Foundations in Reaching Excellence
On Friday, November 15th, four Shenandoah FFA members had the opportunity to attend the 2013 FIRE FFA Camp at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center. Junior and senior FFA members from all around the state went to Trafalgar for this annual camp. FIRE, which stands for Foundations in Reaching Excellence focuses on developing older FFA members. During the weekend long camp, members learned all about leadership, setting goals, mentoring others, and leading by example through community service. This year's theme was Catching Fire, which derives from the book and soon to be movie "Catching Fire" which is apart of the popular Hunger Games Series. Members enjoyed numerous activities which included a dance, talent show, and service project for a local Johnson County Riley Children's Hospital patient and senior citizens in the local nursing homes. FIRE came to an end on a Sunday morning with a small awards session where members found out how there “Hunger Game” districts did in the mock games. FFA members went home from this exciting weekend with this thought… if you put the effort into something, then the odds will ever be in your favor.
On Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5pm the Shenandoah FFA chapter held their second annual AgriaPalooza. This year, according to President Ann McCambridge, was an exceptional year in reference to the attendance, food, and the members’ participation in the event. “287 people were in attendance to this event… I couldn’t be more pleased with the turn out and the participation of the community in this event, despite the weather.” Shenandoah FFA would like to send the deepest thanks to all of their sponsors for AgriPalooza. AgriPalooza would not be possible without the support of the community, members, and sponsors.
Taking place just this past weekend the chapter was able to attend two annual FFA camps called: Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) and Premier Leadership Training (PLT). Members and chapter officers received the chance to interact with the Indiana State FFA association officers during LDW by developing their premier leadership skills through lively activities. District officers attend PLT and spent their days training and gaining skills to use within the newly elected district officer positions. During the duration of PLT participants were offered the opportunity to ask questions to a panel at the Conner Prairie Interactive Museum at the “Feeding the World” presentation. LDW and PLT came to close on Sunday afternoon as seven of Shenandoah members’ joined several hundred other FFA members from around the state at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, IN. Indiana FFA is proud to be offering such experiences to students to development their skills in decision making, self-confidence, and ability to effectively lead out loud.