Monday, May 20, 2013

Driving down memory lane

This past week was definitely one for the memory books! After attending 3 banquets, 3 State Contests, and putting over another 1000 miles on my truck it is hard to grasp that my year as an Indiana FFA State Officer is coming to an end! It seems like just yesterday that our team went swimming for the first time in the lake under the moonlight and recited our "opening ceremonies" part. Though this year has flown by, I will never forget the memories made with my teammates, and FFA members across the state! Some of these great memories come from this past week. On Monday I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Heritage FFA Chapter Banquet, a chapter near my hometown, and a chapter that I have grown close to over the past year! At their banquet I had the honor to deliver a keynote address to the members and guests about "Confidence". The next night my teammates and I went out for a fun-filled evening to relax and bond as a team. Our first stop of the evening was SkyZone, an indoor building full of trampolines where we jumped, laughed, and dodged each other....p.s. no one was injured....then we headed over  to Applebee's for dinner. On Wednesday and Friday I found myself behind the wheel of my pick-up truck traveling North to the North Judson San Pierre banquet, and Traveling East to the Randolph Central FFA chapter banquets. These were two outstanding banquets, that really showed how much their communities support FFA and the agriculture industry. After my banquet at Randolph Central I traveled back across the state to Purdue University where the Indiana FFA State Dairy, Poultry, and Livestock CDE's were held! All day Saturday you could find the state officers running cards, tabulating scores, and passing out awards! Although it was a very long day, I am still amazed by the time, hard work, and dedication the advisers, members, and coaches put into the contests!

As you can tell we have been very busy this past week, and will continue to be in the weeks to come prior to our 84th Indiana FFA State Convention!

"Although you may outgrow the jacket, you will never outgrow the experience!"

From FFA: Following the Future of Agriculture

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