Malta Bend FFA celebrates 60 years as organization

Thursday, February 20, 2014
The original signed charter from 1955 establishing Malta Bend FFA Chapter. (Contributed photo)

On Oct. 16, 2015, the Malta Bend FFA Chapter will be celebrating its 60th anniversary as an organization since being chartered in 1955. The current members feel that we should do something to acknowledge the occasion, so we'd like to plan an alumni dinner and invite every past member to attend. It's a big undertaking, but it will be well worth it; our alumni plays a big part in our chapter's successes.

There are 14 names on the original charter that hangs on the wall in our Ag room: Riley Crawford -- Marshall, MO; Noel Fulkerson -- Raytown, MO; Herbert Hasse; Terry (Chuck) Henning -- Marshall, MO; Bob Poppinga -- Sweet Springs, MO; Jack Tolivar -- deceased; Jimmie Wade -- North Kansas City, MO; Dickie Buford -- Higginsville, MO; Randall Burfeind -- Kansas City, MO; Jim Boedeker -- Marshall, MO; Donnie Buford -- deceased; LaVern Henderson -- St. Louis, MO; Myron Kersten -- Malta Bend, MO; and Jerome Boedeker -- Malta Bend, MO. These men were the first members of our chapter, which is still small to this day but has the same amount of drive and determination as it did 60 years ago.

Even though I personally will not be in high school by the time this event rolls around, I still feel it is something that should not be gone unnoticed. I will be a brand-new member of our FFA's Alumni, so what better way to celebrate than with 60 years worth of past members just like myself? I think that's pretty neat.

If you or someone you know is a past member of the Malta Bend FFA Chapter and would like to attend this celebration, please contact the Malta Bend school at 660-595-2371 or Advisor Terry Jenkins at 660-631-2895 so we can get your mailing/contact information.