Nashville FFA chapter members Austin Schorfheide and Callie McClay in Washington, D.C.
By Alex Johannes, Chapter Reporter
Nashville FFA chapter members Austin Schorfheide and Callie McClay, attended the annual Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 25-July 2.
FFA members from all across Illinois met in Springfield and Urbana to embark on their trip east to the annual Washington Leadership Conference.
To start off the trip, members visited the Pentagon Memorial, the National Museum of American History, took a dinner cruise on the Potomac River, visited George
Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, toured the Holocaust museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Mall, the U.S. Capitol building and the Newseum.
In addition to touring D.C., members also had the opportunity to participate in leadership building sessions at the Omni Shoreham Hotel hosted by facilitators from the National FFA Organization.
During the five-day event, attendees learned how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, appreciating the value individuals bring to a team, how to take action in a team setting, and how to serve others in a higher capacity.
Members left with the knowledge and confidence to act in ways that improve their schools, community, their country, and themselves as individuals.
The event concluded with a service project that included packaging 63,000 meals for the organization “Meals for Hope”.
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.