A Trip for the Future

Betty Jording Memorial Fund sends 14 to national competition.

“Betty loved to see kids achieve.” You can hear the pride in Don Jording’s voice as he recalls the work of his late wife. It’s clear she was something special.

Betty was a teacher. She dedicated more than 30 years to students in Wheatland and Newcastle. Betty also “had great interest in putting people to work,” says Don. She really believed that if kids were taught certain skills, they would be successful adults.

That “great interest” became something of a passion for Betty. In 1970 Betty introduced students to a program called Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). It taught kids about working in the community, problem solving, public speaking and so much more.

With Betty’s guidance, the program changed the lives of so many she taught.

With a grant from the Betty Jording Memorial Fund, Betty’s dedication to seeing kids achieve continues today. Just this past year Don and Betty helped 14 students from Newcastle participate at the National FBLA competition in Atlanta.

“It opened my eyes to other places.”

Megan Kenney, a senior at Newcastle High School, can list many things she’s learned from Future Business Leaders of America. But the experiences she’s had are what really stand out.

Megan hadn’t traveled much before Atlanta. “It was really neat to see a place so different than Wyoming.” The trip, she says, makes her think she’ll travel more in the future. “It opened my eyes to other places.”

For many of the kids involved, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Megan will certainly remember it for years to come.

There is something even more memorable than the trip for Megan though. “Community service is my favorite part of FBLA,” Megan says. “I love that we are getting to help other people.”