John Baldus

Supporter's Gift Helps Grow Future Leaders

John Baldus grew up on a farm in northern Idaho. He serves as a mechanical engineer for the Navy in the state of Washington and works on military submarines. For years, he was certain he would be a farmer, so he did what thousands of kids do: He joined the National FFA Organization.

John participated in FFA all four years of high school. His involvement ended there, until he had an epiphany.

"I realized nothing helped me more than my involvement in FFA to prepare me for life," he says.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

John explains that the diversity of experiences in FFA afforded him skills that he uses in his career today.

"It was eventually apparent I wasn't going to work in agriculture, but all the stuff I learned—organizational skills, time management, leadership—helped me quite a bit," he says.

John knows FFA is a vital organization for kids, so he decided to include a gift in his estate plan to support the organization.

"I still have a rural heritage and I'll never forget where I came from. I want kids to have the same opportunities," he says. "As much as FFA did for me in high school, I need to repay some of that. They really helped me get going in my life."

Make a Lasting Impact

An estate gift is the perfect way to recognize the role that FFA played in your life—regardless of your rank in the organization or career within or outside agriculture. Contact Jim Williams at or 317-802-4226 to learn more.