The Pryor Times

January 16, 2014

Goodwill Tour comes to Mayes County

State officers to visit local FFA Chapters

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

The state FFA officer team of the Oklahoma FFA Association will conduct their 2014 Goodwill Tour with a visit to the Locust Grove FFA Chapter, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11:30 a.m., Salina FFA Chapter at 12:45 p.m. and Pryor FFA Chapter at 1:15 p.m.

Four collegiate FFA leaders will make a stop at the local school to meet with FFA members, potential members, school administrators and community leaders.

“FFA members will be tomorrow’s advocates for agriculture,” said Steven Vekony, state FFA president.  “We are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow,” Vekony said.

Throughout the Goodwill Tour, state officers will challenge FFA members to ignite their passion for agriculture.  A total of 51 chapters were selected for the 2014 Tour from the 354 total chapters in the state.

Visiting the local chapter are Desiree Masterson, southeast district vice president; Joshua Haven, state reporter; Garrett Reed, northeast district vice president; and Lawson Thompson, northwest district vice president.  All are students at Oklahoma State University and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech.

The Oklahoma FFA Association, formerly known as the Oklahoma Future Farmers of America, is a public school youth organization of 24,598 student members statewide – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  The Oklahoma FFA Association changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  Visit for more information.