State convention leadership session seeks to optimize volunteer impact

Farm Bureau leaders know that it’s important to think about ways to strengthen the organization at the county, state and national level. Farm Bureau is only as successful as its volunteers and the programs they lead.

State_Convention_ImageThe leadership session held at the state convention is a once-a-year opportunity for members to update their leadership skills, receive the latest tools and tips to strengthen their county Farm Bureau and network and learn from other leaders around the state.

Megan Ritter, Indiana Farm Bureau’s executive director for administration, is looking forward to the training.

“It’s a great way to energize current leadership, as well as surface new talent,” she said. “I encourage board members to think beyond current leadership to consider who has shown an interest in serving in the upcoming years.”

The sessions might also be useful for counties that have vacancies or other pressing issues.

“Does your county have vacancies now for president, vice president, education and outreach coordinator or PR coordinator?” she said. “Either way, plan to invite two to three prospective candidates to attend the leadership session to start building your future leaders.”

This year’s session, “Strengthening Your County Farm Bureau,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 with a networking event. Individual breakouts focus on topics ranging from effective county Farm Bureau leadership to policy development, county finances and legal obligations, and communication tools to help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau. Attendees also can learn strategies for local, state and national advocacy. The leadership session is scheduled to end at 5:45 p.m.

For more information or to register for the state convention, click here.