Kristy Meyer, a member of the National FFA Organization’s communications team, is in Florida this week with National FFA Vice President Jason Wetzler as he makes visits during National FFA Week. These are stories from his visits in the state.
Monday, February 17, 2014
FFA members from the Chipola FFA Federation spent their Presidents Day giving back to the community. Comprised of schools within the Chipola College district, the Chipola FFA Federation strives to support all FFA members through a variety of activities.
On Monday, members lived out the Living to Serve portion of the motto when they worked on completing the Covenant Hospice Yard Angel Project.
“Getting to help someone is really a wonderful experience,” said Faith Downthit, of the Grand Ridge FFA Chapter. The eighth grader said that she would absolutely recommend the opportunity to someone else if they wanted to lend a helping hand. Continue reading
More than a half-million students in all 50 U.S. states this week will share the importance of agriculture in our daily lives, spread their passion for agriculture and host community-wide events to help others in need.
It’s National FFA Week and a host of activities are planned to raise awareness about the role the National FFA Organization plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education. Continue reading
National FFA Week is an annual tradition for members of the blue and gold across the country. It’s a time to celebrate FFA, to tell the story of FFA members and advocate for agriculture. And it always falls in the middle of February.
But why is that? Why isn’t FFA Week in the middle of May? Why not celebrate National FFA Week during the annual National FFA Convention & Expo?
It all comes down to one (very important) guy: George Washington. Continue reading
Country music star Dierks Bentley — fresh off of playing October’s sold-out concert at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo — has a special message for FFA members and supporters as 2014 National FFA Week begins:
Happy National FFA Week, everyone!
Editor’s note: This blog by Jason Wetzler, 2013-14 National FFA Western Region Vice President, tells a story of his recent time in Japan with the rest of the National FFA Officer Team. It was originally posted on his personal blog, Life’s Secret Missions.
The door of the Toyota Prius closed, symbolizing my complete detachment from anything familiar in a country halfway across the world. I didn’t realize it then, but I was now a part of the Komatsu family.
For the next two days it was me, my host brother Takuma, his parents and their little dog “Loco”. The short 20 minute drive to my new home felt like two hours as we struggled to get acquainted with each other, blending two distinctly different languages and cultural upbringings. Though the app iVoice helped with some of the translation, explaining things like how to use a bidet on a Japanese toilet without using words simply can’t not be awkward.
At that point, I assumed that communication was going to be challenging, if not nearly impossible. I assumed I would remain a stranger in this families home, that it would be uncomfortable (if not unbearably awkward) and that they would be hospitable. But I in no way thought I would be able to connect with them. To be utterly transparent: I was apprehensive, nervous and merely trying to survive this part of my Japan experience.
And I was especially worried about the meals. Continue reading