April 2018
Foundation awards $31,000 in
Post-Secondary Scholarships
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2018 post-secondary scholarships, which were recently awarded to 43 Wisconsin FFA members from 35 chapters.
 
In total, $31,017 has been bestowed upon these students. Recipients of these awards will be recognized at the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention in mid-June, as will the 29 generous sponsors of the annual Foundation scholarships. 
 
To read the full list of winners and scholarship sponsors, visit this link
Don't Miss the Early-Bird Registration May 28 deadline! 
 
 
Save the Dates for the Foundation's Summer Golf Outings

Northwest - Monday, July 16 in Eau Claire
 
Northeast - Tuesday, July 17 in De Pere
                       
Southern - Monday, July 23 in Middleton
                      
Check out this flyer for new sponsorship opportunities, a simple way to support FFA! 
 
And click here to register your team today.
(Register by May 28 to enter for early bird prize!)  
 
See you on the course in July!  
 
Foundation's Star Mission Partner Releases Teacher Resource Guide 
 
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative has released its Organic Resource Guide (ORG), a set of online educational materials with activities for high school and middle school students. This educator's toolbox includes lessons that can be used in their entirety, or separate to accommodate existing curriculum. 
 
The ORG is divided into four categories: Intro to Organic, Organic Management, Sustainability and Farm Tour. It covers a wide range of topics regarding organic agriculture, from crops to animals and even industry trends and labeling. 
 
The ORG can be found online at this link.
 
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative has been a longtime supporter of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. The cooperative is a Two-Star Mission Partner and sponsor of the Chapter Grants, SAE Grants and Proficiency Award Programs. 
 
Convention Expo Booth Price Increases at End of Month
 
Make plans to meet and engage with FFA members at the Convention Expo (formerly Career Show) this summer at the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention! 
 
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Showtimes: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Go to this link to register today! 
 
Executive Director John HromyakDear Jonas & Jen,
 
Now that spring appears to finally be into full swing (knock on wood!), we can't help but think ahead to the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention - less than two months away June 11-14!
 
We look forward to hosting you, our sponsors and benefactors, throughout the week to recognize and thank you for your commitment to our FFA members.
 
Convention is also a great time to see the hard work of our members come to fruition. Hundreds of awards will be presented, Agriscience Fair and SAE projects will be on display, and members will compete for a chance to represent Wisconsin at the national level.
 
If you have an interest in judging a proficiency or event, attending a general session, or just taking a tour of the Convention, please let me know! We'd be happy to have you join us. 
 
Thanks again for all you do to stay connected with Ag Ed and FFA in Wisconsin, and please enjoy the other updates in this Corduroy Connection!
 
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
608-831-5058x3
 
WROF Offers Scholarship Matching Gift Opportunity for Foundation Donors
 
 
The Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation (WROF) has made funds available for a challenge grant for Wisconsin FFA Foundation donors.
 
Gifts to support FFA scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 will be matched (up to a $5,000 total award to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation).
 
These funds can create a named scholarship and the impact will be doubled through generous support from WROF. 
 
For more details and/or to contribute to a scholarship for 2019, email John Hromyak or call 608.831.5058x3.
 
Elisha Riley
2017-18 State Treasurer
 
Home Chapter:
Waupaca FFA
College: UW-River Falls
Major: Agricultural Education
Supervised Agricultural Experiences: 
Dairy Production - Entrepreneurship
Rabbit Production
 
Hello, my name is Elisha Riley, the Wisconsin FFA Treasurer representing Section 8. I live on an organic dairy farm in Amherst. On the farm, I milk 30 registered Holstein cattle and 64 milking goats, and own 13 Holstein cows myself. Apart from the dairy aspect, I breed Mini Lop rabbits.
 
I have owned rabbits since I was in 4th grade, and it has been the most beneficial for me to grow in many aspects of life. I am the sole caretaker for my rabbits, so all expenses and income goes directly to me. I own three female rabbits and a male which I breed and exhibit the offspring. I show both dairy cattle and rabbits at county and state fairs, as well teach young FFA and 4-H members the basics of showing.
 
I joined FFA when I was in 7th grade as a Waupaca middle school student. As a beginner in the FFA world, I was shy, and only did a few small events. Throughout my years in FFA progressed, I began opening up to new opportunities and becoming completely immersed in all that FFA has to offer. I was elected as a chapter officer three years, and was active in nearly every activity the Waupaca FFA chapter did. I am so thankful for the many activities the FFA offers to students like myself to grow themselves in leadership and as members of their schools and communities.
 
I would like to extend a huge thank you to the sponsors and supporters reading this column. Thanks to your generous donations, FFA members and myself have been able to participate in many FFA activities, contests, and conferences. Your generous support is a reflection upon our organization and the deep roots we share with businesses and people like yourselves. Thank you so much!!
 
 
Charles Larson  
 
 
 
 
Charles Larson is a longtime Wisconsin FFA advocate and Foundation donor. 
 
This Wisconsin FFA Hall of Fame member was a Greenhand at the Waupaca FFA in 1943, and then an ag teacher/FFA advisor for 39 years, 17 in Cuba City and the remaining in his hometown of Waupaca. 
 
"I remember they told us we should stay in our first job at least two years, so it didn't look like we were run out of town," Larson says with a laugh. "I thought I would try, and it was a marvelous experience."

He says when he started in FFA, a member had to be male and come from a farm, but Larson still remembers the first National FFA Convention when it was proposed to admit females to the organization. The vote was not passed that year, but Larson says he remembers the first female student he had in his 1968 class in Waupaca. 
 
He also remembers the first conversation about a need for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, when all state officers couldn't travel to National FFA Convention due to lack of funding. 
 
"The idea for the Foundation didn't fly then at all; it took someone like Arnold to spearhead it later," Larson says. He and the Cordes' were friends for many years, and he says he still corresponds with their daughter, adding they are a "terrific family." 
 
He gave his first Annual Fund donation to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation in 1984, and has been also supporting the National FFA Foundation annually since 1978. 
 
"My middle son was a State FFA Officer and Floyd Doering said, 'You've got to start supporting the Foundation,'” says Larson. "FFA has such a terrific impact on kids, which is what it's all about. I firmly believe in what it can do and you see the changes in them." 
 
In his life, Larson has seen his own children raised up in FFA, a few becoming state officers and ag teachers themselves, which he jokes is a "genetic defect" as the family has had at least one teacher in most generations since the Revolutionary War. 
 
Larson still enjoys attending the Wisconsin FFA Convention when he can, and says he received his own State FFA Degree when it the event was still held in Wausau. 
 
"I've been blessed," he says. "I live in the house I was born in, and my kids are so good. They watch things and do the heavy lifting." 
 
"Interestingly enough," Larson continues, "there were five of us that started teaching at the same time in 1951 after graduating from River Falls. We all ended up in the Hall of Fame, and we lost two of the group just last year."
 
He says he's been given back so many things he felt others should have had, but is honored to be able to continue doing his part to support Wisconsin FFA through the Foundation's Annual Fund. 
 
 
April 27
State FFA Career Development Events - Madison
Click here to learn more
 
June 11-14
89th Wisconsin FFA Convention - Madison
Click here to learn more
 
July 16
Northwest Golf Outing - Eau Claire
Click here to learn more
 
July 17
Northeast Golf Outing - De Pere
Click here to learn more
 
July 23
Southern Golf Outing - Middleton
Click here to learn more
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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