The Minnesota FFA Alumni Association is proud to announce the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
These nine inductees will join 142 members who have been inducted the past seven years, including the 75 inaugural members in 2004. The FFA Hall of Fame is a collaborative effort between the Minnesota FFA Association, Alumni and Foundation.
This year's inductees are:
• Tom Anderson, Plainview, Minn.
• Lonnie Boese (deceased), Pipestone, Minn.
• Norman Bohmbach (deceased), Waseca, Minn.
• James Foss, Kenyon, Minn.
• Richard Joerger, Newport, Minn.
• Ron Kelsey, Lamberton, Minn.
• Melvin Lloyd, Cleveland, Minn.
• Douglas O'Neil, Jackson, Minn.
• George Peichel, Fairfax, Minn.
"The Hall of Fame is an excellent opportunity to honor the men and women who, over the years, have demonstrated leadership and commitment not only to the FFA but also to Minnesota's agricultural industry," said Hillary Kletscher, president of the Minnesota FFA Association.
A selection committee consisting of FFA members, alumni and agricultural educators selected the final inductees.
"We were looking for individuals who have been influential and supportive of Minnesota FFA and who have demonstrated a high level of service and longstanding commitment to agriculture, agribusiness, and/or education in agriculture," said Steve Olson, co-chair, Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame Committee.
The 2012 Hall of Fame inductees will be formally announced and recognized at the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association Annual Conference on Saturday, February 18 at the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture in Vadnais Heights. More information is available at www.mnffaalumni.org
An induction ceremony will be held on Monday, April 23 during the 83rd State FFA Convention. The 2012 Hall of Fame Class will be featured on the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association website as well as the state FFA convention newsletter to be distributed shortly after convention.
The Minnesota FFA Foundation through its Star Partners Program provides resources that support the Hall of Fame program. For more information about programs and funding opportunities visit www.mnffafoundation.org.FFA is a national youth organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success of its 540,739 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. Nearly 9,300 students are members of the Minnesota FFA Association. (www.mnffa.org)