Paulding FFA Officers Attend Leadership Conference

September 25th, five students on the Paulding FFA officers team attended the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The officers first started off the morning by being taught more about lobbying. They were then broke into groups, some acting as lobbyist trying to pass bills, and others as representatives. The lobbyist would present their bill to the group of representatives and then convince them why they should or shouldn’t vote to pass that bill. The representatives then had to take a vote deciding if they believe that voting that bill or not would be right for their district. From this activity, students got more insight on the daily work of a representative and lobbyist, and learned a little more about how bills get passed. Students then ate a catered lunch and was first greeted by Bethany Starlin, Ohio FFA Vice President. Then they listened to a speech from Dorthy Pelanda, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Pelanda spoke of what it means to be an FFA member. Students also heard from Noah Smith, Ohio FFA Secretary, who recognized the many representatives and senators that were present that day. Senator Larry Obhof, President of the Ohio Senate for the 133rd General Assembly, also talked to all of the FFA members. The Ohio FFA President, Holly McClay, explained how she first started in FFA and how every FFA member has a different story of how they got started. Then members heard some final words from Mackenzie Hoog, Ohio FFA Reporter, before leaving. Paulding FFA officers also had the privilege of meeting of senator Rob McColley, who represents the 1st Senate District, which includes Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties, as well as part of Auglaize, Fulton, and Logan counties. McColley showed the officers the senate chambers.


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