August 2017
Thank You for Supporting the 2017 Golf Outings!  
 
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The Wisconsin FFA Foundation is excited to share the success of its annual trio of summer golf outings, and extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in and/or sponsored these vital fundraisers.
 
Together, the three 2017 outings – Northwest, Northeast and Southern – raised more than $40,000 for Wisconsin FFA. Since 2010 when the Northeast (and newest) outing began, the summer events collectively have secured more than $330,000 in donated funds to support agricultural education and FFA throughout Wisconsin.
 
To read the full release, use this link.
 
The Putting Contest at Northwest - sponsored by Xcel Energy - Agricultural Services.
 
Rural Mutual sponsored a Snack Station and 50/50 Raffle at each event. Pictured is Bill Kriese working the Northwest outing. 
 
Longtime outing partner Gresham FFA Alumni golfed with Statewide Hole Sponsor Pomp's Tire at our Northeast Outing. 
 
Thank you Sauk Prairie FFA for all you do for the Southern Golf Outing each year and bringing such fun personalities! 
 
Culver's brought a team to the Southern Outing, and also was our Presenting Sponsor of the event.
 
Dear Sara,
 
For many in the agriculture community, the summer months are among the busiest of the year. I know that is certainly the case for Wisconsin FFA members – between attending state convention, showing at county fairs, heading to events like Farm Tech Days – and there’s still somehow room for all the “usual” chores, jobs, and hopefully some fun, too!
 
In between our events and meetings these past few months, our work at the Foundation has been focused on planning and outreach for the 2017-18 campaign year. It is through your advocacy, engagement, and support that we are able to meet our Wisconsin FFA funding goals – resulting in a 25% increase in funding to FFA programming from just five years ago. Thank you for being a big part of that, and thank you for your continued commitment to FFA.
 
Now, as we head towards a new school year and a new season in the coming weeks, we see examples of uncertainty and conflict in our world. Our mission of investing in tomorrow's leaders remains a critical need, and the skills our members develop through FFA and agriculture education will ensure they are equipped to serve our communities for years to come. 
 
Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable end to the summer. Thank you for the many ways you support Wisconsin FFA!
 
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
 
Teach Ag Thrives - for WI Ag Educators 
 
Twelve Wisconsin agricultural educators will be participating in Teach Ag Thrives this fall, a project of Wisconsin Teach Ag. The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) is partnering with Mark Jewell Speaking & Training (MJST) to offer a coaching program for teachers looking to:
  • Gain fresh perspective to address challenges and capitalize on opportunities
  • Get greater clarity around their goals - personal and professional
  • Identify opportunities to experience a better blend between home and work lives
  • Look for ways to optimize their strengths in order to have more energy
"We have a demand for ag educators in Wisconsin," says Wisconsin FFA Foundation Executive Director John Hromyak. "The Foundation will continue to partner with WAAE to support our ag educators, and this program is one of many responses to a growing need for recruitment and retention of Wisconsin ag educators."
 
To learn more about this unique opportunity, visit this link
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ciera Ballmer
2017-18 State FFA President 
 
Home Chapter:
Clinton FFA
College: UW-Madison
Major: Dairy Science
Supervised Agricultural Experiences:  Agricultural Education, Dairy Production, and Swine Production
 
My name is Ciera Ballmer and I am serving as the 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA State President. Through my 8 years as a Clinton FFA member, I have enjoyed individualizing my FFA career to make it unique. Some of my favorite FFA activities have been participating in FFA's Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS), FFA Honors Band, dairy judging, coaching my chapter's middle school quiz bowl team, and participating in various service activities. This fall, I will be a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am majoring in Dairy Science with a certificate in Agricultural Business Management. After I receive my bachelor's degree, I plan on pursuing my master's degree in Agricultural Education.
 
This year, my teammates and I are looking forward to a great year with Wisconsin FFA! We hope to continue increasing in membership and reach a 39 year membership high for Wisconsin FFA. In addition we are looking forward to helping Wisconsin FFA members find and share their passions in FFA and agriculture, and help them individualize their own FFA experience to make it their own.
 
One thing that I personally am really looking forward to this year is continuing to meet more Wisconsin FFA partners. All of our sponsors truly are amazing as they support over 20,800 Wisconsin FFA members as we grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture! Everytime I talk with a Wisconsin FFA supporter, I am amazed by their own agricultural story and why they believe in FFA and the future of agriculture. 
Contact the Foundation Staff
 
Executive Director - John Hromyak
608-831-5058 x3
 
Operations Manager - Carol Ellis
608-831-5058 x1
 
Marketing Coordinator - Jen Bradley
608-831-5058 x2 
 

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