Greetings from the western states. With
fall weather, the forest fires that made our region so famous this
summer have receded, and winter is rapidly approaching…if not
already here. I enjoyed seeing many of you at the National FFA
There are some upcoming activities that
you need to be aware of. The annual scholarship auction will be held
at the California Host State Social. Each state needs to bring an item
appropriate for the silent auction. Contact me for further
information. It is also time to begin approaching your outstanding
young members, programs and teachers to encourage them to apply for
state and regional recognition. The awards will be presented at the
2001 convention in New Orleans – a nice place to visit!
Have you taken the time to encourage
the new teachers in your area to join NAAE? Shared with them the
benefits of becoming a member of the state and national professional
organization for agriculture teachers? Personal contact is the best
way to increase membership. Region One had a tremendous turnover in
teachers this year…let’s work together to increase their
Remember, Region One conference is
April 25-28 in beautiful Carmel, California. The California
Association is working hard in planning tours showcasing the unique
agriculture in the coastal area. Put it on your calendar!
Soon, NAAE will be in "the city by
the bay." I look forward to seeing you as we transact the
business of NAAE. The future looks bright for NAAE but as always, it
takes you as members to make it work. In San Diego, we will elect a
new Region II Vice President and Alternate Vice President. Please
consider these opportunities to serve NAAE.
Congrats to our Region II winners, as
well as those from the other regions. For Region II: Outstanding Young
Member, Matthew Schweer, KS; Outstanding Teacher, Richard Jay Thomas,
OK; Outstanding Program, Center Point School District, AR;
Postsecondary All-Star Team, Autry Tech Center, OK; and Ideas
Unlimited, Jeff Moore, OK.
Summer 2001 will bring us to Hot
Springs, AR for our regional conference. Plans are looking great
thanks to Melvin Daniels and James Cannon. This conference brings our
families together informally and it provides great programs and staff
development. It also allows members to voice their concerns with
others, take care of business, and select award winners.
Serving as your Region II Vice
President for three years has been more than I could have imagined. It
has been a great honor to serve as your voice on the board. Thank you!
I look forward to seeing you in San Diego. Here’s hoping for your
safe travel and a great trip. Thanks for all you help in our
organization and profession. Keep up the good work!
James Dawley, (254)
562-2831 or email@example.com.
Here’s hoping everyone is making
plans for the 2000 NAAE Conference in San Diego. The agenda looks
great. Your board has taken your advice and put together a half day
that includes tours for those who wish and an open evening so if you
wish to do some sight-seeing on your own you will have that
Congratulations to the regional award
winners to be recognized at the convention: Outstanding Teacher, Merle
Richter, WI; North Dakota State College of Science, ND, Post Secondary
All Star Team; Scott Thiel, ND, Outstanding Young Member;
Weyauwega-Fremont High School, WI, Outstanding Program; Brian
Feldspausch, IA, Ideas Unlimited; Quintin Cristman, ND, Honorary Life
Membership; John Murray, MN, Outstanding Service; and Pfizer Animal
Health, PA, Outstanding Cooperation. All of these winners are truly
worthy of their honors.
I would encourage each of you to visit
with and read up on the two fine people that we have running for
president-elect this year. Learning as much as possible about each
will help you make an informed choice for NAAE leadership the next two
Enjoy San Diego and Region III wishes
to invite everyone to Chamberlain, SD for our Region III Summer
conference in June of 2001
Chuck Stranberg, (320)
693-3350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In writing my final regional update, I
hope that each member in Region IV understands my feelings about
representing you on the NAAE board of directors.
Mr. Jeff Maierhofer has worked
tirelessly with me as our Region IV alternate VP. Jeff, your continued
service to our organization will lead us to a brighter future. I have
had the pleasure to work with 18 state presidents who have shared my
vision about our profession and helped me to look at the big picture.
Thanks to each of you for your leadership, service and
professionalism. I am proud that each state association in our region
has received the Distinguished PSA award each year over my term and
under your leadership. I have been fortunate to work with quality dues
remitters and membership chairs who have shared my vision about
membership. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Region IV
membership is up 192 members over the past three years during our term
together. To Dena Wuebker and the Ohio Association, Dave Butcher and
the Indiana Association, and Harold Eckler and the Missouri
Association, thank you for three outstanding summer leadership
conferences. And, congratulations to all of our Region IV award
winners these three years–you represent the best of Region IV.
Thank you doesn’t seem fitting; thank
you does not tell you how much I care for the differences that you
have made in our organization and in my life. But sometimes, thank you
is the best thing a person can offer to another. Thank you, Region IV,
for allowing me the opportunity to serve. I believe we can look back
with pride. I look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego as we
"Chart the Future." Please take full advantage of what the
NAAE has to offer. The greatest benefit of membership in any
professional organization is the fellowship that we share. It has been
truly an honor and a privilege to represent and serve you. Thank you.
458-5136 or email@example.com.
Hello to all from the southeast, Region
V. I hope everyone is having an enjoyable year. I also know that
everyone is looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.
Congratulations to Harvey Burniston,
Jr. from Mountain City, Tennessee. Harvey was selected to the USA
Today All-USA Teacher First Team. I know that everyone is proud of
your accomplishments. Congratulations Harvey!
It was really good to see several of
you at the FFA Convention. It is always good to see you and to renew
old friendships and make new ones.
I am looking forward to seeing several
of you at the NAAE Convention in sunny southern California. We will
again renew the old friendships and make new ones. Let’s everyone
get involved and take back something from the convention to use in the
classrooms and with our fellow teachers. I ask that if possible, could
you please bring an auction item for the convention. Also, let’s all
stay until the end. I know your board has planned an exciting
convention for you and many items need to be discussed.
If you are unable to attend the
convention, take care and have a good holiday season.
686-3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am very much looking forward to
seeing lots of Region VI members in San Diego for the NAAE convention.
We have a great program lined up with terrific general session
presenters and both on-site and off-site professional development
workshops. There is something for everyone at the NAAE convention.
Congratulations to the Region VI award
recipients that will be recognized in San Diego, including:
Outstanding Teacher, Andy Seibel, VA; Postsecondary All-Star Team,
SUNY-Cobleskill; Outstanding Young Member, Ben Cummings, WV;
Outstanding Program, Hampshire High School, WV; Ideas Unlimited, Andy
Seibel, VA; Honorary Life Membership, Philip Henry Ogline; Outstanding
Service, Doyle Elwood Paul, PA; and Outstanding Cooperation, The
Honorable Samuel Hayes, PA.
I want to encourage you to become
active in your state association and to look for ways to represent
your profession and your state at the national level. Involvement is
the key to getting the most from your association membership.
The MD association is planning our
regional conference at the BWI Marriott (Baltimore), July 6-9, 2001.
If you have program suggestions, contact Naomi Knight at email@example.com.
Sarah Osborn Welty, (240) 236-7200, ext. 67263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.