All in FFA

Thank You Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp

I just got back from Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp. This was my first time to attend and I ended up having the best time of my life. While up there I met so many new people, attended some really cool workshops, listened to some amazing keynote speakers, and really stepped out of my comfort zone. So today I want to tell you guys how Alumni Camp impacted me, what I learned, and what to expect if you’re ever thinking of attending.

Meet Allison DeVore

“I have learned many different leadership qualities and a lot of information about animals and the history of FFA,” DeVore said. “I’ve mostly learned about hard work and that is the most important quality to have when belonging to a program like ours.”

Dear Future Ag Teacher

The moment an FFA member zips their corduroy jacket up and the smile reaches from ear to ear. The moment a student is giving a speech and they look like they are about to pass out, but come running to you smiling because they finally faced their fear. The moment a student holds up the Grand Champion banner after hours of work and dedication preparing for a livestock show.

Luck in FFA

This month is all about luck, and I’d say I got pretty lucky with my school getting an FFA Chapter. Many schools don’t have FFA or even know what it is or what we do. They don’t realize the kind of change we try to make in people’s lives and the impact we make on our community.

Langham Creek FFA Fundraiser

The projects we had there were evacuated. At its worst, the high water mark was 12 ft in spots with an average of 9 ft. I was told that not far behind the facility there were 20ft spots. Not long after the water went down, the Corp informed us that because of such severe flooding that they were not going to renew any more grazing rights! There went our wiring and scholarships!

Ways to Give Back to FFA and 4-H

The most helpful way to give back to the organization is being there when needed, whether that be setting up the room for an upcoming banquet or helping to chaperone an event, having helping hands ready to help when needed is one of the most valuable assets to FFA and 4-H organizations.

Putting on the Blue Jacket, 6 Years Later

So no, I won’t have as much time in FFA as other members will. I’ll never have my discovery degree and it will take me longer to obtain my Hoosier and American Degrees. But, I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to wear the blue jacket now, because I have waited to do so for 6 years. FFA has changed my life for the better, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything it has done for me.

New Year, No Fears

All of the resolutions I have said so far have all been leading up to this last one, which is to face your fears. If you never face them there will always be something holding you back from doing what you want. Did you know the number one fear in the world is public speaking? This actually happens to be one of my own fears that I had to overcome to give a speech.

Thankful for My Officer Team

It's that time of year again! Its time when we give thanks to the people around us and I would like to give thanks to the people who have impacted my life the most this year. Well, besides my parents, my fellow FFA Officer Team.

The Ag Teacher's Spouse

Thank you for chaperoning events and acting as a mom or dad away from home. You are always there to lend an ear to problems, crack a few jokes and aren't afraid to give us a few motivational talks when life isn't going the way we think it should.

Lessons Learned in FFA

"When I first joined FFA I had no clue what I would be learning about, but over the year I haven't just learned about agriculture. I have learned about things that could help prepare me for my future, the kind of stuff you can't find in a textbook. I learned  the more involved you are, the more you will learn outside of a classroom.

FFA Officer Retreat Ideas

Are you needing some new ways to bond your officer team or planning your first officer team retreat? Officer retreats allow the team to bond and learn how to work together. Here are 20 creative ways to spruce up your FFA Officer Retreat. 

Meet the Henryetta FFA Chapter

When asked what their next big plans were, it seemed like a unanimous answer from the Henryetta FFA Chapter. To do more, to grow more, and to be more. There is always room for improvement, and they want to continue to improve and grow.

50 Ways to Recruit and Increase Involvement in FFA/4-H/Grange

When someone hangs the corduroy jacket up, someone else is going to have to step up and keep the tradition alive someone is going to have to step up and keep the tradition alive. Recruitment is a wonderful way to increase membership.

Once they become members of your chapter/club, many face another challenge. Involvement.

Below are 50 ways to recruit new members and get more involvement from current members.

Starting an FFA Chapter

Now I won’t lie, being a new teacher is tough. Being a new teacher and starting a chapter from the ground up, is unimaginably tough. Starting a program with little funding is difficult. Each day is different and faces a new set of obstacles. No matter the obstacle, I can’t express how much I love my job. Especially whenever I watched my students faces light up the moment they put their FFA jackets on.

Why Not Us?

As a second year chapter, we could have sat on the sidelines and watched others reach success. And yet, we didn’t. We didn’t because we knew that for some of our members, they were to take off the jacket for the last time soon.