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  ALC Week 3 Review
By: State FFA Reporter Amie Wilcox
Sunday, July 22, 2012
     
It’s official: ALC2K12 has come to a close.

Just as fast as the lights came on and our team watched camp come to life around us, the lights went out. Week three was an absolute blast.

Throughout the week, it was amazing to see members take in the theme of “I believe” and really take it to heart as their perspective of our creed changed throughout the week.

One unique aspect of the week was our banquet keynote speaker, Mrs. Jennifer Cook. In 1987, Mrs. Cook became the first female state president of the Arkansas FFA. Her message was full of wisdom and inspiration for everyone present, focusing on overcoming adversity and what it means to believe in the future of agriculture.

It’s no surprise that Mrs. Cook can still recite our FFA creed; E.M. Tiffany’s words are timeless and often are found engraved into the hearts of those in love with the FFA. She lives with the philosophy that the two words at the beginning of each paragraph of our creed, “I believe,” are the secret to success and achieving our dreams.

Her advice to FFA members about our personal impact on others was the perfect food for thought after our day of service and session titled “Leadership From Ourselves.” In this session, members had the chance to think about current celebrities in the spotlight and the qualities they portray that either make them successful leaders or bad examples. After this, we discovered a little more about ourselves through making our own personal mind maps. It’s impossible to lead others before first knowing ourselves and our own beliefs.

A quote from Maya Angelou perfectly found itself into this session: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you do. People will never forget how you made them feel.” This was a quote that played true in our service projects Wednesday morning. Throughout small acts of kindness, we impact people so very much.

All of these aspects tied into the key point of the day: character. Character is what we say, what we do, who we are, and how we treat others.

To become authentic leaders, all of these ingredients must combine together to complete the recipe. This is also a lot like our association as a whole. Members make up the chapters, and the chapters make up the Arkansas FFA Association.

Thank you to the Alpena, Bergman, Bismark, Blytheville, Buffalo Island, Centerpoint, Concord, Cotter, Greenbrier, Guy-Perkins, Harrisburg, Hope, Magnet Cove, Mammoth Springs, Marmaduke, Marshall, Mountainburg, Piggott, Quitman, Rison, Taylor, and Wickes FFA Chapters for attending Week three and being so instrumental in being the future of agriculture.

Thank you to all members and advisors for a great year of ALC! You have the skills, the drive, and the dream—now go make an impact and show what the two simple words “I believe” really can do.

 
 
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