Hinkley H., a member of the Ware County High School FFA chapter, began his term as the Area 6 Secretary on August 5-6, when the Georgia FFA Area Officers met for the Area Officer Training Conference.
Forty-eight new area officers from six areas of the state attended the two-day training conference held at Camp John Hope near Fort Valley. The objective was to orient the new officers to their position as area leaders. Each area team met with a member of their regional agricultural education staff, as well as the Georgia FFA leadership program specialist, FFA executive secretary, and state FFA advisor to discuss their roles and responsibilities. The officers explored their decision making process, developed a team philosophy of leadership, discovered what it means to be an ambassador for the FFA, and began setting goals for the coming year.
The first assignment given to the new area officers was the FFA Day at the Fair program. On October 111, more than 3,000 Agricultural Education students will meet in Perry to attend FFA Day at the Georgia National Fair. Their hosts for the event will be the Area Officers. Each officer team has been charged with creating booths and displays that showcase the benefits of FFA and agricultural education.Throughout the school year, Hinkley and his fellow officers will have the opportunity to represent Area 6 FFA members at a variety of teachers’ meetings, career development events, leadership conferences and area training activities.
Next spring, each Area Officer team will be responsible for conducting their respective Area banquet and awards assembly. The officers will also serve as courtesy corps at the 89th State FFA Convention in Macon on April 27-29, 2017.
FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program. FFA is an organization of over 620,000 members nationally with more than 41,000 in Georgia. These students are preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Hinkley stated, “I look forward to serving the members of Area 6 and hopefully influencing them to become more involved in FFA as others have done for me.”
Note: This article was contributed by Jordan O'Berry, Chapter Reporter. Danny Bartlett is the local Chapter Advisor.