Growing up on a small farm in west-central Illinois, Ron Lynch’s first trip without his family was in 1969 as a freshman to the national FFA convention. As he walked the streets amidst the sea of blue, he entered the arena where the national FFA president’s gavel called the room to order, then asked something that changed Lynch’s life and placed him on the path that has given him the desire to serve as a member of the National FFA Alumni Council.
Lynch started his life-long FFA path as an agriculture teacher in a small Illinois town called Cissna Park. After a few years growing that program with the help of some outstanding young FFA members, great school support and the parents and communities’ willingness to work, Cissna Park become one of the top programs in the state. It was at that time that Lynch asked a handful of supporters for help to move the program to the next level. As a result, the Cissna Park FFA Alumni was established. At the 1990 state FFA convention, Cissna Park was recognized as Illinois’ top chapter, and it reached that honor two more times in addition to being recognized as a National Model of Innovation seven times.
Today, Lynch is a retired agriculture teacher, but continues to carry the same excitement for the FFA as he did in 1969. He understands the problems today’s teachers are facing and believes the Ag Ed family needs to do more to encourage students to look at becoming agricultural educators. Lynch believes great teachers are the key to sustaining FFA, agricultural education and agriculture. He is running for council to continue his quest to “Live to Serve.”
Ron Lynch – Illinois
Candidate for Eastern Region Representative