Contributed By: Christina Taylor, Loganville Middle FFA Reporter and Brandon Walker, LMS FFA Advisor
Members of the FFA Officer Team traveled to beautiful Cleveland, Georgia July 23-25. The FFA members lodged for three days at a mountain house called Yonah Escape to prepare for the coming school year by planning the FFA Chapter’s program of activities, engage in leadership training, and experience some good ole recreational fun in the great outdoors. The retreat began with a grocery shopping trip in which students were paired with a partner, and given a list of food items to locate and purchase much like a scavenger hunt.
Once the team arrived at their mountain location, the young people went right to work by overviewing the weekends activities and discussing FFA Officer duties and expectations. The first night of the retreat was capped off with LMS FFA President, Heith May, FFA Secretary, Christopher Steele, and FFA Advisor, Brandon Walker grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for the group. The FFA team enjoyed some fun and relaxation also during the trip by tubing down the Chattahoochee River the next afternoon and enjoyed unlimited fishing in a small pond at the base of Yonah Mountain.
Throughout the retreat, LMS FFA officers discussed activities in which FFA members could help development their local FFA Chapter, individual student members, and the community. The group finished up the trip with a visit to a local grape vineyard where the students could see agro-tourism in action. The officer team is excited about all the upcoming FFA activities planned for the 2012-2013 school year and encourages any Loganville Middle School student to join the FFA chapter and discover all that the world of agriculture education has to offer.