With only about only 10-15 FFA Members, Sidney FFA in Sidney Montana, has been faced with the obstacle of getting more people involved. The FFA officer team wrote to me talking about their FFA and I was beyond excited to write a featured blog over them.
The officer team; President – Chris Gartner, Vice President – Casey Christensen, Secretary Sierra Osborne, Treasurer Rian Cobb, Reporter- Garret Leland, and Sentinel John Beyer. This great officer team is led under the direction of their agriculture education teacher Ted Fulgham. I had the privilege to talk to some of the officer team.
These hard-working kids are full of good ideas on how to get more members involved. From doing a beautification projects, where they make flower boxes and sell them to businesses and plant some. They also do fun things for their school and incoming freshmen. “We have an annual “Ag in the Classroom” day where we invite area elementary schools to come and experience the applications of different areas of agriculture. That’s the biggest way we involve younger kids,” says Chris Gartner. “Last year we and animal safety, tractor safety, and welding plasma and food safety as the stations,” adds Sierra Osborne.
The officer team is planning on gaining even more kids involved by more fun and diverse activities. They recently went to an officer retreat and created a plan of action to help them figure out different things to get others more interested and involved in FFA. “For part of our plan of action, we designated people to different outreach programs, one for the community, one for the new students, and one to help increase the involvement of the students that we already have,” said Rian Cobb.
“In our chapter we have a lot of diversity. Each one of us has our strengths and weaknesses and are working to use those to our advantage to make us a better team,” says Sierra Osborne. Rian Cobb adds, “I think some of the words to describe us would definitely be outgoing! We have so many things that we are working to accomplish.”
Sidney FFA participates in the following; CDEs they participate in mechanics which they have won 13 years in a row in their district, agronomy, livestock judging, Farm Business Management, public speaking, and parliamentary procedures. “We had a pretty strong showing at state last year for being so young. We have a lot of potential,” says John Beyer.
These kids said it best, they are full of potential and willing and ready to make a change. Although their FFA Chapter is small, I have high hopes for them to fulfill their goals on obtaining a bigger membership in their chapter. They have big dreams and will definitely be moving mountains in their near future.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the Sidney FFA, and I wish them the best of luck in their upcoming events and competitions. Good luck guys!
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