Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour kicks off membership year

The tour has been taking place annually for more than 20 years.

By Seth Smith

Washington FFA State President

Published on November 28, 2017 3:40PM

Last changed on November 28, 2017 3:54PM

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Courtesy of Washington FFA

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Courtesy of Washington FFA

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Courtesy of Washington FFA

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.

Courtesy of Washington FFA

Washington FFA leaders took to the road in September to talk about program’s many benefits.


PULLMAN, Wash. — On Sept. 18-22 the Washington FFA State Officers, along with Tye Taylor, the Washington FFA national officer candidate, completed the annual Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour.

The 2017-2018 state officer team traveled to all nine Washington FFA districts in five days, along with Abbie DeMeerleer, the Washington FFA executive director and Dennis Wallace, the new Washington FFA state advisor.

The tour started Monday morning at the Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds. Later that afternoon the team headed south to Castle Rock High School for their second stop on the tour. By the end of day one the team had interfaced with 208 students.

Day two included stops at Elma High School and at Enumclaw High School. Wednesday the state officer team did presentations for 314 students at Ellensburg High School and Manson High School.

The fourth day of the tour started off at Quincy High School and ended at Deer Park High School. By the end of day four the state officers saw 357 students. On Friday the tour concluded at Colton High School.

Overall the Evergreen Leadership Tour impacted approximately 1,345 students at 82 different high schools across the state of Washington.

The state officer team facilitated workshops on leadership and FFA that were handcrafted by each state officer. The topic areas of a few of the workshops were: FFA basics, diversity, power of positive thinking, setting standards, commitment and conflict resolution. At each of these stops the Washington FFA national officer candidate gave a “stand and deliver” presentation, as well as facilitated workshops for Washington FFA members.

Throughout the 1,375 miles the state officer team traveled in that one week, they all shared unique memories. When asked about his experience on the tour, Matthew Rounsley, Washington FFA state sentinel, said, “I felt like this marked the start of our year. It was our first time facilitating to and being with members.”

Kelci Scharff, Washington FFA state reporter, said her favorite part of the tour was “getting to see and meet the different members of our state.”

Sydney Klaveano, Washington FFA state treasurer, said, “I loved being able to really get a first-hand look at how diverse Washington agriculture is and how it varies around the state.”

The Washington FFA Evergreen Leadership Tour was also where the state officer team revealed the theme for the state association for the upcoming year, WAtch Me: Grow.Lead.Serve.

The Evergreen Leadership Tour is a chance for the new state officer team to help FFA chapters across Washington kick off the new membership year. The tour has been occurring annually for more than 20 years and was formerly known as State & National Officer Tour or Blue & Gold Tour.







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