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May 9, 2013

The road to lifetime success

I have long believed that when children and teens are involved in positive activities and organizations, it can help put them on the road to a lifetime of success. I believe the FFA is one such organization. Their motto is, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.”

Long known as the Future Farmers of America, the FFA was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers to help prepare future generations to make their livelihoods through agriculture. That remains an important part of FFA today, but there is much more to it than that. According to FFA, the organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.  Today that education includes science, technology, business and economics as well as programs that develop leadership and communications skills.

This past week, more than 12,000 FFA members and guests from across Oklahoma came to Oklahoma City for their 87th state convention. They attended workshops in a variety of areas, received awards, and attended an agricultural career show and agriscience fair. During the convention, awards and scholarships were presented to outstanding educators and students, including many from FFA chapters in Claremore, Chelsea, Collinsville, Pryor, Oologah, and Owasso. I want to offer my congratulations to all of our honorees for their dedication and accomplishments.

On Wednesday, the Senate honored FFA, its members and the many adults who give their time, talent and resources to make it such an outstanding organization.  In return, members of the FFA Chorus performed several songs for us—clearly musical talent is among their many abilities.

 I applaud the participation of our FFA students from Rogers and Mayes counties, and I am confident they will continue to accomplish great things in their own lives and on behalf of our state in the years to come.

Thanks again for reading my “Senate Review.” If you have any questions on a legislative matter, please do not hesitate to contact my Senate office at the Capitol by calling (405) 521-5555 or writing me with your concerns at: Senator Sean Burrage, 2300 North Lincoln Blvd. Rm. 522, State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. I always enjoy hearing from my constituents and consider it an honor to be your voice in the Oklahoma State Senate. May God bless each of you.

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