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"Learning to do doing to learn: to earning to living, iiving to serve.' The above--the motto of the Fu- ture Farmers of America--express- es the work and the objective of the FFA. All across the nation, rural communities are observing a W:mekn wh!ch honors an organization umposea of the future farmers of the nation. The organization is the National Organization of the Future Farm- ers of America, and the week be- ing celebrated is Future Farmer Week. Wyoming governor Frank Barrett has designated the w,ek of Feb. 16-23 as Wyoming Future Farmer Week Leading the obser- vance in Crook county are the FFA chapters of Sundance and Hulett. The Bear Lodge chapter of Sun~ dance holds the honor of beino just one year younger than the na- tional organization being granted its charter Aug. 1, 1929. Future Farmer Week is observed week of W ashingtons -may vecause the first presi- nent of the United States possessed qualities of leadership and the de- termination to fight for the prin- ciples which he believed in~-traKs which have gained the admiration of the FFA Washington was also one of the fi'rst American scientific farmers and introduced some of the soil conservation practices which are just starting to be used by farmers today. - The purpose of the FFA is to ~rameYOUths to become successful . rs. To that end all the teach- ~ngtand training.of the FFA is con- farm-.ed. It ~S the successful A- el ,who contributes most to , merica s agricultural production. Members of the FFA ,~re the fu- ture farmers, and the FFA is de- termined tbat !hey fihall be the: successful farmers oi the futm. Members of the Bear Lodge Chapter of Sundance are sludents unrrOlled in the vocational agricul- . program at Sundance high high school The FFA is an intl'a- curriculum'activity_not an extra- curriculum activity--and as such has a definite" place in the school Program. It is a non-profit and a non-political organization. The Bear Lodge Chapter in Sun- dance has for its advisor Cl~rk Allen, Vocational agricultural in- structor. Dick Cummings is pres!-i dent of the chapter and Larry Ke3- ser is vice-president. .. Other officers of the club are Ben Sager, secretary; Ja~keNeCek~ lason, treasurer; Tom M" , ~o~t.er; and John Queen, watch This year, the Bear Lodge chap- ~earn_,has 15 members--six green T?"Us and nine chapter farmers. ne next degrees to which mem- oers can advance are state and American farmers. Many Skills Taught FFA In Shop E F rl )1- - -S ~ " L" end in importance, and very popu- lar with the students, is woodwork- ing which is essential since new buildings must be built and old enes repaired in the operation of a farm business. Forging has been somewhat dis- placed by welding, but it is still vital fcr many 'jobs and a know- ledge of forging is of great value. FFA members are also exposed to many other skills in the shop in- cluding rope working, painting, glazing and maintenance of shop ~ools. This year, completed shop projects include feed benches, work benches, sheep panels, tool racks and welding,~ tables. The activities of the Bear Lodge $170 for one member, two boys earned $137 from oats, and cattle earned $291 for five other mere-,, bers. For 1952, the 15 members of the chapter have selected as projects 12 acres of barley, 14 head of beef, 20 acres of oats, 10 head of sheep.~, six head of swine and 30 acres of wheat. Among the improvement projects to be handled by the chapter this year are building fences, gates cattle guards, equipping the farm shop, landscaping the farmstead.,~ soil conservation and buildin-, farm equipment. FFA members last year, constructed soil erosion control dams and tested seed for Members of the Sundance FFA are taught both in the class room and in the work shop. In the class room new ideas in agriculture are stu(lied and di CUssed b s- ..... .Y the future farmer. This .~ear at the Sundance school, fihn iSSued *,.. s . . uy ,arm equipment manu- chaXaCturerste have been used by the ,_ p. r as sources of information. an addition, the valuable a r libr g oom .....dry has_ been bolstered by the books~'u~cnase of $50 worth of new text Farm shop instruetmn tea the sk" ' ches ,_ _ fllswhmh prepare the f arme~ ..... utme Will f'a~e-~u~--~ne vaned jobs which . a~ mere on the ran xarra p ..... ch or . ~rnaps the most irn Skills ta ........ Portant .__.__ usnt in the sllop are arc chapter are varied and strenuous. The program of work for tim group is divided into the following sec- tions: supervised farming, cooper- alien, community service, lea(ler- ship, earnings and savingsl conduct of meeting, scholarship, recrea- tion and general. The supervised,, farming section includes all of the projects taken by the boys in vocational ag work. In 1951, the FFA members had projects in barley, beef, corn, oats, swine and wheat. Last year's projects netted the chapter $1100. Total receipts were 83578 with expenses eating up $2478 of that sum. Wheat was the top crop" earning $527.20 for the two members who took the wheat project. In other projects, swine Bear Lod e Members Work on Projects Ti M I~t~ PilL) I 0 Members of the Sundance FFA have completed many projects in the shop this year, among them feed benches, work benches, sheep Panels,(i to r.)tlTomrackSMiller,and welding tables. Caught at various activities are: aldson, Larry Beagle, Larry Keyser and Raymond Don- local ranchers. The group will perform the same services this year with the addition of culling poultry and landscaping the school grounds. Another important activity of the chapter is judging. In 1951, the Bear Lodge boys won first in live. stock at Newell, S. D. while four members represented the Bear ~ndtge tehapt e[nat theg~a te judging Plans are already being formed for the FFA section at the spring sale of the Northeastern Wyoming Hereford Association. Barring bad weather, four to six teams repre- senting schools from Wyoming and South Dakota will be on hand to take part in the judging. i Members of the FFA, after la- boring long and hard, like to dis- play the fruits of their labor. The chapter set up a booth at the 1951 county fair and exhibited their ac- complishments. This year, the group plans to have another booO, at the county fair, bigger and bet. ter than last year's, and will also send exhibits to the state fair. Members of the local chapter compete against each other at local contests in which winners are se- lected in soil conservation, rural electrification, farm mechanics. farm safety, star chapter farmer and public speaking. A medal i~ presented to the winner of each of these sections. Members of the clmpter draw up the rules for the awarding of the medals. Fmlr members of the Bear Lodge chapter, Dick Cummings, Ralph Meglemre, Carl Sehulze and Comer Chapman, carry the hopes of the other members in the FFA speech !contests to be held in Sundance The local chapter will be host to i the district speakers. They say all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy, but ,'.he Bear Lodge chapter has plenty of recreation and doesn't worry about it. The chapter trip during the summer is the high spot of the group's recreational activities. Last year, the chapter spent five days ~Conttnued on Last Page, See. 1) I Bear Lodge Boys on Welding Beam '* ! , : I[ !iil i!:i! I TIMES PHO, -* FFA members are exposed to man), skills in the farm shop besides welding, forging and woodwork, they pick up experience in rope work- ing, painting, glazing and the maintenance of shop tools. Above, Ray- men Donaldson and Comer Chapman look on as Tom Miller operates the power saw. FFA Boys Learn Heavy Duty SMll TIMES P H OT',~ Forging is another skill which memhers of lhe FFA learn despite the fact that welding is largely disp~:,cing forging in many jebs. Hand- ling the heavy duty wm;k are: (I to r.) John Queen, Larry Keyser, Bern Sager and Beb Rice. This page sponsored by Mooreroft Tracy Motor Simdance