Everyone wants to make enough money in his or her life to be comfortable. But where do you begin? How do you go about accumulating wealth? Wouldn’t we all like to know? That’s why Pelham FFA in Georgia invited local financial specialists to talk to members about careers and future investment strategies.
In September 2009, Pelham FFA advisor Stephen Burton met with Charles Rooks, president of a family bank, and Dan Bollinger, a southwest Georgia economic development authority. The three of them developed a wealth-building worksheet consisting of 20 questions. The worksheet allowed FFA members to discuss their goals for careers, homes, families and properties, and to lay out a plan for achieving these goals.
The chapter invited Burton and Rooks to speak at the chapter meeting on Oct. 7, 2009, where copies of the worksheet were handed out to the FFA members. Bollinger discussed the successes of three local business owners, including Patty Saponaro of Camilla Java, Scott Vann of Vann Farms and Murray Campbell of First United Ethanol LLC (F.U.E.L.). There was a common denominator for all of these businesses: They all began with a good idea.
The 40 Pelham FFA members learned valuable lessons from the financial presentations. Armed with new knowledge, they came away ready to plan for living costs, savings plans and good business ideas.
The Pelham FFA chapter was a finalist in the 2010 National Chapters Models of Innovation Awards competition in Chapter Development.