by Mary Lou Vossler, Exeter-Milligan FCS Teacher
Central Community College in Hastings provided the setting for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America District 4 Conference. Thirty-one members of the Exeter-Milligan FCCLA Chapter and their advisor, Mary Lou Vossler, attended the Conference on October 2, 2012. The theme of the conference was “Ignite the Spark with FCCLA”. Students from Exeter-Milligan, Thayer Central, Fillmore Central, Doniphan-Trumbull, York, Sutton, Cross County and Bruning-Davenport attended the event. The opening general session featured Keynote Speaker, Mike Smith, from Lincoln, NE. Mike’s message of “Finding Your Calvin” had an anti-bullying message and had a profound impact on the FCCLA members. Mike has founded and continues to direct two nationally recognized non-profit organizations called “The Bay” and “Skate For Change.” His talk was truly amazing! One of his main messages was “DUDE BE NICE”.
Members attended teen issue sessions entitled: Women’s Prison Inmates, More with Mike Smith, Ignite Your Passion by “Teal Boutique” in Hastings, Fat to Freedom by Sara Theesen and ZUMBA with Shannon Stone of Sutton. The afternoon sessions were FCCLA Leadership sessions entitled: PEER Education, What Not to Wear, Start the Fireworks! Chapter Shout Out I & II, and “Ignite the Spark with Community Service Ideas”. Haylee Sheffield served as the district officer for the Exeter-Milligan FCCLA chapter. District officers help plan, contact potential speakers, and set up the conference for the district.
Front L-R: Deidre Stevens, Haylee Sheffield, Amber Pribyl, Brooke Manning, Erica Yound, Meredith Emshoff, Logan Zeleny, Kylie Briske, Madison Horne, Toni Bossaller,
2nd row: Josie Kresak, Hannah Beethe, Janey Due, Katherine White, Sydney Hall, Joan Strate, Ingrid Remmen, Maitlyn Thomsen, Anna Dedenroth, Hailey Luzum
3rd Row: Kelsey Bigelow, Tara Mueller, Vicki Androyna, Ashley Benorden, Sam Horne, Katie Mounce, Janey Erdkamp, Hannah Horne, Macy Due
Back row: Alexis Aldrich, Kate Jansky, Katie Moody, Kaitlyn Vavra, Claire Mounce