Local FFA members attend district officers’ conference

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– Pictured is the NORTHEAST DISTRICT District Officer Team: (Left to Right) Eli Ohlde, State FFA President from Clifton Clyde; Michaela Forst, District President from Marysville; Eva Hinrichsen, District Vice President from Rock Creek; Tatum Brunkow, District Secretary from Rock Creek; Curtis Niehues, District Treasurer from Jackson Heights; Brady Trimble, District Reporter from Valley Heights; and Dawn Ledoboer, District Sentinel from Rossvile; and Mrs. Annelle Meals, District Advisor from Marysville.

Eva Hinrichsen and Tatum Brunkow of the Rock Creek FFA Chapter participated in the Kansas FFA District Officer Conference (DOC) held at the Marriott Convention Center in Junction City, KS, August 12-13. Hinrichsen serves as the Northeast District Vice President and Brunkow serves as the Northeast District Secretary.

The strengths-oriented theme of “The Leadership Games” encompassed the key elements of identifying our StrengthsFinder theme, working through conflict, and identifying processes to solve problems throughout their year of service. Throughout the year, they will be serving FFA members across the state and building leadership skills that will make them capable, responsible citizens in life.

Starting with an executive committee meeting, officers were able to discuss current issues facing Kansas FFA and Kansas agricultural education. Students are able to bring perspectives from around the state which will be put into action by the Kansas FFA Association.

The conference continued with an exciting session which allowed students to explore their StrengthsQuest themes. District officers were able to explore the ways they interact with their teammates, and how they can help their district officer team to navigate the upcoming year. In the second session, the district officers discovered the importance of knowing how they individually deal with conflict and what different conflicts might arise throughout their year of service. They were then given tools to help them solve those conflicts and identified an accountability partner for the coming year.

Words from the Associate Dean of Academics Programs for the K-State College of Agriculture, Dr. Don Boggs further encouraged the officers in their endeavors. Later, the officers focused their energy in a training session specifically focusing on key skills that will enable them to produce great workshops. District officers were able to practice these skills and learn how to apply them in their own workshops through a rotational, hands-on experience.

The third session included the officers discovering how they can work through different problems they will encounter by using the adaptive leadership process. In the final session, led by national officer candidate Kyler Langvardt of Chapman, district officer teams brought together the ideas that they had learned, and used them to create a brand that they will use throughout the next year.

As the conference drew to a close, district officers reported on the ideas that they choose to pursue before heading home to implement the skills that they learned.

Eva Hinrichsen

Tatum Brunkow

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