Edon FFA sorts coins for cancer

The Edon FFA chapter’s “Coins for Cancer” fundraiser last year during FFA Week raised $1,045.30 for Cancer Assistance of Williams County. Here, seniors Connor Skiles, Tatum Schaffter, Aidan Muehlfeld, Caitlyn Dietsch, Alex Jacoby, Alea Brandt and Shane Zulch count some of the coins collected. The fundraiser was one of many events the chapter held that also included providing more than 200 meals to harvest crews and logging more than 3,000 hours of community service. 

The Edon FFA Chapter is celebrating its 82nd year with 75 FFA members who are dedicated to developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

Even with the challenges of the past year, our members continue to work hard and develop themselves as leaders who take pride in giving back to the community. During the 2020 FFA Week, members raised $1,045.30 for Cancer Assistance of Williams County through their “Coins for Cancer” challenge. Additionally, members wrote over 300 letters to local farmers thanking them for all they do to provide for our community and our country. Finally, in October our members provided meals for harvest crews at the Edon Cooperative through their Feeding Farmers event. In total, over 200 meals were made and delivered to local farmers during the harvest season. Students in the Edon FFA program have cumulatively logged over 3,000 hours of community service over the past year.

Members of the Edon FFA Chapter were very busy this past year with career development events as well. We not only had members participate at the sub-district and district level, we also had several state level winners. Again this year, our Grain Merchandising CDE Team, coached by Joe Radabaugh, placed first in the state competition. The top placing members of the team were Chase Goebel, Connor Skiles, Shane Zulch and Tatum Schaffter.

One requirement of our program is that students maintain a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program and keep records of their projects. Over the last year, our students have logged more than 10,000 hours in their SAEs and have had a total economic impact of more than $105,000 in our community.

Hundreds of Edon students have experienced and enjoyed the variety of programs FFA has to offer and have earned awards and accolades for their efforts. This past year, three members received their State FFA Degrees: Addison Harding, Skiles and Cameron Siebenaler.

Although many of our FFA members do not live on a farm, the FFA gives them the opportunity to learn more about our agriculture-based community. All of our students get involved in the experience whether they have grown up on a farm or not because it teaches them leadership skills and helps them better prepare for their futures. We have had many of our students go to college after graduation for an agricultural major due to their participation in the FFA chapter. We know that none of what we do would be possible without the unselfish contributions of so many individuals throughout our community. Our chapter is incredibly grateful for all the support and assistance that allows us to achieve such high levels of excellence each year.

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