Chaplain Jessica Meer will give the invocation and nine other officers will conduct a business meeting: President Jacob Schwab, Vice President Megan Doll, Secretary Hayley Huntington, Treasurer Chad Emsweller, Sentinel Justin Grunkemeyer, Reporter Michaela Hoff, Historian Colton Lunsford, Parliamentarian Neal Nobbe and Student Adviser Hunter Nobbe.
What’s the greatest challenge for FFA leaders in organizing the banquet? President Jacob Schwab answers, “Trying to get everybody on the same page and trying to make all the work as easy as possible.” He has learned how to delegate. “Every officer has a task. We start buckling down and getting everything ready” in October.
The senior feels the banquet may be “an eye-opener to some in the community who don’t realize how much of an ag-based community we are. If they come here, they will be able to see how agriculture has made Batesville grow in its own special way.”
Of the national FFA organization, Schwab explains, “There’s more to it than just farmers and corn.” He hopes attendees ask the adviser and officers what the club is all about.
The president reports local FFA events are “all pretty fun. The one I’m really into is livestock judging. I can talk with the best of them!” The senior who hopes to major in beef production in college observes, “I’ve been raised around cattle ... I was herding cattle since I could walk.”
Now’s the time to purchase banquet tickets. Allen says, “We’re trying to encourage people to get their tickets earlier so we have a chance to prepare an adequate amount of food.” Those who do will pay $2 less than at the door.
Mumaw reports the dinner allows her group to “raise a little money. The FFA chapter puts the proceeds toward expenses, such as attending state and national FFA conventions.”