Concordia FFA Greenhands travel to motivational conference

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted 18 Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri. Pictured from left to right are: (seated) Vice President Ryan Siegel, Otterville; Past President Abby Bertz, Odessa; Vice President, Madelyn Derks, King City; Vice President Hannah Viets, Sweet Springs; Secretary Regan Ragsdale, Paris; and Vice President Dillon Reinitz, Burnswick; (second row) Gwyneth Oliveros, Mackenzie Getman, Madison Inlow, Sarah Latty; (third row) Kelsie Rehkop, William Rehkop, Jacob Nelson and Cody Ashcraft.
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The Concordia FFA Chapter’s Greenhands traveled to Sedalia for a motivational conference on Tuesday, Jan.8.
A Greenhand is a first-year member. New FFA members learn to recite the FFA Creed to earn a Greenhand degree. As a Greenhand, you start to realize everyone else at all these conferences and conventions are just like you and want the same experience.
Over 4,500 first-year FFA members from more than 320 Missouri High Schools had the opportunity to learn about being positive role models, learning to get involved, making sound choices, becoming active team members, and making a positive difference in their lives, schools and communities at annual Greenhand Motivational Conferences. These conferences are presented by the State FFA Officers and sponsored by MFA Inc., and were held Jan. 7-11 throughout Missouri.
Through interactive workshops and skits, the State FFA Officers encouraged first-year FFA members to explore their talents and reach outside their comfort zone for the opportunities provided through FFA membership. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers and FFA experience. At the conferences, Greenhands have the opportunity to learn how to get more involved in FFA, what they can do as they grow in our community, and what opportunities they can have to be a better leader. There are many opportunities local chapters offer, such as WLC (Washington Leadership Conference), area leadership conference, contests, and much more.
They also learned how to further their Supervise Agriculture Experience and how to start one. SAE’s are any income experience members participate in. An SAE can be anything from doing chores to working on a farm to working at a store.
Another advantage to attending conferences is that all FFA members get to meet lots of new people, which become friends. The FFA believes that meeting new people is a great way to get more involved with FFA, and with the community.
Note: This article was submitted by the Concordia FFA chapter.

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