2017 National Officer Candidate
Layni LeBlanc, from the Walker FFA Chapter.
It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer—an opportunity afforded to few members. If you want to be a national officer, take time now to learn about your passions and gain a better understanding of what life as a national officer is really like. A life of glamour and glory—maybe, but the truth is that as a national officer, your life is non-stop hard work and never-ending commitments.
As a national officer, you might think that you will be with FFA members most of the year, but in reality, a little more than one-third of your year is spent with members. During other months, you may be gaining knowledge in training, meeting with partners or serving on the board of directors. Some parts you may like more than others. To be sure, whatever you do as a national officer, you influence members’ lives in a positive light.
One of the most amazing and perhaps unexpected joys of holding national office is the inevitable transformation that occurs in individuals because of their year of service. Talk about personal growth! The thousands of people you meet from Tokyo to Toledo and the varied experiences you share inspire profound growth and maturity in most every officer.
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About the Election
Once you are chosen as the national officer candidate for your state, it’s time to think about what you need to prepare for running for office as well the possibility of being elected to office. Time and money are considerations for both.
As far as preparing for the election, you will need time and lots of it. If you can afford not to work full time over the summer, then you will have more time to prepare and focus on running for office. The amount of time that a national officer candidate spends most days of the week in preparation for office may vary from May or June through October. This will depend upon your goals and what knowledge you need to gain and what qualities you wish to improve.
Most national officers will agree that from whenever you are selected as your state’s national officer candidate through the election is a critical time of preparation. Create a schedule detailing your goals and objectives to utilize your time effectively.
If you are elected to national office, time becomes a precious commodity and the sooner you understand this, the better your experience in office will be. Your time is no longer your own except for those few days a month when you travel home to reconnect with your family and friends.