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FFA chapter busy in summer months

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The Vandalia FFA chapter has been active in many activities in recent months.
Levi Ulmer, Jacob Rau, Bradley Jenner, Nate Elam and adviser Todd Ehlers attended the 82nd annual Illinois state FFA convention. At that event, the chapter was recognized with three awards:  the Silver Emblem Chapter award, the $1,000 FFA Foundation Sponsor award and the Century Challenge award.
In late June, the officers went on the first-ever Vandalia FFA chapter officer retreat in Southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest. They took part in various activities, including hiking at the Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow and Rimrock Trail. They also visited Cave-in-Rock State Park. They stayed at the San Damiano Retreat Center, where they planned activities for the year, discussed career development events and assigned members to committees.
Those attending were:  President Madison White, Reporter Dalton Forehand, Secretary Brooke Wasmuth, Treasurer Nate Elam, Assistant Reporter Levi Ulmer and Second Vice President Clay McNary. Vice President Justin Rubin was unable to attend. The group was accompanied by adviser Todd Ehlers, and FFA alumni member and parent Lisa Melton.
In late July, Elam, Jenner and  Rau traveled to Monticello to FFA Leadership Camp at Robert Allerton Park. Each member was assigned to a group and engaged in many activities, such as group mixers, trust fall, Ag Olympics and many other activities to build leadership skills.
Wasmuth and Aubrey Edwards represented the Vandalia FFA at the South Central FS annual customer-appreciation dinner. FS sponsored several contests for local FFA chapters – including the Movin’ On Up contest, in which Vandalia placed first. The local chapter placed third overall.
The Vandalia FFA chapter also conducted a community service activity at Prairie Days in St. Peter. Rubin, Ulmer, Rau, Jamie Kruenegel, Forehand, Wasmuth and White helped in the food stand. Vandalia FFA alumni member Derek McWhorter also donated his time.
The chapter has a long list of upcoming activities planned,  including football concessions, a reporter's workshop, a sporting clay shoot and two land-use career development events.