MOUNTAIN LAKE - First-year FFA members and chapter officers from around the area gathered at the Region VI FFA Greenhand Day and Chapter Officer Workshop on Wednesday, September 25 at Mountain Lake, Minnesota. The main purpose of the workshop was to educate first year members, known as Greenhands, about the opportunities in the FFA.
The day camp was conducted by the Region VI Officer Team and this year's theme was "Light the Fuse". The Minnesota State FFA Reporter, Brandon Roiger of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter, was the keynote speaker. Roiger, with the help of State President Mallory Pagel, also conducted the Chapter Officer Workshop, where Chapter Officers participated in activities stressing the importance of working together, good communication, and promoting FFA.
Tiffany Ludewig, of the Sleepy Eye FFA Chapter, was one of the Region VI Officers who were conducting the Greenhand Day Event. She is the Region VI Sentinel for 2013-14.
Picture 1 (greenhands.JPG) caption: Greenhands pose for their picture before the start of the workshop. Pictured from left to right, front row: Trisha Martinez, Melissa Kral, Samantha Walter, McKayla Ashenbrenner, Alex Gerasch, Ashley Garza, Colton Gemmill, Tyrah Stoll, McKenzie Trebesch, Holly Helget. Middle row from left to right: Sarah Rossbach, Courtney Engholm, Cassidy Hacker, Zoe Macklanburg, Natalie Sellner, Isabella Portner, Ally Helget, Molly Helget, Brennon Helget. Back row from left to right: Lane Trebesch, Caleb Berg, Johnny Rosenhammer, Cory Schumacher, Sam Tessmer, Lucas Windschitl, Nathen Wendinger, Brandon Hoffmann, Tanisha Goblirsch, Miguel Martinez, Juan Montemayor, Tristin Todd, Saul Ibarra, Joel Montemayor, Tyler Weicherding.
Greenhand members attended different workshops throughout the day, where they learned about the basics of the National FFA Organization such as official dress, FFA history, camps, setting goals, Career Development Events, and Supervised Agricultural Experience projects.
Sleepy Eye brought thirty-four Greenhand members including Caleb Berg, Holly Helget, Melissa Kral, Sarah Rossbach, Mckayla Ashenbrenner, Zoe Macklanburg, Lane Trebesch, Brennon Helget, Tyrah Stoll, Cassidy Hacker, Courtney Engholm, Alex Gerasch, Colton Gemmill, Sam Tessmer, Ashley Garza, Miguel Martinez, Brandon Hoffman, Joel Montemayor, Mackenzie Trebesch, Saul Ibarra, Juan Montemayor, Sam Walter, Tristin Todd, Trisha Martinez, Tyler Weicherding, Tanisha Goblirsch, Isabella Portner, Molly Helget, Allie Helget, Johnny Rosenhammer, Natalie Sellner, Nathen Wendinger, Cory Schumacher, and Lucas Windschitl.
Several advanced members also conducted three of the ten CDE presentations and assisted in the Official Dress Presentation. These members included Kolten Nienhaus, Erin Kotten, Marisa Martinez, Justin Kotten, Jennifer Sanchez, Alex Bruggeman, Kaylee Hillmer, Natalie Konopka, and Harley Braun. Josie Schieffert also presented the FFA Creed for the over 550 FFA members in attendance and Bethany Seifert sang and played the guitar for a FFA Talent Performance.