2017 FFA 1st semester update:
The Belfry FFA chapter started out the year with 12 members. The officer team attended the District Leadership Conference in Park City in September where they engaged in several team building and leadership workshops.
The chapter addressed the Plan of Activities Report with Mrs. Campbell and Ms. McClane by signing up for Career Development contests and Committees for the upcoming months. The POA has become more robust in the past few years and our chapter has developed activities that address almost every area that the National FFA deems important for a Gold Star chapter. In a small chapter, this is a great accomplishment.
Because of the increased interest in a variety of Career Development Exploration (CDE) contests, the chapter attended the John Deere Ag Expo in Bozeman where more members could compete rather than the NILE where only the Livestock team had a contest. This was a great opportunity for our chapter to be exposed to a State Convention-style event. There were over 1500 competitors in various events. The chapter attended the opening ceremony and guest speaker. Our chapter had members enrolled in Employment Skills, Livestock Judging, Creed Speaking, Veterinary Science, and Horse Judging.
In Employment Skills, there were 89 contestants. Alyssa Thormahlen placed 14th overall. In Vet Science there were 45 teams and 248 individuals competing. The Belfry chapter placed 10th overall in team with all members scoring in the top 1/2 of individuals. Alyssa Thormahlen received a rank of 43rd, Katy Parker- 63rd, Anna Hansen-72rd and Isabell Heiken-122rd. Belfry fielded 2 teams of Livestock Judgers. The senior team was up against 63 teams and 297 individuals. The team placed 25th and Whitney Herden had a high individual rank of 65. The Junior team faced 60 teams and 238 individuals. These youngsters had never participated in an event and to be thrown into the mix of 600 participants all in one small venue, they performed admirably!
The Chapter held a raffle to purchase t-shirts to wear in times that Official Dress is not required but where we want to be recognized as a chapter. The main prize was a winch that was donated to us by the Laurel TSC. The chair was make by an FFA member last spring and the plasma cut was created by Ms. McClane. It was very successful.
Several Members attended the Speaking Events CDE in Park City. Whitney Herden placed 5th in SR. Creed Speaking. Anna Hanson represented the chapter in Jr. Creed. Alyssa Thormahlen and Katy Parker competed in Sr. Employment Skills. Belfry Chapter’s contribution to the contests were preparation of all the Extemporaneous questions for JV and SR by Mrs. Campbell; a total of 32 questions in all.
We are currently finalizing fruit sales. This will be our last event before Christmas. The Greenhouse plant order is submitted. Our t-shirts are designed. We have gained a few members since the start of school (several boys!). Our chapter continues to work on one of the main goals for this year which is leadership and follow through. We have some great activities planned for the New Year!