Wynn and Kathy Mayfield and Mike
Ben Wetzler, 22; Zach Wetzler, 17; Katelyn Wetzler, 15
Oct. 16, 1992
North Clackamas FFA
Clackamas High School
Swine Entrepreneurship Production
Association treasurer, 2011-12
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University
Council freshman representative, Junior Greek Life member and Top 10 freshman at
Oklahoma State University; Alpha Gamma Rho chaplain and philanthropy chair,
Student Alumni board member
FUTURE CAREER GOAL
Wetzler desires to be
actively engaged in an agricultural-based, non-profit organization that focuses
on the needs of its local community while globally speaking to youth about the
value of agriculture and service to others.
Jason Wetzler’s grandparents owned a bakery.
His grandmother was the
baker. It was his grandfather’s job – with the help of Wetzler and his older
brother Ben – to deliver the famed blackberry-peach pies to salivating customers
Filled with youthful curiosity, the brothers wanted to learn
how to bake pies, too. But his grandmother would always say, “It’s just a little
too complex for you little guys.”
Determined, one day he and his brother
asked their grandfather to teach them how to bake.
He taught them about the
processes involved, how to measure and distribute ingredients and how to top
each pie off with an attractive crumb topping to excite customers.
and his brother spent an entire day trying to duplicate their grandmother’s
mastery but couldn’t. He remembers going to bed that night exhausted and
The next morning, the boys accompanied their grandfather on
regular deliveries. Pulling up to a home, the grandfather told the boys to
simply watch the customer’s face as he performed his usual tradition of asking
each recipient to try a bit of the pie before he left.
Wetzler couldn’t help
but notice the smile that one bite would produce.
Walking away, his
grandfather told them, “Grandma may like to complicate things but she knows that
a simple smile can make someone’s life much better. And that’s why we love to
Through that experience, Wetzler learned that what matters most
in life is the effect that someone has on the lives of others.
elected to serve on the 2013-14 National FFA Officer team as Western Region vice
president at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Other members of the
2013-14 National FFA Officer team are Brian Walsh of Virginia as president,
Mitch Baker of Tennessee as secretary, Steven Brockshus of Iowa as Central
Region vice president, Jackson Harris of Alabama as Southern Region vice
president and Wes Davis of West Virginia as Eastern Region vice president.
Originally from Clackamas, Ore., Wetzler served as Oregon FFA Association
treasurer and district president. He was president, vice president and sentinel
of his FFA chapter and won state and national awards in parliamentary procedure,
showmanship, livestock judging and public speaking.
He was also a member of
his high school’s varsity wrestling, football and baseball teams, 4-H, Young
Life, Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Each year at the
National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to
represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a
president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern,
eastern and western regions of the country.
National officers commit to a
year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000
national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders,
thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and
education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team
will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members
throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA
and promote agricultural literacy.
Wetzler, an agricultural leadership major
at Oklahoma State University, hopes to work in an agricultural non-profit
organization that focuses on needs of local communities.
“I have one simple
goal in my heart as a national officer that I will strive to accomplish and that
is to make the lives of others better,” Wetzler said. “I will go out of my way
to assist, direct, coach, teach and simply talk to any FFA member no matter what
other priorities I have. What I do day by day for a year will change drastically
but why I do it will not. The blue jacket of FFA provides me one of the greatest
platforms to create change in people’s lives.”
Jason Wetzler - Press Release