FFA officers are excited about the upcoming year—looking to grow as leaders, serve the community, and really help influence members at the chapter level.

On Aug. 4, the Sleepy Eye FFA Officer Team held their Officer Workshop to plan out the 2017-18 year and to grow closer as a team. The team of 12 got down to business with the assistance of their advisors, Mary Hoffmann and Nathan McMullen. The workshop covered many items such as the year’s program of activities, officer duties, the chapter’s budget, the year’s motto, and team goals. Each member of the officer team selected activities to help run and organize for the year at the workshop.

The team created goals based on the needs they saw in the chapter. The 2017-18 Officer Team goals include:

1. Increasing the high school membership to 125 members.

2. Increasing junior high membership to 50 members.

3. Boosting FFA meeting attendance to at least 50 members for high school and at least 30 members for junior high.

4. Reach 2,500 hours of service for the year.

5. Do at least three officer bonding activities this year.

The FFA Officer Team chose a theme and motto for the year. The theme is Blue Jackets Gold Standards. The 2017-18 Motto is “Some people dream of success… we work hard to achieve it.”

The team also reviewed their budget—which reiterated to them the necessity of their chapter’s great sponsor program. They learned that it is because of their aid that the chapter is able to run and provide life-altering experiences for the members. The team was especially grateful this year for donations and sponsors because of the chapter’s phenomenal success with Career Development Events, as well as the need to send numerous teams to National competition this fall.

The chapter will continue with all of their service programs from the previous year, such as Wee Deliver, Adopt-a-Senior, Corn Days and Party in the Park safety activities, the Kiddy Barn at the county fair, and the Farmfest farm safety booth.

Throughout the heavy business meeting, the officers did many team- building games and activities. They closed the day with a story that reminded them of the impact they can have on all the chapter members as a leader and officer. The officers are truly excited about the upcoming year—looking to grow as leaders, serve the community, and really help influence members at the chapter level.