October 2018
Youth Matters

FFA Sentinel: Hitting the Ground Running

Ariton High School FFA is off to a strong start to the new school year.


FFA cookies are a great way to reach out to new members.

The Ariton FFA chapter officers and adviser, Shelby Windham, have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming year of fun and educational activities for their members. At the end of July, the officers helped host the eighth annual Ariton FFA Alumni Golf Tournament at Dothan National Golf Club in Dothan, Alabama. Before the tournament, officers sold sponsorships to different businesses for $100 each, which allowed them a sign advertising their businesses throughout the golf course. Participants paid $180 for a three-person scramble team. The Ariton FFA Chapter raised $10,000! The money raised will help to send the officers to the 90th annual Alabama State FFA Convention in Montgomery, Alabama, from June 5 through 8. They will use the remainder of the money to send the officer team to the 91st Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Oct. 23 to 27, 2018.

Ariton FFA golf tournament involves the community in a fun and interactive activity that provides a tremendous fundraising opportunity for the chapter.


Unfortunately, summer doesn’t last forever and school started back the second week of August. On the third week of school, Aug. 20 through 24, the officers held a recruitment week, also known as a membership drive. On Monday, officers started recruiting. The officer team passed out recruitment fliers and visited with all the seventh-12th-graders during break, paying special attention to the young high-school students. The officers answered questions that potential members had and let them know what they could expect out of the school year if they joined.

The officers gave out Popsicles Tuesday to paid FFA members and encouraged potential members to attend the FFA meeting at 1:30. The officer team held our first chapter meeting of the year, where we introduced the new officers and discussed many of the future activities and fundraisers going on throughout the year, such as mum, fruit and strawberry fundraisers, Sun Belt Ag Expo field trip, Program of Activities (POA) committees, CDEs, LDEs and TDEs, to the 132 potential members present. We also encouraged members to attend the first Ariton FFA Alumni Cookout that was held Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, before our first football game.


Ariton FFA adviosr Shelby Windham poses for a photo with a slice of FFA  cake at the alumni cookout.

Sausage biscuits were given out Wednesday. On Thursday we had a sheet cake made and handed out cake, and Friday we gave out gold and blue leis to follow along with the school spirit day since it was our first home game of the season. At the alumni cookout, we ended up having 26 alumni and 42 current members attend. Hamburgers, hotdogs, sides and desserts were served. It was a blast and it was a great start to the school year.

The Ariton FFA Chapter recruitment week was a great way to start our school year. Over the past couple of years we have only had 65 members in total, but at the end of recruitment week we had 126 paid members. As we reflected on the week together as an officer team, we all concluded that this year is going to be one that we will never forget.


Shelby Windham is the FFA adviser at Ariton High School and Hollie Arnett is a member of Ariton High School FFA.