State Officer Chapter Visit

On Monday, October 29, Beth Rieth visited with Gillett agricultural education students about leadership and FFA. Beth is serving as the Wisconsin FFA Sentinel and is originally from the Oconto Falls FFA Chapter. We appreciate her energy and willingness to visit with ag students all day.

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Yonker Receives American FFA Degree

INDIANAPOLIS – Each year, the National FFA Organization is proud to honor the FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. That honor, the American FFA Degree, is bestowed up on a select group of individuals for years of academic and professional excellence.
Joshua Yonker, an FFA member representing the Gillett FFA Chapter in Gillett, Wis. has been selected to join that exclusive list and was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The convention is known as the largest student gathering in the United States Oct. 24-27, 2012.
The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, The Progressive Farmer, Farm Credit, Syngenta, and Pioneer, a DuPont Business, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. It recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 community service hours, as well as demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree collects a gold American FFA Degree Key plus a certificate after being on-stage during the convention.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Be on the lookout for pink pumpkins!

Be on the lookout for pink pumpkins! Gillett FFA members spent the night painting pumpkins pink in hopes to raise awareness for breast cancer. They will be asking local businesses to display the pumpkins in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Going for the Blue and Gold

Hailey Brock, Hanna Brock and Jacob Timm of the Gillett FFA Chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA FIRE Conference, October 5 at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.  FIRE stands for “Foundations in Reaching Excellence.”  The conference helps young FFA members discover opportunities in the FFA organization and gain valuable leadership skills.  This is one of three conferences held around the state of Wisconsin for seventh, eighth and ninth grade FFA members.  Over 600 members will attend these three conferences during September and October.

Gillett FFA members Jacob, Hailey & Hanna with state FFA sentinel, Bethany Rieth from Oconto Falls.

The State FFA FIRE Conference is designed to inform beginning FFA members about the FFA and motivate them to participate in its many activities.  Students learned about communication skills, social skills, goal setting, FFA awards and programs, and opportunities in agriculture along with developing leadership skills to help them be effective members in their local chapters.

The conference is conducted by the 2012-2013 State FFA Officer Team along with assistance from the Fox Valley Technical College Postsecondary Agricultural Students (PAS) organization. Kayla Hack, State FFA President along with her fellow state FFA officers developed this conference around the theme “Going for the Blue and Gold”.  All of the state officers encouraged students that attended the FIRE Conference to set goals for their FFA involvement and meet people from around the state who can help them reach those goals.

Not only does this conference help students understand the FFA organization and all its opportunities, but helps them develop skills in meeting people, working with others and setting goals with a plan of action.  “In the FFA, we assist members starting in seventh grade to develop skills they will need for future careers and opportunities,” said Cheryl Zimmerman, State FFA Executive Director.  “FFA develops the whole person and these young members are taking a step in the right direction.”

The Wisconsin FFA Association is comprised of over 250 local chapters with nearly 19,000 members gaining leadership for the future of agriculture.  FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agriculture education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes.  FFA’s mission is to develop members’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Market Fresh: A Day at World Dairy Expo

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Nine Gillett FFA members got up bright and early this morning to travel down to where the dairy industry meets – World Dairy Expo! While in Madison, members competed in contests, watched the dairy shows and interacted with vendors and exhibitors.

The members who traveled to World Dairy Expo were:

Dairy Cattle Evaluation (61st/123 teams): Tonie Gilbertson, Abbey Horsens, Skhyler Simpson
Dairy Foods (34th/81 teams): Raymond Brock, Sommer Pawlak, Andrea Wians, Christa Block (Alternate)
Forages (42nd/50 teams): Thomas Nauke, Jacob Timm

To see full results from the contest, please click here.

A special thanks goes to Mark Alden and Connie Horsens for helping train the teams for competition.