Right after we wrapped up state fair we headed to Atlanta, IN for a few days at Becknology days! We worked a booth for Indiana FFA and sold truck stampede tickets to benefit the Indiana FFA Foundation. Shortly after we left Atlanta we packed up and headed over to the neighboring state of Illinois! There we spent a week working with the Illinois state officer team hosting the Titan Tire Auction. The money made at this 2 day auction at the National Farm Progress Show would be split between the two state's FFA associations! After Farm Progress Show we came back here to Indiana and got ready for our next conference.. Premier Leadership Training.. Morgan Gadd our 2011 National Officer Canidate facilitated and planned the conference and the seven state officers assisted her in many sessions.
When PLT was all said and done we got ready for possibly the most exciting time of our year.. chapter visits and district kick offs!! We started our three week journey up by Chicago visiting schools and giving our presentations about self awareness and goals. The first week we visited schools from north west Indiana all the way down to Evansville. The next week we started up by South Bend and ended all the way down by Corydon. And our final week we started up in the north east corner and ended down in the south east corner of our state. In these three weeks we visited thousands of students and members of the FFA. In the evenings we participated in each district's kickoff.. We went from district 1 to 12 and had a lot of fun teaching FFA members about some conferences we have, some career development events they could compete in and informing them on all the ways they could get connected with Indiana FFA by social media! These three weeks we enjoyed getting closer with members and meeting lots of new ones!
And of course we just finished up with National Convention.. the one time of year FFA members from across the United States come together to celebrate FFA and Agriculture.. We had an amazing week in Indy and all were inspired by the speakers we heard and the people we met. After a week in down town Indianapolis I know that we all "Believe"..
What is next? you might ask.. well it is that time of year! The seven state officers have conferences on the brain.. we have two camps coming up in the next month. S.O.A.R. is November 18-20 and F.I.R.E. is December 2-4.. Look for lots of fun and excitement to come from Trafalgar in the upcoming weeks..
I know it has not even been half a year.. but it has been one of the best years of my life.. and I feel so incredibly blessed and thankful for this opportunity!