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2021 Fair Booster Finley FFA

Chapter of RiverView High School is honored to be chosen as a 2021 Benton Franklin Fair Booster. Finley FFA was chartered in 1930’s as a part of the National FFA Organization. Through the years, the chapter has been active in the community including having members show their supervised agricultural experience projects at the fair. This partnership with the fair has allowed members to reach their goals and learn valuable lessons along the way. Over the years, hundreds of Finley FFA members have invested time, money and effort into their projects to display at the fair earning many ribbons and accolades along the way. In addition to being a part of the “Best Week of Summer,” the Finley FFA Chapter donates flowers from their annual plant sale to the fairgrounds. These flowers are used to help decorate the grounds for the fair and other events that take place there as well.

“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning Living, Living to Serve,” the FFA motto is a driving force for our members. Our members learn the skills and abilities in the classroom, complete hands-on learning activities, apply for grants or scholarships and give back to the community. Annually our members hold various community service projects like donation of vegetables and fruit plants in the spring to the community gardens around the area and this year also provided some to the Tri-City Cancer Center garden. They also host “Feed-A-Family” or two during Thanksgiving, and hold food and/or water drives to donate to the local community. Each year they choose a charity, MDA, Tri-City Animal Shelter, Veterans, Mid-Columbia Hall of Fame, just to name a few, and raise money to donate to that charity. Members partake in “Knot Night” in which they assemble blankets to give to local places in need including Mo’s Place and Senior Citizen Centers around the area. This year the chapter was awarded a grant from the National FFA Organization that allowed members to build two bunk beds that were donated locally to Mo’s Place.

Members serve to educate the public about the world of agriculture whether it is at the fair having a conversation with a passerby to holding an elementary farm fair for their district to participating in the area’s Farm Fair here at the fairgrounds that brings in over 1,000 local 5th graders. Being advocates of agriculture is important to Finley FFA as they help to build future agricultural leaders of tomorrow. This can include being out in public to competing in career development events and leadership development events at the local, state and national level. Finley FFA hosts the Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree during FFA week in February. The chapter invites 10-12 local chapters to the jamboree each year in which over 150 members and volunteers come together to compete in competitions, build relations and learn to be future leaders. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Finley FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. It helps to develop members’ potential and allows them to discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.
2021 Finley FFA
2019 Steve Connor
2018 Aggie Mowry
2017 Curt Spaur
2016 Chris Parks; Mike Graves
2015 Delt Clark
2014 Vern & Sheryl Records
2013 Bleyhl Farm Service
2012 Kendra Myers
2011 George & Giny Rieck
2010 Mike & Shirley Thompson
2009 Rowdy & Laura Lee Barry
2008 Les Patterson; Kathy & Bill Nuckolls
2007 Roger Baisch; Allen & Mary Walch
2006 Ben Proctor; Colonel Ray Brock
2005 Bill & Barb Davis; Dick Peterson
2004 Marilyn Oliver Hyde
2003 Don Kinion; Marlene & Tim Tippett
2002 Dress Family
2001 Phyllis Quinton; Gretchen Schriner
2000 Buzz & Toni Zunker; Dave Rickenbach
1999 Bob Andrewjeski Family
1998 Jim & Marian Wetzel
1997 Carol Gossen; Leona Mackenstach
1996 Leila Zunker
1995 Charlene Fansler; Wanda Louder
1994 Walt Swearingen
1993 Charlie Pease
1992 Dave & Chris Garrett; Red Rutherford
1991 Jeff & Margaret Fulks
1990 Charlene Fansler; Donna Raines; Mary Davenport; Launi Berg;Sherry & Bob Tucker
1989 Jean Smith
1988 Dick Carstans
1986 Jerry & Kathy Cargill
1985 Butch & Judy VanHollebeke
1982 Ruth Simmelink
1981 Walt Swearingen
1980 Bill & Phylis Parker
1979 Jim Bateman Leath Andrews
1978 Bill Heaston
1977 Vance Arter
1976 Frank Buckingham
1975 George & Mary Ward
1974 Gus Hokanson
1973 Charles Pease
1972 Fran Spooner
1971 Lucille Olson
1970 Howard Hayer
1969 Jack Taylor
1968 F.P. Meverden
1967 Frank Lampson
1966 J.C. Pratt
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