Carly Hazer, left, Courtney Banac, Molly Woodworth and Marian Foster stand with Levy Randolph of California, National FFA President 2009-10 earlier this summer at the Washington Leadership Conference.
Cazenovia My name is Molly Woodworth, and I am the President of the Cazenovia Future Famers of America chapter. This summer, Cazenovia FFA Secretary Carly Hazer, Cazenovia FFA Reporter Courtney Banac, chapter member Marian Foster and I, attended a national youth leadership program.
The program is called Washington Leadership Conference. We spent a week at our nation’s capital, touring the mall and memorials, making friends from around the country and learning about our world’s problems. My eyes were opened to what a problematic world we live in with statistics and activities that brought me to tears numerous times. These facts still send sobering chills down my back.
The FFA motto is “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.”
We “learn to do” in our agriculture classes in school. We “do to learn” as we begin our supervised agriculture experience projects and we “earn to live” with the profits we make in our jobs and supervised agriculture experiences. At WLC, we learned what a Living To Serve plan is, the final step of the motto. Our job as leaders is to see the need, make a plan and take action. We saw the need, and we created our LTS plans while we were there.
To create our LTS plans we had to pin-point something we were good at, to be able to incorporate that skill into the plan in order to be successful. I chose my skill of public speaking. Then we chose a topic — something we wanted to change, a statistic we wanted to eliminate, people we wanted to help. I had three ideas: One was world hunger, another was cancer and the third was bullying, teenaged depression and suicide.
To help end world hunger, I will continue my volunteer work with Heifer Project International. I will work hard to scale it up a little more every year. To do my part in helping to curing cancer I chose to participate in St. Baldrick’s, a cancer fundraising and awareness activity.