Southwest FFA members attend WLC

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
This year, three returning officers of the Southwest FFA Chapter were able to attend the Washington Leadership Conference. Seniors Leland Colf and Aubrey Cornell, and junior Bonnie Robbins went through this training and experience. Contributed photo

The Washington Leadership Conference (WLC), as the FFA website describes it, “Provides exceptional leadership training to students of all experience levels through the utilization of a three-part, cohesive conference series called the Chapter Leadership Continuum. The final conference in this series is the Washington Leadership Conference.”

This conference is held in Washington, D.C., where students get to experience history and culture. WLC focuses on four categories for their event. “Me, We, Do, and Serve.” These are designed to help students in figuring out their own strengths, then showing how they personally and other members could better their chapter. Then, it focuses on how to advocate properly, and finally how to use the advocacy techniques to serve others, as our motto states, “Living to Serve.”

This year, three returning officers of the Southwest FFA Chapter were able to attend this conference. Seniors Leland Colf and Aubrey Cornell, and junior Bonnie Robbins went through this training and experience. They were surrounded by tons of other FFA members who were there to learn and grow just as they were.

The officers were asked to describe their personal experiences at WLC.

“WLC was a great experience to have under my belt,” said Robbins, Southwest FFA vice president. “We learned how to become more effective leaders. We met many new people and established new friendships. Through all the large and small sessions we attended, we learned about how we, as small as we are, can make a difference in the world. We also went and toured the monuments around DC and took some time to honor our nation's fallen soldiers, past presidents, and many more historical monuments.”

“WLC did a great job of showing me a real-life example of how our service in FFA affects people inside and outside of our community,” said Leland Colf, Southwest FFA president.