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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 5, 2016

1. Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
2. 2016-17 Wisconsin FFA Theme
3. 2016-2017 FFA Calendar
4. Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 12
5. 2016 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
6. 2016-17 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee
7. 2016-2017 FFA Membership Dues
8. World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Monday September 10th - Sign-up Now
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:
Sept. 10 Deadline for World Dairy Expo Judging Event Entries
Sept. 12 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 6 - Poynette
Sept. 13 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - East Troy
Sept. 14 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Clinton
Sept. 15 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - Argyle
Sept. 16 Registration Due Online for UW-Madison FIRE Conference
Sept. 19 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Wrightstown
Sept. 20 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Freedom
Sept. 21 State Officer Work Day
Sept. 22 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Spencer
Sept. 23 Registration Due Online for FVTC-Appleton FIRE Conference
Sept. 24 FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
Sept. 23-25 World Beef Expo - West Allis
Sept. 26 Final Day for National Convention Online Registration - Closes at 4:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Holmen
Sept. 27 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Amery
Sept. 28 Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Stanley-Boyd
Sept. 29 Registration Due Online for UW-River Falls FIRE Conference
October 1 FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
Oct. 4-8 World Dairy Expo - Madison
October 4 World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
October 8 FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
Oct. 19-22 National FFA Convention - Louisville, Kentucky
Nov. 11-12 212 and 360 Conferences - Wisconsin Dells

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.

Amherst ? Ashley Johnson
Bay Port ? Ryan Weed (Additional teacher with Whitney Barnes)
Beaver Dam ? Jonathon Ganske
Bonduel ? David Battenberg
Bowler ? Michelle Hermann
Brodhead ? Lauren Metcalf
Cassville ? Stephanie Aves
Clintonville ? Rachel Mencheski
Columbus ? Glenda Crook
Durand ? Jordan Kurt
Gillett ? Michele DeBauch
Granton ? Katie Chapman
Green Bay Edison Middle School ? Gail Holdt
Howards Grove ? Chelsea Galinsky
Jefferson ? Gary Olson
Kiel ? Erica Lamers (Additional teacher with David Friend)
Lake Holcombe ? Nichelle Wollberg
Lake Mills ? Alex Larson
Lancaster ? David Wright (Additional teacher with Jessica Schaefer)
Lincoln ACHM ? Leanna Cernohaus
Lodi ? Emma Heser
Mayville ? Jacob Cramer
Medford ? Samantha Eckert (Additional teacher with Lisa Kopp)
Mishicot ? Justin Gerlach (Additional teacher with Jamie Propson)
Monroe ? Alicia Kubly (Additional Teacher with Danielle Pernot Wittmann)
New London ? Crystal Retzlaff
Oconto Falls ? Walter Taylor
Oconto Falls ? Mariah Ross
Plymouth ? Samantha Finger (Additional teacher with Tracy Heinbuch)
Poynette ? Kessa LaBlanc
Southern Door ? Ann Glowacki
Stoughton ? Mike Vaughan
Suring ? Nicole Petrie
Turtle Lake ? Cathy Koser
Waterford ? Dawn Gonzalez
Watertown ? Mike Gross
Wauzeka ? Hilary Bark
Wisconsin Dells ? Andrea Waski
Wittenberg-Birnamwood ? Jacob Abrahamson

2016-17 Wisconsin FFA Theme
This year?s theme selected by the State FFA Officers is ?Small Acts Big Impact? 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

2016-2017 FFA Calendar
The updated Wisconsin FFA calendar is attached and is also located on the Wisconsin FFA Website at

Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 12
Materials are posted online for the 2016 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.

All members, advisors, and chapter officers are invited to attend the 2016 Sectional Leadership Workshops. This year?s theme is ?All the Jackets Down in Blue-ville?. 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. 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 - Amery, Tuesday, September 27
Section 2 - Stanley-Boyd, Wednesday, September 28
Section 3 - Holmen, Monday, September 26
Section 4 - Argyle, Thursday, September 15
Section 5 - Clinton, Wednesday, September 14
Section 6 - Poynette, Monday, September 12
Section 7 - Spencer, Thursday, September 22
Section 8 - Freedom, Tuesday, September 20
Section 9 - Wrightstown, Monday, September 19
Section 10 - East Troy, Tuesday, September 13

2016 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members
Over 650 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. UW-Madison, September 24; FVTC-Appleton, October 1 and UW-River Falls, October 8. This year?s theme is ?Building Your Foundation: One Brick at a Time?. 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.

2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee
Don't forget to pay your 2016-17 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 12, 2016.

2016-2017 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, 56 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 10th - 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 11-12 in Wisconsin Dells. 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
Marshfield High School: November 3, 2016
UW-River Falls: November 7, 2016
Mauston High School: November 10, 2016

Did You Know?
Wisconsin FFA membership reached a 37-year high during the 2015-2016 school year. Wisconsin FFA has 20,475 members!!!!!

Quote of the Week
?The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it?s all that matters.? - Audrey Hepburn

See you at Sectional Leadership Workshops!!!

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

Annual Calendar of Events

2016-2017 Wisconsin FFA Calendar of Events