FFA Career Week

I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at a local FFA Chapter last night in honor of FFA week. I haven’t been to a FFA meeting in over 10 years, I’ll admit, I got a whisper misty eyed when the members were performing their opening ceremonies.

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Mr. Jim Holt, was also a speaker. When I attended CSU Chico, Mr. Holt was “THE Meat Guy”. I worked for him in the meats lab my Junior and Senior year. I was the offical jerky girl, which was pretty awesome. The best part about it was after a long day of making jerky and being a college kid, my friends and I would meet up for some cold, refreshing adult beverages at the local water hole. Let me tell you what, being a cute, blonde girl that smells like jerky in a bar full of drunk college boys is the perfect recipe for free drinks. Not that I would know.

Mr. Holt stressed that the meat industry needs good people. That there are jobs available to people that want to work hard. If he would have gone on much longer, I would have applied to CSU for a masters in meat science.

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Colleen Cecil spoke about the Farm Bureau and how wonderful it is, and all the opportunities available to its members – regardless if you farm or ranch for a living or not. Seriously non-aggie people, think about joining your local Farm Bureau, it is a great group, I have lot of fun and learn a lot through this organization. 

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This is a slide from my PowerPoint. I basically told them FFA gives them life skills that will enable them to do anything. It’s the truth, I know my time in FFA prepared me for almost anything!

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When my talk was over with, the President presented me with a hand-written thank you card and gift. Very classy, I was very impressed.

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I had a ball getting to talk to these kids! It was fun to speak in public again, I miss it. I have a feeling this is a start of a new hobby for me!

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8 responses to “FFA Career Week

  1. Sharon Brown

    If I were a bar go’ er I would rub myself with jerkey and head to town tonight. Maybe We should try it together this summer when it’s really hot and see if we can get free beer. Might not work too well with your Mom but lets try!!

  2. Way to go Megan!!!! If you speak anything like you write this will become more then a hobby! You write so clearly, and yet with a touch of whimsy that takes us all to a quieter place. You remain calm and focused when pressured, which in my old age I am able to do less and less, and your responses are balanced and concise!!! I am so proud to know you and have known you and your family for so many, many years!! Keep it up.

  3. I’m so glad you went, that group of kids is so exciting they are so eager to learn. Jessica is a great teacher and she has a school board that is backing her. They want to lease/buy her a farm. These days when most schools are cutting their ag programs this one is building theirs, we so need to support them.

  4. This is great! I love your support of FFA and Farm Bureau. And also, nice hip sophisticated outfit! I so miss speaking in public about farming issues. I really, really do- but I am glad you are doing it. -kate

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