W-M FFA member attends state leadership conference

Burns

Burns

Michael Burns from the Watertown-Mayer FFA chapter recently attended the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders in late July.

Beginning his junior year this fall, he is the incoming 2013-2014 Watertown-Mayer Chapter president. He will also be serving as the 2013-2014 Region VII Sentinel. His participation was paid for by a scholarship awarded by the WMFFA Alumni.

Over 180 total FFA members from across the state met at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack to attend the conference. Student, Chapter and Community Development were the focus as FFA members worked to develop programs and opportunities to ensure achievement in their local programs and enhance FFA experience. Sessions were presented by the fourteen Minnesota FFA State Officers including topics on healthy lifestyles, recruitment, public relations, fundraising and community service.

FFA members participated in hands-on activities, role playing, and applying personal experiences to better understand professional practices. In addition to developing these essential skills, Chapter Leaders members had the chance to meet FFA members from across the state of Minnesota.

The National FFA Organization is the premier leadership organization in the nation with 540,379 members in all fifty states, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. For more information about becoming involved with the WMFFA Area Alumni, contact program advisor, Jim Kocherer, at james.kocherer@wm.k12.mn.us.

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