Three Pettisville FFA members attended the Washington Leadership Conference July 7 to 11, in Washington, D.C. These members were Jacob Dennis, Jordan Skates, and Gretchen Lee. WLC is a conference held by FFA National for FFA members to learn leadership skills and how they can make a difference in their communities.
On the way to Washington D.C., the members stopped at Gettysburg, Pa. They saw a diorama, a cyclorama theater and toured the Gettysburg museum. They also saw monuments from each state that had soldiers in the battle fought in Gettysburg, considered the high tide of the War Between the States.
At WLC, the members attended sessions and made their own Living to Serve or LTS plan. An LTS plan involves a member recognizing a problem in their community, the country or the world, and developing a plan to help end this problem. The Pettisville member plans included promoting wildlife conservation, understanding and reducing the national debt and finding ways to involve more students in FFA.
In addition to learning valuable leadership skills, the members visited Arlington National Cemetery, several monuments, the Newseum, and the three different Smithsonian Museums. The members were able to meet Congressman Bob Latta, and watched a meeting of the Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Latta is a member. The committee was hearing testimony on the ban still in affect regarding exporting crude oil. The group heard from three or four congressional representatives and a representative of the Czech Republic.
Overall, the Pettisville participants enjoyed the conference. Lee said “I really appreciate the opportunity provided to me to be able to work within the community groups to sharpen my leadership abilities and enhance my skills of working on committees to accomplish a goal.”
“I feel privileged to be able to attend the Washington Leadership Conference,” said Skates. “I feel that my time there was very beneficial and it has inspired me to be a better leader.”
Jacob Dennis said that, “I feel privileged that I was able to meet my local congressman and, although he had a busy schedule, he still took the time to talk to us.”
When visiting Latta and some of the sites, the FFA members were accompanied by John and Lexie Poulson. Congressman Latta’s intern took the Poulsons on a tour of the capitol.
The Washington Leadership Conference is held each summer, seven different weeks. Past state officers are employed as the staff. The cost for the students who attended was partially covered by the FFA Alumni and several local alumni members.
Caption: Pettisville FFA members with Congressman Bob Latta. Gretchen Lee (Left), Jordan Skates (Center), and Jacob Dennis (Right). Members met with Latta in his office and then an aid took them to a meeting of the Energy and Commerence committee.