Gillett FFA Update

Hello all!

When a student enrolls in an agriculture class they are automatically members of the Gillett FFA. Below are opportunities that they can take part in, as well as information about FFA.

·         September 14 – FFA Open House/Cookout @ 6pm.
Come learn more about what FFA opportunities exist in Gillett and eat good food! What better way to start a Monday.
·         September 16 – Sectional Leadership Workshop in Chilton
We will be leaving after 6th hour to travel to Chilton to attend leadership workshops from the state FFA officers and hear a keynote address from a national FFA officer. Permission slips are due September 11 to Ms. Claflin.

·         September 26 – World Beef Expo in West Allis
The Gillett FFA has 6 spots available for people that are interested in attending World Beef Expo in West Allis. We will be leaving at 8am. Permission slips are due September 11.

September 29 – World Dairy Expo in Madison Sign up for the World Dairy Expo and either the agronomy or dairy foods judging teams. Permission slips are due on September 14.
October 3 – FIRE Conference in Appleton This special workshop is just for 7th – 9th grade FFA members! The cost is $10 by September 16 to hold your spot. The cost covers a t-shirt, lunch and materials. This is a great experience, especially if you’re just starting out in FFA!
How do I find out what is going on with Gillett Ag Ed & FFA?

  • The school announcements and the ag room are the best sources of staying up-to-date.
    • Permission slips and sign-ups are in the ag room.
  • The main site is www.gillettageducation.wordpress.com. There are posts with upcoming events and information, as well as a calendar of events.
  • We send out text message reminders using Remind. To sign-up for messages, please text the message “@gillffa” to 81010.
  • There is also a Gillett Ag Education and FFA Facebook group.

What is FFA?
The FFA is an important part of agriculture class that helps prepare students for  careers in agriculture and natural resource industries.  There are lots of  opportunities at the local, regional, state and national levels including:

Career Development Events- speaking contests, quiz bowl, and essay contests
Proficiency awards- Awards given for hours worked & skills learned in ag related jobs
Fun & fellowship- after school activities –Adopt-A-highway clean up, fun nights, etc.

What if I’m not in an ag class?
To become an active member and retain membership, a student must:
1. While in school, be enrolled in at least one agricultural education course during the school year and/or follow a planned course of study; either course must include a supervised agricultural experience program, the objective of which is preparation for an agricultural career.
2. Show an interest in the affairs of the organization by attending meetings, striving for degrees of membership and participating in other organized activities of the chapter.

So, what does this mean for Gillett students? If you aren’t in an ag class and want to participate in activities like showing at the fair, attending conferences, etc. you need to schedule a time to meet with Ms. Claflin and go over what your planned course of study is and your SAE records.

Who can join FFA?
Gillett is an affiliated FFA chapter, which means that all students enrolled in Ag classes are automatically members.   Our chapter pays one fee to the Wisconsin & National FFA so FFA opportunities are available to ALL STUDENTS.

No individual dues are collected, but we do ask that FFA members/Ag Students help with our chapter fundraising- fruit sale, worker auction, concession stands, etc.  This helps keep opportunities affordable for everyone.  There will be times that fees are paid for trips*- leadership conferences, conventions, recreation trips, etc.  Usually this is a portion of the total costs, plus meals/souvenirs, etc.   (*Financial assistance is available if needed for these opportunities.)

Why this new way to join FFA?
The affiliation program provides educators the opportunity to engage all students in the FFA circle of the three-circle model and make a difference to every student in the program by providing them with new opportunities on a daily basis! There are approximately 50 chapters in Wisconsin taking part of this option which the Wisconsin FFA Association is recommending.

Benefits of the Affiliate Dues Option:
1.  All agricultural education students would be FFA members, thus allowing full participation in the three circle model= Every Student, Every Classroom, Every 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)

If you have any questions, please let me know. The best way to contact me is by email, kclaflin@gillett.k12.wi.us. You can also call me at school at 920-855-2137.

Thank you!

Kellie Claflin
Agriculture Teacher
Gillett FFA Advisor

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