Twenty-five members of the Knoxville FFA Chapter attended the 2013 State Leadership Conference in Ames, ready to GROW as leaders. These individuals showed great commitment to their chapter by getting up early to leave at 6:30 a.m. They were respectful, well-disciplined, and they represented Knoxville in the best way possible.
The theme of this year's conference was GROW. They displayed GROW by mentioning it in the officer retiring speeches, displaying it in the career show, and helping members learn what it meant in the sessions and workshops.
In the retiring addresses, each state officer gave a speech inspiring FFA members to grow as individuals and leaders. The topics ranged from self-confidence, never giving up, and being the best YOU that you can be, because everyone else is already taken. These addresses made people think about how they acted, how they thought of themselves, and how they treated other people. It really made one GROW as an individual.
The career show was set up in the Scheman building at Iowa State University. Different businesses and colleges were set up in stands to talk to FFA members who stopped by. They gave one an idea of what they might want to do when they grow up, and what college they might want to attend as they get older. Most of the stands had brochures and little goodies ranging from free pens or cups to t-shirts and plants to give out. The career show was a great way for new and old FFA members to learn more about FFA and agriculture and the future that they may have in it.
The workshops were also set up in the Scheman building. There were 13 workshops throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday. The workshops talked about the future of agriculture, the different majors in agriculture, potential jobs in agriculture and much more. They taught one how to be an outstanding leader, how to grow in their leadership potential and how to spread their knowledge of agriculture and leadership to other people. They were a great addition to have at the 2013 Leadership Conference.