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.
1999-2003 -- PRE-digital cameras,
phones and selfies.
Not my first group, but my first at Southeast Polk. A great group to travel and learn with.
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.
I should have seen this selfie thing
coming a long way off.
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.
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.
When you are 850 miles from home, you make new discoveries.
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.
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.
#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.