Running for State Office

Dear Potential State Officer Candidate,

I hope you are having a great start to your spring semester! This time of year brings many opportunities for involvement within the FFA. Among these exciting events comes the state officer candidate process for the selection of the 2019-2020 Kansas FFA State Officer Team! If you have considered the opportunity to serve the Kansas FFA Association as a state FFA officer, it is extremely important that you begin this process.

Serving as a Kansas FFA State Officer allowed me to develop my personal growth beyond what I had in prior experiences. Both the candidate selection process and the opportunity to serve as a state officer help individuals cultivate their premier leadership, personal growth, and career success in a unique way. During this year of service, state officers learn about agriculture and FFA on both a state and national level. They commit to serving others before themselves. State officers make numerous new friendships throughout the year, whether that is with teammates or members throughout the nation. The decision to run for state office is a serious commitment that potential candidates should consider before taking the next step.

Members who desire to serve the Kansas FFA Association are strongly encouraged to participate in the state officer selection process. It is an opportunity that you will not regret. The growth that occurs and memories that are made throughout this process are indescribable. The Intent to Run form can be found on the Kansas FFA Association website and is due postmarked no later than March 1, 2019. The application will soon follow. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the process, please reference the candidate handbook or contact me at appreciate your time and look forward to seeing many applicants for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Living to serve,

Eli Ohlde
2019 Nominating Chair

The Opportunity to Serve

Customer Testimonails

Serving as a state officer was easily one of the most significant experiences of my life. It opened doors for me that I never imagined- I met people, went places and did things that I never would have otherwise.

Lindy Bilberry 2013-2014 State President
Customer Testimonails

"This dynamic once in a lifetime opportunity provided me with the skill set to face any challenge, and especially taught me to cherish every experience."

Ashley Guenther Stambaugh 2006-2007 State Secretary
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
Customer Testimonails

"Perhaps I didn't make a difference in a members life, but I know for sure members changed my life during my year of service!"

Lacey George 2007-2008 State Sentinel

Additional Information


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