Mayors help kick off FFA Week

By Scott Halasz shalasz@civitasmedia.com

February 18, 2014

XENIA TWP. —National FFA Week kicked off hoping to ignite leadership, growth and success.

The Greene County Career Center FFA chapter hoped to spark local interest on Monday by hosting four county mayors, who signed proclamations at the Agricultural Research Center supporting FFA’s efforts. Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, Bellbrook Mayor Bob Baird, Fairborn Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick and Beavercreek Mayor Brian Jarvis all signed the declaration recognizing FFA and urging their constituents to join them in support.

“It’s something great for their future,” Bayless said. “We seem to think FFA is just for farmers. (But) it’s for business people, veterinarians, all sorts of different careers. The kids are so well informed about all that it takes to make this possible. They take this very seriously.”

This is the first time the FFA has had the mayors involved in seven years, according to chapter reporter Nicole Hackman, an 11th grader from Beavercreek. She and the other chapter officers are simply hoping to spread the word throughout the county.

“All of the mayors in Greene County have a vested interest since we take students from all over,” Hackman said. “We’re trying to drum up support for the organization.”

The group is also getting some state-wide attention as Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) will present a resolution Wednesday honoring the Ohio FFA, home to 23,000 active members and more than 250,000 alumni. Widener represents Ohio’s 10th District, which includes all of Greene County and includes 16 chapters.

National FFA Week officially started on Feb. 15 and runs through Saturday with a plethora of events.

Steven Brockshus, the Central Region vice-president and a sophomore at Iowa State University is visiting on Thursday, the same day as the Ag Olympics, which start at 6 p.m.

“We all go in teams and compete against each other,” Hackman said. Olympic events include a tire roll and kissing a pig. Greene County FFA alumni will cook hot dogs during the games.

Friday night there will be a dance inside the ARC Barn.