The rental van is parked in front of the FFA center. We just finished a morning of convention planning, and hurry out to hop in the van. Hitting the highway, we’re headed for a Rotary Club meeting in Carmel, Indiana. The building is beautiful, and the folks inside greet us with welcoming smiles.
The message we bring today describes the pillars FFA is centered around, personal growth, premier leadership, and career success. Alicia, Ken, and I each take our turns sharing stories with the audience and answering a few questions. Hopefully, the community leaders in the room will volunteer at national convention, or even rally support for an agricultural education program in Carmel. Afterwards, we’re presented a children’s book and asked to sign it. The book will be donated to the local library. We remain at the building for goodbyes and are the last to leave.
Back in the van, we have a conversation about the importance of sharing our story. In order to Grow our influence and create opportunities for more students, the story of FFA needs to reach wider and further. What can you do to share the story of FFA in your area? How about your own story of the difference FFA has made in your life? In today’s world of information sharing and instant communication, we can share our story in a new and more effective way. Consider using Facebook, Twitter, or internet blogs to tell your story. FFA officers are in a great position to share their story. State officers should visit www.ffa.org/tellingyourstory, to learn about the State Officer Challenge.
Tomorrow our officer team hits the road again to Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, and South Carolina. We’ll be alongside local and state FFA members sharing the story of FFA with community members, students, and agricultural leaders. Share your FFA story with your community. Every single person in America relies on agriculture daily. They will listen, use your voice.
By Seth Pratt