First-year FFA members and chapter officers from around the area gathered at the Region VI FFA Greenhand and Chapter Officer Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Mountain Lake. The main purpose of the workshop was to educate first year members, known as Greenhands, about the opportunities in FFA.
The day camp was conducted by the Region VI Officer Team and this year’s theme was “Navigate Your Way through FFA.” The Minnesota State FFA President, Shawna Conrad of the Goodhue FFA Chapter, was the keynote speaker. Her speech centered on the importance of taking personal initiative in life decisions and opportunities. Conrad, with the help of State Vice President Marjorie Schleper, also conducted the Chapter Officer Workshop, where chapter officers participated in activities stressing the importance of working together, making connections and having every team member participate to the fullest.
Greenhand members attended different workshops throughout the day, where they learned about the basics of the National FFA Organization such as official dress, FFA history, camps, Career Development Events and Supervised Agricultural Experience projects.
Sleepy Eye brought 30 Greenhand members including Jasmin Alejandro, Miqueas Alvarez, Neici Barnes, Harley Braun, Alex Bruggeman, Austin Fischer, Kayln Haas, Alicia Ibarra, David Jasso, Kyle Kjelshus, Dylan Klein, Jenifer Kotten, Natalie Konopka, Lauren Laffen, Jackelyn Linan, CristalRose Longoria, Emily Mack, Yazmin Martinez, Jesus Montemayor, Kolten Nienhaus, Lindsey Perez, Eric Riederer, Jacob Rossbach, Jennifer Sanchez, Josie Schieffert, Natalie Stevens, Quinton Stoll, Dylan Wersal and Sabrina Portner.
Chapter officers who attended were Miranda McMullen, Samantha Krebsbach, Emily Kjelshus, Jamie Fischer, Bethany Seifert, Jenna Soukup, Ashley Johnson, Katelyn Johnson and Tiffany Ludewig as well as Region VI President Brandon Roiger.
Several advanced members also conducted two of the eight CDE presentations and assisted Region VI President, Brandon Roiger, with his Official Dress Presentation. These members included Sam Banken, Jordyn Domeier, Carly Jensen, Steph Hammerschmidt, John Mangen, Karrah Remus, Kacie Goblirsch and Kari Schumacher.
At the end of the day, the Greenhand members were fired up and ready to participate in activities the FFA has to offer for this upcoming year. The officers were ready to use their teamwork skills and work together throughout the school year to accomplish their goals.