Friday, November 19, 2010

Indiana FFA is on FIRE…

Indiana FFA Members were ready and excited to kick off FIRE 2010… Opening Session started as the Members shouted DESTINATION EXCELLENCE and the music played as they ran through the doors. At that moment perfection had been reached. Members filled the Indiana FFA Leadership Center with excitement and enthusiasm for the weekend’s journey. 

The excitement not only carried on throughout the weekend, it increased! The first night members enjoyed opening session, a social (which included ice-cream), then a round of Wolf (a version of hide n’ seek) and we ended the night with reflections by Janna, Nellie, and Morgan Dawson. Each revealed an obstacle they had overcome.  

Saturday’s schedule was jam packed and we were ready to keep the members busy from breakfast until cabin checks. A big breakfast of pancakes was served and we traveled into Megan and Nellie’s Session dealing with Advocating Agriculture. Together they revealed the importance and the opportunity agriculture has within our communities, our nation, and our world.  My Personal Growth session with Janna gave the members’ time to think about their own personal journeys. Letting them write down what happened in their past, what is happening now as juniors and seniors and to think about their future goals and plans for the future.

Saturday continued outside where the members had a set challenging activities they had to solve and after they had to complete a series challenges on the ropes course.

Rain chased us inside for the remainder of Saturday. Morgan Gadd and Micah’s session was a continuation from outdoors over the importance of teamwork and trust in one another. We continued the evening with our Annual FIRE Banquet and Auction.  We closed out our busy day with a dance…FFA Style! Before cabin checks we ended the day with the remaining officer’s reflection.  Morgan Gadd, Micah, Megan, and I each shared our obstacles.

Sunday Morning was too short after cleaning up and packing to head home. The members came through those doors one last time.  Memories were shared, friends were made, and I Kelly Blackburn, Indiana FFA State Reporter was truly changed because of FIRE 2010! When the closing tradition/song closed out the session I knew we had reached DESTINATION EXCELLENCE!
From FFA: Following the Future of Agriculture

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