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Ho, Ho, Holy cow! It's over!
Dec. 28, 2016

Caleb Green - Vice President
Stanley-Boyd FFA Chapter
Section 2

With Christmas behind us and the New Year approaching fast, this may be the best week of the year to reflect on the past 12 months. Many of us will reflect on our achievements we have through school, sports, or even FFA. Some may recall the fun times with friends and family from over the summer up until this recent holiday season. A few may even think about their birthday and give your cousin a hard time because they might have forgot.

While all of these things are great reflection pieces, it is also important to reflect on our flaws. Whether these flaws were in the classroom, on the field or court, or even in our own homes; we must learn from them. Look back at your flaws and say "How can I improve that aspect of my life?" There are flaws in every area of our life. It may be as little as forgetting to take out the trash every once in a while- guilty myself- or it may be that you "never know how" to do the homework. No matter how big or small our areas of possible growth are, we have a chance to improve in them.

Many of you may think "So, you want me to set a New Year's resolution?" That would not be the case. See, like most people, I know that New Year's resolutions will get set, we'll make them super complicated and not reasonable, and we will fall through on those resolutions by mid-January. Instead, we must set S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. If we can set a goal to improve our flaws that meets all of these categories, then we can have an even better 2017. Let's finish the year strong and march into 2017 ready to improve!

Until next year,
Caleb Green

The Greatest Gifts...
Dec. 21, 2016

Brenna Bays - President
Adams-Friendship FFA Chapter

Happy Holidays, Wisconsin FFA!
An early Christmas Present came last night for the Bays Family! My cow, Sophie, had a bull calf. This little guy is the smartest (quickly learned how to drink out of a bottle), spunkiest (plays with our barn kittens and our dog, Millie), and cutest (my personal preference) calf around. At not even a day old, he is walking around as if he owns the place.
After ensuring this new baby boy was healthy, I immediately went to picking the perfect name for him. With it being the Holiday Season, I was trying to think of a Festive name. I could have named him “Gingerbread,” since his mom is a red, but his dad’s black and white traits came through. I could have named in, “Snowman,” but he is more black than he is white. I then thought about naming him “Santa,” but of course, I am too picky on deciding a name. Finally, after many, many, many more potential options, I decided to name him, “Shepherd.” Shepherd, one who guides or directs.
This little bull calf is one that proves to me that the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages. Though he may be small, he is mighty and strong. Sometimes, we all get caught up in the Holiday Spirit and are scrambling to fill the tree and stockings with gifts. We focus on what the other person may like rather than what we know they will love. During the Holiday’s, I sometimes find myself looking for quantity rather than quality. It isn’t a bad thing, but we all, at one point or another, need to find our Shepherd. We need to find that one object or happening in our life that reminds us what the Holiday’s are all about. Hopefully our Shepherd will guide us in the right direction, just as my little bull calf has done for me.
Always remember that sometimes, the greatest gifts come in the smallest packages.

Happy Holidays!

Home for the Holidays
Dec. 21, 2016

Sarah Van Asten - Vice President
Wrightstown FFA Chapter
Section 9

The holidays are the most exciting part of the year for most individuals. It means fresh white snow, lots of food, and seeing family and friends. College students are coming home after a long week of exams, high school and middle school students get a week of relaxation, and moms and dads get a small break from their busy schedules.
When I was in high school, Holiday Break never came fast enough because it meant sleep, food, and friends. However, this year, home for the holidays means something a little different. I've spent the last 6 months traveling all over Wisconsin meeting the most unique FFA members and chapters. This has been an amazing experience that has only continued to get better. Though all the hard work and traveling has been worth it, I am so excited to be home for the holidays.
This week I was invited to the Wrightstown FFA Christmas Party. With desserts, laughter, and a game of Christmas Family Feud, the party was a hit! However, the best part wasn't the decorated room or the delicious cake. The best part was seeing part of my FFA Family again. FFA is one big family. I've spent 6 months growing mine, and it was an exhilarating experience seeing some of them again.
My favorite part of FFA is the fact that they are my family. A family of 20,500; yes, it may be large. Yes, I may not know all of them. However, we all have a passion for agriculture and a passion for success.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Happy Holidays, everyone.
It's great to be home for the holidays.

Forever Blue,
Sarah Van Asten

A Cadman Christmas
Dec. 18, 2016

Travis Cadman - Sentinel
East Troy FFA Chapter
Section 10

Happy Holidays everyone! Tis the season of family, food, and gifts. Christmas was always my favorite season, getting gifts, giving gifts, seeing family, and of course my favorite. WIAA giving wrestlers an extra pound to gain during the season! I would like to tell you a good ol’ Christmas story from the Cadman archives.
Even when I was three years old I knew I wanted to farm just like my dad. Since I could not pick rocks, or work with animals yet my dad did something to keep me hooked into farming at a young age. For my third Christmas my dad built me a wooden barn. Over the years this barn has been a dairy farm, a swine farm, and even a dinosaur farm!
As the years went on I grew older and was big enough to upgrade to the actual farm, where now I work with real cattle and real swine. My toy barn was for the most part retired and sat in the attic. It has been there all this time until this past weekend.
The Cadman Ranch hosted the family Christmas party where Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and anyone else who decided to walk through the door came for the yearly “catch up” as the adults were eating and chatting the next generation were opening gifts. We had a problem though… My cousin's three year old went missing.
Once everyone heard of the situation we searched the whole house. After looking in obvious places I started to look in unique places, which led me to the attic where I heard tons of moo’s and oinks coming from the other side of the door. I opened the door with a big smile to see my three year old cousin playing in the same barn I once did.
I picked him up and brought him back to the party, of course I had to make two trips. The first trip was bringing my little cousin down, the second was bringing the toy barn and toy livestock down. And of course… It went home with him.
Nowadays people think only the newest objects make the best gifts. I disagree, the best gifts are the ones that have meaning and that spark an idea. Happy Holidays everyone!

Halftime Workdays
Dec. 11, 2016

Dani Angotti - Vice President
Freedom FFA Chapter
Section 8

Happy Holidays everyone!

Currently the state officer team and I are in Platteville, WI working on finalizing things for the upcoming Halftime Conference in Stevens Point!We are in Platteville for a total of three days. We are super excited to be planning this workshop so we can make it totally awesome for all of you! Today we filmed our skit at Platteville High School and we think you will all really like it! I know we had a lot of fun filming it. We also think you all will like the workshops too! From what I heard from my teammates they all sound AWESOME! I personally always really enjoyed the Halftime Conference, I loved getting new ideas and getting reenergized for the second half of the year. I also really enjoyed getting to meet new people, attend the dance, and more! We all can't wait to see you there.

See you soon,


Nearing the End of 2nd Quarter
Dec. 07, 2016

Ashley Zimmerman - Vice President
Spencer FFA Chapter
Section 7

Just like a football game has a halftime, so does the FFA. Usually during the halftime of a game the players are in the locker room talking about what has happened during the last half of the game and what they are looking forward to for the second half of the game. Just like the halftime of a football game, Wisconsin FFA also has a halftime where we review our first half of the year and look forward to what we have coming up in the second half of the year. The state officer team and Mrs. Zimmerman are currently at the December meeting in Marshfield discussing our second half of the year! We have already done so much this year including summer events, Sectional Leadership Workshops, FIRE Conferences, 212 and 360 conference, and chapter visits.

We can’t believe it is almost halfway through the year! We started the week on Monday with our fantastic BLAST OFF facilitator Kayla Hack! We had some great training for events in the second half of the year including banquet speeches, developing more workshops, reflecting on what we have already done, and what the future looks like for us and the FFA.
Each one of us is so excited to attend your chapter banquets this spring!! We are looking forward to seeing what each member has accomplished throughout the year and how they will use what they have done in FFA can help them in their future. Banquet dates are coming in fast, so contact your sectional officer know if you would like them to attend your banquet!!

Halftime Conference is always something FFA members look forward to attending! This year it won’t be any different! We have been planning our Halftime theme, workshops, reflections, and great new additions to this year’s conference! Halftime Conference is such a cool event as we will have 350 FFA members from around the state attending this event. Many of these members are leaders in their chapter that their advisors have selected for a reason. We are so excited to have you attend because we have some pretty awesome plans in store for you!

Its only December we shouldn’t be talking about convention right??? Crazy to think but the state officers have already begun to make plans for the 2017 Wisconsin FFA Convention! This week we will find out what committees we will be on for convention planning, who our keynote speakers will be, what awesome entertainment we will have for you, and what sessions we will be chairing!

We have already accomplished so much throughout the first half of the year but we have so many more events to look forward to! We can’t believe how fast this time has gone and we are excited to keep each and every member excited for the second half of the game!

Forever True. Forever Blue.
Ashley Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Vice President

Together Again
Dec. 03, 2016

Hannah Taylor - Reporter
Poynette FFA Chapter
Section 6

Hey Wisconsin FFA! Chapter visits are winding down in all ten sections and the team is happy to be all together for the first time since National Convention. We are spending this weekend at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells for the 2016 Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting and Young Farmers and Agriculturists Conference. It has been an amazing weekend full of good food, good friends and good fun. What all have we been up to this weekend?
Each of the team members has taken a turn spending time by our Wisconsin FFA booth chatting with Farm Bureau members about what FFA has been doing this year. With the state Farm Bureau discussion meet held here at the annual meeting, the state officers were also asked to serve as time keepers for the contests. It has been very neat to listen to these young leaders in agriculture talk about important issues facing the industry today. We have also enjoyed listening to speeches from sponsors and keynote speakers, including Mr. Vance Crow. Mr. Crow left us with an inspiring lesson about engaging people on social media using elements of education, surprise and loyalty. Of course we had our chance to spend time in the water park and enjoyed riding slides together and watching each other wipe out on the surf simulator.
We will be traveling together from here up to Marshfield for the December Meeting. We’re all looking forward to spending the next week together. Make sure to keep an eye out for more updates along the way!
Happy December to you all!
Hannah Taylor

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