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New organization takes up where mentor left off

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:50 am

This past weekend, representatives from the newly formed Tom Clark FFA Alumni Association attended their first ever State Alumni Convention. They returned home with a $1,000 check won for recruiting more than ten life-time members.
The association is named in honor of Thomas C. Clark. Clark taught vocational agriculture and served as advisor to the Future Farmers of America in Grundy County for 16 years (1951 to 1967). During that time, he encouraged his students to do their very best at whatever they attempted. And, he prompted students to be the best by asking them to compete in a wide variety of contests including soils and cattle judging, public speaking, and parliamentary procedure. And they won.
The new association hopes to assist students involved in vocational agriculture in a variety of ways. Members are currently planning a fundraiser in April. With donations and assistance from volunteers and county businesses, the association recently built a 500-gallon smoker/cooker to be used in this effort. And, according to Mary Campbell Weddington, secretary /treasurer, the $1,000 prize may be the start of a new scholarship fund for FFA students in Grundy County.
“Our Alumni Association currently has just over 30 members” stated Harold Woodlee, association president. “Just over half of these are lifetime members. We hope to at least double both numbers in the next year.”
Persons interested in supporting vocational agriculture and the Future Farmers of America in Grundy County schools are encouraged to join.
Mary Campbell Weddington and Harold Woodlee of the Tom Clark Alumni Association of Grundy County accept a check for $1000 from David Arwood, Tennessee FFA Alumni President.

CUT Mary Campbell Weddington and Harold Woodlee of the Tom Clark Alumni Association of Grundy County accept a check for $1,000 from David Arwood, Tennessee FFA Alumni President.