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Brenna Bays - Parliamentarian
Adams-Friendship FFA Chapter - Section 6
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
District 17!
Feb. 04, 2016
Hey all!
This past Monday, it was great to spend the night with the District 17 Speaking Contest Participants! Coming from District 17, it felt like I was basically home. I had a blast talking with all of you and helping you through those pre-contest nerves! I wish you all the best of luck!
Here are the results from the District 17 Speaking Contest:
Creed Speaking:
1. Molly Cujak - Westfield FFA
2. Justin Taylor - Poynette FFA

Discussion Meet:
1. Samantha Corso - Montello FFA
2. Collin Bays - Adams-Friendship

Extemporaneous Speaking:
1. Alexis Brauner - Portage FFA
2. Sarah Daentl - Portage FFA

Job Interview:
1. Tori Timme - Portage FFA
2. Alli Walker - Portage FFA

Parliamentary Procedure:
1. Adams-Friendship FFA

Prepared Speaking Contest:
1. Caitlin Warren - Portage FFA
2. Emily Taylor - Poynette FFA

Quiz Bowl:
1. Adams-Friendship 1
2. Adams-Friendship 2

Good luck at the Section 6 Speaking Contest March 8, 2016 in Adams-Friendship!


Happy February,
Brenna
District 16 Reults
Feb. 02, 2016
I can not say enough about how proud I was of all of the District 16 FFA members that participated in the Speaking Contest. You all represented your chapters very well and should be proud of your accomplishments. Another huge thank you to the Berlin FFA Chapter for hosting the contest!

Here are the individuals that will be representing District 16 at the Sectional Speaking Contest March 8 in Adams-Friendship:

Creed Speaking:
1. Kelli Bonack - Waupun FFA
2. Katrina Pokorny - Waupun FFA
Extemporaneous Speaking:
1. Megan VanRulswyk - Waupun FFA
2. Hazel Reck - Berlin FFA
Discussion Meet:
1. Elizabeth Krueger - Berlin FFA
2. Ashley Walther - Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA
Job Interview:
1. Maverick Guenther - Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA
2. Hannah Olsen - Berlin FFA
Parliamentary Procedure:
1. Markesan FFA
Prepared Speaking:
1. Bailey Wetzel - Waupun FFA
2. Jessica Lins - Columbus FFA
Quiz Bowl:
1. Randolph-Cambria-Friesland FFA
2. Waupun FFA
Vacation to Paradise
Jan. 26, 2016
As many of you may have saw, the State Officers took a little vacation down to Southern Missouri for a few days. We all wanted to take quick break before we really dive into the Spring Semester, Banquets, and Speaking Contests. Over the days we were there, we had a great time being tourists, enjoying the warmer weather, and of course, spending time together. On the way down to Missouri, we stopped in St. Louis to see the arch before making our way down to our townhome. We did hit some unpredictable weather on the way down, but it definitely didn’t stop us from making the best of our given paradise. In the time there, we were able to attend a Country Show in a really cool Music Hall, walk through the Titanic Museum, and also tour a Big Cat Rescue in Arkansas.

After a few days away, we all were able to realize how important it is to make time for ourselves. Now, Missouri isn’t the paradise we all dream about, but it was our paradise for the week. We have the ability to make any place our own paradise: a place that we know we can relax, have fun, and take a break from our stress. Yes, it is always important to stay dedicated to our jobs, tasks, and teams, but always remember to take some time for yourself.

Take a break and BE ready for the upcoming year!

~Brenna
The Case of the Missing "BE
Jan. 18, 2016
I can not believe it has already been over a week since the Halftime Conference was adjourned. Two FFA members from each FFA Chapter had the opportunity to come to Stevens Point for the 2016 Halftime Conference. This two day conference allowed all FFA members in attendance to gain the information and motivation they needed to keep their chapter running smoothly for the second half of the year.

Throughout the Halftime Conference, it was the job of FFA members to look for clues to find their “BE.” Finding our “BE” is harder than anyone could ever imagine. To find our individual “BE,” each of us needs to really think about our personal strengths. We need to remember what we have accomplished and continue looking forward to what we want our goals to be. We should never concentrate on our weaknesses. Looking at what we aren’t the greatest at brings us down, which in turn, places us farther away from finding our “BE.” But, we should look at what we can improve. Every time we bring into consideration one of our strengths, we collect more clues to finding our own “BE.” Once we discover what we want to be in life, our “BE”, we will be unstoppable. We now can accomplish anything we set our finds to.

No one else will do it for us. No one else can discover what we truly are until we start giving 110% to accomplish our goals. We want everyone to know we are FFA members: the ideal students that have the ability to work hard, stay dedicated, and positively influence others. Our “BE” describes who we are as individuals and will always keep us searching for more challenges.

Always stay Dedicated to Finding you “BE”


~Brenna
Celebrate the Year!
Dec. 31, 2015
Happy last day of 2015 everyone! It is crazy to think one year has gone by already. Time never stops, but neither do the memories.

Throughout this year, each of us have been granted with the best years and the best days ever. We have all had our fair share of achievements and favorite memories that have happened. Just because 2015 is coming to a close doesn’t mean all of those best times are done either.

Today is the day to celebrate and remember everything that has happened throughout the year. We are able to look back on all of those great memories and reflect on all of those that have helped us achieve our goals. Whether it be our family, our friends, our teachers, or our FFA advisors, we have individuals around us that want nothing more than to watch us grow. Always remember the people that helped get us to where we are today and be thankful for what they do.

Now, with a new year coming, we need to make a goal for our futures. Our New Year’s Resolution this year should BE powerful. It should BE inspirational and it should BE giving. Challenge yourself to create a resolution that will help us grow as leaders, but also help those be around us. I challenge each of us to create 2016 into the year to BE Giving!


Have a Happy New Year,

Brenna
I'm Dreaming of...
Dec. 26, 2015
Merry Christmas, Wisconsin FFA!

Yes, it is December 26, but the season of giving is not over yet. I hope you all have a great Holiday Season celebrating with your family and friends. My Holiday Season has been jam-packed with planning the Halftime Conference with my teammates, already planning for State Convention, and of course, baking cookies with my grandma, mom, and cousins.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, but this year, it seemed as if something were missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it until about a week ago when I realized that I could wear a sweatshirt outside and wasn’t slipping on ice. Somehow, Jack Frost and Mother Nature weren’t creating the magical snowfall I always dream about during Christmas time.

On Christmas Eve, we finally had a Christmas Snowfall. Now, it isn’t the snowfall many of us would have wanted, but in South Central Wisconsin, a dusting was just enough to bring on the Christmas Spirit!

We all have our different favorite parts of the Christmas Season whether it be the goodies, the presents, the tree, the family, or for me, the snow. Somehow those facts can make our break our favorite time of year. Though they seem important now until we take the time to look at the big picture. We can see that we are being surrounded with those we care about most and are ready to continue making memories on this wonderful Holiday. No matter what our favorite parts are, make the best of the season with our family and friends!

Remember to always BE Giving!

Brenna
Right Around the Corner
Dec. 05, 2015
Hey there Wisconsin FFA!

I just wanted to give you all a quick little preview of what the State FFA Officers are up to. The 2nd half of the school year is right around the corner and we are busy preparing to make sure each of you will BE Excited for the new opportunities to come!

To kick of December, the State Officers are all currently at Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells at the Young Farmers and Agriculturalists Conference through the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. We are all having a blast meeting young leaders across the state, learning how we can make a difference as Farm Bureau Members, and of course spending quality team time together. This is the first time I have seen my teammates since National Convention, so it is amazing to be reunited with my best friends. On Sunday night, the State Officers will all head toward Marshfield where we begin our December Meeting. This upcoming week is jam-packed with planning upcoming events such as the Halftime Conference and even State Convention! We also will work on making sure we are all prepared to help each of you out throughout the next six months!

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us as well as the New Year! I can not wait to see what the rest of December has in store!

Talk to you soon,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
snapchat: wiffasection6
Forever Thankful!
Nov. 27, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I know this is a day late, but yesterday was a day full of fun and food with my closest family and friends. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Day celebrating with your closest family and friends and enjoying all of the food possible (and of course leftovers for the next week!)

Over the past week, I have found myself contemplating and thinking about everything that I am thankful for. There is so much to be thankful for, especially this year, that I felt it would be important to share them with you.
Here are my a 5 of the important things I am thankful for:

My Family- From day one, they chose to support me and all of my crazy dreams. They are the greatest bunch of individuals that are always there for me and continuously bring a smile to my face everytime I see them. I am blessed to have spent this Holiday Season with them!
My Friends- For some reason, they chose to stick with me. I can always count of my friends to be there for me through the thick and thin. They mean the world to me, though we don’t see each other everyday anymore! I am thankful to find time to meet with them this week and throughout the Christmas Season.
My Teammates- The ten individuals I have the opportunity to work with this year are an absolute blessing on my life! I could not have asked for anyone else to work with and better yet, become my new brothers and sisters. I am thankful they are always there for me!!
Agriculture- The food that I was blessed with this week and always is all because of the dedicated individuals that make up production agriculture as well as the entire agriculture industry. I am thankful to be involved in producing the food that one day creates a delicious meal for someone else.
YOU- Because of all of you, I am in the position I am today! I can not thank you all enough for teaching me how to be myself and to have fun everyday with the blessings I have received. Thank you all so much.

Now, it is your turn. Take today to think about the people, experiences, or interests in your life that you are thankful for. What makes you, you? What are you thankful for?

BE THANKFUL!


Best wishes,

Brenna Bays
The Little Dog that Could
Nov. 18, 2015
Hey there Wisconsin FFA!

As I patiently wait the time before I can decorate my house for Christmas (the weekend after Thanksgiving), I can not sit in silence anymore due to my little munchkin of a dog, Bella! This past May, my mom thought it would be a great idea to rescue a Great Dane puppy! We already have an 8 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Jack, so why not add some excitement to his life as well ours, right?

Well, after bring our new little bundle of joy, Bella, home, we realized that she wasn’t growing like she should be. Now, from what I learned in my Animal Science class in high school, Great Dane’s are supposed to be very, very, VERY large dogs and they were also supposed to grow quite quickly. To our shock, Bella was not. When we brought her home, we believed she was only 11 weeks old, but we were slightly mistaken. Bella took her first visit to the vet for her Puppy Check-Up about two weeks after we got her and the news we received was shocking. Instead of being 11 weeks old, our little Bella had all of her 6 month old teeth in, which put her at being older than 6 months of age. It took us all a while to accept the fact that our 45 pound ball of pure energy and excitement was not a Great Dane and was also not going to grow anymore.

Now, after realizing that all of the supplies we purchased for a giant dog was not fully necessary anymore, we all developed the same questions in our minds: What breed is Bella then? The answer to the question is currently unknown still to this day. We are looking into eventually finding out what Bella is, but it isn’t all that necessary anymore.

I am blessed to be worn out by a pup that has the heart of a Great Dane, but is only the size of a beagle. Physically, size does not matter at all throughout our lives. It is how we accept the challenge ahead of us. Bella wakes up every morning with the excitement to hang out with her family and the willingness to put all of her effort into what she enjoys doing: running around in the yard and chewing up all of her toys.

In a way, we all need to live life like Bella. We need to keep an open-mind on our day and not let the challenge that we are facing get the best of us. We all need to wake up every morning with the mindset of “Today will be another great day” and make the most of every moment we are given. But most importantly, have the heart of a Great Dane, while being the size of a beagle.

Be inspirational!

~Brenna
Some Gave All
Nov. 11, 2015
Veteran’s Day: Honoring those who serve. We have all been told this many times, but not many of us take into consideration the hard work and dedication our veterans have given to ensuring this beautiful country continues to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. It seems as if a seldom few of us actually understand the true meaning of Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s Day should not just be a once a year kind of day. Yes, we only celebrate on November 11, but we have the ability to thank Veterans for everything they all year round. It takes a special kind of person to put their life on the line for their country, but our Veterans wouldn’t change their decision for anything.

I encourage each of you to go out of your way today to thank the men and women who have served, are currently serving, or are preparing to serve our wonderful country. We honor all of your decisions and pray to bring you home safely. Thank you for all that you do!!!

-Brenna
Amplify-What does it mean?
Nov. 03, 2015
Hello Wisconsin FFA!

For those of you that attended the 88th National FFA Convention, I hope you all had a great week!!! My teammates and I had a blast at National FFA Convention while we served at National Delegates for the week. As delegates, we served on a variety of committees working to better the National FFA Organization for all of its members. It was neat to take part in so much work that happens before the first gavel tap. Though the work of a delegate could not be replaced, my favorite part of convention was sitting on the floor during each session.

“Amplify...our goals, our lives, our voice…” is what played before, during, and after each session. During each session, the National Officers would connect how others have amplified their lives and achieved their goals to make it to National Convention, but how do we actually amplify in our own lives.

According to Dictionary.com, the definition of Amplify is to make larger, greater, or stronger. As FFA members we have the potential to grow our FFA experience, but only if we set our minds to our goals. It is so easy to become side-tracked, but by remembering to Amplify our lives, we will always stay on task. We, as FFA members, will remember that in order to excel in our lives or in our FFA careers, we need to Amplify our goals and our voice. By staying true to our goals and our vision of the future, we can accomplish anything we put our minds too!

How can you Amplify your life?

Amplifying always,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
snapchat: wiffasection6
Meet the Future of Agriculture
Oct. 14, 2015
Hello Wisconsin FFA!

I cannot believe chapter visits are nearly half over and we are nearing the last FIRE Conference this Saturday, which will be held in River Falls. The fall is flying by, but it is such a beautiful time of year as the leaves are changing colors and the true dedication and hard work of our farmers is shining through.

Last week during my chapter visit travels, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet two young girls named Grace and Eve. Grace and Ever are both excited 4-H members and are critical parts on their family’s dairy farm. Grace and Eve, every day after school, help her family feed all of the calves and youngstock and also finds time to play with all of the cats. I was lucky enough to help Grace and Eve finish their chores that night and see the same sparkle in their eyes I had when I was helping with chores on my family’s farm. They showed me around the whole farm, allowing me to play with the calves and cats and carrying on conversations about cows, farming, school, and showing cattle. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Grace, Eve and their family, but it really made me think back to when I was their age.

I held the same enthusiasm, interest, and work ethic that Grace and Eve held. I remember going outside to help my grandparents and father with chores every night I came home from school, but especially over the weekends. I remember learning the definition of determination and perseverance working outside at the farm, which I have not forgot today.

We, especially Grace and Eve, are the future of agriculture. We hold the power to ensure we are the next generation of agriculturists to provide food for our growing population. Though it may not be easy, we are most definitely ready to accept the challenge. Each of us, through FFA, are developing the strong work ethic we need to pursue a career in the agriculture industry. FFA is developing our potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success. Now, let’s take what we have learned from FFA and actually utilize it!

Proud to be the Future of Agriculture,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
And Like a Flash...
Oct. 05, 2015
Wow… I know that I have stated this multiple times, but this year is flying by! Sectional Leadership Workshops came to a close last Thursday and the State Officers have already put on the Fox Valley Technical College FIRE Conference last Saturday. September has come and gone, but I am super stoked to begin all of my chapter visits.

It was great meeting with most of you briefly at Sectional Leadership Workshops, but I am ready to get to know more of you during Chapter Visits. The season of visiting each of your schools is upon us and I can not describe how excited I am!

I remember back to when I was in high school and the State Officer came to Adams-Friendship. I was always in awe of how easily they related a simple activity to so many life situations. It was always an eye opening experience for myself and I hope to carry on the same messages to each of you.

I hope your school year is going great and I promise to see each of you soon!

Looking forward to a great fall,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
Endless Opportunities
Sep. 26, 2015
I can not believe we have been traveled across the state for another week! The second week of Sectional Leadership Workshops have flown by! After another week I can easily say FFA members from Section 2, Section 1, Section 3, and Section 7 are definitely excited and ready for a great year ahead!

Throughout the past week, the State Officers had the opportunity to visit a variety of businesses in the agriculture industry. I knew the agriculture industry was large, but I never took into consideration diversity of careers that all have connections to agriculture. By taking the time to visit industries and learn more about how they benefit agriculture as a whole is honestly really neat to see. One visit this past week really stuck out to me.

Coming from the Central Sands here in Adams-Friendship made me familiar with the struggles of growing corn, soybeans, and potatoes, but I never took the time to drive an hour west to learn about the Cranberry Industry. At Copper Road Receiving Station, about 40 million pounds of cranberries are unloaded, washed, and shipped of to processing companies, such as Ocean Spray. Once the cranberries are unloaded into one of the five pools of water, they are cleaned, separated by size, and then stored in the crate to be shipped off to the processing plant. The efficiency of the receiving station is remarkable and a part of agriculture that isn’t advertised a lot.

As FFA members, we all have the opportunity to find any dream career in the agriculture industry. There is more than what meets the eye in agriculture and all of us need to take the time to really find our niche in the industry and follow it throughout our lives. The coolest and most interesting careers are usually the ones that we don’t always see right away, so keep searching! “BE” open-minded when looking for careers to job shadow or processes to take on in our SAE projects.

Keeping an eye on all my opportunities,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org
Week One and Already Done
Sep. 17, 2015
Hello Wisconsin FFA!

I can not believe summer has finally come to an end and the school year is starting! It may not seem like the greatest time of year to be back in the classroom when the leaves are beginning to change colors, but the State Officers are in the processes of having three whole weeks devoted for you to attend the Sectional Leadership Workshops across the State. So far in our journey, the State Officers have travelled to three Sections across the State, but more excitement awaits in the two weeks to come!
Just this past Sunday, the State Officers drove to my house in Adams-Friendship to have some relaxing worktime before starting the Sectional Leadership Workshops. We also had the opportunity to play Dodgeball with area schools, which turned out to be a very competitive, fun-filled way to meet new members! I can assure you all that my Dodgeball skills have not changed since high school seeing that I was hit multiple times, even when I tried to hide in the back!

When Monday rolled around the corner, we all were ready for our first Sectional Leadership Workshop! We toured Gary Bula Farms in Grand Marsh, WI where we learned the entire process of growing potatoes. It was a part of agriculture that none of us were too familiar with, so seeing firsthand how the potatoes are harvested was incredible. After learning about potatoes, we traveled to Adams where we toured the Grain and Agronomy Plants at Allied Cooperative. The technology that Allied Cooperative utilizes to ensure their customers are having the best service was really neat to see in action. The efficiency of both plants was so unique that it was nothing we had seen before. After the tours, we headed to the high school to begin the Section 6 Sectional Leadership Workshop. The enthusiasm from the FFA Members made it possible for all us to put on the best workshop we all had hoped for. You all paved the way to a great week to kick of SLW’s!!! Thank you!

On Tuesday, the State Officers made their way Omro for the Section 8 Sectional Leadership Workshop. We toured Oshkosh Tools in Omro, WI where they made industrial sized shovels and tools for electrical workers who bury telephone poles. The efficiency of the business for the market was so unique but definitely needed! After Oshkosh Tools, we toured the ADM Grain Facilities. The overall process was similar to the Grain Plant at Allied Cooperative, but the details varied greatly! It was great to see how each business can utilize different technology and safety procedure to be as efficient as they can for their customers! That night we held the Section 8 SLW at the Omro high school and the students were incredible! The excitement from the previous night continued as we reached out to every FFA member in attendance. It was a very powerful workshop which gave us more energy for the Section 9 Sectional Leadership Workshop of Wednesday.

Wednesday morning came quickly and we were off on our way to the LaClare Farms just outside of Chilton. We were able to have a full tour of the goat milking facilities and see the entire process from the goat milk into cheese sold in their retail store. It is a great business to visit and to eat at! Afterward, we toured Kaytee, which is a bird seed company. The entire building makes feed that ships internationally! Once an order is made, it only takes three days to mix the product, bag it, and ship it! The Section 9 SLW was a great way to meet FFA members from EACH Chapter in Section 9! The enthusiasm and excitement that the members had made Section 9 a great place to end a great week!

I would like to give a HUGE Thank You to everyone that helped make each Sectional Leadership Workshop run smoothly! We couldn’t do it without you!

We all are looking forward to the upcoming Business and Industry Visits and Sectional Leadership Workshops all across the State!!

See You Soon,

Brenna Bays
State FFA Parliamentarian
bbays@wisconsinffa.org

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