Rachel Fry and Rebekah Meller of the Pettisville FFA chapter attended the 2007 Washington Leadership Conference in June in Washington, D.C.
The WLC is a five-day event that trains FFA members to make a positive impact in their school, local community, state and country. It focuses on problem solving, relationship building, living with character, and developing an attitude for serving others.
Partnered with the Mid Atlantic Gleaning Network, participants glean fields for produce for Washington area food banks and shelters.
More than 2,300 FFA members attended one of the seven weeklong sessions. When the students were not attending sessions, they toured historic Washington D.C.
Fry and Meller said that by attending WLC, they were able to identify their passions throughout the FFA, and learn how to develop better problem solving skills in their community through leadership, and by setting up a plan.
WLC helped the girls with their leadership skills. Each was given a topic about her community, and then they had to talk in front of a group of 32 students. By the end, they agreed their public speaking skills had improved, and they learned how to become better leaders in the community and FFA chapter.
The girls each received partial scholarships from the Ohio FFA Alumni through the Pettisville FFA Alumni affiliate.- Libbey Eicher, reporter