Celebrating FFA Week: Interview with Mr. Russell Reid at Gilead Christian

By Hannah Swanson, Gilead Christian FFA Reporter

February 18, 2014

On Friday, February 7, Gilead Christian agriculture had guest speaker Mr. Russell Reid share his experiences as a FFA member during the 1950’s. Mr. Reid attended school in Cisne, Illinois. There were 127 young men in the school, more than half were members in Cisne’s FFA chapter. Some of the Cisne FFA members earned national recognition for Parliamentary Procedures and Farm Safety. Over four years of attending National Convention in Kansas City, Mr. Reid had the opportunity to hear guest speakers such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former President Harry S. Truman, and Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois.

Back home in Cisne, Mr. Reid’s FFA chapter participated in community service projects, one of which was plowing gardens for senior citizens and others who did not have the tools to do it themselves. The members kept a small tractor and plow just for this purpose. The chapter had to keep the tractor up and running.

Prior to coming to the GCS classroom, Mr. Russell Reid asked that the Gilead Christian FFA members write a response to the question “Why am I in FFA?” for National FFA week. There were a variety of answers. Several said they like the hands on learning. One member said “Within FFA I am learning a wide range of different careers and job qualifications. This will help me in my future with not only my job but also raising a family. I will know how to care for animals, make proper gardens, money management, and much more.” Another member replied saying “I think I will gain valuable leadership and communication skills.” Another commented “I joined FFA because I enjoy the service. I see in those associated with FFA a recognition of the importance to serve others. FFA reaches out and makes a positive difference in the community.” There are many different reasons why we all wanted to become members of FFA. Because of this organization we are able to meet our goals.