State Officer Blog

Never Ending Progress

Small, seemingly insignificant, never ending progress. A phrase that we as a state officer team first learned at the beginning of our year, just days after State Convention. This would be the first “pillar” in our season as State Officers. I didn’t understand at the...

The Power of Perspective

Have you ever felt the fast acceleration in a car where your body gets pushed into the back of your seat as your stomach gets queasy? Well in a lot of ways, this type of sensation has been the feelings attached to our first two months as state officers. For me, the...

What a Wonder Filled Life

As a newly elected Oregon FFA State Officer there are many moments where we wonder. I can’t speak for my fellow teammates but ever since my name was read from that legendary stage at state convention, my mind has been in a constant state of wonder. And how could it...

The Ultimate Gift of Responsibility

It was an ordinary cold day in February. I was heading down to the barn to feed the goats for the night before a nasty ice storm hit. When I reached for the barn door, I spotted a shadow to my right that startled me. The shadow bolted off and I followed. There I...

Kaizen

Small,  Seemingly insignificant,  Never-ending progress.  This is what was posted on the conference room wall where the team had their first training. Catelyn, our leadership development coordinator, explained it to us like this: though the steps we take may be small...

“In this classroom…”

The sign on the door to enter Ms. Bull's classroom says:   In this classroom, You are kind You are a leader  You are respected You are valued You are teachable You are loved Ms. Bull, an agricultural educator at Dallas High School, has created an environment in her...

Five Second Moments

Well, It’s official, we have just entered the busiest time of the year. This time last year, things felt like they were going a mile a minute. Between basketball season, deciding to run for state office, LDE season, college and scholarship applications, and the...

Rods, Reels, and Blessings

It was a warm November afternoon, the Central Oregon sun was shining, a soft breeze was blowing, and birds were chirping. This was one of those fall days that take you back to summertime and almost make you forget about the cold winter that is quickly approaching. It...

How do you do it?

Five minute phone calls with family during a hustle from one stop to another. Sleepless nights balancing the day’s to-dos. Driving, driving, and more driving. Showing up to school with bags under your eyes but still being ready to face the day.  These are some of the...

Steak Dinners

It’s 6:00 a.m., 34 degrees outside, and you’re about to immerse into the freezing Walton Lake. As you take the first step into 48-degree water, you have three options: complain about how cold it is, don’t say anything at all, or view this tradition as an opportunity...

What is the Best Way to Eat an Elephant?

At the start of this year, I had no clue what the next twelve months would look like. Life had brought some big changes my way, I wasn’t sure what I should study after I graduated, and the only direction my feet faced was the future, though I wanted to run into the...

Just Love

There are many different definitions of love we all practice everyday, the definition I live by is one found in scripture. 1 Corinthians 13 says love is patient, kind, it doesn’t envy or boast, it isn’t arrogant, rude, or insists on its own way, and it’s not...