The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the teacher sponsor of the Taylorville High School F-F-A chapter, and 4 of her student leaders, during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.
Sue Schafer has been an ag teacher at Taylorville High School some 24 years, and told Kiwanis members this year’s T-H-S F-F-A chapter has over 300 members with it formed just after National F-F-A was founded in 1928. She added over 100 of those 300 students are enrolled in her “Intro to Agriculture” class as a way to teach them—whether they’re country or city kids—where their food, fuel and fiber come from.
Schafer told Kiwanis members the local F-F-A chapter is busy thru-out the year, attending conventions, conferences, and many judging events. The local chapter has the distinction of having the Reserve National Champion Livestock Team in the entire country.
Cole Paulek, a junior at T-H-S, is the co-president of the Taylorville F-F-A chapter, and told Kiwanis members about his many experiences.
Sophomore Abby Norris was recently elected Section 16 vice president by the 18 local schools with F-F-A programs.
F-F-A member Drew Mickey, a sophomore, spoke about how he’s improved his public speaking skills as a result ot being a member.
And, sophomore Waylon Paulek was a part of the State Champion Livestock Team.
Kiwanis Key Club liaison Will Perkins reported that he, along with Kiwanis members Dick Wamsley and Chuck Martin, delivered pizzas to the recent Taylorville Junior High Kiwanis Builder's Club meeting, where over 40 students attended. Perkins added the Builder's Club will again be supporting the Heartland Mini-Hoofs therapy program.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.