Montana FFA Foundation updates leadership
The Montana FFA Foundation began in 1998 with a mission to develop funds and programs that allow opportunities to the members of the Montana FFA. When the FFA Foundation began it was decided that three-year terms be administered without limits to the amount of terms one board member could run for.
One of the founding members of the Montana FFA Foundation board has decided to step down and allow for new leadership to step in. Montana Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Bureau Chief, Lee Boyer, has stepped down from his role as a board member after 12 years of service to the Montana FFA Foundation.
During Boyer’s terms with the Montana FFA Foundation he served as the President/Chairman for nine years and has helped generate thousands of dollars for the members of Montana FFA. Boyer has seen the Foundation grow from a volunteer group of past FFA members with a vision, to a staffed office still focusing on the original goals to provide opportunity to the members of the Montana FFA.
Also stepping off the Montana FFA Foundation Board is Sue Ann Streufert of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. Streufert served the Montana FFA for two terms (six years) and was immediately selected as the Treasurer of the Board upon her vote to be a member. Because the Montana FFA Foundation is housed within the Montana Farm Bureau Federation building in Bozeman, MT, Streufert was invaluable to the Executive Directors as she provided financial guidance and agricultural knowledge to Montana FFA.
Both of these individuals have shown tremendous leadership and have helped the Montana FFA grow to over 2,500 members. More importantly, they have seen the Montana FFA Foundation grow and currently provide thousands of dollars annually to the FFA members and advisor they serve.
As the Montana FFA Foundation looks to the future, new leadership has been found in former board Vice President, Curt Robbins. Robbins, who represents Montana Silversmiths, has accepted the role as President of the Montana FFA Foundation and brings new goals and expectations for the rest of the board of directors. As a past State FFA President, Robbins has a passion for FFA and will serve the Foundation extremely well.
Also added to the board is newly-elected Treasurer, Randy Bogden, of Montana Farm Bureau Insurance from Great Falls. A past State FFA Officer, Bogden is excited to be with the Montana FFA again and believes that there is always room to do more for FFA members.
The last addition to the 2011 Montana FFA Foundation Board of Directors is past State FFA President, Josh Doely of Montana Livestock Agriculture Credit Inc. Doely will be one of the youngest directors elected to the board and upon his vote stated that, “he would not be where he was today without the Montana FFA and appreciates the opportunity to give back to such a wonderful organization”. The board of directors is extremely excited to have Doely and his enthusiasm as a part of the team.
All of these gentlemen belong to businesses that sponsor the Montana FFA and truly believe in FFA’s mission to develop premier leaders in Montana’s No.-1 industry – agriculture. For information about Montana FFA and ways to be a part of the organization, sponsorship/donation to the cause, please visit http://www.montanaffa.org or contact the Montana FFA Foundation at 406-582-4118.
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