The 2011-2012 Illinois State FFA Officer Team was elected June 15 by delegates at the 83rd State FFA Convention. The officers will serve the Illinois Association FFA for the next 12 months. The newly elected officers are:
President: Mike Shively, 18, of Buckley (Iroquois County) and the Paxton-Buckley-Loda FFA Chapter. He is the son of Todd and Stephanie Shively. Mike is a 2011 graduate of P-B-L High School.
Vice President: Jim Tobin, 18, of Farmer City (DeWitt County) and the Blue Ridge FFA Chapter. He is the son of Paul and Peggy Tobin. Jim is a 2011 graduate of Blue Ridge High School.
Reporter: Christopher Steppig, 18, of Waterloo (Monroe County) and the Waterloo FFA Chapter. He is the son of Robert "Chuck" and Joann Steppig. Chris is a 2011 graduate of Waterloo High School.
Secretary: Jacob Meisner, 18, of Piasa (Macoupin County) and the Southwestern FFA Chapter. He is the son of John and Donna Meisner. Jacob is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern High School.
Treasurer: Clayton Carley, 19, of Milford (Iroquois County) and the Cissna Park FFA Chapter. He is the son of Kenton and Lisa Carley. Clayton is a 2010 graduate of Cissna Park High School and studied agonomy and plant genetics – as well as agricultural education – in the Parkland College Pathways program this past year.
The five officers were elected from a group of ten candidates who had previously been selected by an officer selection committee earlier in the spring. Each of the five officers will put their collegiate pursuits on hold for a year as they serve the Illinois Association FFA. Each officer will travel more than 20,000 miles during the year as they visit FFA chapters around the state, conduct workshops and meetings for FFA members, represent Illinois FFA at meetings and conferences, and promote agricultural education. They will also have the opportunity to travel overseas in January to the International Leadership Seminar for State FFA Officers.
Illinois has elected a State FFA Officer team since 1929; the state officer team was expanded from four to five positions in 1992.
More than 3,500 FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests are expected to attend the three-day convention in Springfield. The Illinois Association FFA boasts a membership of 16,500 FFA members in 310 different FFA chapters. The National FFA Organization is a youth organization preparing students for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.