Recently I received the honor of having my name being placed on the new agriculture education building. I am very grateful for this recognition, and the effort many made to see that this happened. I would first of all like to thank the Advanced Animal Science students and Ms. Jadee Garner for coming up with the idea and initiating the necessary steps to give this honor.
This whole process should be a lesson to these students that you do not have to be 18 to make a difference in your community. You made a difference in my life. I would like to thank Casey O’Brien and the Payson School Board for making allowances in this case and supporting this process, and all those who signed petitions and sent letters to the school board on my behalf.
One of the greatest joys I had when I taught was when past students would come back and say thank you to me for the experiences they had in agriculture education and the part those experiences played in their life after high school. I know how they felt because I am also a past student of agriculture education and I too am grateful for my experiences in this fine program.
The new agriculture education facility could not have been built without the support of the many individuals who wrote letters and attended board meetings on behalf of this program. I’m sure this program will continue to serve the community by opening up the doors of the new facility to other agriculture organizations such as 4-H and High School Rodeo, and to work with the community in providing education on animal health issues.
I have appreciated the support that the Payson community has given agriculture education and me over the years since we started this program in the fall of 1980. It is now time for me to roll up my sleeves and work with other community members in supporting Jadee Garner and Payson FFA. With our help and her leadership, this program will continue to make a difference in young people’s lives and this community.
Thank you again for all you have done on my behalf.