As Macy Bodine heads into her junior year at Scio High School, she is confident that her previous year of experience with the school’s longstanding FFA partnership with the Willamette Valley Ag Expo will put her in good stead for this year’s event.
Bodine, 16, the Scio FFA chapter’s vice president this year, is in charge of moving forward the chapter’s successful 18-year relationship with the growing Expo. Though she’s been an FFA member for two years, this year will be her first on the officer team. Last year’s Expo was her first in the trenches of volunteer work for the three-day event.
“Last year I worked all three days of the Ag Expo,” Bodine said. “I actually worked the most hours of anyone last year — 40 hours — and I was pretty proud of myself.”
She said she took on several shifts working in the ticket booth and taking tickets at Dine Around Oregon.
“I love meeting new people,” she said. “It’s just one of those things that’s easy for me to do, and being at Ag Expo makes it a lot of fun.”
Money raised from the 10 to 12 FFA member volunteers at the Expo goes into their club savings accounts to help pay for attending such events as the state and national FFA conventions.
The Expo in return gets an huge dose of the enthusiasm of the youthful FFA members, making for a winning symbiotic partnership that has endured since 2000.
Bodine plans to attend Linn-Benton Community College after high school graduation, saying that as a “social person” she would eventually like to major in human resources.