A GRAND: Columbia City FFA gets $1,000 donation from local farmer

Tom Western of Western Farms and Jordan Messmanno of First Source Bank Ag Lender (both center) are surrounded by members of the Columbia City FFA Program.  Western gave his 19th annual Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award of $1,000 to the Columbia City FFA.
Staff Writer

The Columbia City FFA program recently received a generous gift through its booster program from Etna-Troy farmer Tom Western. Western, owner of Western Farms, was one of 10 recipients in the region of the 19th annual Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award.
Volunteers were selected for embodying the spirit, values, passion and leadership of Raclin, past Chairman of First Source Bank and First Source Corporation.

Tom Western was a volunteer fireman for over 40 years, and served the Northeastern REMC Board for 30 years. He currently serves as a Whitley County Commissioner.

Recipients of the award are allocated $1,000 to direct to a local non-profit organization.

Western has grandchildren involved in the Columbia City FFA, and following the successful Blue Jacket Bash event last September, Western approached the FFA boosters about directing his award funds towards the FFA program.

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

The Columbia City FFA is well-known throughout the state for its success in career development events, and nationally recognized for its livestock judging program.