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Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

WISCONSIN FFA UPDATE - News In Brief
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of March 11, 2019

1. American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
2. Registration for Career Development Events Now Open
3. State Officer Candidate Preparation Events
4. State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
5. THINK SUMMER!!!! 2019 Jag Lake Reservations Procedures and Available Dates
6. State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
7. Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
8. Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15
9. Quote of the Week
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Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
March 13-14 National Ag Day Celebration - Washington D.C.
March 15 Wisconsin FFA Board Meeting - Madison
March 22-23 212 and EDGE Conferences - Green Bay
March 26-27 WPS Farm Show, Oshkosh - Silent Auction to Support Wisconsin FFA
April 8 World Food Prize WI Youth Institute - Madison
April 12 Wisconsin Envirothon - Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt
April 26 State CDEs - Madison

Sectional Leadership Development Events
Section 1: Prairie Farm, March 13 - Done
Section 2: Ellsworth, March 18
Section 3: Arcadia, March 12 - Done
Section 4: River Ridge, March 20
Section 5: Verona, March 12 - Done
Section 6: Rio, March 4 - Done
Section 7: Granton, March 11 - Done
Section 8: Antigo, March 18

Section 9: Denmark, March 25
Section 10: Elkhorn, March 11 - Done

Career Development Events
March 15 - Janesville
March 28 - UW-Platteville
April 5 - FVTC-Appleton
April 6- UW-River Falls
April 26 - State CDEs in Madison

FFA Application Deadlines:
March 15 Wisconsin FFA Foundation Scholarship Applications
April 1 Entries for Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues and Marketing Plan
April 15 Jr. High Essay Contest - Entries postmarked to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 National FFA Chapter Award Applications - Postmarked due date to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 Three Star Leaders Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Talent Applications Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Courtesy Corps Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 20 State FFA Convention News Room Staff Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
April 30 2019 State FFA Officer Applications - Send to the Wisconsin FFA Center
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American Degree Review at 212 and EDGE Conferences
We would like to invite you to assist in the reviewing of the 2019 American FFA Degree applications at the upcoming 212 and EDGE Conference in Green Bay - March 22-23 This is the review process to check for minimum qualifications of the American FFA Degree starting at 7:00 p.m.

There will be a brief orientation so that everyone knows what they need to check for throughout the applications.

Please let me know if you are interested and can assist on Friday evening, March 22. Jeff Hicken will be leading this review process. We would love to have both experienced teachers with American degrees and those that would like to learn more. This is a great learning experience for everyone!!!
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Registration for Career Development Events Now Open
Registration for the State CDEs is now open. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinffacdepage/home/registration-instructions. If you are a new teacher or have moved schools, PLEASE update the Advisor information. If you click on 'send email confirmation' you will get an invoice sent to you.

If you have questions about CDEs in general or what teams have to qualify etc…that information is can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/wisconsinffacdepage/home, under FAQ.
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State Officer Candidate Preparation Events
Currently there are two events scheduled to help prepare your State FFA Officer Candidates. Mark your calendars for April 6 at UW-Madison and May 4 in Amery. More information will be sent out soon.
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State FFA Officer Election Process Information Online
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is seeking qualified FFA members to serve as state FFA officers for the coming year. State FFA Officers need to be individuals who have a strong sense of responsibility, know and understand FFA and its programs, communicate well and have the heart and desire to willingly commit a year of service to the Wisconsin Association and its members. At the end of the year, state FFA officers receive leadership scholarships and have a year-long resume of experiences that give them a cutting edge for many future opportunities. Applications are due April 30.

Students that are elected to these leadership roles, need to fully understand the commitment and responsibilities that are required to fulfill their year of service. Please review the polices and commitment statement online along with all the parts of the election process. Serving as a Wisconsin State FFA Office is an internship experience like no other. Students will not only gain confidence and skills in leadership but will receive a variety of experiences to help them expand their knowledge of agriculture, agricultural education and FFA.

The 2018 State FFA Officer Election Process is online at http://www.wisconsinffa.org. Make sure that all students interested in running for state officer view this material. If you have questions about running for State FFA Office, contact Cheryl Zimmerman at czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org.
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THINK SUMMER!!!! 2019 Jag Lake Reservations Procedures and Available Dates
Reservations for 2019 Jag Lake Are Available to All FFA Chapter!! http://dpi.wi.gov/ffa/jag-lake/dates
The procedures for making reservations are as follows:

Reservations are to be emailed to me at this email address (Cassandra.Fabian@dpi.wi.gov). I will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.

An invoice and other information will be mailed out. Payment and the signed Contract of Use form must be returned within 30 days of the invoice date.

Multiple voice mail messages and/or e-mails requesting the same dates will be handled based on the date/time the message was left or e-mail sent.

If we do not receive payment within the 30 day period, your reservation dates will be released and become available to all chapters.

Rates and Payment Information:
DPI will send an invoice confirming the time and date of your reservation, your payment deadline, and the dates of your reservation. The invoice will be in the amount of your entire stay (either $250 for a 3-day reservation or $275 for a 4-day reservation).

As advisor, you will be responsible for sending your chapter's payment to DPI on or before the payment deadline indicated on your invoice. Your chapter's reservation will automatically be released if you do not send full payment (either $250 or $275) with a postmark dated on or before the 30-day payment deadline.

Should you need to cancel your reservation, please keep in mind full refunds will be issued only through March 1, 2019. No refunds will be issued after March 1. It is important to be aware of this policy as you plan your chapter's schedule for the year. It was established so that cancellations are processed early enough to make the dates available for other chapters to reserve well in advance of camping season. We want as many chapters as possible to have the opportunity to experience Jag Lake.
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State FFA Officer Reimbursement for Mileage to FFA Banquets and Events
If you invite the State FFA Officer(s) to your school for additional presentations, workshops, banquets, alumni events and other special events or meetings, please note that it is the responsibility of the host to pay for the related expenses for that event. This would include mileage, meals, even materials that the state officer may have purchased to use in a workshop they present.

The state officers have a speaker agreement form that they will be filling out with you to confirm their attendance at your events. This form is to also help you in having documentation to turn into your school office for reimbursements.

Currently the state FFA officers receive 43 cents per mile for travel. The State Association pays for a state officer to visit your chapter once as an "official" chapter visit. Chapter are responsible for additional visits and activities

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. State FFA Officers do many of the "extra" things for their chapters on a voluntary basis as their schedules permit and we do not want this to become a financial burden on them. The State Association does not require they do all these "extra" activities, but State Officers are excited and very willing to serve your chapters. If you officially invite state officers to the events mentioned above, we do need your assistance to reimburse the officers for their expenses as these "extra" activities are not in the FFA Association budget and are voluntary for the officers to attend. Reimbursement is very important to these young people.
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Contest Entry Forms Online - Conduct of Meetings LDE, High School Quiz Bowl, Ag. Issues LDE, and Marketing Plan CDE
If your chapter would be interested in competing in the Conduct of Meetings LDE; High School Quiz Bowl; Ag. Issues LDE and/or Marketing Plan CDE at the 2019 State FFA Convention, entry forms are online at www.wisconsinffa.org Entry forms are due April 1 for all competitions to the Wisconsin FFA Center, however space fills up fast. We encourage more chapters to consider these competitions.
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Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest - Entries Due April 15
All FFA members in 7th and 8th grade are eligible to compete in the Wisconsin FFA Jr. High/Middle School Essay Contest. A chapter can submit up to five entries. This year’s theme for the essay contest is “Just One“. Essays can be up to 500 words and must be typed. Essays are judged on proper grammar and punctuation, how well the author addresses the theme, organization and clarity, originality and neatness. Essays need to be sent to the Wisconsin FFA Center, P.O. Box 110, Spencer, WI 54479
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Quote of the Week
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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Have a great week!!

Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
czimmerman@wisconsinffa.org
Phone: 715-659-4807