Whereas the 2021 Illinois FFA Conference was offered as a hybrid format, FFA members had been nonetheless capable of elect new state officers in particular person on the Illinois State Fairgrounds or just about on June 10.
Elections started with 10 candidates for 5 workplaces, and over 350 delegates gathered within the grandstands or on-line to elect the next new state officers:
- President — Adam Loker, Wayne Metropolis FFA
- Vp — Jaton Shaffer, Blue Ridge FFA
- Reporter — Lauren Mohr, Regular West FFA
- Secretary — Gracie Murphy, Macomb FFA
- Treasurer — Kara Freebairn, Serena FFA
In 2020, the conference was hosted fully in a digital format; nevertheless, the Illinois FFA Affiliation and 2020-21 state officer team had been capable of host many classes in particular person. Whereas a digital enterprise session was held on Might 28, in-person district award classes passed off on June 1, 4 and 9. Additionally, stars over Illinois had been acknowledged on the Illinois State Fairgrounds on June 8.
“This is an amazing feeling,” stated Adam Loker, after receiving the bulk vote for president. “I look forward to a phenomenal year serving as your state president.”
Loker stated he seems ahead to being a mentor to different FFA members. “It is all about the people,” he says. “I want to make those one-on-one connections with FFA members just like I had with a state officer.”
Shortly after, Jaton Shaffer was elected the 2021-22 Illinois FFA vice chairman.
“I am so excited for this next year,” he stated. “I can’t honestly say how much this means to me.”
Shaffer says he’s keen to listen to FFA members’ tales. He needs to know what evokes them to be part of FFA.
Lauren Mohr, the newly elected reporter, stated she can also be excited to make connections with FFA members throughout the state and function a mentor.
“I am super-excited to tell members a message of you can be exactly who you want to be,” she stated. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or who you are. Just remember to be you and anything can happen.”
In contrast to the remainder of the team, Gracie Murphy, the 2021-22 Illinois FFA secretary, didn’t develop up round agriculture. Nonetheless, involvement in FFA sparked her ardour for the group and agriculture schooling.
“This past year, we have been able to connect with people virtually,” she stated. “Being here at the state convention and seeing all of these members is getting me excited because I know we will have many opportunities to make connections.”
Kara Freebairn, state treasurer, rounds out the new state officer team with enthusiasm for the yr forward.
“I am over-the-moon speechless. I am so happy to be elected with such a great group of individuals,” she stated. “I am excited to start traveling more and meeting more people.”
The 2021-22 Illinois FFA state officer team will maintain off on their collegiate plans for a yr. This may enable them to completely dedicate the subsequent yr to serving FFA members throughout the state of Illinois.