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Welcome to Wisconsin Association of FFA

Established in 1929, the Wisconsin Association of FFA is an association of the National FFA Organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Wisconsin has 255 FFA chapters statewide and over 19,000 members.

The FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school district. In order for a school district to charter and maintain an FFA chapter, there must be a certified licensed agricultural educator hired by the school district who then also serves as the chapter advisor.

FFA members are part of a total program in agricultural education, consisting of classroom instruction in agriculture, supervised agricultural experiences where students gain career skills and on the job training and leadership development through the FFA organization.

Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of September 8, 2014

1. Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
2. 2013-14 Wisconsin FFA Theme
3. Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 15
4. 2014 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
5. 2014-15 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
6. 2014-2015 FFA Membership Dues
7. World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline September 14th - Sign-up Now
8. FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
9. 212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
10. Mark Your Calendars!! UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
11. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Sept. 10 Final Day for National Convention Online Housing - Closes 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 14 Deadline for World Dairy Expo Judging Event Entries
Sept. 15 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Amery
Sept. 16 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Osseo-Fairchild
Sept. 17 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Spencer
Sept. 18 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Tomah
Sept. 22 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Oconto Fall
Sept. 23 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Mishicot
Sept. 24 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - Lomira
Sept. 26-28 World Beef Expo - West Allis
Sept. 29 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - Platteville
Sept. 30-Oct. 4 World Dairy Expo - Madison
Sept. 30 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
October 1 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Wisconsin Heights
October 2 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 6 - Sauk Prairie
October 4 FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
October 11 FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
October 13 Final Day for National Convention Online Registration - Closes at 4:00 p.m.
October 18 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
Oct. 27-Nov. 1 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 14-15 212 and 360 Conferences - Green Bay

Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
Listed below are the changes in agriculture instructors/FFA advisors at various departments across Wisconsin for the new school year. Many are new teachers. Others are teachers that have moved to a different school. If we missed anyone, please let us know.

Albany - Alicia Kubly
Athens - Holly Hartwig
Barron - Kristin Hanson
Bay Port - Whitney Barnes
Big Foot - Jeanne Case
Black Hawk - Travis Meyer
Brillion - Gordie Gasch/ 2nd Semester Stacey Kunde
Cadott - Keith Becker
Cassville - Heidi Dudley
Chippewa Falls - Bridget Peck
Clintonville - Crystal Retzlaff
Columbus - Paul Reinsbach
Cornell - Leigh Dobberstein
Dodgeland/Hustisford - Pat Wehner
Edgar - Matt Reinders
Gilman - Stephanie Willsmann
Glenwood City - Sean VanderWaal
Hudson - Cindy Landers
Janesville Craig - Jillian McNeely
Janesville Parker - Krista White
Kiel - Art VanderWaal
Lakeside Lutheran - Jeff Meske
Loyal - Trevor Odeen
Luck - Kelly Warwick
Medford - Lisa Kopp
Milton - Stacy Skemp
Monroe - Danielle Wittmann
Mosinee - Brittany Babik
Mount Horeb - John Arnold
Northwestern - Darren Nyhus
Oakfield - Marcie Zimmerman
Oconto Falls - Rachel Kroplien
Oconto Falls - Amanda Haase
Palmyra-Eagle - Kim Heine
Parkview - Tjark Sattler
Portage - Karen Schlicter
Portage - Paul Zuelke
Poynette - Chris Murphy
Prairie Farm - Emma Bartz
Pulaski - Kaleb Santy
Rio - Keturah Vangen
Ripon - Justin Ellis
Saint Croix Central - Gretchen Rozeboom
Southwestern - Katylynn Heisz
Sparta - Heidi Garrett
Suring - Ashley Johnson
Turtle Lake - Kaitlyn Lance
Verona - Jamie Morris

2014-15 Wisconsin FFA Theme
This year's theme selected by the State FFA Officers is "Target Success Take Action." After a very busy summer of leadership training and preparation, we have a super team of state officers ready to serve your chapters. Please feel free to call upon them. Their e-mail addresses are located online at

Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 15
Materials are posted online for the 2014 Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshops. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!!! There is no fee to attend this workshop. Bring as many members as you would like!! This is a workshop not only for chapter officers, but for any of your members who need a jump start for the year to learn about all the opportunities in FFA and sharpen their leadership skills.

Advisors: Please Bring the following Items to your SLW
1. Laptop Computer....we hope that most locations will have wireless internet so that you each can work on your Ag Career Network.
2. Copy of your Online Registration to hand in at registration.
3. A copy of your chapter FFA constitution/bylaws. We are asking each chapter to submit an updated copy each year. This will be an annual requirement.

All members, advisors, and chapter officers are invited to attend the 2014 Sectional Leadership Workshops. This year's theme is ?3-2-1 ACTION?. A featured part of the workshop will include chapter presidents meeting with the state president for the first two rounds of workshops and then their sectional officer during the third round of workshops. A number of items will be discussed including key topics for chapter presidents, national FFA delegate issues and chapter visits.

Three national FFA officers will be in attendance over the three weeks of workshops: Jackson Harris, National FFA Southern Region Vice President; Steven Brockshus, National FFA Central Region Vice President and Wes Davis, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President.

Advisors will be updated on numerous programs and activities including the new Ag Career Network and all the changes that National FFA has for this coming school year. Over 90% of the Wisconsin FFA chapters attend Sectional Leadership Workshops. If you can't attend the workshop in your section, you are definitely invited to attend a neighboring workshop....Just make sure to attend.
Section 1 - Amery, Monday, September 15
Section 2 - Osseo-Fairchild, Tuesday, September 16
Section 3 - Tomah, Thursday, September 18
Section 4 - Platteville, Monday, September 29
Section 5 - Wisconsin Heights, Wednesday, October 1
Section 6 - Sauk Prairie, Thursday, October 2
Section 7 - Spencer, Wednesday, September 17
Section 8 - Oconto Falls, Monday, September 22
Section 9 - Mishicot, Tuesday, September 23
Section 10 - Lomira, Wednesday, September 24

2014 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
Over 700 Wisconsin FFA Discovery and Greenhand members attend these conferences each year!! Don't have your students miss out on a great opportunity to learn about FFA. Mark your calendars for the upcoming FIRE Conferences. FVTC-Appleton, October 4; UW-River Falls, October 11 and UW-Madison, October 18. This year's theme is "Road Signs To Success". The state officers have a great program planned for your young members. This is a super one-day workshop for your members to attend and learn about FFA, meet young members from across the state, visit with state officers and get excited about their future in the organization. Registration is posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website. The cost is $25 per student which includes a t-shirt, meal, and materials.

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
Don't forget to pay your 2014-15 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee. Invoices were distributed at the WAAE Summer Conference. If you did not attend summer conference, they were sent to you in the mail. Please contact the Wisconsin FFA Center immediately if you need a new invoice. Payment is due September 12, 2014.

2014-2015 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, 42 Wisconsin FFA chapters utilized this new membership option. More of you are welcome to sign up - deadline for sign up is October 1. I will provide more information about this to you at SLW.

Benefits of the Affiliate Dues Option:
1. All agricultural education students would be FFA members, thus allowing full participation in the three circle model= Every Student, Every Classroom, Every Day
2. Equal opportunity for all students in all parts of the agricultural education model (classroom, experiential learning and leadership education)
3. Repositions FFA as integral for instruction and removes the ?club? connotation
4. More efficient use of class time and resources (cost per student, teacher?s time, less money handling in dues collection)
5. Opens access for alternative funding sources to pay just one fee

Payment: This Fall, returning affiliated member chapters will be invoiced based on their prior year membership. Next April, the new affiliate dues chapters will be invoiced. New affiliate's bills are based on current year membership for the first year only.

If your chapter chooses to pay the regular dues package....National FFA Dues are $7.00 and State Dues are $5.50 for a total of $12.50 per member.

Bring your questions to Sectional Leadership Workshops.

World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Sunday, September 14th - Sign-up Now
You can register your students online at Registrations made after September 14 will be assessed a late fee of $50.00. If you have any questions, please email Mark Zidon at

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create and submit a video focused on hunger awareness to INSPIRE and MOTIVATE others to join the fight against hunger! Follow the steps below and submit your chapter?s video by September 26, 2014 to be eligible for the $1,000 prize

VIDEO CONTEST REQUIREMENTS - To be eligible for the $1,000 prize, your chapter must meet the following requirements:
Must be a Middle School, High School or Collegiate Chapter

Video must
Be a minimum of 1 minute and maximum of 2 minutes in length.
Follow the objectives (outlined below)
Be submitted through a YouTube video link.
Open with a sign/visual that includes the Feeding Our World ? Starting at Home logo (available at ) as well as your FFA Chapter Name, City and State.
Use appropriate language.

FFA Attire preferred (t-shirt/polo or official dress) - If not available, then attire without other large identifiable logos or wording.

Have signed release forms submitted for all video participants. (Attach release forms upon submission of video.) Any questions about the contest, please contact Kayla at or 317-802-4267.

212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
Don't forget....the 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are schedueled for November 14-15 in Green Bay. 212 is designed for Freshman and Sophomores. 360 is designed for Juniors and Seniors. Four teams of presenters from National FFA will be in Wisconsin to help FFA members develop personal and leadership skills. The conferences begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and ends around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Information about the conferences will be available soon on the Wisconsin FFA Website under "Events"

Mark Your Calendars!! UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
UW-River Falls: November 10, 2014
Shawano High School: November 11, 2014
Mauston High School: November 13, 2014

Quote of the Week
"It is the service we are not obliged to give that people value most." - James C. Penney

See you at Sectional Leadership Workshops!!!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events