At the University of Wyoming, the Collegiate FFA chapter maintains an active membership. Members participate in a variety of service projects and professional development activities each year, all while embodying the FFA motto “Learning to do, Doing to learn, Earning to live, Living to serve.”
Members and friends were invited to a picnic in the park to start the fall 2012 semester. Everyone enjoyed munching on pizza and playing a friendly game of volleyball until the lightening rolled in. To keep things rolling, members also participated in the UW Homecoming Parade. In a display of school pride, members spent an afternoon painting signs and inflating balloons before heading to the parade on a cold, snowy morning. Fun activities aside, the chapter is service-oriented, with members participating in a variety of events during the academic year.
A popular annual event is SafeTreat, a safe Halloween trick-or-treating venue hosted on campus for local children. This year, members hosted a fishing booth and helped youngsters “catch” some Halloween candy.
Needing another service project, members decided to construct and donate lap blankets to the new Ivinson Memorial Hospital Guest House. About 20 members spent just under one hour tying pieces of fleece together during the November meeting, creating nine blankets. The lap blankets were delivered by chapter treasurer Leo Perez Jr. and advisor Kris Brewer to the gracious Dee Bott of the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation board. The club enjoyed making the blankets and plans to repeat the project during the spring semester.
To round out the fall semester, several members participated in “Adopt-the-Campus,” a campus-wide trash pickup initiative. As part of the Wyoming FFA Day of Service, other members helped the university’s ACRES Student Farm clear away dying crops in preparation for winter.
The chapter also stays very involved with the Wyoming FFA. In October, members traveled to Douglas, Wyo., to assist with FIRE/CPC, a leadership weekend for first timers and presidents of the Wyoming high school chapters. They helped with set up for the event plus participated as group leaders for the tour of a power plant and feedlot.
In conjunction with Alpha Tau Alpha, the chapter helped host the Cowboy Classic, a contest for Wyoming FFA high school chapters. Planning a speech contest is a great experience for the future agricultural education teachers in the club. This year’s events—including parliamentary procedure and Creed, extemporaneous and prepared speaking—were coordinated by Cinnamon Smith, with many members involved as judges.
This spring, the chapter will be involved with the Wyoming state FFA convention. Members are looking forward to creating merchandise and running the FFA Store. Additionally, the chapter is in charge of the Greenhand Quiz Bowl, maintaining the database of quiz bowl questions and monitoring the test during convention. Some members will also assist with the agricultural mechanics contest sponsored by the ATA.
The 2012-2013 year so far has seen a productive UW chapter working to serve their community and state. The chapter plans to continue their service in the future.