FFA Stays With Alum Throughout His Life and Beyond

Karma and Lyle E. Orwig

Lyle Orwig and his wife, Karma, each designated the National FFA Foundation as a beneficiary of their IRAs to fund a future FFA program.

Lyle and Karma Orwig are taking advantage of all the ways to commit forever to FFA. Lyle is a lifetime alumni member and Karma sees the value of the organization’s leadership programs. They recently made plans to financially support National FFA after they both pass away.

Lyle and his wife, Karma, declared the National FFA Foundation a beneficiary of their IRAs with the intention to fund a future FFA program. Half of this gift will go to international travel for ag teachers.

FFA has been there for Lyle throughout his life—growing up in Illinois and now living in Wisconsin. Through FFA, he has made treasured memories and honed career skills. “Many other service organizations are simply one-time experiences, whereas with FFA, you’re going to do something for nine months, or four years, or forever—gaining lifelong skills,” Lyle says. “To experience multiple different conferences and programs and participate in activities as part of an SAE (supervised agricultural experience)—those are going to stay with a student throughout their life.”

Lyle is chairman and founding partner of Charlston|Orwig, a strategic marketing and communications firm focused on food and agriculture.

“FFA is where I got my start as a journalist in high school, as the chapter reporter and ultimately as state reporter in Illinois,” he says. “What I learned as a Greenhand reporter I still use in my profession today. So it’s payback time.”

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Give back to FFA by ensuring future generations get the skills they need to thrive in agricultural careers. Contact Jim Williams at plannedgiving@ffa.org or 317-802-4226 to start arranging your gift.