The 2013 - 14 Santa Paula FFA officers that attended were Lauren Shield, President; Daniel Desales, Vice-President; Kristen Harvey, Student-Advisor, Alondra Valle, Treasurer; Monica Chavez, Reporter; Lizbette Tinajero, Sentinel; Daniel Perez, Secretary, Chris Mendez, Parliamentarian & Steven Nunez, Historian

Santa Paula FFA Chapter Officers sharpen their leadership skills

November 20, 2013
Santa Paula High School

“It’s Our Game....Just Lead It!” was an appropriate 2013-14 theme for the California FFA South Coast Region Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC) held at San Benito High School in Hollister on October 12 - 13. In any team whether it’s a sports team, officer team, board of directors, school board, or leadership position; individuals leading organizations must understand their role in order to lead. 

The purpose of COLC is to prepare student leaders in the planning and implementation of their FFA and agriculture program goals for the current school year. “I learned that ‘talk is cheap, but communication is golden’ when it comes to working with others,” said Santa Paula FFA Chapter President, Lauren Shield. “Your body language, tone, treatment of others and degree of listening affect the way a person responds and perceives you. If our members don’t feel like they trust their leaders, it will be hard to get them to buy into our goals”

At the beginning of each school year, the Santa Paula FFA chapter officer team establishes a calendar of events, identify goals, and create a vision of success to help guide the Santa Paula High School FFA and the agriculture program. With the assistance of local and state FFA members, various leadership conferences such as COLC, are held to assist students with the resources and tools needed to accomplish their tasks. “The FFA is a student run organization,” reminds FFA advisor Alex Flores, “It’s up to the chapter officers as leaders to set the foundation, be positive role models, implement the game plan, and fuel the enthusiasm of their peers.” 

Various presentations and workshops were delivered to assist each officer with their individual officer duties. Team building, student recruitment, and successful program of activities were also addressed. Over 80 students from Ventura County, San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County, Santa Clara County, and Los Angeles County FFA Chapters participated in the two day conference. 

From these leadership opportunities, the Santa Paula FFA officer team was able to bring many new and exciting ideas back to the chapter.  The chapter officers were also very excited to meet the new 2013 - 14 State and Regional FFA leaders. This year’s Regional FFA theme, “It’s Our Game....Just Lead it!””, pertains to the importance of always working hard together and taking the necessary steps towards achieving out team’s goals and dreams. “People often underestimate themselves, but with hard work and dedication, anything is possible and success will follow,” said Daniel Desales, Santa Paula FFA Vice-President.

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