The Springville and Cattaraugus Little Valley FFA Chapter held their annual banquet on June 11. Led by their advisor John Busekist and special help from Kathy Degenfelder.
Busekist had to have emergency open heart surgery a few weeks ago and Mrs Degenfelder jumped right in to help make sure the FFA kids still had an advisor and made sure their classes ran along, business as usual. Busekist was in attendance which was very nice to see along with his wife Kathy.
The Chapter has planned a busy summer, selling ice cream from their trailer they were able to purchase with money raised from selling ice cream at the Erie County Fair. They are totally mobile now and can set up anywhere and sell ice cream and food. They are also planning on sending some of the members to Camp Oswegatchie and Working The Erie County Fair Milk Bar. Some of the members also participated in The Springville Griffith Institute’s “Drive Your Tractor to School Day”.
The Chicken dinner was put on by Wendel’s Crew and was fabulous as always.
In absence of the Erie County Dairy Princess, Leila Richmond who was unable to attend due to sickness, the Vice President, Marissa Folts, read the speech that Leila had written. The Erie County Alternate Dairy Princess, Natalie Strub, handed out milk punch before the dinner.
Both chapters had installation of new officers and they are as follows:
President, Paul Frank. Vice President, Marissa Folts, Secretary, Ben Putnam, Treasurer, Ryan Ganschow, Reporter, Daimen Skinner, Sentinel, Paul Meister, Student Adisor, Dustin Folts.
Cattaraugus Little Valley Chapter
President, Cameron Gross, Vice President, Jamie Belzille, Secretary, Lauren Eaton, Treasurer, Aliyah Misanet, Reporter, Justin Degenfelder, Sentinel Colin Little.
They also have a student advisor this year: Dustin Folts.
The Chapter has had a busy year doing many activities such as Going Bald for Bucks, The New York State Convention, The National Convention and Expo.
At the end of the Banquet, Mrs. Buskist gave a very touching speech about her husband’s recent heart surgery. “When I called the rescue squad, I was immediately put at ease, as I noticed some of the members of the rescue squad were some of John’s former FFA members. When I saw that, I knew in my heart everything was going to be alright”.