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Officer Profiles

Talk about SUCCESS!
Jan. 28, 2019

Amber Patterson - Vice President
River Ridge FFA Chapter
Section 4

Thank you, Thank you, Thank You! The Halftime Conference was a total success because of all the awesome students that brought so much fun energy! My teammates and I honestly had such a blast planning and preparing for the fun weekend in Stevens Point!
This year, the state officers decided to focus our workshops around the giving back and the future of agriculture. Not only did members attend workshops promoting FFA, they also rocked the “black out” theme at the FFA dance and got to meet our former National FFA Vice President from Wisconsin, Alicia Hodnik. We also were able to see how small impacts lead to large change as we all added links to a paper chain throughout the weekend. This chain will be featured at the 2019 Wisconsin State FFA Convention.
At the end of the conference, students had all the tools necessary to give back their community, share their agriculture story, and thrive throughout the second half of the year! Thank you again for sharing your enthusiasm for agriculture and FFA at the Halftime Conference!

Stay safe with this crazy Wisconsin weather!
Amber

Snow Day
Jan. 27, 2019

Collin Weltzien - Vice President
Arcadia FFA Chapter
Section 3

Hello again,

I hope your 2019 is off to a roaring start! I must admit it isn’t exactly off to a hot one, literally speaking! What else could we expect when we call Wisconsin home? But the bitter cold days have brought some good news to students across the state. “Snow Day!” The two beloved words nearly every Wisconsin school-going child hopes to hear in the morning as they hit their head to the pillow on a cold January night. I was no exception. After anxiously watching the scroll at the bottom of the early morning news, there was nothing quite like the rush of adrenaline I got when I saw “Arcadia: Closed Today”, flash across the screen. It was time to bust out the snowmobiles and toboggans! And if I was really lucky, they’d call of the dogs the night before which meant I could stay up extra late! In that case, my brothers and I would fly across the house chanting, “No school tomorrow!” at the top of our lungs. And the day that followed often turned out to be one of the highlights of my winter season.

But why did the event cause such a rejoiceful reaction? Why was it such a big deal to miss a day of school? Afterall, it basically meant one less day of summer vacation. But that didn’t matter at the time! It was excitement in its purest form. The sheer exhilaration that came along with snow days was a feeling I will never forget. Why can’t everyday be as exciting as snow days?

Well, they can be. But it’s a lot easier said than done. It takes commitment and a special kind of attitude, but once you find what gives you that kind of excitement, you will be one happy person. So, start searching. Start using your time in school, in FFA, and in other activities to begin uncovering what gets you excited. Because chances are, that’s what will lead you to happiness and success after school and into your career. Wake up every day with the same joy, passion, and enthusiasm you did when there was a snow day, and you’ll be well on your way to taking the world head on!

If you ever need anything, please let me know. Until next time, stay warm and enjoy your snow days!

Take Care,
Collin

Talk the Talk
Jan. 20, 2019

Alexis Kwak - Vice President
Prairie Farm FFA Chapter
Section 1

Hey there everyone!

Hope you are all staying warm during this cold snap! The wind is kicking my rear end. Winter is a gross time of year. Even if you love winter outdoor sports, you know traversing the outside can be a challenge. Personally, I think one of the worst challenges is when you get that dreaded call: “I’m stuck in the driveway.”

Even though winter can be not enjoyable, there is still lots to look forward to. For example: SPRING. In FFA world, we have plenty of conferences and speaking contests to participate in this time of year. Speaking contests are just getting into swing, Section One has their first contest on Wednesday!

Whether it is your first or your sixth year of competing in an LDE, it can be scary and nerve racking. It will be okay and you will do great! If you are still worried about it, here are three tips to rock your contest.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

I don’t mean in advance necessarily. I mean for contest day. Nothing is worse than showing up at the contest an hour away and realizing you don’t have your note cards.

2. Watch your time

The contest is your time to shine. You traveled all the way to wherever your contest is. Don’t rush, don’t go over time. You set that pace for yourself.

3. Send it

You are ready for this contest. You may be nervous, you may think you are going to be awful. It won't be. Just gotta send it.

Now you are ready. Do great at your contests and I hope to see you at the state contest!

Catch you later,
Alexis

Roller Coaster Road
Jan. 16, 2019

Amelia Hayden - President
Big Foot FFA Chapter
President

There’s this road near my house called Roller Coaster Road. Seriously, that’s what everyone calls it! We call it that because it is so hilly. As you drive down the road, you accelerate up the hills, let up on the gas as you reach the top, and feel your stomach drop as you head down the hill. You know that feeling? The one you get on roller coasters, when the elevator goes down too fast, or when you drive down a hilly road? I have always absolutely loved that stomach drop feeling – as a kid and now! Over the years of driving Roller Coaster Road, I’ve learned a few things about getting the best stomach drop feeling and getting the most out of driving the road.


1) I remember when I was little, one of my friend’s moms was driving us down the road. As we approached the turn onto it, she announced that all passengers should “keep their hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times until the ride’s conclusion.” We giggled as she continued making operator-style comments throughout the drive. Rather than simply driving down Roller Coaster Road, she enhanced our experience with the announcements about being on a real roller coaster. And because of it, we enjoyed the ride. Enjoy the ride by enjoying every moment. How can you appreciate the little things in your life to enjoy the ride?

2) For me, driving down the road going north is wayyyy better than driving down the road south. You get more stomach drop feelings, there’s practically more hills, and the slopes are just perfect. One direction is just better than the other. Sometimes, I feel like life is like that, too. It can seem like one direction, one thing you’re doing, has everything that another direction or choice would have, as well. But then, one direction is quite simply better. Even though it shouldn’t be like that, it is. Take time to pick a direction for your life that you love. Then, rather than comparing directions & lives with others, enjoy the direction you’re headed.

3) So Roller Coaster Road isn’t actually the road’s name. It’s called “Alden Road.” And from one end of it, you would never know what was in store on your journey down the road. A lot of times, we don’t know where our journey will lead. There’s no way to control the end outcome or make sure everything happens perfectly. But as I reflect on the many times I have traveled down Alden Road, it isn’t the end of it that I love: it’s the journey.

So enjoy your journey. And if you ever happen to be near the Southeastern Wisconsin-Illinois boarder, take a journey down Roller Coaster Road.

Enjoying every moment,
Amelia

Who do We Inspire?
Jan. 13, 2019

Emily Kruse - Parliamentarian
Elkhorn FFA Chapter
Section 10

Hello Wisconsin FFA!

This week at half-time the state officer team challenged the participants to think about we will bring home from this conference. Workshops regarding community service, passing the torch between officer teams, getting our members involved in state convention and how we can build our supervised agricultural experience all talked about what actions we can take in our own chapters. The leaders at this conference did a spectacular job brainstorming what they will do at home to improve their chapters.

This was not only a refreshing weekend for chapter leaders but I was also refreshed. When the question of whether or not to run for state office comes about, one reason we all decide run is the potential to make an impact in an organization and industry we have grown fond of. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at times with the tasks at hand and trying to juggle multiple aspects of our lives. No matter if we are on the chapter level or state level, sometimes we all need a refresher on why we serve.

As I spent this weekend working with members from across the state, I felt re-energized; seeing members excited about change, about bettering their chapters and communities, and about being involved in this organization, was a reminder of why I serve. Thank you to all of you who were present this weekend, who volunteered to speak, who smiled as we passed each other in the hallway and danced your heart out. You may not have thought about the impact you had on me but you reminded me of how wonderful our organization truly is.

You inspired me without even knowing, who else can we inspire with our drive and passion?

Thank You!

Emily

Time Flies
Jan. 08, 2019

Sarah Calaway - Vice President
Denmark FFA Chapter
Section 9

Time flies as some may say and that resonates right now. As we look back it has been 7 months since state convention and it has been quite the year so far. From seeing members at conferences and chapter visits it has been amazing to see what Wisconsin FFA members can accomplish.

Now looking forward we have 5 months until the next state convention, that means 5 more months of you doing amazing things. We have Half-time conference this weekend to kickstart the next half of the year. As we start this second half of the year, where does your chapter hope to go? What activities do you have coming up? As we think about these questions let’s remember a couple things, we only have a select few years to wear the blue jacket, we already have one half of the year down, and we can do anything we set our minds to.

As we are halfway through the year things may be getting tough and that’s ok because not everything is going to be easy. Find ways to overcome those obstacles that you may be facing as the greatest things come after a challenge. We have made it halfway through so now we are able to see what we can accomplish and if you say nothing well that is what the second half is for, you can change that nothing into something. Make sure to set your sights on something and set out to see it through to the end.

We have 5 more months Wisconsin FFA to make a difference and we are on the right path so far.

As always if you need anything let me know, I am here for you!

Until next time,

Sarah Calaway

New Year, New Us
Jan. 03, 2019

Mitchell Schroepfer - Treasurer
Antigo FFA Chapter
Section 8

Its Friday, December 21st, you finish your final quiz in your final class of 2018, you get home and plop down on the couch. Your next two weeks are full of food and presents and nothing else to do but watch "Elf" at least a dozen times. Suddenly, you look up from your three-hour Instagram scrolling session to see that 2019 is upon us.

Where did our time go?

Did we accomplish anything?

How did we eat that much cheese?

Here we are today, picking up right where we left off that Friday so long ago. Back to the grindstone. In this new year, some of us are trying to get better through New Year Resolutions. However, a healthy majority of us are sticking to the “Same old, same old.” Although we may be comfortable, I strongly believe that none of us are living a perfect life.
So, is today the day we start living our perfect lives?

You’re welcome to try, but I like to look at things a little differently. If we try to live our perfect lives starting today, most of us will fail by February. You probably saw “New Year, New Me!” at least once while you were scrolling this break. This doesn’t have to mean “New me starting now.” Instead, it can mean we have 365 days to make small changes that help lead us down better paths.

Here is an example. If my goal was to run a six-minute mile, I could start today by sprinting for about two minutes, and then collapse in defeat. Instead, I can start by jogging a mile three times a week. I would take my average time and subtract 10 seconds, that would become my goal for the next week. In three months, I’ll be at my final goal.

Everyone wants immediate results for future goals. In reality, there is only immediate work for future results. For 2019, I challenge you all to set small goals every day on ways you want to get better. I guarantee that when 2020 hits, you will see those results.

Best of Luck in 2019, we are all rooting for you!

Sincerely,

Mitchell Schroepfer

New Year, New Goal, Better You
Jan. 01, 2019

Jillian Tyler - Vice President
Granton FFA Chapter
Section 7

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break spent with family and friends! As we kick off the new year heading back to school and work some things might be different than they were before Christmas. For some might have new clothes or gadgets they received for Christmas, some might bring the leftover treats to snack on throughout the day, but one thing that will be different for all of us is writing the date. It usually takes me about two weeks before I finally start writing the correct year at the end of the date. Why could this be? Why is it that every new year, most people struggle to write the correct year when writing the date? Maybe because it became a habit, or a tradition you could say.

Another tradition some people make when we start a new year is a New Year’s resolution. The start of New Year’s resolutions dates back some 4,000 years ago to the ancient Romans who made promises to their gods that they would return any borrowed items and pay their debts. These New Year’s resolutions have evolved with time and the most common resolutions for 2018 were, eating healthier, getting more exercise and saving money. Now these resolutions can be wonderful things if you keep them, but how many of you know someone who loses their New Year’s resolution within the first day, week or even month of the new year? Studies show that 90.8 percent of people lose their New Year’s resolutions, leaving a small 9.2 percent who achieve them.

Sticking to your New Year’s resolution can be hard for some of us while others find it easy. A New Year’s resolution is a promise you make to yourself to become better. Looking back at everything you did in 2018 what can you do to make yourself better? Maybe you need to study more for school and extracurriculars like FFA, 4-H and Forensics or maybe you need to set technology aside and spend more time being present in the moment. Maybe these examples don’t match what you need to do to become better but take the time to find out what does match.

We all have the potential of being the best, so what are we waiting for? In my book you are never too late to set a goal to become better. Let’s all create a New Year’s resolution that we can fulfill and practice every day from now on so that way we can be the best we can be for ourselves and for those around us.

If you need any help throughout the new year please let me know, I would love to help! As always you can call, Facebook message or email me.

Happy New Year,
Jillian Tyler


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