New London FFA
NEW LONDON - On Oct. 25 through the 27 three New London FFA members attended the 80th National Convention of FFA. The convention was held at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind.
At the convention, the members attended two group sessions along with thousands of FFA members across the United States, including the Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska, who gathered to transact business of the National FFA Organization.
Also while at convention members had the opportunity to attend more than 30 leadership workshops and an agricultural career show. At the career show hundreds of businesses and colleges were represented. Businesses such as Ford Motor Company and Case International to name a few gave demonstrations and had activities the students could participate in. FFA members were able to talk to representatives from these companies and get a true understanding of all the aspects of agriculture.
In addition, while in Indianapolis the three members, attended many culturally and educationally moving activities. One activity the members witnessed was the birth of a dairy cow. The following evening they were culturally enlightened at a dinner theater where they saw a hilarious production of Oklahoma.
On Nov. 3, 12 members Jozi Parker, Rychele White, Brittany Covender, Nick Gerlack, Justin Shreve, Dessirae Miller, Taylor Jackson, Randal Haynes, Bridget Kistler, Tim Shepherd, Katie Morris, Brittan Dahl and Mrs. Howard attended the Black River FFA Farm Games at Black River High School.
The group attended to have fun, meet some new people and help support the Black River FFA chapter. They participated in a variety of games and activities, such as musical tailgates, hay bale toss, bobbing for apples, tire roll, tug-of-war, and a milk chugging contest. New London received first place in the apple bobbing, milk chug, tire roll and hay bale toss.
On Oct. 20, the New London FFA held their annual Halloween party at member, Katie Morris' house .There was great attendance, and members were able to have a haunted walk and bonfire. This was a time to have fun, eat good food, and get together away from school. Members who attended were: Josh Weaver, Jared Holland, Brittany Covender, Malaina Erswell, Cody Moore, Katie Morris, David Thomas, Vincent Davis, Dessirae Miller, Taylor Jackson, Tim Shepherd, Bridget Kistler, Kyle Squire, Cody Love,, Randal Haynes, Jozi Parker, Huston Edwards, Denzil Kimble, Tyler Shepherd and adviser Christina Howard.
Katie Morris, reporter
MONROEVILLE - It sure was chilly at this years annual Monroeville FFA chili and brat dinner. But there's nothing quite like a warm bowl of chili to warm anyone right up. Every year before one of the Monroeville football games, the Monroeville FFA members hold the chili and bratwurst dinner. Where anyone is welcome to help themselves to some chili, a brat, or hot dog, a dessert and a drink for $5.50.
"It works out great because we always get a good crowd from the football fans, and not just the home team," adviser Scott Bauer said. The action takes place right at Marsh Field in the pavilion.
Members begin to gather at 3:30 to and are asked to bring a dessert. With bringing a dessert members can get a point, on the member progress chart. The chart is used to judge members on their performance in ag. To see what they've done to help the organization and makes it easy for the advisers to make their decision when taking students on big trips, like national convention or the Texas trip this January. Overall members can earn up to four points at the chili and brat dinner.
A point for set-up, a point for serving, a point for clean up and a point for dessert.
Students are involved in all sorts of things, football, cheerleading, dance, band or whatever, but they can At least get one point for their dessert.
"That's the great thing about this dinner, it's a great money maker, shows the community what we're up to and everyone has the opportunity to get a point," adviser Wayne Weber said.
Senior member Jordan Hamons said, "It's fun to work at, we can load up on points and get food, plus, it's nice seeing people coming to support the FFA.
FFA member, mom, Leya Fries, loves the dinner. "I think it's a great idea, my family and I come down before the game, grabs something to eat and then go and enjoy the game, after a nice warm bowl of chili. It would be great to have before every home game."
Airrin Perruchon, reporter