GREENSBURG -- Renae Kramer took over the reins of the Greensburg FFA chapter for the upcoming year, but knows she has big shoes to fill following two of the top leaders in the short history of the chapter.
“They are awesome leaders and we will be using all of the lessons they have taught us to do our best for this chapter and its members,” Kramer said.
Kramer is referring to Greensburg FFA seniors Layne Sanders and Becca McDole who have been local leaders throughout their high school careers. That leadership paid off for the two chapter and district FFA officers in the form of several hundred dollars of scholarships and awards that each received at the local chapter banquet held recently at Greensburg High School.
The mission statement is “FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students through premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” In senior speeches given during the banquet, both seniors gave credit to the FFA for molding lives and helping them set their career goals. McDole will also try to extend her FFA involvement by running for a state office in the FFA where she would spend a year providing leadership to the state’s 10,000 FFA members.
The chapter also took time to recognize local community and agriculture leaders who made a difference in the chapter’s members by contributing time, talent and money to assist the members and the chapter in various activities.
Community service awards were given to Ed Diewert, Jeff Hermesch, Matt Eldridge, Wade Whipple, Beth Sanders, Dr. Larry Rueff, Jeff Koontz and Steve Gauck.
In addition, many companies and organizations were recognized including Don Meyer Ford, Decatur County Farm Bureau, Lowe’s Feed, Power of the Past Festival, Soy Processors and Smith Implements.
Honorary Chapter Degrees were given to local businessman, Tom Cherry; high school principal, Phil Chapple; Rushville agriculture teacher, Blair Orme; former Greensburg agriculture teacher, Quinn Wicker; conservationist and local beef farmer, Scott Sanders; and livestock specialist, Merrill Smith. Chapple, along with superintendent Tom Hunter, was instrumental in bringing agriculture education and FFA to the chapter and both were present at the banquet.