Cleveland – Officers of The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) – Bethany Bohenblust, secretary, National FFA and a student at Kansas State University and Randa Brauna, vice president, National FFA Western Region and a student at Texas A&M University – recently visited Lincoln Electric’s world headquarters in Cleveland.
Each year, FFA officers visit a diverse number of companies as part the training and outreach for the National FFA Officer Team. The visits allow officers to gain a better understanding of today’s business enterprises and broaden their understanding of agriculture and agribusiness, as well the entire business sector.
During their visit to Lincoln Electric, National FFA Officers Bohenblust and Brauna, explained the growth and challenges in the National FFA Organization and answered questions from the company’s employees and FFA officers about the organization and education in agriculture, as well as FFA chapter activities, during a luncheon hosted by Lincoln Electric in their honor.
“Lincoln is proud to be a sponsor of the FFA,” said Mike Mintun, North American sales manager for Lincoln Electric. “Education is one of the company’s top priorities and is the reason Lincoln continues to support the organization and provide students and instructors with educational opportunities and the latest welding technology and techniques.”
After speaking before an audience of more than 60 Lincoln employees, the officers were both given a Lincoln Electric Power MIG® 140C compact wire feeder. Presenting Bohemblust and Brauna with the welding equipment, Carl Peters, manager of the Training Department for Lincoln Electric, explained the purpose of the gift.
“Through the FFA, Lincoln Electric has an opportunity to promote welding education to future generations. We would like to show our appreciation for all the work that Bethany and Randa have done as officers of the FFA by presenting each with a welder to donate to the school or FFA chapter of their choice. Each welder is engraved with a name plate to commemorate their service and acknowledge the contribution they have made to future FFA members,” said Peters.
Six individuals, from the ages of 19-21, are elected from the national membership at the annual national FFA convention each year as officers. The selected students travel nearly 300 days during their year as an officer and meet with FFA members, parents and business leaders. They also meet with leaders such as the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, congressional and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials in Washington D.C., and international leaders, as well as other members of the agriculture and agribusiness industry.
Lincoln Electric has served as both a supporter and sponsor of FFA for more than 60 years. The company views its contribution to education as part of its commitment to training and investing in the next generation of welders. Lincoln Electric and the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation also sponsor the Agricultural Education Proficiency award and often donate welder/generators to the FFA.
FFA is a national youth organization of 506,199 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,210 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information
About The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation (JFLF) is dedicated to advancing safe, reliable and cost-effective arc welding design and practice worldwide. Founded in 1936, JFLF encourages interest, education and advancement in the arc welding industry through outreach, welding awards competition, educational programs and the nonprofit publishing of a multitude of books, audio-video materials and teaching aids. For more information visit the foundation’s website at www.jflf.org.
About Lincoln Electric
The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, fume control systems and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment. The company holds a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. For more information, visit their Web site at www.lincolnelectric.com.