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National FFA Central Region Vice President Abrah Meyer of Readlyn, Iowa, speaks to District 5 FFA officers this morning during a COLT workshop. (Teresa Lemon - Daily Press)

National FFA Central Region Vice President Abrah Meyer of Readlyn, Iowa, speaks to District 5 FFA officers this morning during a COLT workshop. (Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Area FFA officers received a visit from a national officer during a Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) workshop this morning at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center.

Abrah Meyer of Readlyn, Iowa, 2015-16 national FFA Central Region vice president, met with and offered advice and instruction to officers from District 5 at the workshop. The district includes FFA chapters from Artesia, Carlsbad, Hagerman, Dexter, Goddard, Roswell High, Cloudcroft, Lovington, Hobbs, Mescalero and Hondo.

COLT workshops enable FFA officers across the nation the chance to receive training in leadership skills in order to help them contribute to the success of their chapters, districts and state. The training is facilitated by state FFA officers in conjunction with their representative district officer teams.

“We are conducting workshops with our chapter officers here in District 5 about leadership and what it means to be a leader in our chapter as well as our community, and on being team players,” said Chance Mitchell, District 5 vice president.

“Our chapter officers are the leaders of their FFA chapters, and it’s just neat to get to meet here today and really work with them to see how they can develop themselves and then go out and be better leaders for the rest of the members in the community,” said Meyer. “I am so thankful to be here and get to share this experience with all of the 72 members present.”