Its-FFA-week-all-over-IndianaSteak dinners, pizza, bowling, pancakes, milkshakes, a fish fry, ag Olympics, dodgeball and volleyball, rolling skating, a rodeo and a petting zoo. These are just some of the FFA week featured foods and activities at local chapters across Indiana this week. Thousands of students are participating, and the seven Indiana state officers will get to as many of those events as they can.
“We’d like to impact 5,000 members,” says state president Sami DeLey. “We’d like to visit 130 chapters as a whole, and we also have multimedia goals to get 100,000 impressions, and we also have newspaper, radio and tv goals that we would like to accomplish.”
The 130 chapter visits this week are well over half of the 210 total chapters in the state. DeLey says the week’s events are a great tool to showcase what the FFA organization is.
“Sometimes we do things at the chapter level and people don’t necessarily see that all the time. I think FFA week is an amazing opportunity to see what other chapters are doing around the state and across the country via social media, going out and actually participating in those events with the chapters, and it’s just a great time to really advocate for FFA and for agriculture.”
All of the officers will be visiting a number of schools and doing classroom facilitation in addition to outside the classroom activities. DeLey has a couple of events she is looking forward to.
“I’m speaking at the Purdue Women in Ag conference up north and I’m really excited about that,” she told HAT. “Another big trip I’m going on is a trip up to Michigan with Tri County FFA to go on a ski trip. I’ve never been skiing so that will be something fun to do with that chapter.”
Tuesday, she has a chance to participate in driving a tractor to school at West Central High School in Pulaski County.
Monday, ninety-five FFA students participated in page day at the Indiana statehouse. They met with their elected leaders and statewide officials, including Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, while learning about the legislative process firsthand.
“Sitting down with these student leaders was inspiring,” Crouch said. “They are making a positive difference in their schools, community and world, and reshaping how we think about the future of agriculture. It was great celebrating FFA and seeing so many blue and gold jackets at the Statehouse today.”
The General Assembly recognized the importance of Indiana FFA with a joint resolution, authored by State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and sponsored by State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg). It highlighted the impact of the organization, which is preparing more than 12,000 members in Indiana for over 250 unique careers in the food, fiber and natural resource sectors.
(Additional source and photo courtesy of ISDA)