Editor’s be aware: That is the ultimate story of an eight-part collection on catching up with the South Dakota state FFA officer staff 25 years after their retiring addresses.
Every year, the state FFA group elects a slate of officers to steer youth for a yr. This staff spends the yr visiting FFA chapters throughout the state. Right here, we get caught up with Suzie Behlings, who served as reporter of the 1995-96 state officer staff.
Identify and workplace: Suzie (Lutter) Behlings, reporter
Highschool: Wessington Springs Excessive
Mother and father: Kerry and Janet Lutter
FFA involvement: Management positions as state reporter, district president, chapter president, chapter reporter and FFA ambassador
Profession growth occasions: Ready public talking, extemporaneous talking, job interview, parliamentary process, agricultural gross sales, farm administration and crops judgingSOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Suzie Behlings says everybody ought to be a part of FFA, as there’s an choice to suit any curiosity.
When did you set your sights on attaining a state workplace? I don’t assume it was a particular second, however slightly a end result of experiences as I turned extra concerned, attended management camps and state and nationwide conventions, and took on different management roles. Ultimately it felt like the following step and a possibility to present again to a corporation that I had discovered a lot from.
Did somebody encourage you to unfold your wings in FFA? Did somebody see the management potential in you? My FFA advisor, Craig Shryock, had a wonderful means of difficult college students to do extra. He motivated me to proceed to tackle new challenges and proceed to grow by means of FFA.
Fast put up highschool plan: Following highschool I attended South Dakota State College and graduated with an agricultural enterprise diploma, worldwide choice and Spanish.
Profession: After graduating from SDSU, I joined Citi as a administration affiliate. I then attended the Carlson College of Administration in Minneapolis and accomplished a grasp’s diploma in human assets and industrial relations. I went on to work in human assets and undertaking administration at Citi.
How has FFA expertise aided you in your profession, grownup life? FFA helped me develop management abilities and confidence which have helped me to achieve success in my profession, as nicely as different aspects of my life. By means of FFA, I discovered to be a part of a staff and to speak extra successfully, whereas setting excessive targets for myself. Most of all, I met so many superb folks that impressed me and proceed to encourage me at this time.
Would you be the place you’re at this time with out FFA? Each expertise shapes us as people, and FFA was undoubtedly a large a part of that for me. By means of FFA, I had alternatives to journey, attempt new issues, meet new individuals and be a part of some actually superb groups. FFA offered distinctive experiences to assist me be taught and grow as a person, whereas introducing me to individuals who have been key influences in my life.
Favourite FFA reminiscence: Being a part of the state FFA officer staff was undoubtedly the spotlight of my FFA profession. Our staff actually bonded from the start, and among the finest instances had been spent driving throughout South Dakota, getting ready for management camps, visiting each FFA chapter in South Dakota and hanging out as a staff. I wouldn’t commerce that yr for something.
Recommendation to a present FFA member, or a pupil making an attempt to resolve on a corporation: FFA provides one thing for everybody, so don’t be afraid to leap in and discover your area of interest.
Partner, youngsters: Husband Eric and youngsters Quentin, 17, and Gavin, 15
For previous tales within the collection, see:
- Former SD state FFA officers look back
- 1995-96 state FFA officers offer advice for next generation
- Former FFA president credits group for her skills, confidence
- Past VP: FFA ‘was my life’
- FFA ‘will groom you more than you can imagine’
- Song-writing ag teacher leans on FFA experience
- FFA helped prepare former officer for career