Joe Martin is a former ag teacher. He is also the program specialist who works directly with the Indiana FFA state officers, training them and guiding them through their year of development. Their year was exactly one half over just before Christmas.
About 95% of the year, both Martin and the officers are on the run, either visiting FFA sponsors, holding camps for members, attending chapter functions, getting ready for FFA week, or later, getting ready for the FFA state Convention. For just a few minutes during the holiday season, Martin showed a softer, more jovial side that not only the officers, but FFA guests at an open house appreciated.
An accomplished singer in his own right, Martin sings with a local group in his area called The Voices. He joined them in performing at the open house at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center recently.
Then he took the microphone for a solo. He soon brought down the house and stole the show with his rendition of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." His deep booming voice left the crowd in laughter as they enjoyed his rendition of the song, complete with gestures and his own version of acting out the song. He even danced with the state officers before concluding his time on the mic.
The serious business begins again now that the calendar has rolled to 2014. Meats and dairy foods evaluation contests at the state level are this month, followed by district leadership contests beginning right after FFA Week in late February. While the state officers under Martin's direction aren't responsible for all these events directly, teams of officers attend and assist at every event. When you see Joe Martin, ask him for an impromptu rendition of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." It will liven up any crowd!