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FFA Celebrates 70 Years in Cedar Springs


The Cedar Springs FFA group in its second year, 1947.

The Cedar Springs FFA group in its second year, 1947.

By Madison Strain

The 51 members of the Cedar Springs FFA Chapter are celebrating their 70th birthday in the Red Flannel capital. This chapter became official on January 23, 1946, and was organized by John P. Coady.

In conjunction with the celebration, National FFA Week runs February 20-27. This is a yearly tradition to honor George Washington, giving recognition for his agricultural legacy. During the weeklong celebration, FFA chapters all over the country work to educate and promote FFA in their communities and schools.

In 1947-1948, the first Cedar Springs FFA annual banquet was held. There were 36 members present, including the officers: President Lyle Sipple, Vice President Don Emory, Secretary Bill Sovey, Treasurer Wayne Bigney, Reporter Carl Olmsted, Sentinel Charles Kramer, and Advisor John P. Coady.

Today they continue to host an annual banquet for members, their families, and friends of the Cedar Springs FFA, featuring a pig roast and smoked trout raised by the group.

The 2015-2016 chapter currently has 39 high school members. This year’s officers include: President David Schoenborn, Vice President Nathan Schoen, Secretary Adam Parker, Treasurer Austin McConnon, Reporter Mykenzie Gage, Advisor Larry Reyburn, Sentinel Matthew Batchelder, Historian Cade Hall, Jr. Historian Diane Howe.

Over the past two months, the FFA began a middle school program that currently has 12 members. The middle school officers include: President Bailey Newberg, Vice President Trevor Marsman, Secretary Ian Little, Treasurer Bryan Correll, Reporter Taryne Troupe, Sentinel Fred White, Advisor Colleen White, Jr. Advisor Hannah Green, Historian Travis Swift, Jr. Historian Tyler Swift.

The main objective of the middle school program is to get kids interested in agriculture and FFA before high school. They do fun activities and fundraisers. This Saturday, February 27, the high school and middle school chapters will be hosting fundraisers at Tractor Supply and Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs.

The FFA mission is to develop premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. This is accomplished by following the FFA Motto “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

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FFA community garden begins again


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It is once again that time of year! The Cedar Springs FFA is sponsoring its annual community gardens again this year. Under this program community members can utilize a 20 x 20 garden plot. Residents can grow vegetables, fruit, and even flowers.

Local advisor Mr. Larry Reyburn reports, “Thanks to our many sponsors, the FFA is able to provide tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water.” FFA members are working after school and several Agriscience classes have been involved in the work and planning of this community service project. “This not only allows our members to learn by doing, but they also have a hand in a great community service project,” added Reyburn.

The Chapter his asking for a nominal fee of $20 to offset costs, however, scholarships are available for those seeking assistance. “For those who like the outdoors and wholesome food, this may be the ticket to a fun and productive summer,” Reyburn added.  “It is our hope that we can especially offer this program to area residents that would like to produce their own food with their own efforts!”

The Chapter would like to thank Gleaner Insurance Company for sponsoring the scholarships.

Please contact Larry Reyburn if interested. Phone 616-799-4968 or email larry.reyburn@csredhawks.org.

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FFA Receives Grant


Community garden kickoff group.

The Cedar Springs FFA chapter has received a grant in the amount of $500 from Gleaner Life Insurance Society. Gary Mills represented the Gleaner organization in presenting a check to the club on Thursday, May 24. The grant was in support of the FFA’s community garden project. The garden is a community service endeavor that is directed towards allowing members of the community to have a place to grow their own fresh vegetables. The grant money was used to buy all of the necessary supplies to form the garden. So far, the garden consists of 10 (20-foot X 20-foot) garden plots. The FFA is providing tillage, seed, fertilizer, and water.

Dylan tills the soil.

The community garden was advised by a committee consisting of: Jake Gebhart; Andy Hagenow, Dick Winzer, Rick Sevey, Brent Willett, D White, Roger Swift, and Wayne Marsman. The Cedar Springs FFA is grateful to the many volunteers and donors who loaned equipment and helped prepare the garden site. Two of Mr. Reyburn’s agriscience classes were also utilized preparing the sites.

 

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