Are you ready to serve? Run for a FFA officer position!


Chapter officers serve a vital function in FFA. By taking a major leadership role, these students grow from the experience and benefit the chapter. It should be the officers’ goal to lead by example and encourage other members to participate in chapter activities. The following are general duties expected of all officers.


  • A genuine desire to be a part of a leadership team.
  • A willingness to accept responsibility.
  • A sincere desire to work with all chapter members in meeting their leadership, personal and chapter goals.
  • A commitment to lead by example.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the chapter, state and national FFA constitutions, bylaws and programs.
  • A working knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
  • An ability to memorize and recite their parts in the official ceremonies.

Officer applications are available on the FFA bulletin board and below. Applications are due to Ms. Claflin on Thursday, April 17.

2014 Gillett FFA Officer Application

FFA: Not What You Might Think

Originally posted on In an American Classroom:

It was a familiar scene for a former speech coach: Yellow school buses and white vans stacked up in the school parking lot and a bevy of adults clutching clipboards and coffee cups gathered in the Media Center awaiting final instructions from the teacher in charge. In the halls, students clustered in tight little groups or stood nervously to the side, rehearsing one last time the speech they would deliver as soon as the judges received their scoring packets and were released to classrooms. In those rooms, chairs had been pushed back, masking tape had been laid on the floor to delineate the “stage,” and the doors all had signs that were not there the day before: the event to take place in that room, the time of the event, the contestants.

Very familiar. Except that this was not a National Forensic League speech competition. It was the Future Farmers…

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Attention Potential Junior Market Steer Exhibitors!

The 2014 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Market Steer Self-Identification Deadline is rapidly approaching!

Exhibitors wishing to exhibit Junior Market Steers at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular July 31 through August 10 will need to self-identify their animals with an official Wisconsin State Fair RFID identification tag and submit a DNA hair sample. Materials must be submitted between January 1 and February 10, 2014.Request forms for animal identification will be available at fromJanuary 1 through January 31, 2014. Forms must be submitted with proper fees ($15 per identified animal) by mail or delivered to the Wisconsin State Fair offices located at 640 South 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214 by the deadline. Identification supplies willonly be available for pick-up at the Wisconsin State Fair offices February 1 – 10, 2014
Upon processing of identification requests, Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identification documentation and DNA sample submission envelopes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self-identify his or her animals by placing the official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tag in the animal’s ear, collecting a DNA hair sample and completing the animal identification documentation form. Allflex ear taggers and needle nose pliers to extract hair DNA may also be purchased from the Fair if needed. DNA samples with the identification documentation must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30pm on February 10, 2014.
Performance steers must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between January 1 and February 10, 2014. 

Any questions?  Please email or call 414.266.7000.Image

Dairy Carrie – Get a Head Start on Educational Points

Animal Exhibitors:  Get a head start on your educational points!  This event will count as an educational point:

The Shawano County 4-H Livestock Key Committee is sponsoring an evening with “Dairy Carrie” at the Shawano High School Auditorium on Tuesday evening, March 4th, starting promptly at 7:00 pm.  Her presentation will center on “How to be a Face and Voice for Agriculture.”   We anticipate her speaking for about 45 minutes to one hour and then allowing 30 to 45 minutes after that for questions.  We expect to be done around 8:30 pm since we must have everyone out of the auditorium by 9 pm.  Carrie will begin speaking right at 7 pm, so participants should arrive before 7:00 pm.  Participants will be admitted to the auditorium between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  There is no charge, and no advance registration needed for this program.

Carrie Mess (aka “Dairy Carrie) is a nationally known farm woman from Lake Mills, Wisconsin.  Her name is recognized by many in the Agriculture Industry because of her highly visited Internet blog at,  entitled “The Adventures of Dairy Carrie.” 

Please let Ms. Claflin know if you are interested in attending and we can go together as a group.

Gillett FFA Sponsors Holiday Dinner

On Sunday, December 8th, the members of the Gillett FFA got up bright and early to start preparing for their annual holiday dinner.

This event took a lot of planning. First, they had to decide what the meal was going to be and estimate the cost. They decided the meal would consist of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cheese slices and dinner rolls. The cost would be a non-perishable food item that would be donated to the local food pantry. Next, they went out to local businesses to ask for donations to offset the cost. Then came the day of the dinner.

This year they served 50 people and collected 90 items. Thank you to all who came and supported the Gillett FFA’s Holiday Dinner.

-Written by Jacob Timm, Gillett FFA Reporter

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