December 15, 2011

Mrs. Reynolds - SCR-I 5th Grade Santa Letters



Mrs. Danielle Reynolds - 5th Grade SCR-I

5th Grade Dear Santa, This is what I want for Christmas: a shark air swimmer, a teacup kitty, and the Monster High " Ghoul School" D.S game. It's ok if you can't' get me everything. Do your reindeer want some candy corn? Our tree is in our playroom by the table. Your friend, Conner Wiggins

Dear Santa, How have you been? Is the weather cold and snowy or hot and humid? Do you like chocolate, sugar, or monster cookies? I will leave out 18 carrots, just incase the reindeer are out of energy because of the pulling. I think I deserve the gifts you give me. I helped my dad in the field, and I stood up for a friend. I would like an xbox 360 Kinect, and an Ipod touch or pad. I also would like Diamond Bow with arrows. Also, I would like the Madden Fitness. Your friend, Gabe Shultz P.S. I think I'm 90% good and 10% bad.

Dear Santa, How is the weather at the North Pole? Today here in Memphis, MO it is sunny. I've been especially well behaved. Sorry for not baking cookies. My first thing on my list is Octomis Prime & Trailer Aka Leader of the Outabots and two other transformers. Next I want the Ultrarare Rayquaza CLVX and Rayquazal. Your friend, Patrick Shannan

Dear Santa, I am very deserving this year so please don't come here just because of my brothers. It's not my fault they were born that way. Please come this year and can you give me some cool. It is getting chilly. I have been very good this year. I help my grandma and grandpa work. I help my mom with a lot of stuff. This year I want two sweatshirts, a game, and a great dinner. YourfFriend, Kobe Coop P.S. I am not kidding about the cool brrrrrr.

Dear Santa, I would love to have the new Just Dane 3 for my Wii please. I would also like an art spinner, a baseball helmet, basketball shoes, baseball shoes. I am going to a Mizzou basketball game! I am very good this year about 50 %. I will give you some cookies and milk. I will also give the reindeer some carrots. Thank you; leave me a note about how the cookies and milk were. Can you ask the reindeer how the carrots are too? Thank you Santa tell the elves the elves that I like them too. Sincerely, Khloe Hamlin

Dear Santa, How's the weather up in the north? Are all the reindeer well fed? Are the elves fine? This year I want simple simple things, but not too simple OK. First I have been about 30% good and 70% bad. Can you cut me a little slack this year? As you have the last 11 years, you cut me slack. I want a quiver of arrows and some more surprise presents. Sincerely, Hunter Frederick

Dear Santa Claus, How are you doing up at the North Pole. I hope you aren't busy. But you probably are because it is Christmas. If you aren't I hope you get to read my letter. For Christmas I would like an xbox Kinect and an Ipod touch. I already have an Ipod touch but it is getting old and it is not working well as it use to. If you can't get me an ipod touch that will be alright because I really want an xbox Kinect. Thanks Santa, Your friend, Kyle Childress P.S. If you get me an xbox Kinect I would also like a football game really bad. If there is no football I would like basketball if that's ok. Thank you so much. I will leave cookies and milk on the table for boost of energy. I forgot one gift; a laptop. If you can't that's ok.

Dear Santa, I love all the presents. I live in Downing, MO. One Christmas night my cousins and I were online watching you online watching you to see where you were at. Your nose is red as a cherry and your stomach full of cookies, pop and milk. Also, your beard is as white as snow. Christmas is full of giving thanks. This year I think I have been good. I would like an Ipod Toudh and all the Diary of a Wimpy kid books. Please! Truly yours, Kaylyn Anders

Dear Santa Claus, I hope this isn't too much to ask for. All I want for Christmas is a new DS. Also, can I ask for two more things? I want some DS pins with pouch and the other thing is that I want to be healthy. How are the reindeer? They should be able to fly on Christmas. Also, please say hi to the reindeer. And I hope you can grant my last wish. Also, I hope you can take real good care of your reindeer. Oh my dogs George and Dodge need a huge bone. Can you do one more thing nice for my good brother Travis and my very good brother Patrick? Your friend, Shalinda Shannan P.S. Get the bones from Western's Steakhouse!

Dear Santa Claus, Hello Santa! How is the weather up there? I have been really good this year. I'm going to leave you chocolate chip cookies and milk. You must get full eating a bunch of cookies so I will make a couple. The thing I want for Christmas is Nerf bullets. I promise not to shoot my brother. I also want a Kansas City Chiefs hat! Hopefully, I get a lot of presents this year. I hope Rudolph's nose is extra bright. Your friend, Mason Kliethermes

Dear Santa, How are you doing this year? How are the elves and the reindeer? How is Mrs. Claus? This year I will have some chocolate chip cookies for you! The cookies will be made by my sister who makes the best cookies ever. I will also have something healthy for every reindeer. For Christmas his year I would like an Ipod touch. I hope no reindeer get sick enough so they can't pull the sleigh. My Christmas tree will have lights on it so you know what room it is in. Thank you! Your friend, Will Fromm

Dear Santa, Okay, I'll come right out with it. I'm a Greek freak. So what I really want are the books Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titans' Curse, Battle of Labyrinth, and the Last Olympian. I'm so very good that I deserve a lot. Oh make sure to give my little brother and sister something too. I deserve writing tools because I'm going to be an author, and I've been very, very, very, very, very good. Thank you very much. I'm going to give you an extra cookie and something for the reindeer. Please give Jaspar, my bunny, a winter coat, too. Your friend, Slade McAfee P.S I've been good that I make your best kid look like the worst child in the world!

Dear Santa, How are you doing? I hope the reindeer are up to the task of this year's Christmas. I'll leave some cookies and milk for you. If I could meet any reindeer it would be Donner. How many elves come with you? This year I want a set of crochet hooks and yarn. I also want a new trumpet and case. Sincerely, Adam Slayton

Dear Santa, How is the weather at the North Pole? It is warm and windy here in Missouri. Are the reindeer ready to pull the sleigh on Christmas Eve night? I can't wait to make you some cookies. I have been well behaved this year. I deserve all the gifts I will ask you for. I have been taking good car of my dog, and rabbit every day. I am deserving all my gifts because I have been good all year. This year I want an Xbox 360 Kinect, an Ipod Touch, an Airsoft gun, traps, and a laptop. P.S. I have been good about 97% of the time and 3% not so good. Your friend, Kolby Armstrong

Dear Santa, This year I have been good. I want an Ipod Touch, Xbox and the new Madden 12. That would make me very happy. I will leave a 4 pack of Monster. Can you write me a not of your favorite flavor. I will get you a bowl of cereal too! I hope you like it. Sincerely, Austin Cochran

Dear Santa Claus, How is the weather at the North Pole? How are the reindeer? How many elves work for you? I have been super good this year. I have helped my mom clean. I have helped my sister with her homework. I have also helped my mom with supper. I really deserve these gifts I am going to ask for. This year I want those boots from Boyers. I want a game for the Xbox 360 Kinect. I also want a game for the Xbox 360. Thank you very much Santa. Your friend, Nova M Cline

Dear Santa, What is it like at the North Pole? We haven't had any snow yet here in Missouri. I bet it's really busy in the North Pole this time of year. Are you ready to eat lots of cookies? I've been extra good this year. This year I've been getting awesome grades. I want an Ipod Touch this year please. I also want a Wii with lots of games with it please. Your friend, Kendra Middleton

Dear Santa, How are Santa Paws and Puppy Paws? I will be honest I have been naughty, but I have been nice. How is the Christmas Icicle? I saw that it almost melted. I could bring my dog and him and I could help. I could have a little crystal like Puppy Paws, my dog and I could wear them. I would like an Ipod Touch 1st Generation. That is all I would like. Sincerely, Jacob Kapfer

Dear Santa, How was your day been? I have been so very, very, very, very good. I am having a good day so far in Missouri. How is Mrs. Claus? Is Rudolph doing well? Guess What? I'm going to bake you the best cookies so please give me extra presents. Look at the following list for what I would like for Christmas: Ipod Touch, Laptop, and a puppy. You are a great person Santa. Your Bestest Friend, Haley Darcy P.S. I have been very good so please oh please don't send the Abominable Snowman. Thank you very much for doing business with me!

Dear Santa, How are you doing? Are you getting ready for Christmas? Is the sleigh clean and are the reindeer fine? I am going to leave out cookies and milk. I hope you can come to my house. Oh, and don't worry about Bella. She barks at everyone! I've been good this year! I will go out when it's snowing and I will push snow for free. In fall I do my chores and rake leaves and burn them. I go outside and play. I don't sit inside and play video games. All I want is 4 things. I want an Xbox 360 so that I can play it in the winter. I want games like MW 3 and Connect sports 1 and 2. If you can't get me these things I understand. Your friend, Matthew Woods

Dear Santa, How are you? I am doing good. Are you laying off the cookies? How is your reindeer? Maybe this year I will buy carrots instead of candy corn. Yes, you too Santa! I have been good this year except being mean to my sister Rose and my brother Derrick. I want two video games for my Xbox 360 like Rage and Saints Row 3. So, bye Santa. Tell the reindeer and the elves and Mrs. Claus that I said Good Bye. Have a Merry Christmas! Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas and a Good Year. Your friend, Troy Whitley

Brackets Unveiled for Class 2 District 6 Basketball Tourneys

GIRLS BRACKET

Defending its district title got a lot tougher for the Scotland County girls thanks to redistricting in 2017 and the Tigers didn’t benefit from the move either, as the Class 2 District 6 brackets were released this week.

The boys’ bracket features seven out of eight teams with winning records in 2016-17.

Despite posting a 20-1 record and a #7 ranking in the state, the Scotland County girls will enter next week’s district tourney as an underdog. Clopton, the #1 ranked girls team in Class 2 will be the top seed in the district tournament, which will be hosted by the Clarksville, MO  school, which is located south of Hannibal.

The host school will face #8 seed Louisiana (1-19) in the opening round on February 20th at 4 p.m.

The #2 seeded Lady Tigers will take on #7 Van-Far (6-14) at 5:30 p.m.

The third opening round game on Monday night will pit #4 Knox County vs. #5 South Shelby before the girls finale at 9 p.m. featuring #3 Paris vs. #6 Canton.

The boys will take the court Tuesday with #3 Louisiana (16-5) vs. #6 South Shelby (14-8) at 4 p.m.

BOYS BRACKET

Top seed Knox County (17-4) will then take on #8 Paris (8-12) at 5:30 p.m.

Scotland County, the #7 seed will be in action at 7 p.m. versus #2 seed Canton (15-6). The final game will pit #4 Clopton (15-6) against #5 Van-Far (13-7) at 9 p.m.

The girls semifinals will be played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. If the Lady Tigers take care of business in the opening round, they would advance to play the winner of Paris vs. Canton, in the 7 p.m. contest.

The girls’ championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The boys’ semifinals are set for 5;30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd. An opening round win for the tigers would advance them to play the winner of Louisiana and South Shelby in the 7 p.m. game.

The boys’ championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The Late Mike Wagner’s Pink Elf is Honored in the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame

The late Mike Wagner was recently honored when he and his gladiolus hybrid, Pink Elf, were inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame located in Greeley, Colorado.

by Andrea Brassfield

The late Mike Wagner was fondly remembered as a man who loved and appreciated nature.  As a science and biology teacher, he enthusiastically taught for thirty-four years.  But his passion for science, and specifically genetics went well beyond the classroom as he and his wife spent much of their personal time in their garden. Over a 40 year span, they grew their flower garden to more than an acre in size with more than 1800 varieties of gladiolus.

Gladiolus hybridization was one of Mr. Wagner’s greatest joys and his work led to the development and introduction of many named seedlings into the commercial flower market not to mention the success his new creations experienced on the show table.

Thirty-seven years ago, in 1980, Mr. Wagner, introduced Pink Elf, one of his award winning gladiolus.  Last month, at the Annual North American Gladiolus Council Convention, in Myrtle Beach, VA, it was announced that Mr. Wagner’s Pink Elf was being inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wagner’s wife, Diana, received correspondence from Jane Bruce, Curator of the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame, letting her know about Pink Elf’s induction.  She received both a plaque and certificate with a description and picture of Pink Elf, letting her know the information would be included and archived at the International Hall of Fame.  The certificate reads: “This Certifies that Pink Elf is honored in The Gladiolus Hall of Fame inclusion in which is limited to those cultivars which represent outstanding achievement in the Gladiolus world.  And which have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of Gladiolus. Michael E. Wagner 1980”.

Pink Elf was one of Mr. Wagner’s favorite creations and is described as a ruffled 300 size pink with yellow blotch.  It was introduced out of a cross of K&M’s “butterfly” Elf x Parfait (Lauras 1958 233). It is still cataloged by Peters and remains healthy, still winning ribbons both in North American and the UK.

Pink Elf is also described as proven to be a great parent, at least among North American breeders: Elfin, from Bates; Rose Elf (and others) from MacKenzie; sister-seedlings Cream de Mint and Pink Doll) from Everson; and others too numerous to mention.  It is still being used successfully, at least as a seed parent.

The International Gladiolus Hall of Fame is in the Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and is a repository for gladiolus literature from throughout the world and honors both outstanding gladiolus varieties and people who have notably contributed to gladiolus culture.

SCR-I Grad Rob Morgan Recognized for Contributions to Discovery of New Element

Recently, 1998 graduate of Scotland County High School, Rob (Bobby) Morgan was recognized for his contributions to the discovery of the newest element to be added to the periodic table. Element 117 received the official name Tennessine and was added to the seventh row of the table in November 2016.

The discovery of element 117 was officially announced in April of 2010, but began in early 2008 in a joint effort between researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) in Oak Ridge Tennessee and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. To synthesize element 117, researchers bombarded the heavy element Berkelium7249 with a beam of Calcium-48 atoms. During the bombardment some of the calcium and berkelium atoms would combine to form the new element 117.

ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor and adjoining Radiochemical Engineering Development Center(REDC), is the only facility in the world capable of producing the Berkelium-249 necessary for the experiment. Morgan was part of a small team of researchers and technicians at REDC who worked on the year-long campaign resulting in the production of 22 milligrams of Berkelium-249, the necessary amount to perform the experiment.

The berkelium target material was then shipped to the JINR in Russia where it would begin the six-month process of calcium bombardment in a particle accelerator. Following this experiment researchers announced they had detected the presence of six atoms of element 117. These findings were later confirmed by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

The proposed name, Tennessine, was approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2016 to recognize the significant contributions of ORNL Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

The discovery of Tennessine is evidence of the existence of the theoretical “island of stability”, where superheavy elements have increasingly stable properties. Discovery of these stable superheavy elements could lead to new technologies in energy, and have a drastic impact on the current view of chemistry and physics.

Jolly Jacks & Jills Make Valentines Cards for Meals on Wheels Deliveries

The Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H Club held their regularly monthly business meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rotary building on the east side of the Memphis square.

President McKaela Bradley called the meeting to order.  Pledges were led by Kadance Burnett and Mason Mallett.  The Roll Call question was, “What is your favorite candy?”  Roll call was answered by 17 members.  Treasurer, Corbin Kirchner gave the treasurer’s report.  Several members reported on project meetings and work on their projects.

In Old Business, Assistant Leader, Sarah McSparren reported on the County Council meeting held on Jan 18th. Sarah reported that the nominations for the State Awards were written and submitted for Naomi Crouch Award – Sarah McSparren; Frank Graham Award – Josh McSparren; Hall of Fame – Pat Wiggins.  Sarah reported six 4-Hers are registered to attend State Teen Conference.  She reported there’s a FARM CITY night in Kahoka on Feb 25th.

Julian Vale and Sadie Jackson reported on volunteering at the Memphis Theatre. Club Leader, Alisa Kigar, reported on the craft that the members will do after the meeting that will be given to approximately 30 Senior Nutrition Site home delivered meals on February 14th.

In New Business, it was announced if any members are not aware of their project leaders to talk to the Extension Office.  Trash pickup was tabled until next month, but suggested an early out date from school in April for trash pickup.

President McKaela asked members if they wanted to do a fun spring activity?  Skating was suggested and kickball was suggested.  President McKaela called for a vote: Skating 13; Kickball 2. Julian Valle moved a motion that the club pays for the skating party. Morgan Jackson seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Under announcements: Drive on Pig Camp in Warrensburg on April 29th.  It was announced that all members that wish to show livestock at the fair must complete the SMQA (Show-Me Quality Assurance) training either live or via computer training.  The rules are that youth age 8 -13 must take the course 2 consecutive years to be certified.  Youth age 14 must complete an additional session to be certified.  Training is offered in our area in the following locations: March 2 @ 7 pm Lewis County Courthouse; March 8th @ 6 pm Scotland County Courthouse; March 13 @ 3:20 pm at Knox County High School; March 14 @ 7 pm at Clark County Courthouse.  Please contact the Extension Office in these counties if you plan to attend one of the live courses.  Otherwise, complete the course on-line at: http://agebb.missouri.edu/smqa/.

There’s a NORTHEAST REGIONAL 4-H ENERGIZER in Macon on Feb. 18th from 10 – 2 pm for youth age 11 – 18.  It costs $10.  Any youth that want to attend, please call the Extension office.

Achievement Day is scheduled for Sunday, March 5th.  The committee is meeting soon and registration papers will be sent out soon.  Members are encouraged to participate in all activities that day and prepare  a demonstration.  To learn about how to give a demonstration, go to University of MO Extension on-line and look up document Y 744 Let’s Demonstrate.

President McKaela asked for adjournment.  Elsie Kigar moved to adjourn.  Kilee Bradley-Robinson Second motion.  Motion carried.

After the business meeting, members and adults enjoyed snacks and made Valentines for the shut-in meal recipients for home delivered meals on Valentine’s Day. Thirty valentines were made by members of the club.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 16 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Cottage Cheese, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Friday, February 17 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Roll, Strawberry Shortcake/Topping

Monday, February 20 – Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries or Regular Fries, Breaded Tomatoes, Applesauce, Bread Slice, Pudding

Tuesday, February 21 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Lettuce Salad, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Rice Krispies

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

ACTIVITIES

Wed., February 15 – Board and Business Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 – Scotland County Health Department is doing blood pressure checks at the Nutrition Center. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20 – President’s Day, Center Open.

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, February 16 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.  Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Friday, February 17 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, February 20 – Office closed for Presidents’ Day.

Tuesday, February 21 –Walk-in clinic hours from 8-9 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  WIC certifications and mid certifications by appointment.  Please call 465-7275 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – WIC nutrition education and check pick up.

Thursday, February 23 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, February 16 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, February 17 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Sausage/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, February 23 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, February 16 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Applesauce

Friday, February 17 – Macho Nachos, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Peas/Carrots, Dinner Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Fruit

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, California Blend Vegetables,  Dinner Roll, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

First Christian Church Hosts Central Christian College Students

Five students from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, and Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, were guests at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12th. CCCB Students are: Ian Whitmore a freshman Preaching major from Des Moines; Roni Busick, a freshman Christian Counseling major from Newtown, MO; Ashley Tanner a freshman Youth & Family Ministry major from Columbia, MO; Lucas Reynolds a sophomore Preaching major from Eldon, MO, and Admissions Counselor, Dillan Hayes, originally from Ft. Worth, TX. The Team is pictured here with the various youth groups from First Christian Church in Memphis.

A worship team, from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, accompanied by a professor was in attendance at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  During the Sunday School hour, the team met with the Junior High & Senior High students from the youth group and the topic of discussion was prayer.  Following the Sunday School hour, the church worship service was led by students Ian Whitmore, a Freshman Preaching Major from Des Moines and Roni Busick a Freshman Christian Counseling Major from Newtown, MO.   Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, delivered the message from Luke 11:1-13.

After the church service, a carry-in lunch was enjoyed in the fellowship hall as part of the Annual Mid-Winter Cook-Out which was prepared by Randy Harrison, Paul Campbell, Lance Campbell & Lane Campbell, who cooked burgers & brats over the grill in the chilling temps.  After the Mid-Winter Cook-Out, the CCCB Team and Professor Poznich led youth group activities in the afternoon.

Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, is an accredited four-year Bible college, founded in 1957 and dedicated to equipping men and women for leadership in the Kingdom of God both nationally and internationally.  CCCB offers four-year degrees in Preaching, Christian Education, Youth & Family Ministries, Christian Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministries and Christian Ministries.  The college also offers a variety of Associate Degrees and Certificates.  For more information, please call 1-800-263-3900 or go to www.cccb.edu or like them on Facebook.  Jack Sumption, Preaching Minister and Josiah Holloway, Youth Minister at First Christian Church, are both alumni of CCCB.

Memphis FFA Celebrates FFA Week February 18-25, 2017

The Memphis FFA Chapter is celebrating National FFA Week February 18th-26th, 2017. This year’s theme is Transform Purpose to Action.FFA Week

Memphis FFA and FFA chapters across the nation will celebrate National FFA Week, February 18th-26th.  The theme this year is Transform Purpose to Action.  Chapters have activities planned to raise awareness about the National FFA Organization and the role it plays in the development of the agriculture industry’s future leaders and the importance of agricultural education.  The week-long tradition started in 1948.  Each year, National FFA Week runs Saturday to Saturday, encompassing President George Washington’s February 22nd birthday in recognition of Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer.

FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928.  Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population.  Since the founding members the organization has taught generations that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it involves science, business and much more.

Today, FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet new agricultural challenges by helping members develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.  Members prepare for careers as biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Memphis FFA activities and events include:

Saturday, February 18th – Card Party in the High School Commons from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday, February 20th – KMEM Coffee Break, No School.

Tuesday, February 21st – No School.

Wednesday, February 22nd – Pajama Day.

Thursday, February 23rd – Wear Official Dress.

Friday, February 24th – Drive trucks or tractors to school and dress like a farmer.

Wednesday thru Friday – FFA students will be going into the elementary classrooms to do lessons on Agriculture.

Saturday, February 25th – Community Appreciation Breakfast in the Ag Building from 7:00-9:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, February 26th – Those members who choose to will all go to church together wearing official dress.

Bridging partisanship for climate change

Dear Editor,

As the national news continues to highlight deep divisions in our country, I am encouraged by two recent events that actually highlight the bridging of partisanship around the topic of climate change.

First, a group of highly respected “elder statesmen” of the Republican Party has put out a position paper entitled “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends:  How a new climate strategy can strengthen our economy, reduce regulation, help working-class Americans, shrink government and promote national security.”  While action on climate change has often been associated with Democrats and “liberals,” this group, the Climate Leadership Council, includes former Secretaries of State and Treasury, James A. Baker and George Schultz, well-known for their service during the Bush and Reagan administrations.

In the thoughtful position paper, the authors state that, now that the Republican Party controls the White House and Congress, it has “the responsibility to promote a climate plan that showcases the full power of enduring conservative convictions”. This would mean that such a plan would embody the principles of free markets and limited government. They write that their proposed “carbon dividends” plan makes just plain good economic sense, even if one is not one hundred percent sure about the science.  Harking back to Ronald Reagan’s philosophy, they urge the Trump Administration and Congress to take out an insurance policy, just in case the science is right.

Meanwhile in Congress, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus is growing quickly. More and more Republicans are signing on, in “Noah’s Ark style” with a partnering Democrat, to address issues around climate change.  The newest arrivals to the Caucus include Nebraska Republican Congressman Don Bacon, the first from the Midwest.  Rep. Bacon was quoted as saying, “I am proud to be joining the Climate Solutions Caucus to further expand my knowledge on the potential impacts of climate change and find bi-partisan solutions.”

It is attitudes like that – willingness to learn, explore solutions, and bridge differences – which will ultimately solve problems.  When it comes to impacts of national security, the health and productivity of our agricultural lands, and the well-being of our economy, we’re all in this together.  I applaud the courage of those who act to bridge our divisions in addressing these vital issues, whatever their political persuasion.

Sincerely,

Sharon Bagatell – NE Missouri Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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