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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

WISCONSIN FFA UPDATE - News In Brief
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of October 13, 2014

1. RECORD ATTENDANCE!!! 2,270 Attended the 2014 Wisconsin Association of FFA Sectional Leadership Workshops!!
2. 2014 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Results
3. 212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Registration Online - Due October 24!!!
4. Wisconsin FFA Alumni Still Needs Alumni Members to Serve as National Delegates
5. Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications
6. National FFA SAE Grant Update
7. UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
8. Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
9. 2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
10. FFA Jag Lake Reservation Procedures and Available Dates
11. Did You Know?
12. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
October 18 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
October 24 212 and 360 Conference Registration Due
October 27 State FFA Officers/National Delegates Leave for National FFA Convention
Oct. 29-Nov.1 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 6 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Meeting - Marshfield
Nov. 10 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop ? UW-River Falls
Nov. 11 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop - Shawano
Nov. 13 Parliamentary Procedure Workshop ? Mauston
Nov. 14 Wisconsin Team AgEd Meeting - Green Bay
Nov. 14 Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting - Green Bay
Nov. 14-15 212 and 360 Conferences - Green Bay
Nov. 15 National FFA SAE Grant Application Due to National FFA
Nov. 17 Wisconsin FFA SAE Grant Applications Due to Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Dec. 1 Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 1 Deadline to Submit Chapter Program of Activities
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RECORD ATTENDANCE!!! 2,270 Attended the 2014 Wisconsin Association of FFA Sectional Leadership Workshops!!
Thank you to all of the FFA members, advisors and alumni members who attended the 2014 Sectional Leadership Workshops. We had 2,270 FFA members, advisors and alumni attend the workshops based around the theme "3-2-1 Action". A summary of participation is attached. The state officers and state staff hope that you and your students found the workshops to be an educational opportunity about FFA activities and opportunities. Please feel free to share ideas and suggestions for future workshops. Thank you to the Leadership Partner Sponsors through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation for their sponsorship of these workshops for FFA members.
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2014 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Results
Congratulations to all the FFA members that participated in the judging contests offered at the recent World Dairy Expo.

Dairy Cattle Evaluation - 1st place team - Westby FFA

Dairy Showmanship - 1st place - Ashley Magnuson, Neillsville FFA

Dairy Products - 1st place team - Kiel FFA
Dairy Products - 1st place individual - Noah Henke, Laconia FFA

World Forage Cup Management - 1st place team - Laconia FFA
World Forage Cup Management - 1st place individual - Sam Peetz, Sauk Prairie FFA

All results can be found at http://www.uwplatt.edu/agriculture/world-dairy-expo-ffa-results-2014
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212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences - Registration Online - Due October 24!!!
The 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are scheduled for November 14-15 at the Hyatt on Main in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Four pairs 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. Registration is due submitted online October 24. Registration materials are online at: http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/

Conference curriculum does rotate so this will be different than what was presented last school year if your students attended in 2013.
212 Conference is focused on Virtues. (Designed for 9-10th grade)
360 Conference is focused on Vision. (Designed for 11-12th grade)

I have attached a document that provides you as teachers with more of the objectives of each of the conferences. We hope this helps you as you share with your school administrations the value of FFA members attending leadership conferences such as 212 and 360. These are also posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website.
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Still Needs Alumni Members to Serve as National Delegates
The Wisconsin FFA Alumni is still in need of more delegates for National convention. If you are at the National FFA Convention on Friday morning, October 31 and you are currently a paid FFA Alumni member you can participate in the National FFA Alumni Convention as an official delegate. Please contact Regina Oldendorf (execdir@wisconsinffaalumni.org)if you are able to serve.
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Wisconsin FFA Foundation SAE Grant Applications
The 2014 SAE Grant applications are available now on the Wisconsin FFA website - http://www.wisconsinffa.org/programs/. Please encourage students to apply. The applications must be postmarked by November 17 to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.
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National FFA SAE Grant Update
Applications may be submitted by members in grades 7-11 and are intended to give younger members a ?leg-up? in getting their SAE off the ground or to improve an existing SAE. Grants are based primarily on financial need.

Please encourage your members to take advantage of this great funding source by applying for a grant. Also, for your member?s best chance at receiving a grant, they should use the scoring rubric which will also be on the website. This is a very simple application so even new members should have no problem in completing it.

https://www.ffa.org/programs/grantsandscholarships/SAEGrants/Pages/default.aspx
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2014 UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
Mark Your Calendars!!
UW-River Falls: November 10, 2014
Shawano High School: November 11, 2014
Mauston High School: November 13, 2014
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Send In Your 2014-2015 FFA Program of Activities - Due December 1
Don't forget that stated in the Wisconsin FFA Constitution every FFA chapter is to submit a copy of their annual Program of Activities by December 1. Send a copy of your Program of Activities to your Sectional State Officer. They will keep track of those coming in and also use them as a reference in order to better serve your chapters. The Program of Activities form can be found online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/chapter_resources/ under applications. If your chapter designs your own Program of Activities, send a copy of that.
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2015 District and Sectional Speaking Contest Dates
The 2015 District and Sectional Speaking contests are now posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. Hosts will be contacting the schools in their districts as far as more details concerning the contests. All rules and guidelines for the Wisconsin FFA Speaking Contests can be found at http://www.wisconsinffa.org/events/
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FFA Jag Lake Reservation Procedures and Available Dates
Reservations for 2014 Jag Lake dates are now open. Go to the following website http://ffa.dpi.wi.gov/ffa_ffajagdates

The procedures for making reservations are as follows:

Reservations are to be emailed to Christina Hinkley at christina.hinkley@dpi.wi.gov
Christina will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
An invoice and other information will be mailed out. Payment and the signed Contract of Use form must be returned within 30 days of the invoice date.
Multiple voice mail messages and/or e-mails requesting the same dates will be handled based on the date/time the message was left or e-mail sent.
If we do not receive payment within the 30 day period, your reservation dates will be released and become available to all chapters.

Rates and Payment Information
DPI will send an invoice confirming the time and date of your reservation, your payment deadline, and the dates of your reservation. The invoice will be in the amount of your entire stay (either $250 for a 3-day reservation or $275 for a 4-day reservation).

As advisor, you will be responsible for sending your chapter's payment to DPI on or before the payment deadline indicated on your invoice. Your chapter's reservation will automatically be released if you do not send full payment (either $250 or $275) with a postmark dated on or before the 30-day payment deadline. Should you need to cancel your reservation, please keep in mind full refunds will be issued only through March 1, 2014. No refunds will be issued after March 1. It is important to be aware of this policy as you plan your chapter's schedule for the year. It was established so that cancellations are processed early enough to make the dates available for other chapters to reserve well in advance of camping season. We want as many chapters as possible to have the opportunity to experience Jag Lake.
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Did You Know?
This year, the Wisconsin FFA has a new FFA chapter....Lakeside Lutheran....welcome to this new chapter. Mr. Jeff Meske is the instructor at Lakeside Lutheran.
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Quote of the Week
?If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.? ?John Quincy Adams
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Have a great week!

Cheryl Zimmerman
State FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479
715-659-4807
wiffacenter@tznet.com

Annual Calendar of Events

2014-2015 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events