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Blog Post created by Matt Eddy on Oct 14, 2015

NATIONAL CONVENTION TIME!

 

What?  Were you thinking Christmas??

 

As I work through the late night of Conferences, I have been reminiscing on National Convention Trips of the past.  Indulge me.

 

National Convention

1999-2003 -- PRE-digital cameras,

phones and selfies.

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2004

Not my first group, but my first at Southeast Polk.  A great group to travel and learn with.

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2005

Somehow they talked me into stopping at White Castle. Great kids, but the food wasn't up to their level.

I still don't understand Herold and Kumar's rush to get to this place.

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2006

I should have seen this selfie thing

coming a long way off.

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2007

It's the ties that bind us.

Kids always love seeing the National Officer do the Opening Ceremonies -- and saying their part along with them.

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2008

The first and only year (to date) I have missed National Convention and it was to stay home with my sick family. It was surreal to see the bus pull away that morning and not be on it.

I learned a couple things though:

 

1. Sub Plans are made to be used. :-)

 

2. The benefits to a bus trip with multiple chapters are underrated until mayhem rears its ugly head.

 

3. The parent/teacher who went in my place still describes it as one of the best educational experiences he has had in his career.

It left an indelible mark with him.

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2009

When you are 850 miles from home, you make new discoveries.

FFAmily

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2011

The first American Degree since the inception of Southeast Polk in 1964 - and incidentally the first Star over America.

I look forward to the big things that Vivian will accomplish.

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2012

They taught the presenter how to do the 'Proud to be a RAM' sign that they made up.

'Cause... you know... that's how we roll.

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2013

#4 and #5 American Degrees -- I will let them argue about which one was which.

This year Brett (right) will take her own FFA members to their first National Convention.

I hope hers will go as well as mine have.

 

It's a magical time of the year -- harvest is in full swing, the school year is into a groove and it's time to head home -- to see my FFAmily.

 

Stop and say hi -- I'd love to hear from you.

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