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Officer Profiles

On the Road Again
Sep. 30, 2017

Morgan Fitzsimmons - Vice President
Mineral Point FFA Chapter
Section 4

This Saturday I participated in my very first FIRE conference! This conference was held at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, and I can honestly say I was amazed by the technology and beauty of the campus.

Wisconsin FFA welcomed over 170 students. They learned about a variety of subjects from professionalism, to FFA opportunities, and team building. I was so enthralled to see students learn and understand in the workshops that the FFA officers were teaching.

I truly feel so honored and blessed to have been a part of a student’s positive experience and learning new things. No matter what, always remember that Wisconsin FFA is a large puzzle that isn’t complete without you, and when it comes to fine dining, leave the dessert for last. Risk boldly, seize the day, and try new things. Thank you to the FFA members for creating an awesome first FIRE conference!

Signing out from Section Four,
Morgan Fitzsimmons

Take in evey moment!
Sep. 27, 2017

Ciara Koboski - Vice President
Black River Falls FFA Chapter
Section 3

Each person has their own battle to fight with themselves. Sometimes waking up you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Maybe thinking optioning out of a commitment because it no longer sounds fun and there may have been a better offer. Everyone may have these thoughts maybe more or less then someone else. We each have our own choice to make, we could follow the famous quote by Muhammad Ali, “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

Make the days count! I listen to people on a daily and sometimes take what they say and just ponder it. When waking up in the morning in the winter I might fight myself to go out and grab the frozen water bottle and defrost it for the rabbits. Then I think about each day and you never know what may happen, and this is why you should live every moment to the fullest. Just think about the quote from Muhammad Ali if you’re counting the days are you really making them count?

When thinking about making my days count and just getting everything out of them. I started to think about another famous quote by Maya Angelou “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” We only have one life to live and are we really living it the way we want to. I spent one year of my life going to school for something I let others encourage me to do, and realized I wasn’t a big fan of it. When I talked to my father about he said “Ciara you were the one that always said that you should go to school for what you love and not for the salary you’re going to make.” I thought about those words and then realized why I didn’t follow my goals and my path I paved. Wisconsin FFA “Don’t count your Days, make your days count.” Muhammad Ali Always remember to take in the moments that take your breath away there isn’t many and let us treasure the ones we get.

Sincerely,
Ciara Koboski

Trust the Journey
Sep. 22, 2017

Brooke Brantner - Vice President
Menomonie FFA Chapter
Section 2

Happy Fall all! As the first day of fall came to a close I found myself on the back of my horse checking on the cattle out to pasture. In that moment I couldn’t help but reflect back upon all that has taken place this past summer. The adventures had, goals set, friendships gained, memories made, and all that is to come over the next months of service.

A quote that replayed in my mind in those moments is this: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” –John Wayne
To simply sum up this quote is to say the word “trust”. You see trust is a huge part of me being able to saddle up my horse and ride out to check pastures. My horse was diagnosed with Moon Blindness at the age of 7, and has sense then gone completely blind. The trust shared between this horse and I is indescribable, but has certainly given me a new outlook on life.

As I reflected back upon all the events, conferences, cattle shows, and workshops I was able to be a part of as a State Officer over the summer that same feeling of trust is what I felt. The trust of knowing the path you walk today is what can make a difference in the lives of others tomorrow.

Truly yours,
Brooke Brantner

Realize the Opportunities
Sep. 19, 2017

Meikah Dado - Reporter
Amery FFA Chapter
Section 1

Staying at home while being in state office is always fun and games, until my mom says those magic words, “You’re going to have to get up with me in the morning.” Those words don’t sound very special until I tell you that by “morning” she means 2:45 in the morning, and by “get up” she means doing calf chores. However, when she said those magic words last Friday, that Saturday morning my 77-year-old grandma says, “isn’t it fun feeding the world?” with a huge smile on her face. Without a second thought, I just smiled and said “oh yes grandma,” and went on with chores.
When I was feeding the calves, I had time to think and reflect on what my grandma had just said. Although I was up and working at 3:00 in the morning and it had started to rain while I was trying to bed the calves, I had the opportunity to make a difference in the world by feeding the people in it.
Realizing opportunities is very important as we start the first round of Sectional Leadership Workshops this week. We have the opportunity to make a difference in the world by first making a difference with ourselves. At Sectional Leadership Workshop, we are able to better ourselves as FFA members, and in turn, better ourselves as a person.
I am very excited to have this opportunity to feed the world, and also facilitate at Sectional Leadership Workshop. I hope you are all as excited as I am to continue to learn and make a difference in our FFA career and in the agriculture industry!
Let’s realize all of the opportunities in front of us!
Agriculturally Yours,
Meikah Dado

I Hope You Dance
Sep. 16, 2017

Ciera Ballmer - President
Clinton FFA Chapter
President

Do song lyrics ever really resonate with you? Well, maybe it’s just because I love music, and therefore listen to music seemingly all the time, but this happens to me a lot! I can have heard a song a million times, but for whatever reason, in the right moment, a song lyric can really stay with me for a while.

This week while preparing for our upcoming Sectional Leadership Workshops, I was also listening to one of my good old throwback Spotify playlists. So of course, all the good jams kept coming on: everything from musicals and boy bands to Scotty McCreery and throwback Taylor Swift!

As I was working along to the music and even singing along from time to time, for some reason I actually took a second to stop what I was working on and actually listen to the lyrics of the song that was on:

“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. I hope you dance.” –Lee Ann Womack

“I Hope you Dance” has been one of my go to songs for years, simply because it is so beautiful, relatable, and inspiring.

Most of us can probably remember being at some dance, whether it was at an FFA conference, wedding, school or another venue, where we could have gotten up and danced to the music, but decided to sit out – I know I’ve been guilty of this more than once. But that song that we passed on, that could’ve been the best song, the best experience, and a great memory in our life, and we’ll never know. We never know until we try.

So next time, before we pass on dancing or before we pass up another opportunity, think of these lyrics. In the upcoming weeks, if an opportunity is presented to us, let’s take advantage of that! Maybe it will be if a friend asks us to come to an FFA activity, maybe it will be our teacher asking us to work with someone new or maybe it will be choosing to dance with my teammates and I at Sectional Leadership Workshops, let’s choose to say “yes” – let’s choose to dance!

Opportunities are ours to make the most of. And you know what, it never hurts to try.

I hope you dance,
Ciera

Apples & Gratitude
Sep. 13, 2017

Amelia Hayden - Vice President
Big Foot FFA Chapter
Section 10

While we are now getting in to the swing of chapter visits as state officers this week, we spent last week preparing for chapter visits and Sectional Leadership Workshops (SLWs) at Clinton High School. Being so close to the southern border of the state, our team decided to go on an adventure to Illinois and to Edward’s Apple Orchard!

Living so close to the border in Section 10, I am a frequent Edward’s donut eater, and enjoyed getting to share memories in a beautiful piece of my “home” area with my team. We tasted some delicious apple cider donuts and different types of apples, went to the petting zoo, took pictures on the tractor & train play area that is set up there, and finished up with some hot apple cider. As we were walking back to our cars, I noticed several of my teammates looking at their cider cups. Having drank this same cider hundreds of times in my life, I hadn’t even glanced at the cup it was in. What my teammates were reading was a simple quote, left on every cup:

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize that they were the big things.”

Despite having been to that orchard dozens of times, and having my dad bring us home cider & donuts after work even more times than that, I hadn’t noticed this quote at all. And yet, my teammates had noticed it. It’s the little things; like drinking a good cup of coffee, coming home to your family after a busy day, having a genuine conversation with someone, or like drinking hot apple cider with a team that has become family. Those. Those are the big things, so take some time to really appreciate them.

I have had an amazing time enjoying the little things in chapter visits so far, and am excited to see all of you throughout this busy season! This fall, take some time in between classes, sports, and activities, gather up some good friends & family, and enjoy the little things. You might just find your heart pretty full with some pretty big things.

With gratitude,
Amelia

Living your why
Sep. 13, 2017

Sam Pinchart - Vice President
Luxemburg-Casco FFA Chapter
Section 9

Hey what's up Wisconsin FFA!?!? Last week Friday I started my chapter visits and I have done a couple since then. During these visits I have given students time to ask me questions. The questions I have been asked ranged all the way from "what FFA activities can I do to further prepare me for the future?" to "How much hair gel do you put in your hair?" Some questions have been standard FFA questions and some have been way out there crazy questions like the second example.... and by the way in case you were wondering I don't use any gel in my hair. In all seriousness some of the questions have been pretty thought provoking but none more than the following-"Why did you want to be a State Officer" Now I had answered this question numerous times while running for state office however it felt a little bit different coming from an FFA student. In all honesty I hadn't thought about that question much since I ran. I took a few seconds and then I began to give my answer feeling the same passion I had felt while running for state office. After that chapter visit I had thought about why I ran for state office and then for the first time since I was elected I evaluated myself, had I been living up to the reason I ran? You see there is a reason we do everything but we don't always take the time to see what that reason is. During the course of this year we are going to hear a lot about "Live Your Why" as that is this years state theme. This means we have to evaluate why we do what we do. Then we have to live that why through everything that we do. You see I shouldn't just feel the passion of why I ran when I answer that question, I should feel it with everything I do. We need to radiant with the passion of "why". I promise you that this year I will ALWAYS continue to remember my why and live it out with EVERYTHING I do. Now I challenge you to find your why and shine that onto everything you do.

Sincerely,
Sam Pinchart

The "Little Things"
Sep. 04, 2017

Elisha Riley - Treasurer
Waupaca FFA Chapter
Section 8

Hey there Wisconsin FFA! How was your summer? I hope it was as fun and memorable as mine has been! From BLAST OFF to Jag Lake, the time has flown by! It's September, we all know what that means..SCHOOL! I keep seeing Facebook memes about how horrible, tragic, and sad the first day of school will be. It's strange to know I felt that horrible, tragic, and sad way 365 days ago; and now it's over. I can't help but reflect on my years in High School and as an FFA member and how I wish I could go back in time and cherish more of the “little things in life.”

Some of my most memorable moments about High School were FFA, not just the events, leadership conferences, or workshops; but the memories made with my best friends. Im sure we all share some of the same feelings: the excitement you get from leaving school early to get on a bus and trek to a conference or Workshop. We share the anxious feelings as we unload off the buses at the State CDE judging contest in Madison. As FFA members, we share the memories life chats on long car rides or in ag classes.

Now, as I wish my best FFA buddies off to college, I can't help but have a bittersweet feeling knowing we won't be adventuring through life side-by-side. We sit in restaurant booths with steamy mugs of coffee and share the “little things” about FFA we are going to miss. We never took the time to truly cherish every memory created in High school, and sometimes as FFA members. I hope and challenge everyone of us to make memories as FFA members and never forget about the “little things in life.”

I am so excited to see all of you at Sectional Leadership Workshops and FIRE Conferences! If you have questions, or need my assistance, don’t hesitate to email me at eriley@wisconsinffa.org! I hope everyone has a great first day of school and a successful school year!

With Love and Happiness,

Elisha Riley
WI FFA State Treasurer
Section 8

Take a Chance
Sep. 03, 2017

Kathryn Lampi - Parliamentarian
Owen-Withee FFA Chapter
Section 7

Hey Wisconsin FFA!
I Can’t believe it already September! School is already started and summer has just flown bye so fast! Seems like just yesterday it was mid-June and I was entering interviews with nervous excitement and a hopeful heart.

As an FFA member I have always looked up to State Officers and idolized them to the highest degree. I never really took the time to think of all the opportunities and chances they took within the organization to help make them the person and leader they are. Looking back, I am pretty sure I thought they were born with the leadership, speaking and organizational skills that helped them lead Wisconsin Association of FFA. Later in high school I realized that every opportunity in our organization was a “chance” to grow and develop ourselves into the role we want to play in the world. FFA has so many chances for us to develop our skills to fit our dreams. I took those chances to helping me to follow my dream of being a State Officer and an Agricultural Educator.

Through the National FFA Organization we are given so many chances and grow ourselves and as leaders. Chances like Conferences, Sectional Leadership Workshops and Career Development Events help us as FFA members grow us to fit the roles so we can live our dreams.

Take a chance this school year!
With love,
Kathryn Lampi


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