Dakota Pemberton

Dakota Pemberton - VP
Dec 04 2020

The Season to be Thankful

Officer - Dakota Pemberton

Thinking back to when I was in elementary school, I remember that during the week of Thanksgiving we would always create a project that showed what we were thankful for. We can all probably remember doing something like this. Many of us probably said that we were thankful for friends, family and our pets. However, as I look back at my years in school I wonder why we didn’t do projects like these every week to appreciate the things we are thankful for. While being thankful for our friends, family and pets are great things to be thankful for, we should also be thankful for the most common things in our lives. Everything from the clothes we wear to the food we eat to even our time in the FFA are all things we should have added to this list. 

 

Our time in FFA is limited and can be expressed as 1,460 days or 35,040 hours. How we spend those hours is our decision, but I believe that we should make the most out of every second. The National FFA Organization, the Missouri FFA Association and our chapter provide us with endless opportunities that we don’t always take advantage of. However, when that last hour is up and your time in FFA is over, you will wish that you could go back and participate in those opportunities. I challenge you all as you go about your time in FFA to take every opportunity this amazing organization throws at you. To all the FFA members present and past, take the time to give thanks to your agriculture education advisors for the work that they do, give thanks to the farmers that work tirelessly to feed the world, and most importantly give thanks to your friends and family for all that they have done for you. Happy Thanksgiving Missouri FFA!

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Are You Involved or Are You Committed?

Officer - Dakota Pemberton

You and I are involved in the Missouri FFA and are part of the 25,920 FFA members that make up the Missouri FFA Association. We are involved! When I mean we are involved, I mean that we show up to events when we have to. We do as our advisor asks and nothing more, just simply be involved. 

 

As a young FFA member I knew that I wanted to be more than just involved, I wanted to be committed to the FFA. Being committed to the FFA challenges us to do more than what we are expected to do, show up to every event possible, work our hardest towards our cause, and most importantly inspire the people that surround us. The most important explanation I can give for being committed is to do the unexpected for a cause and go above and beyond. 

 

Our time in the FFA is limited, and that time can be spent either doing the bare minimum or going the extra mile to make the most of every moment. As you can see, being fully committed is not only important to yourself, but also to the people around you. It doesn’t matter if you are a player on the basketball team, a member of the oldest student-led organization in the world, or an employee at a company, you must be completely committed to what you are working towards. So, I hope that you can see your level of commitment plays a critical part in your life. When times seem to be getting tough and overwhelming, just remember that you are committed and can achieve anything you set your mind to. I will leave you with this self quote, “Make the most of your moment now because the moment you are in now will be a reflection of tomorrow’s moments. Always be committed to the moment!” 

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