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Glewood City FFA attends sectional leadership workshop

MENOMONIE — Abby Kahler, Kip Wallace, Jim Buttles, Wesley Franklin, Kaitlin Konder, Jenna Magsam, Owen Wagner, Connor Cook, Madison Kupper, and Kim Spaeth of the Glenwood City FFA Chapter attended the Sectional Leadership Workshop Tuesday, September 17th at the Menomonie High School.

The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local FFA chapter officers and members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year. It also informs each chapter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with other FFA chapters in their area. The 2013-2014 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this conference to encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the year and to motivate the students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA. The 2013 theme was “FFA Avengers” and members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities for the school year.

“This workshop is a great way to prepare FFA members for their role as an active member in their local chapter as well as those that serve as chapter officers,” says Cheryl Zimmerman, Wisconsin FFA Executive Director. “These sessions get students excited about leadership and all the opportunities that they can participate in through the FFA organization. It helps them discover their potential in their local FFA chapters and how they can put their leadership into action.”

This year, Lindsey Anderson, National FFA Vice-President from California conducted a workshop to get FFA members motivated for the coming year and challenged them to get involved in the many opportunities FFA has to offer.  There are ten Sectional Leadership Workshops held throughout Wisconsin. Over 2,000 FFA members and advisors from approximately 250 FFA chapters will participate in these workshops. The workshops are sponsored by The Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Inc.

The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of over 250 local chapters with nearly 18,000 members. FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes. FFA’s mission is to develop its members potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.