The Gustine FFA chapter held its first chapter meeting of the year Aug. 28 at Gustine High.

After the meeting, the ag teachers hosted a barbecue for the members, giving returning and new members the opportunity to interact with one another.

After the meeting, the officers held a cornhole tournament in the parking lot along with a game of slippery fingers.

The teams of Danny Gomes/Jacob Salsa and Tyler Borba/Garret Gomes tied for top honors in the tournament.

Kayla Davis, a freshman FFA member, was enthusiastic about the meeting.

“I had a great time. I participated in the drawing and the food was great. I can’t wait for the next meeting,” she reported.

Before the meeting, FFA members who will be attending the National Convention met to discuss the logistics of the trip.

The Ag Boosters met at the same time the FFA members convened.

During the meeting, officers discussed upcoming events and informed members how they can get involved in the FFA program.

Leadership conference

Gustine FFA officers attended the annual Section Officer Leadership Conference Sept. 10 at Merced College.

The conference started with a section meeting in which delegates voted on current matters within the program.

Afterward, officers split up into diversified groups and took part in leadership-building exercises and learned activities that they can take back to their respective chapters.

Greenhand conference

Twenty-seven members of the Gustine FFA chapter attended a Greenhand conference in Modesto on Aug. 22.

Christina Moitozo, one of the freshmen attending, called the conference “a great experience that I will never forget. I met a lot of people I cannot wait to see at other FFA events. I learned a lot about leadership skills and what I can do to help with meetings and other chapter events.”

Garret Gomes was also in attendance and said the event offered the opportunity to meet many new people and make new friends.

The event was very inspirational to the new FFA members. The leadership skills that they learned will serve them throughout their FFA careers and beyond.

Topics at the conference included public speaking, ag careers and the impact of ag on their everyday lives.

The Greenhand conference was a great way for new members to get involved in the FFA program at their beginning of their freshman year at Gustine High.