Wisconsin FFA Update - News In Brief

A weekly update on Wisconsin FFA activities from the Wisconsin FFA Center, Inc.
For the week of November 25, 2019 - Happy Thanksgiving!!!

During this Thanksgiving Season, we want to thank each of you for everything you do. 
Teachers thank you for all the time you spend providing awesome experiences for your students from the lessons and labs you teach; to the community service projects you organize with your students; to the leadership training you provide to young people; to the agricultural experiences you supervise and for every little thing that you do to make a difference in someone else's life. Agricultural Educators are fantastic people and we appreciate all that you do!!
We also want to thank all of our alumni and sponsors who help make events and programs possible for students and advisors to participate in. Your dedication and contributions to Agricultural Education and FFA are also very much appreciated.We have a wonderful network of people and we thank all of you for what you do. 

Make sure to take time to enjoy this Thanksgiving Season with family and friends!!

1.        2020 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
2.        FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
3.        FFA Membership Roster Payment    
4.        Students Participating in FFA Events MUST Be Active FFA Members
5.        2020 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates and Online Registration
6.        2020 National FFA Scholarship Program Now Open
7.        Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated 
8.        Quote of the Week
Upcoming Deadlines and Activities 
Remember these important dates: 

Nov. 28            Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
Dec. 2             Deadline for Initial FFA Membership Rosters Submitted Online
Dec. 3-7          NAAE Convention - Anaheim, California
Dec. 6-13        Wisconsin Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and State FFA Officer Planning Meeting
Dec. 16           Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference Registration Due Online
Jan. 10-11       2020 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference, Stevens Point
2020 Half-Time Conference Registration Now Online
The 2020 Wisconsin FFA Half-Time Conference will be held in Stevens Point, January 10-11 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Don't miss this great conference for students to get motivated and informed about activities for the second half of the school year. This is always a well attended conference by numerous FFA chapters. Make sure your members attend to get the latest information about FFA opportunities and leadership development. There will also be activities for teachers as well as WAAE, FFA Center and State FFA Board meetings. Registration is limited to two members per chapter and due December 16 to the Wisconsin FFA Center. 
FFA Membership Rosters - Deadline MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 
Monday, December 2 is the deadline for submitting your chapter FFA membership roster online through the National FFA Website. Those rosters that are submitted after that deadline will be considered by the FFA Board of Directors as chapters on probation. Both Traditional Dues Paying Chapters and Affiliated Membership Chapters must have members entered by the December 2 deadline.

You can continue to add more FFA members through March 1, 2020 but an initial roster must be submitted by December 2 and payment following due January 10. Don't leave your questions to the last minute. It is hard for us to help everyone at the last minute.
FFA Membership Roster Payment
Remember that sending in your payment for your chapter FFA membership dues is just as important as getting your roster submitted by December 2. All membership roster payments are due to the Wisconsin Association of FFA and need to be received at DPI no later than Friday, January 10. Don't have your chapter placed on probation when you worked hard to get your roster submitted on time. 
Payment must be received and CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO: WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF FFA. Rosters will not be forwarded to National FFA until payment has been received. When making your payment, include both the state and national dues together in one check to DPI.
Address for mailing membership payments:
Wisconsin Association of FFA
Attn: CTSO Accountant
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
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. A review of membership will be done as students participate in events and submit applications. Don't disqualify a member because they aren't listed as an active member on your FFA roster. This includes all summer activities including county and state fairs.
2020 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates and Online Registration
The 2020 District and Sectional Leadership Development Event Dates are posted on the Wisconsin FFA website. Also the Online Registration site is open for you to start registering your students for upcoming LDEs.(Please note the website is still under construction and we are still working to get things better organized for you and your students.)

Hosts will be contacting the schools in their districts as far as more details concerning the contests. Wisconsin FFA Leadership Development Event registration and information can be found athttps://wisconsinaged.org/ffa/events/leadership-development/
2020 National FFA Scholarship Program Now Open
The National FFA Scholarship application is now available to FFA members.
Please note the following:
Application Closes: January 15
Supplemental Materials are Due: January 22
Supplemental materials include: Advisor validation; Ford Dealer Endorsements (Built Ford Tough Scholarship); Farmer Endorsements (American FarmersGrow Ag Leaders Scholarship)
Students will be notification May 1 if they have received a scholarship.

If students need help with the application process use the green HELP button that is located at the right-hand corner of the application.oThis puts the student in direct contact with an ISTS customer care representative. Students can choose to live chat during work hours, request a call back or request an email. It also ensures that students requiring application assistance are logged into the customer care system and certify that a customer care representative will assist them within48 hoursof receiving the online request. They can also email ISTS directly for application assistance atFFA@applyISTS.com
Contributions to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Appreciated
Would you consider supporting the Wisconsin FFA with a financial gift through the Wisconsin FFA Foundation? If you have already done so, thank you! If you are interested in making a contribution to the Wisconsin FFA before the end of the year, you can go directly to https://wisconsinaged.org
 and click on Donate to make a contribution online.
Quote of the Week
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Have a great week! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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