Southeast Sub-District Leadership Conference
In February 2017, 26 members participated in various leadership career development events at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, Iowa. Sub-District contest is the first leg of preliminary stages for State qualifying. East Buchanan was represented very well and won the overall contest. This is a great way to show some competitive spirit and work together as a team.
(Left to Right) Top Row: Kennedy Amos, Jodie Mausser, Spencer Cook, Clayton Walthart. 4th Row: Riley Reck, Kayla Dudley, DeAnn Lentz, Nathaniel Dosland, Sebastian Beatty, Austin Ackerman. 3rd Row: Nicole Pettinger, Austin Cook, Keegan Kehrli, Mason Higgins, Dylan Kortenkamp, Reese Recker. 2nd Row: Micaela Steenstra, Ashley Wessels, Maddi Sweet, Becca Walthart, Jared Kelly. 1st Row: Sarah Collison, Megan Gee, Kaylee Kortenkamp, Gannon Cook, Trevor Hepker, Landon Nunemaker
District Leadership Conference
In March 2017, members from East Buchanan FFA attended and participated in numerous leadership activities at Monticello High School. District Leadership Conference is a place where FFA members compete against one another for the right to compete at the Iowa State Leadership Conference, discuss district matters, say goodbye and welcome the newly elected District Officer Team. East Buchanan earned three gold ratings with one advancing to state and two others served as alternates to state, two silver ratings. One member was elected to district office, two members were recognized for outstanding academic achievement and the chapter was named a superior national chapter. Overall, East Buchanan was represented very well on this day.
District Officer Candidates
District Officer is a prestigious honor. If elected, officers can represent their sub-district or the entire district and get to present workshops across the northeast corner of Iowa, visit various schools advocating for FFA and agriculture and be our voice at the district level. To become an officer, one must submit an application and go through a rigorous interview process. If selected to be on the ballot, the candidate will prepare a 2 minute speech to present to delegates for voting. Jodie Mausser was voted by her peers to represent the sub-district as the 2017-2018 Southeast Sub-District Vice-President of the Northeast East District for the second year in a row. Jodie's election marks the first ever East Buchanan FFA member to be voted on the team.
Chapter Officer Leadership Training (C.O.L.T.)
At C.O.L.T. newly elected officers are able to gain more knowledge about their respective positions. Officers work with other officers from other schools to gain some insight on how they run their chapter and learn from each other. District and State Officers provide workshops to help them gain their knowledge on how they can better serve their local chapter.
In October 2017, members participated in the annual Greenhand Fire-Up held every year at Wapsie Valley High School. At the Fire-Up, first year members participate in various workshops relating to FFA and gaining more knowledge about this great organization. This is often the first time Greenhand members are able to participate in something above the local chapter level.