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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 7, 2015

1. Wisconsin FFA Center News!!
2. Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
3. 2015-16 Wisconsin FFA Theme
4. Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 14
5. 2015 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
6. 2015-16 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
7. 2015-2016 FFA Membership Dues
8. World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Monday September 14th
9. 212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
10. Mark Your Calendars!! UW-River Falls Parliamentary Procedure Workshops
11. Did You Know?
12. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Sept. 14 Deadline for World Dairy Expo Judging Event Entries
Sept. 14 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 6 - Adams-Friendship
Sept. 15 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Omro
Sept. 16 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Chilton
Sept. 21 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Glenwood City
Sept. 22 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Clear Lake
Sept. 23 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Tomah
Sept. 24 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Colby
Sept. 25-27 World Beef Expo - West Allis
Sept. 28 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - Lake Mills
Sept. 29-Oct. 3 World Dairy Expo - Madison
Sept. 29 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
Sept. 30 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Juda
October 1 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - River Ridge
October 3 FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
October 10 FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
October 12 Final Day for National Convention Online Registration-Closes at 4:00 p.m.
October 17 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
Oct. 26-31 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 13-14 212 and 360 Conferences - Stevens Point

Wisconsin FFA Center News!! Today we welcomed Gwenn Kaiser as our new part-time office manager. Gwenn is from Colby and the former owner of designer advertising an apparel and embroidery business. We are excited that she has jumped right in and will be a great addition to our office staff. She currently will be in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.

Antigo - Adam Kohn
Bay Port ? Bryanna Kenno ? additional teacher with Whitney Barnes
Blair-Taylor - Melissa Massman
Chippewa Falls - Jeanna James
Columbus - Lisa Gentz
Denmark - Skylar Kraemer
DePere - Adam Wolf
Gilman - Courtney Deetz
Green Bay - Red Smith Middle School - Mark Cieslewicz
Hartford - June Strupp
Hillsboro - Mollie Collins
Howards Grove - Erica Lamers
Janesville Parker - Lucas VanEgtern
Jefferson - Nick Brattlie
Kettle Moraine ? Yvette Loiselle
Loyal ? Stephanie Wilsmann
Marion - Jodi Meyer
Mauston - Beth Babcock
Merrill - Michelle Heeg
Mondovi - Darin Gray
New London - Chelsea Galinsky
Oconto Falls ? Washington Middle School - Michele DeBauch
Pardeeville - Amanda Seichter
Platteville - Brigid Reimann
Portage - Mark Hoffmann
Potosi - Tracy Brunton
Pulaski - Cedric Pettis
Prairie du Chien - Diane Colburn
Random Lake ? Whitney Rathke
Rio - Alexandra Cooper
Ripon - Natasha Paris
River Ridge - Bret Iverson
Seymour - Aaron Kilsdonk
Shullsburg - Jennifer Russell
Southern Door ? Jennifer Kaser
Stoughton - Mariah Ross
Tri-County - Zeth Engel
Waterloo - Kory Trescher
Waunakee - Alyssa Banda
Wauzeka - Becky Kramer ? filling in as FFA advisor
West DePere - Jeff Neuser
Wisconsin Dells - Dawn Gonzalez
Wittenberg- Birnamwood - Leeann Hitsmann

2015-16 Wisconsin FFA Theme
This year's theme selected by the State FFA Officers is "Be..." 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 14
Materials are posted online for the 2015 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 the state and national FFA websites.
2. 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 2015 Sectional Leadership Workshops. This year's theme is ?Buy A Ticket, Be The Change?. 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: Ruth Ann Myers, National FFA Eastern Region Vice President; Caleb Gustin, National FFA Western Region Vice President and Kristen Schmidt, National FFA Central Region Vice President.

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. 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 - Clear Lake, Tuesday, September 22
Section 2 - Glenwood City Monday, September 21
Section 3 - Tomah, Wednesday, September 23
Section 4 - River Ridge, Thursday, October 1
Section 5 - Juda, Wednesday, September 30
Section 6 - Adams-Friendship, Monday, September 14
Section 7 - Colby, Thursday, September 24
Section 8 - Omro, Tuesday, September 15
Section 9 - Chilton, Wednesday, September 16
Section 10 - Lake Mills, Monday, September 28

2015 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 3; UW-Madison, October 10 and UW-River Falls, October 17. This year's theme is "Camping to Be S'More". 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.

2015-2016 Wisconsin FFA Center Affiliation Fee
Don't forget to pay your 2015-16 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 11, 2015.

2015-2016 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, 48 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 Monday, September 14th - Sign-up Now
Registration for the FFA events at World Dairy Expo is now open. You can access the online registration through the UW-Platteville web site or the World Dairy Expo web site. The URLs are listed below. Both have links to the registration page. The information booklet for the FFA events is also linked from both web sites.
If you have any questions, please email Mark Zidon at

212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences
Don't forget....the 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are scheduled for November 13-14 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 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
Holmen High School: November 5, 2015
UW-River Falls: November 9, 2015
Shawano High School: November 10, 2015

Did You Know?
When a Wisconsin FFA member applies for their State FFA Degree, they must have five activities above the chapter level (activities are only counted once and must be activities involving two or more chapters and approved by the State Association). Make sure when you are working with your members that they attend activities such as leadership conferences, career development events, state convention, speaking contests, etc. to meet that requirement. Start your younger members on the road to receiving their state degree or assist those getting ready to apply this year for their degree...Sectional Leadership Workshop and FIRE Conference count as activities above the chapter level!!

Quote of the Week
"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough." - Richard DeVos

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

2015-2016 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events