KOSHKONONG -- Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from behind the scenes. The 2003 National FFA Convention, which includes everything from arena stage events and laser light shows to dances and workshops for nearly 47,000 attendees is no exception.
According to Koshkonong FFA advisor George Gross, it takes many volunteers to help make a convention of this magnitude a positive experience for all of its guests. He said this year approximately 1,500 FFA members, including students from the Koshkonong FFA Chapter, will form the National FFA Courtesy Corps. Gross said the local members viewed this year's convention from backstage, in the news room, at competitive events and as hosts throughout the convention center. He said they played a crucial role in event logistics. This year's convention was Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
"Participants in the National FFA Courtesy Corps provided valuable service for the overall convention operation," said national FFA advisor Dr. Larry D. Case. "FFA gains a tremendous resource and the participants gain wonderful volunteer experience and an insight into the planning and logistics necessary to ensure a safe and successful convention. They are key to our ability to create a premier leadership and educational event for nearly 47,000 guests."