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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 May 26, 2014

1. 2014 State FFA Band and Chorus Forms Due to Wisconsin FFA Center June 1
2. State Fair Chaperones Needed for Band and Chorus
3. Thank You Notes Required Before Receiving Cash Awards
4. Official Convention Business Items and State FFA Convention Delegates
5. Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
6. FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
7. FFA Scrapbook Competition
8. State Winning Proficiency Award Applications Need to Be Returned at the State Convention
9. Updated National Chapter Award Applications
10. 2014 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Date
11. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events

Upcoming Events:
May 31 Section 3 Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Tomah
June 7 Section 9 Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Reedsville
June 9-12 85th Wisconsin FFA Convention - Madison
June 16-19 WAAE Professional Development Conference - Madison
June 23-26 BLAST OFF Training - Marshfield
June 24 Wisconsin National Officer Candidate Selection - Madison
June 26 Sections 1 and 2 - Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Clear Lake High School
June 26 Section 7 Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Colby
June 28 Section 4, 5, 6 and 10 - Safe Tractor Operator Contest - Arlington
June 29-July 3 NLCSO - Springfield, Illinois

2014 State FFA Band and Chorus Forms Due to Wisconsin FFA Center June 1
Band and Chorus members must complete their State Fair Band and Chorus Registration before the State FFA Convention. Please send the completed forms and payment to: Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479

FORM 1 - Youth Center Dorm Registration Form ......I have completed some of the areas of the form. The student must complete the rest of the information. Signature of the student and parent are required. They must review the state fair expectations on line on the state fair website and then their signature indicates they have read these expectations

FORM 2 - Health Form - Requested health information and signatures required

FORM 3 - Agreement to Participate - Select the form for either Band or Chorus and provide all the signatures will a full agreement as to participation.

PAYMENT - Each member must submit a $50.00 state fair lodging fee....please make check payable to the Wisconsin FFA and send to the above address.

CHORUS MEMBERS - ADDITIONAL PAYMENT - Must submit an additional check for $15.00 for their chorus music. Again this is payable to Wisconsin FFA and must be sent with the state fair forms to the Wisconsin FFA Center.

Do not send any checks that are to be paid directly to the band/chorus directors for shirts, etc. Those can be brought to the State FFA Convention.

Again this needs to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center by June 1.....Students will not be allowed to participate in the state FFA band and chorus until all forms and payments are accounted for.

State Fair Chaperones Needed for Band and Chorus
I have been notified that State Fair has changed their rules as far as chaperones with students.....We now need 2 chaperones for every 10 students. I am in need of 17 chaperones for band and chorus August 7-10. Please let me know if you or your alumni or parents are interested in chaperoning. We really need more volunteers this year please!!!

Thank You Notes Required Before Receiving Cash Awards
Again this year at the State FFA Convention, we are requiring that students submit their sponsor thank you letters before they can receive their cash award at convention. To help in this process, sample thank you letters and the contact information for sponsors is already posted on the Wisconsin FFA Convention Website. Have your students write their thank yous and bring them along to convention....this can really help move things along for you and your members.

Official Convention Business Items and State FFA Convention Delegates
Information about the State FFA Convention Business Session is online. The Official FFA Convention Business items are posted online at You will find the proposals and budget. Make sure to read through the materials so delegates are prepared and informed.

Every chapter is allowed two voting delegates at the State FFA Convention Business Session on Tuesday morning, June 10. ALL delegates are invited to the training workshop at 8:45 a.m. in Hall D. Delegate committee meetings are at 9:15 a.m. Orientation for the delegates and advisors begins at 9:45 a.m. The actual business session begins at 10:00 a.m.

Chapter T-Shirts Needed for Pre-Session
If your FFA chapter has some extra chapter t-shirts that you could donate to the State FFA Convention, we plan to give them out during several of the Pre-Session activities during the State FFA Convention. Bring your shirts to convention and we will have box for drop off at the convention registration table.

FFA Flags Needed for the Convention Opening Session
As always we love to begin the State FFA Convention with the massing of the FFA flags. If your chapter could provide an FFA flag and stand and an FFA member who would like to carry that flag, please register on the Online Registration System to let us know you will have a flag and a delegate to participate in the Opening Session . You can just bring your flag to the registration table on Tuesday morning, June 10 and then the students will practice at around 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning before the Opening Session.

FFA Scrapbook Competition
Don't forget about the Wisconsin FFA Scrapbook Competition. REMEMBER TO REVIEW THE RULES AND GUIDELINES ON THE WISCONSIN FFA WEBSITE. Bring your scrapbook to the State FFA Convention News Room to check it in for competition

State Winning Proficiency Award Applications Need to Be Returned at the State Convention
If your student is a state winner in a proficiency area, all state winning applications must be returned to Terry Bernick in the News Room at the State FFA Convention. This is important that your student turns in their revised applications as we will need to send those to National FFA for further competition. Also the student must turn in their application for national competition to receive their award check.

Don't forget also that the state winning proficiency members will have the opportunity for practice interview at State FFA Convention in the event they may be selected as a National FFA finalist. Make sure to review the is posted on the Wisconsin FFA website under convention planning materials.

Updated National Chapter Award Applications
For those chapters receiving gold and your application is moving on to National Competition. Please note we would like you to turn in your updated applications at the State FFA Convention. You can turn them in at the News Room.

2014 Sectional Safe Tractor Operator Contest Dates
Please note the dates set for the 2014 FFA Sectional Safe Tractor Operators Contests. State Officer and Advisors will be organizing this event and providing you more information concerning the details of their contests.
Section 1 - Clear Lake - June 26 - Clear Lake High School
Section 2 - Menomonie - June 26 - Clear Lake High School
Section 3 - Tomah - May 31
Section 4 - Darlington - June 28 - Arlington
Section 5 - Milton - June 28 - Arlington
Section 6 - Westfield - June 28 - Arlington
Section 7 - Colby - May 27 - Colby High School - RESCHEDULED JUNE 26
Section 8 - Bonduel - May 10 - Oconto Falls High School - 10:30 a.m. - COMPLETED
Section 9 - Reedsville - June 7 - Plymouth
Section 10 - Fort Atkinson - June 28 - Arlington

State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
If you invite the State FFA Officer(s) to your school for additional presentations, workshops, banquets, alumni events and other special events or meetings, please note that it is the responsibility of the host to pay for the related expenses for that event. This would include mileage, meals, even materials that the state officer may have purchased to use in a workshop they present.

Currently the state FFA officers receive 41 cents per mile for travel. The State Association pays for a state officer to visit your chapter once as an "official" chapter visit. Chapters are responsible for additional visits and activities

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. State FFA Officers do many of the "extra" things for their chapters on a voluntary basis as their schedules permit and we do not want this to become a financial burden on them. The State Association does not require they do all these "extra" activities, but State Officers are excited and very willing to serve your chapters. If you officially invite state officers to the events mentioned above, we do need your assistance to reimburse the officers for their expenses as these "extra" activities are not in the FFA Association budget and are voluntary for the officers to attend. Especially with the high gas prices, reimbursement is very important to these young people.

Have great week!

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

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events