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Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

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

For the week of September 10, 2018

1. National FFA Convention Registration Opens TODAY September 12 at 5 p.m.!!!
2. World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Wednesday September 12th - DUE TODAY!!
3. Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 17
4. 2018 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
5. 2018-2019 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee
6. 2018-2019 FFA Membership Dues
7. 212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
8. Mark Your Calendars!! UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
9. Did You Know?
10. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities:
Sept. 12 National FFA Convention Registration Opens at 5 p.m. !!
Sept. 12 Deadline for World Dairy Expo Judging Event Online Entries - TODAY!!
Sept. 17 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Prairie Farm
Sept. 18 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Ellsworth
Sept. 19 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Arcadia
Sept. 20 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Granton
Sept. 21 Registration Due Online for UW-Madison FIRE Conference
Sept. 24 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 6 - Rio
Sept. 25 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Verona
Sept. 26 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - River Ridge
Sept. 28 Registration Due Online for UW-River Falls FIRE Conference
Sept. 28-30 World Beef Expo - West Allis
Sept. 29 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
October 1 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - Elkhorn
October 2-6 World Dairy Expo - Madison
October 2 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
October 3 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Antigo
October 4 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Denmark
October 5 Registration Due Online for FVTC-Appleton FIRE Conference
October 6 FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
October 13 FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
Oct. 24-27 National FFA Convention - Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov. 9-10 212 and 360 Conferences - Stevens Point

National FFA Convention Registration Opens TODAY September 12 at 5 p.m.!!!

World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Wednesday September 12th - DUE TODAY!!
Due to the flooding in some areas, they are extending the deadline for World Dairy Expo registration. Please note these dates:

Wednesday, September 12 - Registration Deadline (a late fee of $50.00 will be charges after September 12).
Monday, September 17 - Last day to register with a late fee. Registrations after September 17 will not be accepted.
Friday, September 21 - Last day to order daily passes. Note this has been moved up from September 23.

The website for online registration is
The information booklet website is
If you have any questions, please email Mark Zidon at

Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 17
Materials are posted online for the 2018 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.

AGAIN THIS YEAR!! Wisconsin FFA Alumni members in each section will meet from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. during the Sectional Leadership Workshops. Make sure to sign up your alumni members and bring them along this year too!!

Advisors: Please Bring the following Items to your SLW
Laptop Computer or Tablet - We will be going online for several items for you to do….we hope that most locations will have wireless internet so that you each can work on the state and national FFA websites.

All members, advisors, and chapter officers are invited to attend the 2018 Sectional Leadership Workshops. This year’s theme is “Climb Your Mountain”. 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.

Advisors will be updated on numerous programs and activities including the updates with the National FFA website and all the changes in programs and activities. 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 - Prairie Farm, Monday September 17
Section 2 - Ellsworth, Tuesday, September 18
Section 3 - Arcadia, Wednesday, September 19
Section 4 - River Ridge, Wednesday, September 26
Section 5 - Verona, Tuesday, September 25
Section 6 - Rio, Monday, September 24
Section 7 - Granton, Thursday, September 20
Section 8 - Antigo, Wednesday, October 3
Section 9 - Denmark, Thursday, October 4
Section 10 - Elkhorn, Monday, October 1

2018 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
Don't have your students miss out on a great opportunity to learn about FFA. Mark your calendars for the upcoming FIRE Conferences. UW-Madison, September 29; UW-River Falls, October 6 and FVTC-Appleton, October 13. This year’s theme is “Expand Your Horizons Adventure Awaits“. 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 $35 per student which includes a t-shirt, meal, and materials.

2018-2019 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee
Don't forget to pay your 2018-19 Wisconsin FFA Center 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 14, 2018.

2018-2019 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, 60 Wisconsin FFA chapters utilized this new membership option. More of you are welcome to sign up - deadline for sign up is October 15. 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.

212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
Don’t forget….the 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are scheduled for November 9-10 in Stevens Point. 212 is designed for Freshmen 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 end around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Information about the conferences is available on the Wisconsin FFA Website under “Events".

Mark Your Calendars!! UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
Learn more about the Parliamentary Procedure competition!! Don’t miss it!!

Wisconsin Dells: November 6, 2018
Tomah: November 8, 2018
Waupaca: November 13, 2018
UW-River Falls: November 15, 2018

Did You Know?
In 2017, 2,212 FFA members, advisors and alumni members attended the Sectional Leadership Workshops. Plan to attend with as many students and alumni as you can bring. We have a great program for you!!

Quote of the Week
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” - Steve Jobs

Have a great week! I will be on the road the next 3 weeks with Sectional Leadership Workshops. Terry Bernick and Anita Ruger will be in the office while I am traveling. However if you need to reach me, you can call my cell phone at 715-207-5093.

Thank you,

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
Phone: 715-659-4807