The role of FAA president has been enhanced

Lexi Mለርller

At the beginning of his tenure as president of Illinois FF, Valmey High School’s Alma Lexi Mለርller wanted to make a positive impact.

COVID-19 may have dropped a test in its operations, but it did not stop at Mለርller’s mission.

“When they run for office, they run for the students and they run for their lives,” Muller said. It’s hard when you can’t see that you’re making an impact.

The now-retired president – who is in office from June 10, 2020 to June 11, 2021 – and her colleagues, FF officers, have spent their contracts creating innovative, epidemic ways to influence members across the state.

At one time, this involved leading a new-congregation conference.

The National FF creates 212 curricula each year and hosts related conferences, but due to COVID-19 these cannot occur in person and are replaced by a virtual curriculum.

However, Mለርller and other state officials needed a conference to begin 2021 with their elementary students and high school students, known as Green Hands, so they started empty-handed.

During this new virtual conference, Mለርller and co-leader conducted leadership sessions. Mለርller decided to name the “Land Zero” conference, which he believed would be sufficient.

“In the COVID year, we really decided to start at zero, and the green members are just starting their FFA work, so that’s why we call the ground zero,” Mለርller said.

The two-week Guba conference consisted of two parts. In total, ground zero reached a total of 600 green hands.

For the first time, it was at the conference that M ሙller learned that her work as president during the Covenant was making a difference in the lives of its members.

“600 kids really get into the content and start talking in Zoom conversations or chatting on Snapchats… or we split into a lot of small groups to get to know each other and really communicate with their team leaders ነበር I felt like I could do anything,” Mለርller said.

Finally, when the time came for the 2021 Illinois FAA State Agreement, she saw these connections in the ground zero jump off the screen.

In the zombies, members who knew each other greeted each other like old friends — although this was the first time they had met face-to-face.

That’s why Mለርller considers such moments as Land Ephraim’s greatest achievement as State FF President.

My teammates and I created this conference that we should not have created, but we felt we had to give back to our members, ”M ሙller said. “Maybe that’s what I’m most proud of – the relationships I saw when they were created.”

Mለርller described the state convention as “perhaps the biggest event of the year for a FFA member,” and threatened again with COVID-19 until Mለርller and her team found a solution.

Typically, the meeting will be held at the BOS Center in Springfield and will be a night out. Senior state officials knew that COVID-19 would not be followed, so they came up with the idea of ​​hosting “district conventions.”

The Illinois FFA divides the territory into five districts, which Mለርller and her team used to organize three separate meetings. Each convention was held at a local venue, three days and two for those districts to recognize government and national award winners.

We knew that a traditional convention would be shot down and we thought our members deserved the right beat because we could be recognized on the national stage. We really fought the board – I mean.

Within a few weeks, Mለርller began her elementary education at Carbondale, University of Southern Illinois. She plans to teach horticulture with a minor in horticulture.

As an ag teacher, she hopes to create many more “light bulb” moments, such as green ones.

“My favorite thing to do is to have a workshop and you have access to this hidden message and click on it in the minds of the members, that’s a great feeling as a facilitator,” Muller said.

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