FFA Club News 2-22-10
Hoehne FFA Chapter Reporter
When a Hoehne High School student signs up to become a FFA member, he or she takes the first step toward a commitment that can lead to future personal and professional success. Agricultural education, a supervised agricultural experience and FFA form a solid foundation for students to develop leadership skills, global agricultural knowledge and everyday life. The focus of National FFA Week is to tell the community and the country about the great opportunities available through FFA. From its beginnings in 1928 as the Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization today reaches out to all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills, as well as preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership and career success.
This year FFA encourages people to “Lead Out Loud” and stand out from the crowd. FFA members are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals. FFA builds leaders, and leaders impact the future. Hoehne FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow and dedicated to community service activities. Whether it’s working with elementary children or serving as a chapter officer, FFA members make a positive difference on those around them. They are success-oriented students who are driven to achieve their goals. FFA builds leaders, and leaders impact the future.
The year began successfully for the Hoehne FFA Chapter at the State FFA Convention in Sterling, Colo., where the chapter received 110 percent membership award, and the Silver Emblem Chapter Award. Rhonda Roberts was elected as an executive committee member on the Colorado State FFA officer team. Tyrel Barry was the sheep proficiency state winner. Numerous individual awards were presented to members in the Hoehne Chapter.
The chapter enjoyed its annual campout at Monument Lake in August. Twenty FFA members enjoyed camping and fishing during this time.
Jordan Putnam competed in the San Isabel District Creed Speaking Contest where she placed second overall. Kimmi Walter, Chantel Brunelli, Chelsey Martin, Megan Ruscetti, Kyra Aubuchon, Taylor Putnam, with Elizabeth Manfredi as an alternate participated in the San Isabel District Parliamentary Procedure where they placed third overall in the competition, and received a bronze award.
The chapter conducted its annual FFA Toy Drive held in December. The chapter collected toys, which were given to the Trinidad Fire Department and distributed to the needy. The chapter also had a food drive that took place in November.
Upcoming activities for the chapter include: Participating in the district and state judging contests, hosting the annual Hoehne FFA May Fair to be held May 2, the Chapter Awards Banquet, District Leadership and Awards and the State FFA Convention to be held June 7-11 Craig, Colo.
Several items are on the agenda during National FFA Week. Members will set up a display at the Hoehne School. During the week, members will tour at Bob’s Processing and will also have the opportunity to talk about FFA Week on KCRT radio. The chapter will present an eighth grade recruitment program and distribute litterbags, pocket notebooks and pens in the community. The chapter will also present a Food for America program to Hoehne third grade. In addition, the chapter will host a petting zoo for the elementary students and hold a staff appreciation breakfast for employees of the Hoehne School. In addition to this week on Wednesday evening, Mr. Tony Hass from the Colorado Farm Bureau will be putting on a work shop about farm safety at 6:30 p.m., in the Hoehne VO-AG shop; It will be open to the community and public to help promote farm safety.
The Hoehne FFA officer team consists of:
• President: Kimmi Walter
• Vice President: Chantel Brunelli
• Secretary: Chelsey Martin
• Treasurer: Kyra Aubuchon
• Reporter: Megan Ruscetti
• Dist. Executive Committee Member: Kyra Aubuchon
• Advisor: Mr. Steve Karspeck
Other members of the Hoehne FFA are: Clint Thurston, Garrett Keller, Cody Roberts, Danielle Cordova, Dallas Duran, Taylor Hiss, Jamie Montoya, Holden Philpott, John Shehorn, Shane Stoermer, Bonner Corsair, Jordan Putnam, Elizabeth Manfredi, Tyler Sanchez, Brittany Cordova, Bradley Antista, Robert Mantelli, Kelsie Yates, Wyatt Barry, Ashley Martin, Todd Arnhold, Jordan Graeff, Henry Molter, Shawn Weeks, Brett Garrett and Craig Lambeth.
The Vo-Ag and FFA Advisory Committee consists of: Tommi Brunelli, LoriRae Hamilton, Tom Berry, Kathy Mrace, Toby Lambeth, Dennis Williams, Katie Diemer, Troy Kreutzer, and Jeff Montoya.
FFA is a national organization preparing students for over 300 agricultural careers. Students can participate in numerous activities and award programs to gain experience in agricultural skills and leadership. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students to develop the potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.
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From June through September, John Etchart spends most of the day driving a tractor through hayfields below the mountains near Meeker in northwestern Colorado.