LHS FFA hosted District Leadership Conference

By: 
Makaya Dines
Special to the Outlook

Friday, Sept. 8th, the Laurel FFA hosted the District Leadership Conference. DLC is a time when all the Chapters in the district get together with their officer teams, newer members (Discovery and Greenhands) and their advisors. Attendees came to learn from our 2017-2018 state officers as well as be engaged in leadership activities. The officers from each chapter joined a group with Sheridan Johnson, President, and John Power, Treasurer. They taught us about the many aspects in which we could serve as agriculturists, reaching our goals by climbing the mountain and building relationships with those around you. The newer members broke off with Abbey Dunn and Shelby Morris. They learned the opportunities that FFA has to offer, did some self evaluating, and played games to help them develop networking skills that will last a lifetime. Casey Sparks, a younger member of the Laurel FFA, told me, “This was my first time at a FFA event. I had a lot of fun and met a bunch of new people. I think FFA is something I can really look forward to.”

As for hosting it, we had a lot of fun. We got to set up everything and had to plan ahead. It was definitely different than just attending, but it was just as fun. We had our officer team and other FFA members helped out with the setup and cleanup. They were all a huge help and we couldn’t have done it without them.We also extend thanks the state officers; Jim Rose State FFA Advisor; Gwen Sminick Montana FFA Foundation; Dr. Igo MSU Ag Ed Department; and Shannon Boswell, OPI Ag Ed. Specialist. Each brought new insight to the day with their individual presentations. 

 

Volunteering at 

Fireman’s Memorial

The Laurel FFA proudly accepted the offer to help out with the Fireman’s Memorial fundraiser. We started around 3 p.m., helping out wherever we could. We served attendees food and smiled all the way. We had a lot of laughs and fun that night. Overall, it was a great experience that we would definitely do again. The volunteers who participated included: Ryan Robertus, Rachel Barts, Emily Hergenrider, Makayla Dines, Brooke Frederic, Brenda Fox, Lynda Fox and Jessie Dines, our advisor. 

 

Greenhouse on the 

way to being complete 

We are almost done with the greenhouse. We put up double wall side paneling and the roof. We also got to include a door and so much more. Nothing could be accomplished without our alumni, sponsors and volunteers. The finish line is just around the corner and we can’t wait to start making an impact. Special thanks go to: Lori and Brad Kraft, Dan and Susan Story, Spencer, Jodi and Andy Drange, Bob Hetfinger, Lynda Jess, and Kenodie Berg, Chris Etue, Rick Schultz, Matt Schultz, Zach Fox and Ian Story, our littlest big help.  

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