Meet Oklahoma FFA's New President Cale JahnThu, 05 May 2016 23:07:41 CDT
Cale Jahn grew up like a lot of rural Oklahoma kids raising cattle and wheat on his family’s farm near Elgin, but he is now taking on a very special role as he becomes the next president of the Oklahoma FFA Association.
Growing up, Jahn showed cattle and participated in public speaking and livestock judging. He even built a trailer his senior year as part of an ag mechanics project. He says he admired older FFA members who were active in leadership roles and hoped to one day follow in their footsteps. He had the opportunity to serve as the Oklahoma FFA Secretary this past year and called it a very humbling experience.
“Throughout the entire year, it so fascinating to see the impact we have and to be able to serve the members that make Oklahoma FFA what it is,” he says.
As a veteran state officer with a year at Oklahoma State University under his belt, Jahn says he is looking forward to mentoring the new officers, who will begin college in the fall. He is most excited about the team’s diversity and what that means for reaching new FFA members.
“One of the most powerful things we have as an officer team is our own story,” he says. “We have some that grew up in the suburbs, we have some like myself that grew up in production agriculture, so we all have a different angle, and that makes us more applicable to the membership.”
Jahn says he is especially proud of all FFA members for their contributions to the FFA Hunger Challenge. Members of 205 FFA chapters donated the proceeds of more than 500 animals to provide nearly 765,000 protein sticks for hungry Oklahoma children.
“It’s just a very cool opportunity to see what FFA members can do when we all work together,” he says. “As Mr. Staats would put it, ‘a lot of people are about talking about making things happen, but FFA members are all about finding a way to make those things happen.’
“And that’s truly what they’ve done this time.”
Read more about the FFA Hunger Challenge.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear Jahn talk more about his FFA career and his goals for serving as president.
Jahn will join Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays for the weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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