With help from a grant from North Dakota Farmers Union’s Community Stewards program, nine Bowman County FFA members attended the Washington Leadership Conference July 17-23 in Washington, D.C.

The five-day event saw attendees learn leadership qualities including a civic engagement activity, where attendees applied what they learned to a hands-on service activity.

“The real focus was for kids to learn their purpose as leaders and how to serve others,” Bowman County FFA advisor Mary Fischer said.

They visited with members of Congress, but also had time to take in the nation’s capital. The attendees were able to visit numerous monuments and historical sites. The group even dined at the Founding Farmers restaurant.

“It was such a great experience for the kids,” Fischer said.

Making the trip was Fischer with FFA members Seth Folske, Mitch Stuber, Kalorada Eagon, Micheala Fischer, Tasha Pond, Parker Lambourn, Beau Jeffers, Dillon Eagon and Tristen Peterson.

NDFU donated $500 through the Community Stewards program, which encourages members to become active citizens within their community. The program allows participants to apply for the donation to be made to a nonprofit organization within their community. Participants must host an event in conjunction with the donation of funds.

“Grants like (Community Stewards) help these future leaders in agriculture and are invaluable to the students,” Fischer said. “It gives them an opportunity to go on a trip like this and gives them leadership skills to bring back to their communities.”

To apply or learn more, contact Member Operations Supervisor Jessica Haak at jhaak@ndfu.org or 701-952-1110.

— Chris Aarhus, NDFU