Running for State Office

Dear Potential State Officer Candidate,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your spring semester! The challenges we have faced over the past several months didn’t disappear at the turn of the new year, but 2021 still has plenty of exciting opportunities. Members, advisors, and supporters alike are working hard all across the state to continue providing opportunities for growth and involvement, one of the greatest of these could be taking part in the state officer candidate process for the selection of the 2021-2022 Kansas FFA State Officer Team. If you have considered serving in the role of a state officer it’s vital that you begin the process now!

My experience of running for and serving as a Kansas FFA Officer was challenging but one of most beneficial growth opportunities in which I have ever participated. The State Officer Candidate process truly embodies our mission of developing and implementing premier leadership, personal growth, and career success for every individual. It’s a big commitment yet very rewarding. Candidates and state officers learn about agriculture and the FFA on the local, state, and national level. Candidates build strong bonds with their fellow candidates and potential teammates, and state officers make friendships with members and supporters from many places and walks of life. They serve others before themselves. Running for office is an incredible opportunity and the decision and commitment to doing so should be taken seriously!

If you can envision making that commitment, possess a desire to serve the Kansas FFA Association, and are driven to grow yourself, then I strongly encourage you to participate in the state officer selection process! It is an opportunity that I can assure you will not regret. The growth and memories made during the process will impact you for years to come. The first step is to submit your Intent to Run form, which can be found on the Kansas FFA Association website and is due March 1, 2021. If you’re at all considering running, submit your Intent to Run, which gets you on our list for information about the soon-following application and growth opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process, please reference the candidate handbook which will be posted by February 15, your complete encyclopedia for everything state officer selection, or please don’t hesitate to email me at nominatingcommitteechair@gmail.com. I appreciate your time and can’t wait to see you and many members apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Living to serve,

Logan Elliott
2021 Nominating Chair

The Opportunity to Serve

"It’s hard to describe accurately with words. The networking, the connections, the personal growth—you hear that’s what one can gain from being a state officer. In truth, the improvement and experiences go much farther."

Eli Ohlde 2017-2018 State President

"This opportunity has allowed for once in a lifetime experiences that provided real connections and deep growth. The members I have met from across Kansas and our nation through state office have impacted me on a far greater level than I thought possible."

Katelyn Bohnenblust 2016-2017 State Treasure
Customer Testimonails

"Being a state officer taught me that true leadership is service and true service is really the only thing I'll do that will matter in the end. There is no better way to spend my time and energy."

Bethany Schifferdecker 2014-2015 State Vice President
Customer Testimonails

"My year as a state officer is still one I look back on with fond memories! It was an absolute blast to serve the organization and to wake up every day knowing you had the chance to make an impact on another student. It taught me so much and, even to this day, many of the lessons I learned during my year of service I can apply in my everyday life."

Nathan Laudan 2011-2012 State Reporter
Virtual plan details and adjustments will be available by Mid-March.

Resources

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FFA
Leadership
  • "30 Ways to Increase Student Engagement" by Rob Abernathy and Mark Reardon
  • "Habitudes" by Dr. Tim Elmore
  • "It's Not about Me" by Max Lucado
  • "Leaders in Gear" by Rhett Laubach
  • "Monday Morning Choices" by David Cotteral
  • "Rules of the Red Bubber Ball" by Kevin Carroll
  • "Strategies for Great Teaching" by Mark Readon
  • "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John Maxwell
  • "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey
  • "The Encore Effect" by Mark Sanborn
  • Personal leadership style assessments and tools
  • Previous leadership activities and experiences