I have sat down to write my final post as the Region V Vice President several times now. It seems like just yesterday that Ray passed on our Region to me and offered his words of advise. The last 3 years has been great. I feel that I have met Superb instructors and heard about fantastic agricultural education programs all across Region V and the country. I have advocated with others who passionately believe in ag education for all students on all levels of instruction. I have followed others lives through the life of an ag teacher blogs and assisted with questions and ideas through our Communities of Practice website. To continue moving forward, I hope you take advantage of all that NAAE has to offer YOU.
I would like to say THANK YOU to our staff who's efforts continue to amaze me. I heard a lot of positive comments at National FFA Convention about the Teacher's World social cafe, workshops and cash bus games. None of these efforts would be possible without the hard work and creativity of our staff. I would also like to say THANK YOU to our sponsors. So many of the opportunities funded for members are made possible by the supportive business and industry individuals who believe in our vision and what we do. We could not offer member awards and recognitions without the generous support and partnerships with the National FFA Foundation and the corporate sponsors that make it possible. I would also like to thank the State Leaders who serve their membership to help make strides for agricultural education in their state. It is easy to forget that most leadership positions are voluntary and the pay scale does not match the work load. Thank you for your service. NAAE would not succeed without your efforts within each state.
NAAE Convention is just around the corner. Many of you will have the opportunity to step into leadership roles at convention. Regional Vice Presidents, Regional Secretaries, Committee Chair and Co-chair positions all need visionary leaders to continue moving NAAE forward. There are plenty of ways to continue service, don't be afraid to take on a new role with NAAE or your state. In addition, excellent professional development is a highlight for most who attend convention. I encourage you to select several professional development workshops, I have never been disappointed in what I have gained from workshops at convention. General sessions allow us the opportunity to showcase the best and brightest our profession has to offer. Recognition and highlighting outstanding achievements is a special part of our convention. Congratulations to all award winners! It is truly an honor to be recognized by your peers for your achievements. I look forward to hearing more about our outstanding award candidates soon. I know the Missouri delegation has been working on the state social and I am excited to see their efforts come to fruition!
I hope YOU take advantage of opportunities. There will be many soon at NAAE Convention, however they don't stop there. Attend National Policy Seminar; present a professional development workshop; take a leadership role; attend a state event; contact your legislators and invite them to your program; encourage a student to become an agricultural educator; participate in National Teach Ag Day; mentor a new teacher; share an idea on COP; get involved.
In closing, I know Region V will be in good hands. I look forward to hearing more from you. If I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks for all YOU do.