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O The Monroe County Reporter May 30, 2018 By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.net Familymembers and friends filled the Mary Persons cafeteria on May 15 to celebrate the 2017- 18 achievements of Mary Persons FFA and to enjoy barbecue, Brunswick stew anffthe trimmings togeth- er. The Mary Persons FFA chapter had an abundance of awards and successes to recognize; numerous senior, junior and middle school teams placed at both the region and state levels, and Mary Persons FFA was even represented well in national competition. The senior FFA officers conducted the event as an FFA meeting, demon- strating their discipline, knowledge and comfort with public speaking. At the end of the meeting they transitioned their posi- tions to the 2018-19 FFA officers: Fresident Austin Wiggins, Vice President Tyler Faulk, Secretary les- sica Hammonds, Treasurer Ashton Hooks, Reporter Anna Grace Simmons, Sentinel Samantha O'Neal, Chaplain Tianna Ogletree, Parliamentarian Matthew Marshall. Leigh Wiggins, president of the FFA Alumni Board, thanked everyone who helped with the Forsythia FestiVal raffle to raise money for FFA senior scholarships. She said there were three seniors who rose to the top with amazing resumes, and it was impos- sible for the board to pick just: one of them. Therefore, Lisa Dale and Misti Thomp- son were elected honor- ary members of the Mary Persons FFA Chapter for their efforts on behalf of the chapter. $250 each was awarded to Audrey Barr, Kayley Bell and Gracie Thompson. "We are so proud of our students;' said Wiggins. "It's astounding to me all they have to learn [for FFA competitions.]" Discovery awards were presented to Monroe County Middle School FFA members, Green Hand degrees to first year high school members and Chap- ter FFA degrees to those with two years or more participation. Those who competed in career de- velopment events, includ- ing electrical wiring, safe tractor driving and opera- tion, FFA creed speaking 2017-18 Mary Persons FFA officers led their last meeting before installing officers for the next year. contest, extemporaneous speaking and discussion meet, were recognized. Those who competed in team events were also com- mended, including middle school, junior and senior land judging teams and homesite judging teams, who just returned from national competition. There were junior and senior teams that competed in the environmental & natural resources contest, junior and senior teams that competed in nurs- ery landscaping, which required knowledge of insects and weeds as well as landscaping plants. FFA members competed in for- estry development events and career development contests. There were agri- culture mechanics career development and livestock judging events and contests for junior and senior teams. Other FFA students participated in horticul- tural and various devisions of wildlife identification, including aquatic, whitetail deer, general wildlife and game bird biology. David White of Forsyth Feed & Seed presented gift certificates to students who exhibited livestock Wil- low Waldrep for Lambs & sheep, Austin Wiggins for cattle and Willow Waldrep for swine. Audrey Barr was com- mended for her super- vised agriculture project in equine science, Austin Wiggins for his diversified project and Willow Wal- drep for her middle school project. Adults Lisa Dale and Mis- ti Thompson. were elected honorary.Mary Persons FFA chapter members by the FFA students to recog- nize their efforts on behalf of Mary Persons FFA. Each of the officers welcomed Dale and Thompson to the chapter. "It is because of the great respect we have for you that you have been elected" said Wiggins. Sarah Kimsey won the Star Chapter Farmer Award, the highest indi- vidual award bestowed for the year in the chapter, and Anna Grace Simmons was recipient of the Star Green Hand Award as the out- standing first year member of Mary Persons FFA. m "1 can't stop sneezing" 'Tis the season Amanda Dipaolo, a three-year respiratory therapist with Ethica, spoke to Rotarians about allergies and how to manage allergic symptoms: 1. Know your triggers. 2. Shower before bed if you have been outdoors. 3. Check the pollen count in the areas that you travel. 4. Remember that more rain earlier in the year means more pollen later in spring. 5. Always wear sunglasses. 6. Exer- cise early in the morning or late at night. 7. Take an anti- histamine to manage symptoms. (Zyrtec, Claritin, Flonase) 8. Take medication BEFORE the symptoms occur. Pictured, left to right, are Rotarian Jim Wilcox, Dipaolo, sponsoring Rotarian Mike Barry. Martie Brown updates on a "Special Club" Local Remax Realtor, Martie Brown, gave local Rotar- ians an update on the "Adult Special Needs Club" that was inspired by her son, who has special needs. The 501 3C (not for profit) organization founded in 2011 has around 25 adult participants ranging from ages 19 to 67. Focusing on activities that keep the adults active and productive in today's environment, Brown encour- ages everyone to get involved. The Club members have Medicaid Waivers to protect them in case of injury. A hew activity facility, transportation opportunities, and a couple of hours from local volunteers are on Brown's wish list. To get involved, find Martie Brown on Face- book and/or at Remax in Forsyth. Pictured, left to right, are Rotary President Barbara Dean, Brown, sponsoring Rotarian, Isabelle Waldrep. "Would You Eat There?" Local Rotarians heard from Monroe County Environmental Health Specialist, aka/"Food Health Inspector." Larry Emery is responsible for safety inspections at some 75 food es- tablishments in Monroe County. Emery looks for things like proper food temperature and preparation. The minimum allowable score to operate is 80. The food safety inspec- tion reports should be visible at the point of sale. Look for the score that makes you comfortable in the top right hand corner! Pictured, left to right, are Larry Emery, Rotary President Barbara Dean. Forsyth -Monroe County Rotar- ians watched as their District 6900 Governor, Margie Kersey, pinned their own Rotarian Jim Wilcox for his 3rd Paul Harris Fellow. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have con-" tary tributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support the Ro- Annual Fund, Polio'Pl[ss, or an approved Foundation grant. Pictured Jim Wilcox, left, District Foundation Chair, and Margie Kersey, District 6900 Governor. Rotary learns about millennials r "Bridges over Ladders," the latest book by Kent Wessinger, was the focus of his discussion with Rotarians about either creating a future with millenni- als or watching them create one for us. Wessinger reminded us that listen- ing to false data taken from inaccurate sources regarding the behaviors and attitudes of millennials is not a sound business strategy. His book combines his data collection methods from higher education with his strategic en- trepreneurial experiences to give the opportunity to hear directly from thou- sands of millennials, baby boomers, and gen Xers. Wessinger feels that this project will diffuse any conflict with millennials and position them as the greatest source of innovation. Pictured are Paul Sinor, sponsoring Rotarian, and Kent J. Wessinger, PhD.