The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from the Taylorville High School ag instructor and FFA advisor at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Sue Schafer has spent some 28 years as a teacher with 25 of those at Taylorville High School. Before teaching, she grew up on a cattle and grain farm in northern Illinois.
Schafer gave credit for the Taylorville FFA Chapter’s success, to the strong community support they’ve been given, plus the fellow teachers at T-H-S, and great students.
Schafer told the Kiwanis Club the backbone to success for the Taylorville FFA Chapter is the work ethic of everyone involved.
She shared with Kiwanis members several award nominations that have been won by Taylorville FFA members, with the award winners to be announced at next month’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Tanner Mickey is among the top 4 in the nation in the “American Star” award, and he’ll find out if he wins the top title. Taylorville FFA member Jay Bliler is among the top 4 in the nation for the FFA “National Proficiency” award which will be announced next month.
And, the Taylorville FFA Chapter is also in line for the FFA “National Science Fair” award being among the Top 10 in the nation; and the FFA “Premier National Chapter” award being among the Top Three in the nation.
Schafer added the Taylorville FFA Chapter’s Mentoring Program won the “Meet the Interview World” award where 30 to 35 community members help FFA members to learn and practice interviewing skills. She said the local chapter will have the most recipients at the National FFA Convention of any FFA club in Illinois, with 23 chapter members attending the four day convention. 10 community volunteers and 40 students will also be bused to Indianapolis for one day of the convention next month.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club also announced it will again be participating in the Taylorville Moose Lodge “Trunk or Treat” taking place October 29th at the Lodge.
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.