Bowman County FFA members attend Winter Leadership Conferences

Three leadership conferences for members of the FFA were held in Bismarck on January 5-6, 2019. 

Mitch Stuber,
Bowman County FFA reporter

The 101 conference which was conducted by the North Dakota State FFA Officer team, was held at the Bismarck Civic center. This segment of the tri-conference involved FFA members who are freshmen and are learning about the FFA and how to become a good leader and strong member in the FFA organization.

For sophomores and juniors, the 212 conference is aimed at the development of basic leadership skills in members. 212° – the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212o Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attended sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals and taking steps towards self-improvement.

360° takes students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The two-day 360° conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapter and developing a strategy to implement their vision.

Members also participated in a toy drive for North Dakota children that are hospitalized.  Items were donated to local hospitals for children that have been hospitalized due to illness or injury.

These conferences are a great opportunity for students to work toward becoming both better members and better leaders. The skills they learn at the conferences will not only help them as individuals but, more important, they learn skills they can take home to their chapters, school and community.  Over 1,100 students attended this conference weekend.  These students are some of the best and the brightest youth and will be future leaders and promoters of North Dakota agriculture industry.