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Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief
1.        National FFA Convention Registration Opens Tuesday September 10 at 5 p.m.!!!
2.        Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
3.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Theme
4.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Calendar
5.        Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 16 - Register Now!!
6.        2019 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members - Register Now!! 
7.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
8.        2019-2020 FFA Membership Dues
9.        World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Friday September 13th - Sign-up Now        
10.       212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences 
11.       Did You Know?
12.       Quote of the Week
A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
For the Week of September 9, 2019

1.        National FFA Convention Registration Opens Tuesday September 10 at 5 p.m.!!!
2.        Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors
3.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Theme
4.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Calendar
5.        Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 16 - Register Now!!
6.        2019 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members - Register Now!! 
7.        2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
8.        2019-2020 FFA Membership Dues
9.        World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Friday September 13th - Sign-up Now        
10.        212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences 
11.        Did You Know?
12.        Quote of the Week

Upcoming Deadlines and Activities:
Sept. 13            Deadline for World Dairy Expo Judging Event Online Entries
Sept. 16            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 1 - Barron
Sept. 17            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 2 - Ellsworth
Sept. 18            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 3 - Arcadia
Sept. 19            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 7 - Spencer
Sept. 23            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 10 - Watertown
Sept. 24            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 5 - Parkview
Sept. 25            Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 4 - Shullsburg
Sept. 27            Registration Due Online for FVTC-Appleton FIRE Conference
Sept. 27-29       World Beef Expo - West Allis
Sept. 30             Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 6- Sauk Prairie
October 1-5        World Dairy Expo - Madison
October 1           World Dairy Expo FFA Judging Day
October 2           Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 8 - Shawano
October 3           Sectional Leadership Workshop - Section 9 - Denmark
October 4          Registration Due Online for UW-River Falls FIRE Conference
October 11        Registration Due Online for UW-Madison FIRE Conference
October 5           FIRE Conference - FVTC-Appleton
October 12         FIRE Conference - UW-River Falls
October 19         FIRE Conference - UW-Madison
Oct. 30-Nov. 2    National FFA Convention - Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov. 15-16        212 and 360 Conferences - Wisconsin Dells
National FFA Convention Registration Opens Tuesday September 10 at 5 p.m.!!!
Welcome To The New Ag Instructors/FFA Advisors 
Listed below are the changes in agriculture instructors/FFA advisors at various departments across Wisconsin for the new school year.  Many are new teachers.  Others are teachers that have moved to a different school.  If we missed anyone, please let us know.
Albany - Haley Koehn
Augusta - Jamie Gilbertson
Athens - Jessica Stuttgen
Baraboo - Marlee Bonham
Bowler - Travis Spraque
Burlington - Erika Reisinger
Cassville - Tiffany Schauer
Clear Lake - Emily Watson
DeForest - Abbey Ryan
Edgerton - Leeah Luepke
Evansville - Karsen Vance
Flambeau - Jenna Behrends
Hillsboro - Brayvyn Hammer
Howards Grove - Makayla Klumpyan
Hudson - Kyra Warner
Iowa-Grant - Lara Hammerly
Lake Holcombe - Kent Dorney
Lomira - Paige Petersen
Mondovi - Shauna White
North Crawford - MacKenzie Knutson
Oskhosh West - Alicia Burnett
Plum City - Kyle Webb
Portage Middle School - Brenna Bays
Randolph Cambria-Friesland - Jamie Rupp
Richland Center - Lacey Swetlik
Sparta - Chelsea Eden
Spring Valley - Carrie Urbanek
Sun Prairie - Jenny Herman
Union Grove - Katie Hagemann
Waunakee Middle School - Dustin Winkleman
Waupaca - Hannah Waldron
Wauzeka - Molly Edwards
2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Theme
This year’s theme selected by the State FFA Officers is “Rise Up Stand Out.” After a very busy summer of leadership training and preparation, the state officers are ready to serve your chapters. Please feel free to call upon them. Their e-mail addresses are located online at
2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Calendar
The updated Wisconsin FFA calendar is attached and is also located on the Wisconsin FFA Website at
Sectional Leadership Workshops Begin September 16 - Register Now!!
Materials are posted online for the 2019 Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshops. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE!!! There is no fee to attend this workshop. Bring as many members as you would like!! This is a workshop not only for chapter officers, but for any of your members who need a jump start for the year to learn about all the opportunities in FFA and sharpen their leadership skills. 
AGAIN THIS YEAR!!Wisconsin FFA Alumni members in each section will meet from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. during the Sectional Leadership Workshops. Make sure to sign up your alumni members and bring them along this year too!!
Advisors: Please bring your laptop computer....we hope that most locations will have wireless internet so that you each can work on the state and national FFA websites.

All members, advisors, and chapter officers are invited to attend the 2019 Sectional Leadership Workshops. This year’s theme is “Start Your Engines”. A featured part of the workshop will include chapter presidents meeting with the state president for the first two rounds of workshops and then their sectional officer during the third round of workshops. A number of items will be discussed including key topics for chapter presidents, national FFA delegate issues and chapter visits.

Advisors will be updated on numerous programs and activities including the updates with the Wisconsin FFA website and all the changes in programs and activities. If you can't attend the workshop in your section, you are definitely invited to attend a neighboring workshop...Just make sure to attend!!
    Section 1 - Barron, Monday September 16
    Section 2 - Ellsworth, Tuesday, September 17
    Section 3 - Arcadia, Wednesday, September 18
    Section 4 - Shullsburg, Wednesday, September 25
    Section 5 - Parkview, Tuesday, September 24
    Section 6 - Sauk Prairie, Monday, September 30
    Section 7 - Spencer, Thursday, September 19
    Section 8 - Shawano, Wednesday, October 2
    Section 9 - Denmark, Thursday, October 3
    Section 10 - Watertown, Monday, September 23
2019 State FFA FIRE Conferences For Young Members - Register Now!!
Don't have your students miss out on a great opportunity to learn about FFA. Mark your calendars for the upcoming FIRE Conferences. FVTC-Appleton, October 5; UW-River Falls, October 12 and UW-Madison, October 19. This year’s theme is “FFAmily Vacation“. This is a super one-day workshop for your members to attend and learn about FFA, meet young members from across the state, visit with state officers and get excited about their future in the organization. Registration is posted on the Wisconsin FFA Website. The cost is $35 per student which includes a t-shirt, meal, string bag and materials. 
2019-2020 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee 
Don't forget to pay your 2019-20 Wisconsin FFA Center Fee. Invoices were distributed at the WAAE Summer Conference. If you did not attend summer conference, they were sent to you in the mail. Please contact the Wisconsin FFA Center immediately if you need a new invoice. Payment is due September 13, 2019. 
2019-2020 FFA Membership Dues
We again are offering FFA chapters the opportunity to select the National and State FFA Affiliate Dues Option. Last year, over 70 Wisconsin FFA chapters utilized this new membership option. More of you are welcome to sign up. I will provide more information about this to you at SLW. 
Benefits of the Affiliate Dues Option:
1. All agricultural education students would be FFA members, thus allowing full participationin the three circle model= Every StudentEvery ClassroomEvery Day
2. Equal opportunity for all students in all parts of the agricultural education model (classroom, experiential learning and leadership education)
3. Repositions FFA as integral for instruction and removes the “club” connotation
4. More efficient use of class time and resources (cost per student, teacher’s time, less money handling in dues collection)
5.Opens access for alternative funding sources to pay just one fee
Payment: This Fall, returning affiliated member chapters will be invoiced based on their prior year membership. Next April, the new affiliate dues chapters will be invoiced. New affiliate's bills are based on current year membership for the first year only.
If your chapter chooses to pay the regular dues package....National FFA Dues are $7.00 and State Dues are $5.50 for a total of $12.50 per member. 
Bring your questions to Sectional Leadership Workshops.
World Dairy Expo Contest Sign-up Deadline Friday September 13th - Sign-up Now
Please note these dates:
Friday, September 13 - Registration Deadline (a late fee of $50.00 will be charges after September 13).
Wednesday, September 18 - Last day to register with a late fee.  Registrations after September 18 will not be accepted.
Wednesday, September 18 - Last day to order reduced price admission tickets.
World Dairy Expo - Youth Activities
The information booklet website is
 If you have any questions, please email Mark Zidon at
212 and 360 Personal Development Conferences 
Don’t forget….the 212 Conference and the 360 Conference are scheduled for November 15-16 in Wisconsin Dells.  212 is designed for Freshmen and Sophomores.  360 is designed for Juniors and Seniors.  Four teams of presenters from National FFA will be in Wisconsin to help FFA members develop personal and leadership skills.   The conferences begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and end around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Information about the conferences will be available soon on the Wisconsin FFA Website under “Participate" and “Events".
Did You Know?
In 2018, 2,247 FFA members, advisors and alumni members attended the Sectional Leadership Workshops.  Plan to attend with as many students and alumni as you can bring.  We have a great program for you!!
Quote of the Week
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill
Welcome back to school!
Starting next week, I will be on the road the next 3 weeks with Sectional Leadership Workshops.  Terry Bernick will be in the office while I am traveling.  However if you need to reach me, you can call my cell phone at 715-207-5093.
Cheryl L. Zimmerman
Wisconsin FFA Executive Director
Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
Phone: 715-659-4807