Indiana FFA officer each week. We will also run preview of their articles here on the Web.
You will enjoy the insights this group brings to the table. About half of them come from farms, some with livestock and some without livestock. Their interests in FFA range from parliamentary procedure to ag sales contests to soils judging. One member of the group, Shelby Sigman, was a member of the national Champion Benton Central 4-H land judging team and the Benton Central 4-H Homesite Evaluation team on the national level in land judging in Oklahoma earlier this year.
This week the group won't have much time for group breakfast. They are preparing for the first Leadership Development Workshop. Held over a weekend, the most enthused and brightest members of FFA across the state attend the workshop to hone their leadership skills. There are several camps planned as weekend events for FFA members through the winter. The officers are heavily involved with planning and executing each workshop.