The 88th National FFA Convention and Expo is finally here, and the 2015-2016 Indiana FFA state officer team could not be more excited! While National Convention comes around each year, this National Convention will be like no other for my teammates and I.
For starters, it will be the last convention for at least nine years in Louisville. The National FFA Convention returns to Indianapolis in 2016 for a nine-year run. As usual, Indiana will cheer our American Degree recipients across the stage at this year's convention. Included amongst the recipients will be Indiana's 2015-2016 state sentinel, Joshua Calhoun.
What will make this National Convention stand out even more for my teammates and I, however, is it will be the first time we're wearing our Indiana Association jackets to an event of this scale. This means much more than simply being recognized by other members as the state officers from Indiana, it means we have something to fight for: Indiana FFA members and Indiana agriculture.
As state officers we also have the responsibility to serve as Indiana's delegates at National FFA Convention. This means we will be able to give our input on issues faced by the National FFA Organization on many fronts. From clarifying official dress requirements, to finding ways to diversify our membership, we will have a say in the future of the National FFA Organization.
It is a great honor for my teammates and I, but also a heavy burden. We want to represent the more than 11,000 members of the Indiana FFA Association as accurately as possible. If you would have asked me how I intended to do that in August, I don't believe I would have had a very sufficient answer, but then September came.
That's when we visited the entire state, making stops in all 12 Indiana FFA districts, and meeting hundreds of FFA members and advisors. We will carry their excitement to Louisville for the National FFA Convention, Oct. 28 through Oct. 31.