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[ISDA] Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Ellspermann Join the Kick Off of National FFA Week
Start Date: 2/4/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/4/2013
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Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will join the Indiana kick off celebration of National FFA Week February 16-23, 2013. The Governor and Lt. Governor will meet for a brief meeting and photo opportunity with the Indiana FFA Officers and members for FFA Page Day on Monday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Statehouse.

“The FFA organization is vitally important to Indiana’s strong agriculture sector, as they prepare our next generation of farmers, researchers, and producers,” said Ellspermann, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture. “Today’s page day is an important educational opportunity for these students to see the process of a bill becoming law.”

“We are so grateful to Governor Pence and Lt. Governor Ellsperman for taking the time to meet with our FFA Officers and members,” said Steve Hickey, executive director of leadership of the Indiana FFA. “FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. What better way to learn how to be a leader than learning from the top leaders of our State.”

The Indiana FFA state officers and members will also be participating in the Indiana House Page Program and the Indiana Senate Page Program. This opportunity will allow them a first-hand view of the legislative process. Students will be paired with state legislators and will assist them with daily tasks during a full day of session.

This year’s FFA Week theme is Grow, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. Through agricultural education and hands‐on learning, FFA members are preparing for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

Who: Governor Mike Pence
          Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann 
          Indiana FFA state officers and more than 100 FFA members

When: February 18, 2013

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: Indiana Statehouse
             2nd Floor in front of the Governor‘s Office
             Indianapolis, Ind.

Media is welcome.

Additional Indiana FFA Week Activities

The following are a sampling of additional FFA activities across Indiana to celebrate National FFA Week. The emphasis is on serving and fellowship.

Thursday, February 21

6-8 am Molly Gibson Memorial Breakfast
The FFA Chapter at Franklin Community High School continues to sponsor and support the Molly Gibson Memorial Breakfast to benefit the children at the Johnson Memorial Hospital. This annual Breakfast honors the memory of Molly Gibson, a FFA student member, who exemplified excellence on behalf of the organization but lost her life in a car accident in 1998.
Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive, Franklin

All Day Westview FFA Blood Drive
The Westview FFA Chapter, in conjunction with the LaGrange chapter of the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive in the Westview high school gymnasium. Students and staff are encouraged to participate as well as first time donors. The goal is to receive 60 units of blood.
Westview High School, 1635 S. 600 W, Topeka, IN

Friday, February 22

8:30 am-2:30 pm Triton Central Salvation Army Day
The Triton Central FFA Chapter will spend the day serving at the Salvation Army. Activities will include fixing meals for the elderly, cleaning up around the building and help as needed.
Salvation Army, 136 E. Washington St., Shelbyville, IN

11 am – 1 pm Caston FFA Community Hog Roast
FFA Members will roast 4 hogs for their Community Hog Roast! Also, with the assistance of their school cafeteria, they will have baked beans, apple Sauce, cole slaw, chips and pie for the Community to enjoy. The Hog Roast is a free will donation and the money raised helps FFA Member attend various leadership workshops, the FFA State and National Convention and numerous other activities.
9815 South SR 25, Fulton, IN

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhart as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA and supports programs by working with sponsors to raise funds for scholarships that are awarded to outstanding members. For more Indiana FFA activities, contact Joe Martin, Indiana FFA program specialist at jmartin@indianaffa.org or 317-878-4000. 

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The Indiana FFA Executive Leadership is housed under ISDA and the agricultural curriculum and education aspects are under the Department of Education. This arrangement allows agriculture teachers to have a direct link to ISDA.

Contact Information:
Name: Jeannie Keating
Phone: 317-696-9695
Email: jkeating@isda.in.gov
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