Recently at the State FFA Convention, Fredericktown FFA member, Milan Pozderac, was slated to run as a State FFA Officer on both the State Secretary ballot and the State Vice-President at Large ballot. After another round of intense interviews in front of the State’s voting delegates Milan was elected as one of five 2017-18 State FFA Vice-Presidents at Large in addition to the constitutional officers.
The Ohio FFA officers consists of the six state FFA officers: state president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, sentinel; and five vice-presidents at large to represent all of the ten FFA Districts.
The purpose of the Ohio FFA officer program is to provide effective leadership for the Ohio FFA Association. This can best be met by providing a motivational program for the membership and by being an instructional and developmental program for the state officers. Additionally, this program provides a public relations source for agricultural education and the FFA, a resource for teachers, and a positive image through a connection with individuals in agricultural education related organizations.
The state FFA officers are elected at state convention. Officers begin their year of service with training sessions where they meet and get to know the other team members, learn about their duties and responsibilities, and plan and set goals for the upcoming year. The Ohio FFA officers spend the summer attending all of the FFA Camp Muskingum sessions. Additionally, the state president and vice president attend the State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C.
During the fall, officers present chapter workshops, Greenhand speeches, and conduct numerous fall camps and coordinate and present the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference (OLLC). The officers serves as delegates to the National FFA Convention in October and hold a holiday celebration for their families in December. As winter continues, plans for the state convention become a priority and the officers begin preparing to attend chapter meetings, activities and banquets. As convention nears, officers spend time writing scripts, finalizing committee work, and practicing for the state convention.
Milan is the fifth State FFA Officer to be elected from Fredericktown. David McCoy also served the Ohio FFA Association as the 1967-68 State NE Sectional Vice-President. Tim Brown served as the 1970-71 State Vice-President. Abby Pozderac served at the 2014-15 District 7 President. Ryan Matthews served at the 2016-17 State Vice-President At-Large. Milan is the son of Milan and Kim Pozderac of Mt. Vernon. Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.