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PREFACE

Dedicated to:


Gerald R. Lamers




Iowa has a great history of leading the way in innovative educational opportunities for students. With the establishment of the area college system with multiple program offerings and a leadership development component, Iowa has lead many initiatives. We are celebrating forty years of postsecondary agricultural education in Iowa as well as twenty-five years of postsecondary student leadership development through the Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS).

However there is one person who has been through it all and continues to strive for Iowa excellence in the Agricultural Education programming. That gentleman is Gerald R. Lamers, who was employed by the Iowa Department of Education. Even though he has retired from the Department of Education, he provides assistance for new programming and continues to assist the Iowa Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization.

It is his contribution and dedication to the education of Iowa youth and young adults that I am gathering information and putting together the history of leadership development in Agricultural Education at the community colleges in Iowa.

I would like to recognize two other individuals who have dedicated a great deal time and effort to PAS of Iowa. A special thanks to Marlene Higdon, Jerry’s secretary at the Iowa Department of Education and to my former secretary at Hawkeye Community College, Charlotte Kirchhoff. Their support over the years has most certainly increased the capacity to provide PAS activities to the members.

Respectfully Submitted:

David R. Blecha

PAS State Executive Director

INTRODUCTION


Postsecondary Agricultural Students (PAS) is an organization associated with postsecondary agricultural, agribusiness, horticultural, and natural resources education programs. It is an integral part of career and technical education at the postsecondary level. It provides an opportunity for individuals to develop or further enhance their leadership, technical, and personal skills while in college. It also provides the members great networking opportunities with business and industry as they prepare for and seek employment..


The National PAS Organization (NPASO) was organized in April 1979 under draft by-laws and was officially founded in March 1980. PAS is one of ten Vocational Student Organizations (VSO’S), which has been approved by the

U. S. Department of Education as an integral part of vocational/technical/career education instructional programming. It was originally organized for postsecondary programs awarding associate degrees or less and has since expanded to include baccalaureate degrees programs.

The Postsecondary Agricultural Students of Iowa (PAS of Iowa) Organization activities consist of local community college and university activities; state activities of monthly state officer/senate members meetings, a fall conference, and a spring conference; a regional conference; and a national conference. The PAS activities are available in participating Iowa Community Colleges and at Iowa State University.

The Iowa fall conference is a business and industry leadership conference that consists of seminars on personal, technical, and leadership development, networking, and tours to business and industry sites.

The Iowa spring conference in February consists of career development competitive events, workshops/seminars, keynote speakers, general business sessions, election of officers, and social activities. The career development events (see Appendix), which consist of individual and team competitions, are based on the activities and content included in the college curriculums.

A national conference is held each March at different locations throughout the United States. It also consists of career development competitive events, seminars/tours, keynote speakers, a career show, business sessions, election of officers, and social activities.

Iowa educators took an active leadership role in organizing and establishing the PAS organization on the national as well as the state level. Virgil Christensen of Hawkeye Institute of Technology, Larry Statler of Kirkwood Community College, Daniel Brown of Ellsworth Community College, and Jerry Lamers of the Iowa Department of Education assisted with many of the organizational planning activities.

HISTORY


The history of PAS begins with the expansion of vocational technical education at the postsecondary level. With state and federal legislation in the 60’s and 70’s, the agricultural education movement expanded greatly with more and more postsecondary agricultural programs. This movement started the creation of many local college student agricultural organizations at the two-year institutions.

On the national level, the formation of PAS began with a National Seminar in 1966 in Cobbleskill, New York. A Committee on “Youth Organizations and Activities for Two-Year Post High School Students in Agriculture" was created. It was decided that PAS should be separate from FFA but be in harmony with. It also recommended that the organizations begin first with the local, then state, and proceed to a national organization.

The idea of a National Organization was again reviewed at the National Agricultural Education Seminar held in Muscatine, Iowa in 1969. However, there was not enough interest in forming a national organization at that time.

In 1973 a National Standards conference hosted by the state of Minnesota recognized the potential need for a student organization. A NPASO Development Committee was formed and was to meet each year at the American Vocational Association (AVA) convention.

In 1976 the committee held a brain storming conference in the Quad Cities. Some of the major decisions included (1) the terminology of “Agriculture and Related Occupations for students enrolled in two-year institutions; (2) that the organization would be independent of the FFA and the FFA Alumni; and (3) the development of a procedure for funding and obtaining industry support.

In 1977 with a grant from White Farm Equipment Company, an ad hoc committee met at the FFA Center to develop the strategies for a national postsecondary student organization. The purpose was to verify the need for and feasibility of organizing an organization.

In 1978, as a continuation of the White Farm Equipment Company grant, a National Seminar for Educators in Postsecondary Institutions was held in Kansas City, Missouri. The seminar concluded with acceptance of six reports including the acceptance and endorsement of the need for a National Postsecondary Student Organization for Agriculture/Agribusiness and Natural Resources students and the need to proceed immediately to finalize the organization.

In October of 1978, Jerry Lamers, led the process of establishing a state organization in Iowa. Informing the community college superintendents/presidents and the vocational/technical deans on the establishment of a national organization and the steps that were needed to establish a state organization started the process.

On October 27, in the Pine Room of the Memorial Union on the campus of Iowa State University, over 30 college students and staff from 9 area schools attended the first meeting to address the benefits and concerns of a state organization. Those attending this meeting strongly recommended the moving forward to organizing activities on the state level in Iowa. Therefore, October 1978 to January of 1979 was a key period in the development of the Iowa organization.

A second planning meeting was held November 29, 1978 at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. Through a series of workshops, those attending identified the activities, events, etc. for the organization and selected a state committee to plan the first state conference.

In February of 1979, the first state leadership conference for postsecondary agricultural students in Iowa’s community and vocational technical colleges was held.

The first national conference for the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization was held in April of 1979.


YEARLY SUMMARIES


The following yearly summaries include only a few of the facts and activities of the state and national organization. Each member and instructor who participated in those events needs to add their own experiences and involvement to make them more memorable.

1978-1979


The first state conference for the postsecondary agricultural students in Iowa’s area schools was hosted by Kirkwood Community College on February 23-24, 1979 at the Ramada Inn in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The theme was “I’d Like to Get to Know You”. The conference consisted of workshops on the importance of leadership skills in agricultural occupations, business and industry tours, and an organizational business meeting. The first state officer team was elected which consisted of a president, a secretary, a reporter, and three committee members.


The National Postsecondary Agricultural Students held it’s first official National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the Continental Hotel on April 3-5, 1979. Its theme was “Business – Education – Recreation”. Over 250 students, instructors, state leaders, and business/industry representatives signed a proclamation for the development and adoption of Articles of Incorporation and as soon as possible the obtaining of a Federal Charter.

1979-1980

At the March 9, 1979 officer meeting, the newly elected officer team adopted the state name of the organization ACT - “Agricultural Career Training of Iowa “. Goals and activities for the organization were also identified

ACT held its first State Fall and Industry Rally at Camp Hantesa in Boone, Iowa on November 15-16, 1979. The theme was “Success – You in Industry”. The two-day event included speakers, and workshops on personal leadership qualities, and a Casino night.

The second State Leadership Conference, the first as ACT of Iowa, was held at the Holiday Inn in Ottumwa, Iowa on February 14-15, 1980. Indian Hills Community College hosted the conference. The theme was “Leadership Is Profitable”. The conference consisted of discussion groups on leadership development skills and tours of the Ottumwa area. The election of officers consisted of President, Secretary-Treasurer and four Zone Vice Presidents (replacing the Committee and Reporter).

The second National PAS Leadership conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Continental Hotel on March 24-27, 1980. The theme for the conference was “Job Placement”. The members of the 70 institutions present signed the National PAS Charter. The PAL/PEER Program was adopted.

The Iowa membership consisted of 1050 members from nine colleges.

1980-1981


The newly elected ACT Officer team developed a “State ACT Information Bulletin” during the February 29, 1980 officer meeting. It was published and made available to the members in March.

In the fall of 1980, The Act of Iowa hosted four Zone Fall Rallies during the months of October and November. These rallies, so located to better meet the individual colleges’ needs, consisted of workshops on leadership techniques, and organizational activities.

Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa hosted the spring ACT of Iowa Leadership Conference February 11-12, 1981. The theme for the conference was “Jobs of the 80’s”. The conference included a trade fair, speakers, competitive events and tours of Ankeny and Des Moines. The delegate assembly adopted the first Constitution and Code of Ethics.

The National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization Leadership Conference was held March 24-26, 1981 at the Continental Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the first year for the Avenue of the Flags and Employment Interview event. The theme was “Partners in Agri-Leadership”.

1981-1982


On July 23-24, 1981, the ACT of Iowa Officers conducted a two-day organizational planning workshop at Colfax Interfaith Center in Colfax, Iowa. Key activities included adopting Rust and Buff as the state colors and adopting the organizational patch.

The ACT of Iowa Fall Rally was held at the Colfax Interfaith Center in Colfax, Iowa on September 17-18, 1981. The theme was “It’s up to you in ‘82”. The Rally consisted of speakers, industry expectation groups and personal development seminars. The newly designed new button patch was used for the first time.

During the December 12, 1981 officer/senate meeting, the first ACT of Iowa Newsletter was developed.

Using the state and national theme, “It’s up to you in’82”, the state ACT of Iowa Leadership Conference was hosted by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on February 4-5, 1982. The conference consisted of tours, competitive events, a movie night, entertainment, and a business meeting.

On March 30-31, April 1, 1982, the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students National Conference was held at the Holiday Inn in Moline, Illinois. It was the first conference held outside of Kansas City. The first Public Speaking event was conducted. The theme was “It’s Up to You in 82”.

1982-1983


The summer officer meeting was held July 22-23, 1982 at the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa. The objective for the two days was to develop a promotion program on the benefits of PAS for business/industry as well as for potential members. A slide presentation and a brochures was developed.

The ACT of Iowa held its Fall Rally at the Colfax Interfaith Center in Colfax, Iowa. The theme was “Building America’s Agriculture Today”. It was held October 18-19, 1982. The program consisted of a leadership session on the PAL-PEER program, communications, and employee success followed by a Beef Cookout.

The Spring ACT of Iowa Leadership Conference was held at the Starlite Village Motel in Ames, Iowa on February 24-25, 1983 and was hosted by Ellsworth Community College. The theme was “Building America’s Agriculture Today”. The conference consisted of competitive events, speakers, tours in the Ames area, and workshops. The Constitution was updated by changing Article VII, which dealt with hosting the spring conference.

The Howard Johnson Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was the site of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organizational Leadership Conference, March 21-24, 1983. Iowa competed in all of the competitive events. There was a change of name and logo to “PAS” in an oval. It followed the conference theme “A Link to the Past: A Step toward the Future”.

1983-1984


The new officer team met on July 20-21, 1983 at Camp Hantesa, Boone, Iowa. The primary business was to update the constitution and by-laws with the PAS name change and adopt an official dress code.

The ACT of Iowa Fall Rally was held at Camp Hantesa, Boone Iowa. It was held October 4-5, 1983. The theme for the year was “PAS–PORT to Your Future”. The conference consisted of speakers, tours, organizational sessions, and a Pig Roast followed by a dance.

At the January 5, 1984 Officer/Senate meeting in Ankeny, certificates of recognition and appreciation along with officer election procedures and competitive event changes were adopted.

The Spring PAS of Iowa Spring Leadership Conference was held at the Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls, Iowa on February 2-3, 1984. Hawkeye Institute of Technology served as the host. Activities consisted of workshops on key elements to success, salesmanship, competitive events and tours. The theme was “PAS-PORT to Your Future”.

Iowa was king of the hill in 1984. It hosted its first National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Conference on March 26-29 1984. The Stouffer’s Five Season Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was the sight. The theme was “Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture”. The old and the new PAS of Iowa officer teams worked extra hard in making sure that the events, seminars and tours were a success. Over 400 attended this conference.

1984-1985


“International Agriculture: The Iowa Connection” was the theme for the PAS of Iowa Fall Rally held at the Interfaith Center in Colfax, Iowa on October 23-24, 1984. The workshops and tours dealt with Iowa’s relationships with international agriculture. A Hawaiian Luau was held the first night.

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa hosted the Spring PAS of Iowa Leadership Conference. It was held on February 13-14, 1985 and continued with the theme “International Agriculture: The Iowa Connection”. Besides the competitive events, seminars on global affairs and tours made up the conference. The Constitution was updated changing the name from Act of Iowa to PAS of Iowa.

Southern hospitality was in store for Iowa as the National PAS Conference was held at the Coliseum Ramada Inn in Jackson, Mississippi March 19-21, 1985. It included a catfish fry, tours of catfish farming and rice plantations along with the competitive events and seminars. It was the first time a national conference was not held in a neighboring state. The theme was “Come Alive in 85”.
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The Iowa membership was 735 from seven colleges.

1985-1986


Story City, Iowa and the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp was the campground for the Officer/Senate PAS planning meeting. This June 11-12, 1985 meeting dealt with making the investment into the future through PAS and techniques to accomplish goals.


Springbrook Education Center in Guthrie Center, Iowa was the sight of the PAS Fall Rally. The two-day conference was held October 16-17, 1985 and dealt with curriculum and natural resources/conservation tours. The theme was “Charting the Challenge”.

Iowa Lakes Community College hosted the Spring PAS of Iowa Leadership Conference on February 4-5, 1986. Lake Okoboji Resort provided a great setting for the two-day conference. “Charting the Challenge” was a great theme as activities included competitive events, business and industry workshops, and the enjoyments of a resort. Updated the constitution with change in logo to include the PAS in an Oval enclosed by the State of Iowa.

“Way up North” to the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck, North Dakota we traveled to attend the National PAS Conference March 17-21, 1986. “Uniting Education and Industry In Agriculture” was the theme of the conference, which included two new competitive events, Ag Machinery Technician and College Bowl, along with seminars and unique tours of North Dakota agriculture.

1986-1987


The Conservation Center at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center, Iowa was the sight of the officer summer workshop. It was held June 30-July 1, 1986. Emphasis was local PAS club officer development.

The PAS Fall Conference was held at Springbrook Education Center in Guthrie Center, Iowa on September 23-24, 1986. The theme for the year was “(P)articipation, (A)ction, (S)uccess”. The emphasis of the conference was officer/member leadership development, and topics and tours on conservation.

The Spring PAS Leadership Conference was hosted by Hawkeye Institute of Technology at the Holiday Inn in Cedar Falls, Iowa on February 4-5, 1987. It continued with the Theme “Participation, Action, Success.” The activities included competitive events, seminars, tours and a night at the Greyhound Park.

It was truly a “PAS-port to the Future” as many Iowa PAS members experienced their first airplane flight as Spokane, Washington hosted the National PAS Leadership Conference at Cavanaugh’s Motor Inn on March 15-18, 1987. Iowa competed in all the events, provided an Iowa Hospitality Room, and took part in the one-day state of Washington tour.

1987-1988


July 21-22, 1987, the PAS of Iowa Officer/Senate team conducted a Summer Leadership Conference at Camp Ewalu in Strawberry Point, Iowa to enhance local college organizations by providing training for local club officers and members.


Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo, Iowa became the first college to host an on campus PAS Fall Rally which was held on September 20-22, 1987. It consisted of personal and technical seminars, a night at the National Cattle Congress, and business and industry tours. The theme selected for the year was “Planning for Progress”.

During the November 4, 1987 Officer/Senate meeting, a committee was appointed to look into forming a PAS Business and Industry Advisory Committee.

Hawkeye Institute of Technology and Kirkwood Community College co-hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference at the Five-Season Stouffers Hotel in Cedar Rapids on February 4-5, 1988. The conference continued with the theme “Planning for Progress.” The College Bowl was added to the competitive events. The conference also included tours and seminars. By-Law changes dealt with the logo to include to a Rising Sun, and change to four Vice Presidents at Large.

Green Bay, Wisconsin was the host of the ninth National PAS conference. It was held at the Embassy Suites on March 13-15, 1988. Iowa hosted a hospitality room, competed in competitive events and attend the tours and seminars. The theme was “Participation + Action = Success”. David Blecha received the prestigious National PAS Outstanding Advisor award.

1988-1989


A Summer Leadership Conference was held at the Madrid 4-H Camp in Madrid, Iowa for local officers and members. It consisted of seminars and workshops for improving leadership roles in business and industry.

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An old fashion “Cookout highlighted the Fall PAS Conference hosted by Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa on September 20-22, 1988. Other activities included seminars and workshops on personal and technical growth.

A “Decade of Progress” was the theme for the 10th Anniversary State Leadership Conference held at Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo, Iowa on February 8-9, 1989. To go along with the competitive events, a special banquet inviting back all the past state and national officers was held, presenting the “Founders Award” to key people, and the history of the past 10 years were the highlights. A key business item was to update the constitution to add a PAS Business and Industry Advisory Committee.

The theme for the 10th Anniversary National PAS Conference was “Reflecting on the Past…Moving into the Future”. The conference was held at the sight of the first conference in Kansas City, Missouri. This national conference was held on March 11-14, 1989, at the Park Place Hotel and included the normal conference activities but incorporated the special anniversary events. Key business notes include the establishing of a dress code, a new dues structure, and the establishment of the PAS Associates.

1989-1990


A Summer Leadership Conference was held at the Madrid 4-H Camp in Madrid, Iowa on July 27-28, 1989 for local officers and members. It consisted of seminars and workshops put on by business and industry people for improving leadership roles in business and industry.

On September 14-16, 1989, the University of Minnesota-Waseca in Waseca, Minnesota hosted the first 5-State PAS Regional Leadership Conference. It was historic in the fact that it was the first attempt to provide only personal leadership activities at the national level. The states of Iowa, North and South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin attended.

Another first took place on September 21, 1989 when Hawkeye Institute of Technology hosted the first PAS of Iowa Advisory Committee (see Appendix for members) meeting. The meeting was directed by Past PAS President Keith England and included six business and industry professionals. The first meeting primarily covered the history and highlights of the PAS.

The Fall PAS Leadership Conference was held at the Starlite Village Motel in Ames, Iowa in October 31- November 1-2, 1989. The theme for the year was “Preparing for the 1990’s”. This conference was hosted by Iowa State University and they provided the workshops, seminars and tours.

Having hosted several conferences at Hawkeye Institute of Technology in a row, the state conference was moved to Des Moines, Iowa and held at the Starlite Village Motel on February 18-20, 1990. The competitive events, seminars and key tours of the Des Moines area set the tone for “Preparing for the 1990’s”.

Through the Badlands and to Mount Rushmore, a fitting theme, “PAS: Tomorrow’s Agricultural Leaders” we traveled as the National PAS Conference was held in Rapid City, South Dakota on March 13-17, 1990. The site was the Howard Johnson Hotel. The conference agenda include the competitive events, personal seminars and tours of the Black Hills area. David Blecha was appointed National PAS Activities Coordinator.

1990-1991


A one-day officer/senate leadership workshop was held at the Amana Holiday Inn on June 25, 1990. Doug Reynolds provided the workshops on “Team Leadership” and “Business and Industry - Teaming for Success.”

Hawkeye Institute of Technology hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference on February 7-8, 1991. The theme was “Participation + Action = Success.” The day and a half conference concentrated on the competitive events ending with an Iowa chop awards banquet.

With a theme like “World Class Opportunities in Agriculture” The “Big Apple” was one of those opportunities as part of the bus trip to the National PAS Conference that was held at the Marriott Hotel in Albany, New York on March 13-16, 1991. Touring the Statue of Liberty, Harlem, Fish Market, Trade Towers, and other agriculture opportunities were highlights of the conference trip. The key business issue was to get a full time PAS Executive Director.

1991-1992


The Iowa 4-H Camp at Madrid, Iowa was the site of a one-day officer senate workshop held June 11, 1991. The morning dealt with personal goals with the afternoon concentrating officer team goals. A mission statement along with objectives was developed.

The Regional PAS “Values and Visions in Agriculture” Conference was hosted by Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa on October 31- November 1, 1991. Through a series of workshops and tours, the thrust of the conference was to recognize the value of industry involvement and participation in the success of PAS its members. This conference also served as PAS of Iowa's Fall Conference. The highlight was the “Ice Storm” that sent the conference to the hotel resulting in great interaction.

Another change in venue took place as North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference. It was held February 6-7, 1992 in the Muse Noris Conference Center. The theme was “Values and Visions in Agriculture”. Excellent tours of north central Iowa along with the competitive events highlighted the conference activities.

March 11-14, 1992 was the dates and the Sheridan Park Place Hotel was the site for the National PAS Leadership Conference invasion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference emphasized seminars and tours and the PAS members had a chance to play in the band with Johnny Holm. The theme for the conference was “PAS The Right Choice”. David Blecha received the prestigious National PAS Outstanding Advisor award. Jerry Lamers received the highest PAS honor by receiving National PAS Honorary Membership.

1992-1993


In late September a Regional PAS Leadership Conference was hosted by Bismarck State College in Bismarck, North Dakota. The conference focused on personal business development skills.

“PAS – The Key to Unlocking Your Future” was the theme for this year. The Fall Industry Rally took place November 6, 1992 hosted by Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. The one-day event focused on Environmental concerns, communicating with your customer, and a holistic approach to agriculture.

Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa hosted the state Spring PAS Leadership Conference on February 4-5, 1993. The conference featured the leadership development events, tours of the community, and a business session. An evening barbeque was held the first night.

The National PAS Leadership Conference stayed in the Midwest by going to the Airport Holiday Inn in Moline, Illinois on March 17-20, 1993. The theme for the Conference was “PAS – A Vision for the Future”. The conference included leadership activities, tours, and introduced the new Livestock Competitive Event.

1993-1994


The Fall Leadership conference was held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa on September 13, 1994. The conference included workshops on Team Building, Communications, Quality Assurance and Biotechnology. One of the highlights was the adjourning the conference to attend the National Cattle Congress Exposition.

The Spring Conference was held at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa on February 3-4, 1994. The two-day conference highlighted the student/member leadership activities.

We all headed west as the National Conference was held on March 16-19, 1994 at the Shilo Inns in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A set of tours was available for PAS to see Idaho at its best. One great tour was the 35,000-acre potato ranch. The first night at the conference began with the state number one product, a potato buffet dinner. The theme was “Moving Toward Greater Frontiers” The trip home was exciting as we went through the mountains in a snowstorm. Craig McEnany was the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding National PAS Advisor Award.

1994-1995


Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa was the host of the 1995 Spring PAS Leadership Conference on February 2-3, 1995. The conference featured the leadership activities along with the college bowl being conducted at the Cliff House Motel.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa was the town, and the Five Seasons Center was the sight of the National PAS Leadership Conference on March 15-18, 1995. With the theme, ”PAS: Growing in a Field of Dreams”, a set of unique tours we provided including a tour to Dyersville to visit the “Field of Dreams”. Another highlight was the old fashion barbeque held at the Kirkwood Community College Campus.

The Iowa membership was 371 from seven Iowa colleges

1995-1996


The Best Western Starlite Village in Ames, Iowa was the sight of the PAS Fall Conference on October 18, 1995. The one-day conference consisted of personal, technical, and professional workshops in the morning and business and industry tours in the afternoon.

Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa was the host of the Spring PAS Leadership Conference on February 8-9, 1996. The leadership activities were highlighted by a Special President’s Concert (part of the Artist Series) held on the first night.

Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa hosted the first officer/senate leadership seminar on February 22-23, 1996. The seminar dealt with team building, developing affinity diagrams, organizational brainstorming, and development of a Plan of Work.

The National PAS Leadership Conference was held at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 12-16, 1996. Being in South Dakota, the faces on Mount Rushmore was part of the conference theme of “PAS: Faces of Tomorrow”. The Golden State and Golden Chapter Awards was initiated and Hawkeye Community College received the Golden Chapter Award. A Career Fair was added to the conference.

1996-1997


Camp Wyoming in Wyoming, Iowa was the site for the summer officer/senate leadership retreat. It was held on June 14-15, 1996. The emphasis was the development of promotion materials to sell PAS. An exercise on handling stress was a big hit. The retreat ended with planning for the regional conference.

Iowa again hosted the regional PAS conference. Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa hosted the “Setting the Pace with PAS” conference on September 25-27, 1996. The conference used the theme of racing in its workshops and seminars. Attending the Farm Progress Show was a highlight to the conference. This regional conference also served as the PAS of Iowa Fall Leadership Conference.

Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa hosted it first Spring PAS Leadership Conference. “Setting the Pace with PAS” was the theme for the conference held February 6-7, 1997. Conference activities included the award programs, sight seeing around Muscatine, and seminars.

Ohio was the host state of the 1997 National PAS Leadership Conference. With a theme of “PAS - Create Your Journey” we met in Columbus on March 5-8, 1997 at the Columbus Marriott North. Paul Martin from Muscatine Community College received the prestigious Outstanding Advisor Award.

1997-1998


The officers/senate members were “Off and Running” as they attended a two-day workshop at Camp IO-DISO-E-CA in Solon, Iowa on June 5-6 1997. The workshop dealt with PAS features and benefits, setting goals, and developing a Plan of Action. Sessions on motivation and recognizing personalities was included.

On September 14, 1997, the Holiday Inn in Muscatine, Iowa was the site of the Fall PAS Leadership Conference. Muscatine Community College was the host. Loren Kruse was the keynote speaker as his message fit the theme of “Getting on Track with PAS”. The morning included seminars; Muscatine members provided a barbeque luncheon, followed by industry tours.

Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa was the sight of the Spring PAS Leadership Conference. “Getting on Track with PAS” was the theme of the conference held February 5-6, 1998. Key business activities were updating the By-Laws to include career education, diversity issues, baccalaureate degrees institutions, and allowing 3 candidates to apply for office from each college.

Williamsburg, Virginia was the host of the National PAS Leadership Conference March 11-14, 1998 at the Williamsburg Marriott Hotel. The theme for the conference was “Career Building for Your Future”. The conference included great tours of historical places, awards programs and seminars. The highlight was the bus trip leaving Iowa in a snowstorm and traveling to the east coast in an ice storm. David Blecha received the prestigious National PAS Outstanding Advisor award.

1998-1999


The summer officer/senate retreat was held at the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa on June 4-5, 1998. The two-day activity concentrated on personal involvement, goal setting, and the organization’s plan of action. A complete set of materials was developed for promotion and recruiting for each of the officers and senate members. Recreational activities provided team-building skills.

Ames, Iowa was the sight, for the Fall PAS Leadership Conference. “20 – Celebrating the Past – 2000 – Creating the Future”, was the theme for the one-day conference. It consisted of personal, technical, and professional workshops in the morning and business and industry tours in the afternoon.

The “20 – Celebrating the Past – 2000 – Creating the Future” carried on through the Spring PAS Leadership Conference which was held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa February 3-5, 1999. The theme was fitting as the organization is in its 20th year. Award programs, personal seminars, and an anniversary banquet highlighted the conference.

Key activities took place through out the year as the officer team worked with the Iowa FFA Foundation to raise monies to host the 2000 National PAS Conference. One key meeting was making a presentation to Pioneer Hi-bred. To assist with the efforts a twelve person Advisory Committee was established.

The 20th National PAS Leadership Conference was held at the Holiday Inn in Joplin, Missouri on March 10-13, 1999. The conference theme was “PAS – Gateway to the Future.” The conference included the award programs, seminars and several tours of Missouri agriculture and industry. The setting promoted the celebration of 20 years in 2000.

1999-2000


The summer officer/senate retreat was held at the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa on June 2-3, 1999. The two-day activity concentrated on personal involvement, goal setting and the organization’s plan of action. Recreational activities dealing with nature provided relaxing activities and teambuilding.

Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa hosted its first PAS Fall Leadership Conference on September 21, 1999. The keynote speaker fit the theme “PAS 2000 and Beyond” by discussing “Selling Yourself to Business and Industry”. Other activities included technical update workshop and tours.

Monthly meetings were of extreme importance as the PAS of Iowa officer team and the PAS Conference Advisory Team worked together in planning the 2000 National Conference.

With the theme “PAS - 2000 and Beyond”, Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference February 2-4, 2000. Personal strength seminars, Award programs and the first “Taste of Iowa Banquet”, highlighted the conference. Another task at hand was getting both prepared and psyched to host the National Conference in March.

Iowa was “King of the Hill” again as Iowa hosted the 20th year National PAS Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn – University Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The theme was “PAS: 20 in 2000 - Leadership for Life”. Several state and national industry partners made it possible to provide a great registration packet to show case Iowa Agriculture to the rest of the country for over 700 in attendance. One highlight was the Western theme old fashion cookout held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds the first night. Two days of tours and seminars complimented the Awards Programs. PAS give a special thanks to the 2000 National Conference Advisory Committee for their assistance.

2000-2001


The Summer PAS Leadership Training took place at Des Moines Area Community College on July 13-14, 2000. The emphasis was on working with business and industry, especially with the Iowa Agricultural Development Authority. Other activities included goal setting and planning the activities for the year.

Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa hosted the Fall PAS Leadership conference on October 6, 2000. The conference provided workshops and speakers on global agriculture and alternative agricultural opportunities, thus following the theme "Taking on the Challenge”.

"Taking on the Challenge” was the theme of the Spring PAS Leadership Conference held January 31, February 1-2, 2001 at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. Personal strength seminars, award programs and the first “Taste of Iowa” Banquet, highlighted the conference.

The National PAS conference was held at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota, March 14-17, 2001. The theme for the conference was “Building Dreams into Reality”. Highlights included a career show, a special series of seminars on personal development, technology and leadership, along with the award programs.

2001-2002


Muscatine Community College in Muscatine, Iowa once again hosted the PAS of Iowa leadership seminar the state officer/senate members on February 22-23, 2001. The activities included team building, personality identification, and PAS Plan of Work.

The new PAS of Iowa Officer Team had its first big test of leadership as they made a formal presentation to the Iowa Agriculture Development Authority asking for funds. This June 18, 2001 meeting provided a great opportunity to tell the PAS story.

Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa was the host of its first Fall PAS Leadership Conference September 20-21, 2001 with a theme, “Xtreme Success With PAS”. The conference was held at the new Dairy Complex and featured Alternative, and Value Added Agriculture tours and seminars, and for relaxation and fun, held an Ag Rodeo Competition. This conference also served as a regional conference as the surrounding states were also invited to attend. Three other states attended.

Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa hosted the spring conference on January 29-31, 2002. The conference featured the award programs, Taste of Iowa Banquet and continuous movies with refreshments. The theme was “Xtreme Success With PAS”.

The National PAS Leadership was close as it was held in Mankato, Minnesota on March 13-16, 2002 at the Best Western Conference Center. The theme for the national was “Partnering for the Present – Creating visions for the Future”. The program consisted of the Award Programs, unique tours and unique speakers. Several PAS of Iowa members had a chance to play with the Johnny Holm Band.

2002-2003


There was a new twist to the PAS Officer Leadership training as the team went to Nebraska in June and spent the 2 days at the Horne ranch doing the team building and planning for the year.

Visiting with Business and Industry was a main thrust of this officer team so they spent time with the Iowa FFA Foundation on making business and industry visits through the year.

Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa hosted the PAS of Iowa Fall Leadership Conference along with the Regional PAS Conference. The conference was held September 23-25, 2002. The program included a series of personal development seminars, unique business and industry tours and a day at the Farm Progress Show. Five different states attended the conference. The theme for the year was “PAS on The Prowl”.

The Spring PAS Leadership Conference was held at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa on February 4-6, 2003. The By-Laws were updated in the areas of organizational designation, updating the wording in the purpose, recommending National PAS affiliation, setting of dues, and updating the officer candidate process.

Indianapolis, Indiana was the city and the Westin Hotel was the site of the National PAS Leadership Conference held on March 5-8, 2003. The theme “Partners in Excellence” was fitting, as a business and industry Career Fair was part of the conference. It also included seminars and tours (such as the Indy 500 Race Track). David Blecha received the Prestigious National PAS Advisor award.

2003-2004


Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center, Iowa was the site of the PAS Summer Leadership Retreat. The two-day retreat held on June 12-13, 2003 concentrated on organizational planning, teamwork and conference planning. The theme for the year was “A New Wave in Agriculture”.

PAS of Iowa and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa teamed up to co-host the Fall PAS Leadership Conference on October 21, 2003. The one-day event incorporated the ISU Agriculture Career show along with industry tours. ISU departmental meetings were also conducted. The day ended with an old fashion barbeque.

Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference. The conference held February 4-6, 2004, concentrated on the award programs, and leadership development sessions. Special efforts were made to have activities for the members to participate in during ideal time between competitive events.

“Packer Country” was the scene for the National PAS Leadership Conference, which was held in Green Bay, Wisconsin on March 10-13, 2004 at the Regency Hotel. The conference consisted of the career programs, tours, and special development sessions. A highlight was a tour to Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. “Planting Pathways for Progress” was the theme.

2004-2005


The summer officer/senate retreat was held at the Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, Iowa on May 17-18, 2004. The two-day activity concentrated on personal involvement, goal setting and the organization’s plan of action including business and industry partnerships. Recreational activities dealing with nature provided relaxing activities and teambuilding.

The Fall PAS Leadership Conference was held November 16-17, 2004 in Ames, Iowa and featured the Career Program Area Specialist Events for the first time in the fall. The theme for the year was “Perfecting the Image”. All of the Career Program Area Specialist Events, team and individual,, took place at this conference. The conference was held at the Scheman Center of Iowa State University and hosted by Des Moines Area Community College. New Leadership development activities included the National Ag Sales event and two state events in Agribusiness/Agri-Marketing and Natural Resources Management. As in the past, a “Taste of Iowa” Awards Banquet was held.

Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa hosted the Spring PAS Leadership Conference in Waterloo on February 2-3, 2005. This conference featured the Career Planning for Progress Career Programs areas, as well as motivational and leadership activities. This conference also included the yearly business session including the election of officers.

The Albany Marriott Hotel Albany, New York was the site, and March 16-20, 2005 were the dates for the 26th annual National PAS Leadership Conference. The theme "Agricultural Excellence- PAS it on" provided the emphasis for the total Conference. Not only were the attendees celebrating 25 years of PAS activities, but also involved in a very moving and educational conference. Over 665 members and guests from 16 states attended the conference. Some conference highlights included a day in New York City, professional development activities of tours and workshops, and participate in the Career Program Areas Leadership events. Students made the trip by riding a charter bus, flying, as well as taking the train. Iowa was noticed and left a great image as all of the Iowa delegation was dressed in special red t-shirts with the words “From the Tall Corn to the Big Apple”.

The Iowa membership was 704 from eight Iowa colleges.

2005-2006


The Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City was again the sight for the two-day officer/senate retreat. It was held on May 16-17, 2005. The retreat concentrated on personal development, goal setting and emphasis on business and industry partnerships. A plan was established to celebrate 25 years of PAS at spring conference. The theme selected was “25 years – Reflecting on the Past – Envisioning the Future”. A 25th Anniversary committee consisting of past state and national officers was convened.

Muscatine Community College hosted the Fall PAS Business and Industry Conference on September 22 -23, 2005. This day and one half conference included keynote speakers, a special program on “what is Right With the World”, emphasis on job seeking skills as well as other career oriented tours and seminars. The first evening included an old fashion cookout. A silent auction was also held with proceeds to be used for the 25th.Anniversity.

STATE OFFICERS AND CONFERENCE COORDINATORS

1978-1979 Committee (no official officers)

Paul Baldus Ellsworth Community College

Dave Wright Ellsworth Community College

Neil Steege Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Art Schlumbom Hawkeye Institute of Technology

David Manshein Muscatine Community College

Tom Matthys Muscatine Community College

Randy Roberts Kirkwood Community College

Randy Hochstedler Kirkwood Community College

Donna Schnell Des Moines Area Community College



Agricultural Career Training of Iowa (ACT)

1979-1980

President: Antoinette Hammes Indian Hills Community College

Secretary: Brian Brown Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Reporter: Randy Roberts Kirkwood Community College

Committee: Ronald Baird Kirkwood Community College

Dana Coulter Iowa Lakes Community College

Jerry Pickar Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1980-1981

President: John Veldhuizen Des Moines Area Community College

Past President: Antoinette Hammes Indian Hills Community College

Secretary: Mary Dean (Babe) Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: John Zimmerman North Iowa Area Community College

Kerry Wright Muscatine Community College

Steve Hansen Iowa Lakes Community College

Carey Smith Des Moines Area Community College



1981-1982

President: Lisa Cordes Kirkwood Community College

Past President: John Veldhuizen Des Moines Area Community College

Secretary: Debra Hankel Iowa Lakes Community College

Vice Presidents: Randy Bruess North Iowa Area Community College

Darrell McClure Muscatine Community College

Dwight Elm Iowa Lakes Community College

Edward Reiter Des Moines Area Community College



1982-1983

President: Jeff Jeske Ellsworth Community College

Past President: Lisa Cordes Kirkwood Community College

Secretary: Crystal McQuoid Indian Hills Community College

Vice Presidents: Dean Moretz North Iowa Area Community College

Robert Henderson Kirkwood Community College

Paul Niles Iowa Lakes Community College

Jane Ball Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. Dan Brown Ellsworth Community College



Postsecondary Agricultural Students of Iowa (PAS)

1983-1984

President: Joel Paulson Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Jeff Jeske Ellsworth Community College

Secretary: Lisa Pershing Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: Todd Moser Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Jeff Ernst Iowa Lakes Community College

Roger Formanek Muscatine Community College

Cindy Merk Des Moines Area Community College

Cindy Merk (was appointed Secretary mid year)

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Nat. Conf. Larry Gilds Kirkwood Community College



1984-1985

President: John Burke: Kirkwood Community College

Past President: Joel Paulson Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Jana Jensen Iowa Lakes Community College

Vice Presidents: Doug Bidlack Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Kirk Beasley Muscatine Community College

Rick Meyers Iowa Lakes Community College

Todd Omundson Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. Larry Gilds Kirkwood Community College



1985-1986

President: Teresa Schwartz Iowa Lakes Community College

Past President: John Burke: Kirkwood Community College

Secretary: Dan Jellings Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Vice Presidents: Matt Becker Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Liza Schaul Kirkwood Community College

Duane Kleve Iowa Lakes Community College

Randy Crabtree Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coords. Phil Thomas Iowa Lakes Community College

Eldon Everhardt Iowa Lakes Community College

1986-1987

President: Terry Caldwell Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Teresa Schwartz Iowa Lakes Community College

Secretary: Daniel Lichty Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Vice Presidents: Dwane Koch North Iowa Area Community College

Murray Mente Muscatine Community College

Rich Shimon Iowa Lakes Community College

John Conkel Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1987-1988

President: Joe Funke Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Terry Caldwell Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Todd Robeoltman Ellsworth Community College

Vice Presidents: Jerry Olson North Iowa Area Community College

Karl Cornelius Muscatine Community College

Charles Oakley Des Moines Area Community College

Dawn Campney Iowa Lakes Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1988-1989

President: Keith England Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President Joe Funke Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Jennifer Gregoire Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: Eric Bixby Hawkeye Institute of Technology

John Caster Ellsworth Community College

Blaine Deaton Des Moines Area Community College

Scott Gardner Ellsworth Community College

Conf. Coord David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1989-1990

President: Mike Schipper Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Keith England Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Shane Ward Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Kevin Butt Ellsworth Community College

Janette Halsne Des Moines Area Community College

Kim Kirk Kirkwood Community College

Mark Lake Kirkwood Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology

1990-1991

President: Jeff Mohwinkle Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Mike Schipper Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Denise Ryan Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: Matt Daufeldt Muscatine Community College

Jennifer Gregoire Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Chad Newton Ellsworth Community College

Carol Schneiders Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1991-1992

President: Matt Riggan Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Past President: Jeff Mohwinkle Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Janette Oltrogge Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: John Delaney Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Troy Downey Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Kevin Ernst Des Moines Area Community College

Ann Knight Kirkwood Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1992-1993

President: Vince Michels Kirkwood Community College

Past President: Matt Riggan Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Secretary: Charles Kent Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Chad Brigham Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Brock Burman Hawkeye Institute of Technology

Keith Buttler Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. Dale McNeely Kirkwood Community College



1993-1994

President: Royce Rottinghaus Kirkwood Community College

Past President: Vince Michels Kirkwood Community College

Secretary: Patricia Kloppfenstein Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: Dionna Lee Hawkeye Community College

Todd Mikkelsen Hawkeye Community College

Timothy Loellner Muscatine Community College

Mark Patrick Northeast Iowa Community College

Conf. Coord. Dale McNeely Kirkwood Community College



1994-1995

President: “Cricket” Hallem Kirkwood Community College

Secretary: Jason Thomann Muscatine Community College

Vice Presidents: Jon Hilliard Northeast Iowa Community College

Aaron Meader Muscatine Community College

Joseph Thoma Hawkeye Community College

Jud Thorson Hawkeye Community College

Conf. Coord. Dale McNeely Kirkwood Community College

Nat. Conf. Dale McNeely Kirkwood Community College



1995-1996

President: Kelly Koenig Hawkeye Community College

Secretary: Shon Florman Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Kari Lange Hawkeye Community College

Joel McElroy Hawkeye Community College

Bruce Blasner Northeast Iowa Community College

Wayne Vetter Muscatine Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Community College



1996-1997

President: Beau Carlson Muscatine Community College

Secretary: Wendy Bentien Northeast Iowa Community College

Vice Presidents: Paula Sander Muscatine Community College

Mitch Ronnebaum Northeast Iowa Community College

Stacey Kastner Des Moines Area Community College

Joy Jensson Hawkeye Community College

Conf. Coord. Paul Martin Muscatine Community College



1997-1998

President: Chris Baumann Des Moines Area Community College

Secretary: Matthew Mercer Muscatine Community College

Vice Presidents: Robert Bohr Northeast Iowa Community College

Michael Kleiboer Northeast Iowa Community College

Drew Keuning Des Moines Area Community College

Matthew Reesink Muscatine Community College

Conf. Coord. Craig McEnany Des Moines Area Community College



1998-1999

President: Louise Payne Hawkeye Community College

Secretary: Melissa Schroeder Kirkwood Community College

Vice Presidents: Tim Brown Hawkeye Community College

Sharon Holz Des Moines Area Community College

Kayla Lyman Des Moines Area Community College

James Brannon Northeast Iowa Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Community College





1999-2000

President: Michael Praska Hawkeye Community College

Secretary: Thea Jeglum-Michaels Northeast Iowa Community College

Vice Presidents: Jessica Johnson Des Moines Area Community College

Timothy Morehouse Iowa Western Community College

Nick Vanderhorst Muscatine Community College

Deron Shawley Hawkeye Community College

Deron Shawley (appointed Secretary mid year)

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Community College



2000-2001

President: Retha Sievers Hawkeye Community College

Secretary: Kelly Hafkey Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Neil Westrum Des Moines Area Community College

Andrew Clark Hawkeye Community College

Donald Butikofer Northeast Iowa Community College

Kirk Reetz Ellsworth Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Community College

Nat. Conf. Craig McEnany Des Moines Area Community College



2001-2002

President: Greg Wallace Hawkeye Community College

Secretary: Emily Spetman Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Darby Oberlin Hawkeye Community College

Hillary Walters Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. David Blecha Hawkeye Community College



2002-2003

President: Carl Horne Western Iowa Tech Community College

Secretary: Monica Ehrhardt Hawkeye Community College

Vice Presidents: Ryan Bru Hawkeye Community College

Ryan Adkins Iowa Western Community College

Josh Van Houten Western Iowa Tech Community College

Melissa Robinson Des Moines Area Community College

Conf. Coord. Rick Behrens Iowa Western Community College



2003-2004

President: Justin Gotto Iowa Western Community College

Secretary: Louise Knop Des Moines Area Community College

Vice Presidents: Meg Sweem Des Moines Area Community College

Matthew Schultz Hawkeye Community College

Jim Olson Northeast Iowa Community College

Weston Rockefellow Muscatine Community College

Conf. Coord. Rick Behrens Iowa Western Community College



2004-2005

President: Louise Knop Des Moines Area Community College

Secretary: Brianna Miller Iowa Lakes Community College

Vice Presidents: Adam Hansen Iowa Lakes Community College

Jason Huisman Hawkeye Community College

Maureen Kregel Northeast Iowa Community College

Sharon Green Northeast Iowa Community College

Sharon Green (appointed Secretary mid year)

Conf. Coord. Craig McEnany Des Moines Area Community College



2005-2006

President: Nick Griffieon Des Moines Area Community College

Secretary: Isis Harris Hawkeye Community College

Vice Presidents: Chad Roelfs Northeast Iowa Community College

Eric Dial Des Moines Area Community College

Sarah Cordes Hawkeye Community College

Conf. Coord. Dave Grunklee Hawkeye Community College





IOWA NATIONAL OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEMBERS

1979-1980

Thomas Matthys Vice President Muscatine Community College

Larry Statler Board of Directors Kirkwood Community College



1980-1981

Randall Roberts President Kirkwood Community College

Larry Statler Board of Directors Kirkwood Community College



1981-1982

Larry Statler Board of Directors Kirkwood Community College



1982-1983

Lisa Cordes Secretary Kirkwood Community College

Larry Statler Board of Directors Kirkwood Community College



1983-1984

Jeffrey Jeske Vice President Ellsworth Community College



1986-1987

Kurt Henning Vice President Iowa Lakes Community College

David Blecha Board of Directors Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1987-1988

Scott Durscher Secretary Hawkeye Institute of Technology

David Blecha Board of Directors Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1988-1989

Joseph Funke President Hawkeye Institute of Technology

David Blecha Board of Directors Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1989-1990

David Blecha Board of Directors Hawkeye Institute of Technology



1990-1991

Michael Schipper Vice President Hawkeye Institute of Technology

1991-1992

Carol Schnieders President Des Moines Area Community College



1993-1994

Vince Michels Vice President Kirkwood Community College



1994-1995

Dionna Lee Vice President Hawkeye Community College

Craig McEnany Board/Directors Des Moines Area Community College



1995-1996

Aaron Meader Vice President Muscatine Community College

Craig McEnany Board/Directors Des Moines Area Community College



1996-1997

Shon Florsman Secretary Des Moines Area Community College

Craig McEnany Board/Directors Des Moines Area Community College



1997-1998

Craig McEnany Board/Directors Des Moines Area Community College



1999-2000

Louise Payn Vice President Hawkeye Community College



2000-2001

Timothy Morehouse President-Elect Iowa Western Community College



2001-2002

Timothy Morehouse President Iowa Western Community College

Neil Westrum Vice President Des Moines Area Community College



2003-2004

Monica Ehrhardt Vice President Hawkeye Community College



2004-2005

Carl Horne Vice President Western Iowa Tech Comm College




STATE PARTNERS


Over the past 25 years there have been numerous partners from business, industry, education, government, and organizations that have helped with the PAS of Iowa. They have played a key role in the success of the state organization by providing financial assistance, resource personal, facilities, materials, etc.. We also know that when the colleges hosted conferences and/or activities that several local business and industries were involved and for those we also want to extend our sincere thanks. The recognition in this publication is one way we can express our Thanks to all of the PAS of Iowa partners. 



  • Bandag, Inc.
  • Case – IH
  • Cargill Animal Nutrition
  • Deere and Company
  • Dudden Farms
  • Ertl Company
  • Farm Credit Services of America
  • GROWMARK
  • Hagie Manufacturing
  • Heartland Pork
  • Iowa Agricultural Development Authority
  • Iowa Association Agricultural Educators
  • Iowa Community Colleges
  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
  • Iowa Farmer Today
  • Iowa FFA Foundation
  • Iowa Pork Producers
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Kinze Manufacturing
  • M3 Agri Creations
  • Mid Continent Bottlers
  • Monsanto
  • Pfizer
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International
  • Quaker Oats
  • Ritchie Industries
  • White Farm Equipment Company





ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


Individuals, a business and industry, and an organization made this publication available due to the commitment to and support for PAS in Iowa. We realize that many hours, numerous discussions, and prepared justifications and research are required to accomplish such as task. Even though our appreciation has been expressed to the individuals responsible by the 2005-2006 officer team, we want to include the recognitions.



David Blecha, a retired Agri-Business instructor from Hawkeye Community College, has committed numerous hours and days developing this publication. It required going through several notebooks, boxes of records, and researching information from many individuals in the community colleges. Even though David received some monetary compensation, we know that he and Susan spent many of their personal resources in accomplishing this task.



Wayne Nattress, Executive Director of the Iowa FFA Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Foundation have expressed their support of making this document available. They approved the commitment to acquire resources for the printing as well as and for the 25th Anniversary social, banquet, and other state conference activities.



Cargill Animal Nutrition, through the efforts of the Iowa FFA Foundation, sponsored the printing of this document. We want to thank Scot Harold, Business Development Manager for Cargill at West Branch, Iowa for arranging for the finances as well as the actual printing. Scot, a past State FFA President, has been very active in the efforts of the Foundation. His commitment and Cargill’s support have created many opportunities for PAS and FFA members on the state and national level.



Once again, we say Thanks:

2005-2006 State Officers

Jerry Lamers, State Advisor







APPENDIX

Advisory Council Members

(Listed with employer at the time)

Ronald Baum, Case – IH

Daniel Cooper, Iowa Department of Agriculture (deceased)

Marcia Dudden, Dudden Farm

Wes Fausch, Pioneer Hi-Bred International

John Odum, Pfizer, Inc.

Scott Smith, Quaker Oats Company

Barbara Sylvestor, Iowa State Horticultural Society

Al Wagner, Case – IH



2000 National Conference Committee

(Listed with employer at the time)

David Blecha, Hawkeye Community College

Dean Byerly, Northeast Iowa Community College

Carol Davis, Iowa Farm Bureau

Troy Downey, Purina Mills Inc

Steve Ferguson, Iowa Ag Development Authority

Marlene Forsberg/Higdon, Iowa Department of Education

Jerry Lamers, PAS state advisor

Craig McEnany, Des Moines Area Community College

Wayne Nattress, Iowa FFA Foundation

Louise Payne, National PAS Vice President

Mike Praska, Iowa PAS President

Carol Schnieders Collins, Past State and National Officer

Robert Shaw, Pioneer Hi-Bred International

Cheryl Tevis, Meredith Corporation

Jeff Ward, National Pork Producers Council

Gary Wergin, WHO Radio (deceased)



25th Anniversary Committee

Monica Erharhdt – Chair, Past State and National Officer

Ryan Adkins, Past State Officer

Carl Horne, Past State and National Officer

Louise Knop, Past State Officer

Melissa Robinson, Past State Officer

Isaiah Shnurman, Senate Member

Craig McEnany College Advisor

David Blecha, Executive Director

Jerry Lamers, State Advisor



Colleges and University

The following Iowa colleges and university provide their students the opportunity to participate in the PAS of Iowa activities while receiving their postsecondary agricultural education:

Des Moines Area Community College

Ellsworth Community College

Hawkeye Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa State University

Iowa Western Community College

Muscatine Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College



Career Development Events

Individual Competition Career Programs
Employment Interview

Prepared Speakers for Agriculture

Impromptu Speakers for Agriculture

Equine Specialist

Career Planning

Career Progress

Ag Sales



Team Competition Career Program
Dairy Specialist

Livestock Specialist

Crops Specialist

Floriculture

Landscape Design/Nursery Management

Soil Science Specialist

Agricultural Machinery Service Technician

College Bowl



State (only) Events
Agribusiness/Agri-Marketing Specialist

Natural Resources Specialist





25th ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES

The 2005-2006 State Officers kicked off the Celebration of the 25th year of the organization at their summer planning retreat. It was decided to conduct the activities at spring conference on February 1-3, 2006 at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. The theme selected for the PAS year and celebration was “25 years – Reflecting on the Past – Envisioning the Future”. A 25th Anniversary committee consisting of past state and national officers was convened to assist in planning and conducting the activities.



Planning and discussions of the anniversary committee ranged all the way from acquiring finances to actually conducting the activities. The events/activities conducted including the following:

1. Completion of a 25- year history document and provide a copy to all past and current members in attendance at state conference.

2. Design and provide to all in attendance at state conference a 25th anniversary t-shirt.

3. Contact all past and present PAS colleges to obtain a list of past members and state officers to be invited to attend celebration (over 130 invitations were sent).

4. Obtain support for an ad in a well known agriculture magazine in Iowa to announce celebration (Iowa Farmer Today sponsored).

5. Organize and display past ACT and PAS paraphernalia at state conference.

6. Conduct a social function for past members and sponsors before state conference banquet.

7. Provide special decorations for banquet, including logo & banner

8. Acquire a motivational speaker (“Joys of Stress” - booked).

9. Provide special entertainment during banquet (Pakala Violin Quartet – arranged for).

10. Invite past members to reflect on past activities

11. Acquiring finances for past members registrations and celebration activities.



The committee expresses their appreciation to the following for acquiring and/or providing the support for PAS of Iowa’s 25th Anniversary Celebration:

Cargill Animal Nutrition Iowa Agricultural Development Authority

Farm Credit Services of America Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

GROWMARK Iowa FFA Foundation



All individuals who are participating in the 25thAnniversary activities say a “big Thanks” to Dave Grunklee and the agriculture students and staff at Hawkeye

Community College. Their efforts are making the planned activities come together for what we hope will be an eventful and memorable state conference.