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The Luck of the Irish
Mar. 17, 2019

Amelia Hayden - President
Big Foot FFA Chapter

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Growing up with my grandma being 100% Irish, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big deal. My extended family gets together, wears a lot of green, and enjoys a traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from massive meals of corned beef and cabbage, the Irish are also known for green, shamrocks, and luck. That “luck of the Irish” reminds me of a quote by Thomas Jefferson: “I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

The more work you’re putting in, the “luckier” you’ll seem. Whether your luck comes in the form of winning speaking competitions, having great show animals, being way funnier than the rest of your friends, or being the person who knows just about everyone and their brother, I’m sure that you’ve put in a lot of work towards that skill. It’s not necessarily always true, but I believe the harder you work at something, the better you’ll be, and the more luck you’ll have. What’s something that you want to be better at? Take whatever that thing is and set aside a certain number of minutes each week to work on that. The harder you work, the more luck you’ll seem to have. So on this St. Patrick’s Day, may you have “the luck of the Irish,” work hard to accomplish your goals, and find yourself a little better than you were yesterday.

Until next time,

The Waiting Game
Mar. 12, 2019

Emily Kruse - Parliamentarian
Elkhorn FFA Chapter
Section 10

The fact that it is March, seems incredibly unbelievable. I feel like it was not too long ago that I was waiting for the summer to fly by so that my team and I could travel to Washington D.C. or waiting for a long, relaxing nap after finishing up week three of sectional leadership workshops. Now that it is March and I see my teammates less and do not get to be in contact with as many members, I wish I had not spent my time waiting.

For most of us, this waiting time happens often: waiting for the end of the school day, waiting for the weekend, waiting for graduation. It is wonderful to get excited about the future, but when we wait for the future, we are losing out on the opportunities in the moment.

We have officially begun banquet season here in the FFA. These can be the best time to find motivation. We see the different opportunities our fellow members took throughout the year, hear of awards we can achieve, and set new goals for the upcoming year. Take a moment, after your banquet to jot down the ideas and activities that interested you, write your own personal goals. Doing this will serve as a reminder throughout the year of why we need to be committed in the moment. Be proactive in the moment.

Always grab onto opportunities and the small moments, appreciate those who surround us, and take every chance to strike up a conversation with someone new; Do not regret spending time waiting!

See you around,


Living to Serve
Mar. 10, 2019

Sarah Calaway - Vice President
Denmark FFA Chapter
Section 9

As we come into the spring months with many contests presenting themselves let’s not forget the service projects that are there to help our communities. Many times, we commit ourselves to the contests we are in and forget to help those who are helping us get to the contests. Whether it is shoveling a driveway or packaging meals for those in need everything that our chapter can do will make a difference. One of my favorite things was being able to help out our community as without them I would not have been able to accomplish as much as I did throughout my time in the blue jacket. The most memorable event was being able to package meals that were sent to third world countries as that brought not only FFA members together but everyone in our school to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us.

Every year chapters around the state come together to make a difference not only in their communities but also at the Day of Service at state convention. Many of our chapters are getting involved in their chapters and making an impact on those around us. Chapters around the state are gearing up to package meals for the less fortunate. The meals packaged will either be shipped to countries more in need than America or used in their own communities to help those that need extra assistance. We are an association that truly lives for service and we are always looking for new ways to help out our communities. How is your chapter Living to Serve?

Until next time,
Sarah Calaway

Strength Through Cooperation
Mar. 06, 2019

Mitchell Schroepfer - Treasurer
Antigo FFA Chapter
Section 8

Paige, Amber, Emily, Gaelan, and I attended the Co-ops Yes! Conference on Monday and Tuesday. We had a chance to listen to Craig Hillier, a motivational and leadership speaker.

Since we were participants, I had the chance to work with a group of students for one of the activities. Craig asked us to share one of our strengths. The girl to my right spoke first and shared how she does well including others. Their eyes shifted to me and I shared my strength of working through awkward situations. And then we looked to the three boys to my left. They all turned amongst themselves as if politely waiting for someone else to share. Thirty seconds passed before it was officially awkward enough for me to step in. We started by talking about what they did at home, and one student was reminded of his strength as a hard worker. Then we talked about what they do in their free time, and another was reminded of his strength of being curious. And finally, we talked about their families, and the last student shared that his strength was caring for his siblings. It took some time and more encouragement than the other groups, but we got an answer from everyone. With everyone content with their answers, we moved on in the activity.

Maybe it takes you a while to name your strength, but I guarantee you’ll find one. Even if you think it’s natural, someone will find it valuable. Be proud of what makes you, you. And for this coming spring, I challenge you to add another strength to your typical list.

Good luck and I’ll be seeing you soon.
Thanks Again,

Let Your Future Shine Bright
Mar. 03, 2019

Jillian Tyler - Vice President
Granton FFA Chapter
Section 7

With FFA Week activities coming to a close, what next? Don’t worry there is always something to do in the FFA! I know some of you are feverishly studying for Sectional Leadership Development Events as all ten contests are in the few weeks ahead. Remember before going into your contest room take a deep breath, shake off the nerves and smile because you WILL rock it! No matter the outcome, you leave the contest a winner because you stepped out of your comfort zone and into the growth zone and you grew your public speaking and leadership skills taking them to the next level and that is something to be proud of.

I am guessing that a lot of you are already studying for Career Development Events, but if you aren’t I would talk to your advisor today to see if you can get signed up! Career Development Events were one of my favorite things to participate in during school. I loved being able to choose an area that I loved and run with it. During school I competed in numerous contests including the middle school Plant Science and Agriscience contests, Agricultural Communications, Food Science, Floriculture and Agricultural Education.

Another very important thing coming up is the Wisconsin FFA Foundation scholarship deadline. This scholarship is due on March 15 and should be mailed to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation in Madison. We are very fortunate in Wisconsin to have so many individuals and organizations that are willing to support us in post-secondary schooling that we as FFA members would be silly not to take advantage of these opportunities.

And one last thing that will be in the near future for many of us is chapter banquets. I know that my calendar is quickly filling up with different banquets to attend as are all of my ten teammates. If you are wondering what state officer is attending your chapter banquet you can take a look at our banquet schedules found on our webpages. More than likely your sectional officer will attend your banquet or a neighboring officer if there is a conflict, so starting out on your section page would be the best bet. If you notice that your chapter isn’t listed on a banquet schedule, then talk to your advisor to see if they have contacted a state officer about attending!

Good luck with all the upcoming contests and as always if you need anything at all, let me know. I am always happy to help!

Good luck,
Jillian Tyler

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