Ten members from the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter attended the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders, also known as SLCCL, July 14-17. Over 180 total FFA members from across the state met at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack, to attend the conference.
FFA members participated in hands-on activities, role playing and applying personal experiences to better understand professional practices. In addition to developing these essential skills, chapter leaders had the chance to meet FFA members from across the state of Minnesota and exchange ideas in order to help each chapter reach their full potential.
Student, chapter and community development were the focus of the conference as FFA members worked to develop programs and opportunities to ensure achievement in their local programs and enhance the FFA experience. Sessions were presented by 14 Minnesota FFA State Officers including topics on healthy lifestyles, recruitment, public relations, fundraising and community service.
The theme of the conference was, “Ignite Your Drive.” The Minnesota FFA State Officers gave advice and helped enhance the skills of the members, so that when they went home to their chapter, they could ignite their drive and reach their full potential.
Sleepy Eye FFA’s Student Advisor, Ashley Johnson, was one of the 10 members from Sleepy Eye who attended.
“My favorite part of the SLCCL was getting to meet new people from all around our state and getting to do the service project.” Johnson said. She stacked wood for the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve as her service project.
Sleepy Eye FFA Treasurer, Matthew Miller, also attended the conference. He also agreed that one of his favorite parts of SLCCL was meeting the people and seeing just how big FFA is.
“It gave me plenty of new ideas to take back to our chapter and help it grow in membership and activity involvement,” Miller added.
The Sleepy Eye FFA members have been “fueled up” and are now ready to ignite their drive for a new year in FFA.