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Patience is a Virtue
Feb. 13, 2019

Mitchell Schroepfer - Treasurer
Antigo FFA Chapter
Section 8

Patience is a virtue. My mother always used to say that when my brothers and I would get impatient waiting for dinner. I still am working on this whole patience thing, my lack of success hunting deer is a testament to that. But on Monday, I saw a great example of patience.

The District 23 LDEs were underway and I was there helping out. At 6:15 all our competitors were finished up and waiting on their results. By 6:30 I had announced results for five of the competitions. At 6:45, I received the results of the prepared speaking contest, and word was that employment skills would be coming soon.

Well, those short few minutes turned into 45 more. Finally, at 7:30 our last results came in. I quickly announced our finals winners for the day and then the chapters packed up and went their separate ways. Not one school left early. I told members and advisors over and over that they could just look on facebook for results, and time and time again they all shook their heads no. They insisted on hearing the results. These were students who weren't even competing, and yet they stuck around so their chapter members who were waiting could hear the results first hand.

Although some may have been avoiding responsibilities, a majority stayed to support their friends and enjoy the moment. I thank these members for giving me an example to follow, to live in the moment and cherish the people around me, not just worry about tomorrow.

Patience is a virtue, but waiting an hour and a half with friends and FFA members is not hard at all.

Thank you all for reading, I wish you all the best.
Enjoy the snow, it's part of the Wisconsin experience.

Thanks Again,

Supporting Your Every Step
Feb. 10, 2019

Jillian Tyler - Vice President
Granton FFA Chapter
Section 7

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all have powered through the cold weather and snow! After the District 20 Leadership Development Event contest in Owen-Withee last Wednesday Collin Weltzien and I drove to Madison for CTSO day on Thursday. Arriving at our hotel in the wee hours Thursday morning we slept fast and were ready to go to the capitol to advocate for FFA and agriculture with the rest of the State Officer team. However, like many of you we had a snow day on Thursday. Our day at the capitol with the other Career and Technical Student Organizations including DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA and Skills USA was canceled due to the poor road conditions caused by the one and only, Mother Nature herself. We spent our snow day reading leadership books, prepping for the State FFA Alumni Convention, Farm Forum and State FFA Convention and we even managed to sneek in a quick nap…shhhhh.

Friday the team traveled to Stevens Point for the Wisconsin State FFA Alumni Convention. As a member of the Granton FFA I have always been fortunate to have a strong FFA Alumni and Supporters group behind me. This weekend along with my team I was able to see what other FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters do to help you, FFA members. We were able to put on workshops teaching the alumni members more about parliamentary procedure and different ways that they can get more involved with their FFA chapters and local members like you. While presenting the workshop focusing on alumni chapter’s involvement with their local FFA chapter my teammates and I found that your FFA Alumni and Supporter members want to be more involved with you as FFA members, but they don’t know how to do so.

As we approach National FFA week I encourage you all to reach out to your Alumni members and not only let them know how much you appreciate them but also tell them more ways that they can be involved with you. Whether that be chaperoning chapter events, assisting you with LDEs and CDEs, helping you start or maintain an SAE, attending your chapter meetings or supporting the chapter fundraisers. This weekend alumni members were told to reach out to you and ask how they can assist you, however, I feel that we as FFA members should take the initiative. We should ask our FFA Alumni and Supporters members to help us when we need it.

Without the Granton FFA Alumni and Supporters chances are I would not be serving you as the Section 7 State Officer this year and I know that I would not be the person that I am today. FFA Alumni was established to support the FFA organization, to help us in our time of need, but they can only help us if they know how. So again, please reach out to your FFA Alumni members for assistance, develop a relationship with them and become a member of the FFA Alumni and Supporters organization. The state officers joined as lifetime members this year, what about you?

If you have any questions please let me know, I am always happy to help! You can call, Facebook message, or email me!

Living to Serve,
Jillian Tyler

Constant Reinvention
Feb. 04, 2019

Ashley Hagenow - Reporter
Rio FFA Chapter
Section 6

Happy 2019! I am not sure how many of us have seen the meme that says: “January was a tough year, but we made it,” but I know I certainly relate! If last month had you feeling a little blah, know that you are not alone!

Have you ever heard the phrase “reinvention?” Reinvention happens on all levels, whether it be with a major company, software, or even ourselves. Reinvention is defined as “the act of an instance of replacing a product with an entirely new version.” Someone once told me that we should strive to reinvent ourselves every 6 months. But what exactly does this mean? I don’t know about you, but I certainly am not changing my hair cut and style every 6 months for the sake of “reinvention,” or trying some new health product to become an “entirely new version of myself.”

Guess what? That is not what reinvention is all about! When we talk about reinvention with ourselves, the focus is how far we can continually push ourselves past our comfort zone, and constantly be learning new things and gaining new skills. Reinvention is a subtle change in thinking and working towards developing a stronger and more positive mindset. It is imagining amazing possibilities for yourself and working towards a hopeful and exciting future. Reinvention adds a new dimension to our lives, as we take on a new chapter that supplements what we have already accomplished. In essence, the reinvention of ourselves is the process of our imagination and creativity acting on experience.

As my teammates and I prepare for our upcoming travels this month to Madison for Career and Technical Student Organization Legislative Day at our state capitol, Stevens Point for State FFA Alumni Convention, Wisconsin Rapids for Farm Forum, and all around our sections and state for National FFA Week festivities, one of our assignments beforehand was to read a leadership book. The book I chose to read was called “RISE: The Jessica Phoenix Story” by Julie Fitz-Gerald. (If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this one!) The book tells the story of Canadian Olympian equestrian Jessica Phoenix, and the trials and triumphs she experiences throughout the journey of her sport. One of my favorite quotes from the book comes at the end of chapter 11, and coincidentally talks about reinvention: “Taking what we learn and using it to adjust our approach for better results is the mark of a successful person – and it’s how Jessica has reached the top level of her sport.” I interpreted this as the fact that if we do not take the time for learning, developing, and reinventing ourselves, then we will not reach the top level of anything, either as an FFA member or otherwise.

Even though January has passed and the prime season for New Year’s resolutions is drawing to a close, remember that reinvention can occur at any time. Maybe it’s taking the leap of faith to compete in a new Career Development Event or pushing yourself to serve as a chapter officer. You might set a goal of investing more time in your relationships with others or adapting more healthy habits. Regardless of how you decide to reinvent yourself, remember we have the power to travel beyond our current reality, to a place where we are invited to discover new possibilities. Keep up the great work, and I cannot wait to see you all soon!

Reinvigorating and reinventing,

The Little Things
Feb. 02, 2019

Gaelan Combs - Sentinel
Verona FFA Chapter
Section 5

Happy Groundhog Day!

Brr! After the polar vortex has finally receded, and the world returns to normal, we come back to days where our cars will run, and school will be in session once again. As it happens, cold, snow, rain, whatever it may be, never seems to come exactly when it’s right; it’ll snow when we want to be out with friends, or it’ll rain when we want to soak up the sun. But, what do you do when life doesn’t go your way?

This Thursday, I found myself out in the freezing cold, waiting to load up our hobby beef onto our trailer to take to market. With all of the planning, preparation, and a market date set months in advance, our day seemed to somehow seem to land in the middle of 35 degree below zero weather. As we prepped for cold, kept vehicles warm, and layered up to load our steers on, I couldn’t help but notice that there could have been so many better times to do this than today. Just my luck!

However, what stood out to me about that morning, more than anything, wasn’t the cold or the wind. As I walked down to the barn, the sun had just begun to rise up to shine on us in the valley. The river at the edge of our land was steaming up into the morning sun, as the absolute cold sucked heat from the water and the snow blanketed our fields. Maybe it wasn’t the most fun snow day I remember, but it was sure a beautiful sight. Nothing could beat that view.

The cards we get dealt may not always be what we wish for. We might wish for an easier path, a better time to deal with our duties, or maybe even just wish that the burdens that we hold on our shoulders weren’t there anymore. But we can’t always control those wishes that we have. We can’t control the hand we are dealt. We can control what we make of the cards we are given. As we are given situations in life that don’t seem to fit right, we can pick out the memories that make a life worth living.

Find the little things and love them wholeheartedly.

Stay warm,


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