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Fruits and Fancies
Sailor Jewett
Friday, December 14, 2018

 Fuji apples, mandarin oranges, assortments of candies. All things to look forward to when it comes to items the FFA sells. So what all goes into this fundraiser? Is this truly the most popular opinion? What benefits could this possibly have to the FFA members themselves? Well, it seems the FFA Advisor, Mrs. Dvorak, her members, and her customers all have something to say. So let’s look into it.

   To start us off, Mrs. Dvorak explains, “Rock County FFA has very dedicated members. Some are dedicated to selling fruit, some are dedicated to community service, some are dedicated to contests, some are dedicated to leadership development,”. This dedication can be channeled into selling fruit and candy for the FFA as shown with Brandie Messersmith, an FFA member who sold $1,500 worth of food this year. Brandie had said, “Selling FFA fruit isn't just about how much you can sell to be the best. Selling FFA fruit is about getting people from the surrounding community to be interested in supporting their local FFA activities,” and with this, she was on a mission. Walking door-to-door and driving through the county roads until she had asked everyone she could think of.

   However, as you can imagine, this task is not without its difficulties. According to Mrs. Dvorak, sorting the fruit and getting accurate orders are two struggles the FFA faces each year, but regardless they persevere. Charlie Gale, the president of the FFA, who says, “As President I oversee the committee that is in charge and I make sure it is all running smoothly. The members are the main helpers when it comes to the loading, sorting, and delivering of the fruit,”. Charlie further explains, “The sales are one of the FFA’s biggest incomes,”. This provides money for activities such as State FFA. Through this, the members are further involved in the process and they are given more opportunities to learn from these experiences and develop skills such as good customer service.

   The members are not the only ones satisfied with this fundraiser. Mrs. Buell, a parent of an FFA member and a paying customer, says, “I purchase fruit to help out the FFA, but I also love fruit and this fundraiser seems to have a great variety of fruit and awesome candies,”. She further explains that it’s variety and the service it provides for the FFA makes buying the fruit and candies simply more convenient. Overall, this service that the FFA provides is a huge help to everyone.