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Wisconsin FFA Center's Weekly Newsletter

A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.

For the week of February 12, 2018

1. Congratulations Wisconsin FFA Alumni!!
2. Applicants Needed for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Deadline Today February 12
3. Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6, 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!!
4. 2018 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
5. Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
6. 212 and EDGE Conference Registration Due March 1
7. Judges Needed for March 9-10 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Thursday, February 22
8. American Degree Eligibility
9. Final FFA Membership Due March 1 - Donít Miss this Deadline!!!
10. NEW DUE DATE and NEW APPLICATION for State FFA Agriscience Fair
11. THINK SUMMER!!!! 2018 Jag Lake Reservations Procedures and Available Dates
12. Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities
Remember these important dates:
Feb. 12 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus Applications Due
Feb. 15-16 State FFA Board Meeting - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 16-17 FFA Farm Forum - Wisconsin Rapids
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 17-24 National FFA Week
March 23-24 212 and EDGE Conferences - Manitowoc

District Leadership Development Events:
Feb. 12 District 7 Leadership Development Events - Blair-Taylor
Feb. 12 District 8 Leadership Development Events - Holmen
Feb. 12 District 26 Leadership Development Events - Wrightstown
Feb. 13 District 1 Leadership Development Events - Cumberland
Feb. 13 District 30 Leadership Development Events - Badger

FFA Application Deadlines:
Feb. 12 State FFA Honors Band and Chorus - Online Submission - Send payment to Wisconsin FFA Center
Feb. 20 State FFA Proficiency Awards - Postmarked - Send to Wisconsin FFA Center
March 1 212 and EDGE Conference Online Registration Due
March 6 American FFA Degrees - Postmarked Send to Wisconsin FFA


Wisconsin FFA Center
P.O. Box 110
Spencer, WI 54479

REMEMBER - If your applications are not in folders, YOU NEED TO STAPLE THE PAGES TOGETHER PLEASE!!!!! Do not use paperclips or leave pages loose in the envelopes.

Congratulations Wisconsin FFA Alumni!!
The Wisconsin FFA Alumni hosted their annual State Convention in Appleton February 9-10. Thank you Wisconsin FFA Alumni for an awesome event!

2018-2019 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Officers
President - Mark Ladsten, Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni
President-Elect - Cari Sabel, Chilton FFA Alumni
Vice President - Rudy Kaderly, Juda FFA Alumni
Past President - Dan Follendorf, Sparta FFA Alumni
Wisconsin FFA Alumni Executive Director - Cheryl Steinbach, Granton

Congratulations to all award winners and thank you FFA Alumni for supporting your local agricultural education programs and FFA chapters!

The 2019 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention is scheduled for February 8-9 in Stevens Point. Make sure to mark your calendars.

Applicants Needed for State FFA Honors Band or Chorus - Deadline Today February 12
Each year we have two fantastic groups of musicians come together at the State FFA Convention to perform and also perform at the State Fair. Encourage your students who play an instrument or sing in the choir to audition for the Wisconsin FFA Honors Band or Chorus. The past couple years, we have had fewer applications submitted for these two groups. We would love to see more students apply!! Encourage FFA members to check out the application and audition process online at

Applications and auditions are due February 12, 2018. State Convention performances are June 12-14. State Fair performances are August 9-12.

Co-ops YES! Conference - March 5-6, 2018 - Mark Your Calendars!!
The Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference will be held March 5-6, 2018 at the Holiday Inn South, Eau Claire. Another excellent conference planned for your FFA members. Please share the information with your students. Deadline for registering for this conference is February 16, 2018 . All information is on the Cooperative Network websiteó

2018 FFA Week Materials Available!!!!
National FFA Week February 17-24, 2018. Check out for the official National FFA Week materials.

Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
All students submitting award applications and participating in FFA events must be listed as active FFA members on chapter rosters - You will be asked to provide membership ID numbers where registering students. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Students who are not members are considered ineligible. You can still add more members to your roster until March 1, 2018 but if the student is competing before that date, make sure they are entered into the National FFA Website before competing to obtain their ID number.

Do not enter in a generic membership number for your students. This is not acceptable. Please make sure to enter your studentís correct membership number when registering students for events.

212 and EDGE Conference Registration Due March 1
The 2018 Spring 212 and EDGE Conferences will be held at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, March 23-24, 2018. This is a Friday night/Saturday schedule. The 212 Conference is designed for Freshman and Sophomore members..this is the same conference as offered last Fall. The EDGE Conference is designed for 7th and 8th graders entitled "The Attitude Experience". These are two great conferences. EDGE will be presented professional speakers Rhett Laubach and Kelly Barnes. 212 will be presented by National FFA Staff. Registration is due online March 1 to the Wisconsin FFA Center. Don't miss out!! Online registration is located at

Judges Needed for March 9-10 Proficiency Award Judging - Hotel Reservations Due By Thursday, February 22
Plans are underway for the 2018 Proficiency Judging to be held Friday evening, March 9 and Saturday, March 10 in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort. We are looking for as many people as possible to assist with the judging of the many proficiency applications that will be submitted by Wisconsin FFA members. Please contact Cheryl Zimmerman, State FFA Executive Director, if you are interested in judging. If you are able to arrive on Friday evening, March 9, we will begin the judging process. We will be judging the State Star Applications and some of the smaller Proficiency Award areas on Friday. Saturday we will begin the judging orientation at 8:30 a.m. Hotel rooms are available for Friday evening, March 9. Reservations need to be made by Thursday
, February 22. Rooms are reserved under FFA. Please use RESERVATION PHONE NUMBER 888-717-5540. Refer to Booking ID Number F65135 and that you are with FFA.

American Degree Eligibility
"How long is an FFA member still eligible to apply for their American FFA Degree or continue their FFA membership?" A student can be an FFA member until November 30 following their fourth National FFA Convention after graduation...unless there is some military service to consider and then they can be a member until age 23. So here is a quick way to figure out if a student is still eligible. Take the year that the student graduated and count the number of National FFA Convention following that graduation date.

Graduation May 2015
1st National Convention - October 2015
2nd National Convention - October 2016
3rd National Convention - October 2017
4th National Convention - October 2018 - This would be the last national convention that this member could receive recognition at. They must apply for the degree by March 6, 2018.

Final FFA Membership Due March 1 - Don't Miss this Deadline!!!
Final FFA membership is almost due. Make sure you didnít miss any students that are supposed to be listed as active FFA members with your FFA chapter. Also if you are an affiliated chapter, donít forget to add in your second semester students. All students must be added into the online membership roster by March 1. Donít forget to have all students that are planning to show at any county fairs or state fair included on your roster by this deadline.

NEW DUE DATE and NEW APPLICATION for State FFA Agriscience Fair
The new due date for the State FFA Agriscience Fair Applications for students to compete at the State FFA Convention will be May 1. Please note this on your calendars.

There is also a new application that is now posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website.

THINK SUMMER!!!! 2018 Jag Lake Reservations Procedures and Available Dates

Reservations for 2018 Jag Lake dates are open. The procedures for making reservations are as follows:

1. Reservations are to be emailed to Cassie Fabian at this email address ( She will send an e-mail confirmation of your reservation.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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, 2018. 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.

Quote of the Week
ďThe roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.Ē - Dalai Lama

Thank you! Have a great week!

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