By Alex Johannes
The Nashville FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23, 2019. This FFA Week embraces more than 91 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. Nearly 670,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
Designated a national week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday, National FFA Week runs from Saturday to Saturday and gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. As a part of National FFA Week, Nashville FFA members are planning some special events like a grain contest, a milk chugging contest, and a coloring contest for Washington County 1st graders. Some of the fun activities include driving tractors to school, the annual cookout, and dress-up days like camo day, ag industry day, Deere vs. International day, cowboy/redneck day and FFA day. To show appreciation for support throughout the year, members will serve the entire NCHS faculty and staff lunch on the Wednesday of FFA Week. Members also have the opportunity to participate in other various events like tractor driving, an FFA cookout, morning trivia, and a drive your tractor to school day. These events get everybody in the chapter involved and is always a very exciting week that people look forward to all year round. To kick off FFA Week, Mayor Rolf visits the Nashville FFA Officers to sign the Official National FFA Week Proclamation.
Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 250 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
FFA members who took part in the proclamation signing were (pictured from l to r): Grant Pedtke, Alex Johannes, Carli Hoffman, Riley Bergmann, Mayor Erik Rolf, Tabor Kozuszek, Meghan Felts, Emily Stern and Chloe Pelka. Back row (l to r): Eric Wisely, Bailey Pelka, Brooklyne Luessenheide, Katlyn Eversgerd, Brandon Wisely, Esdon Bartling, Emily Guest, Hanna Neidbalski and Madison Schuette.