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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013/National FFA Organization) –
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.
Wetzler 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 bewildered.
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 bake, boys.”
Through that experience, Wetzler learned that what matters most in life is the
effect that someone has on the lives of others.
Wetzler was 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.
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
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.”
FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success
training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades
seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the
U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.