During the weekend of Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29, members of the Colcord FFA officer team for the 2018-19 school year met at the ag building to kick off the annual officer retreat.

They headed to the Gilstrap farm in Adair County, as has been the tradition for several years now.

The team would spend the weekend engaging in activities that would require teamwork and spending time discussing what would take place in the chapter this year.

On Friday, the team headed to the Cherokee Children’s Mission in Bunch Oklahoma to do a community service project that would also bring us closer together as a team.

Members of the officer team, along with adviser Josh Gilstrap, went to Academy Sports earlier in the week to buy new basketballs for the children to use and two basketball goals for officers to assemble and install at the mission.

Benton Denny and Malcolm Potter built a ball cage for the children to keep the basketballs in.

As a team, officers worked together to assemble and install the basketball goals, and get the dilapidated court back into shape.

Officers also painted new lines and marked the court. When all was done officers teamed up to play a game of basketball and to appreciate all the work we did that day.

After this activity, officers returned to the farm and spent some time discussing the chapters program of activities including developing a list of goals for the upcoming school year, working on the opening ceremony parts and discussing what it meant to lead an FFA chapter.

On Saturday, the officers hit the lake to spend the day with each other to have some fun and get used to each other, because the team will spend lots of time together this year.

After the lake day, officers returned to the farm to talk about what was expected for each person as a new officer and how to live up to those expectations.

On Sunday morning, the team attended the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Stilwell, where Gilstrap and James Turney performed a song.

The church members surprised the team by offering to reimburse the chapter for the money spent on the supplies for the mission project.

After church officers completed one more session before returning home. The retreat gave officers a chance to have fun, and prepare for the upcoming year.