July 2017
Thank You to All Donors in 2016-17! 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has raised $483,010 in total gifts and sponsorships during the 2016-17 Campaign Year, which was announced during the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention last month.
The annual event was held June 12-15 in Madison, bringing together nearly 3,600 FFA members, advisors, school officials, parents, as well as many generous donors of the Foundation. Ciera Ballmer of Clinton was named as the 2017-18 Wisconsin Association of FFA president at the convention. She will lead her team throughout the state in the next year, speaking and mentoring to the 20,864 FFA members, which is a 38-year membership high.
“The Wisconsin FFA Convention is the culmination of a year’s worth of dreams and achievements, as demonstrated by more than 20,000 FFA members across the state,” says Amber Vickers Keller, past president of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. “We celebrate our youth in the ‘Blue and Gold’, and their hard work and perseverance for growth and innovation. With the support of educators, families, FFA Alumni members, supporters and donors, we are certainly creating a brighter future for all!  Thank you, donors and supporters, for your belief in the future of agriculture and the FFA.”
Foundation Welcomes New Board Members
The Foundation also introduced its 2017-18 board of directors during the recent FFA convention, saying goodbye to and also welcoming two new members. Nick Hemling, director of Operations at ANIMART, served as the Board treasurer and is retiring from his position along with Lori Lulich, a Sales and Solutions manager with Purple Cow Organics, who served as the board president in 2014-15.
New Foundation board member Chris Schneider is employed as the vice president of Agricultural Banking at Investors Community Bank in Manitowoc, but hails from a family dairy farm in Hilbert. He lives in Kaukauna with his wife and four children.
Janet Schneider also joins the board of directors, and is the AgEdNet.com manager at Stewart-Peterson, Inc. located in West Bend. She previously served as the president of the 2015-16 Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association Council, and lives in Saint Cloud, near Fond du Lac. She has three children and two grandchildren.
To read the full press release, visit this link
Foundation Awards Chapter Grants
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(At left is an aerial view of this year's Randolph Cambria-Friesland FFA garden, part of the Sygenta Grow More Communities Grant Program.)
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 chapter grants, which encourage Wisconsin FFA chapters to develop individual and cooperative activities that will enhance their communities.
Granton FFA is the recipient of the $500 Community Service grant, new this year and available due to generous donations to the Bethany L. Rieth Memorial Fund.
Two chapters, Ashland FFA and Waupun FFA, are this year’s recipients of the Food for America grant, once again funded by the Wisconsin FFA Foundation’s long-time Two-Star Mission Partner, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Inc.

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation and Syngenta also have partnered for a second year to provide resources for produce gardens to five Wisconsin FFA Chapters. Three of these 2017 Grow More Communities grant winners, Antigo, Randolph Cambria-Friesland and Waupun FFA chapters, are returning gardens, while Milton FFA and Shullsburg FFA were newly selected to begin their garden project. Start-up gardens are given $500 to begin the project and $500 at the end of the season. Existing gardens are awarded $500 also when the garden is completed
For the full press release, visit this link.
Dear George,
Since joining the Wisconsin FFA Foundation in April, it’s been my privilege to meet with so many benefactors, FFA members, advisors, and other Ag Ed advocates across Wisconsin. Thank you all for the warm welcome to the Wisconsin FFA Family!
In many ways, I couldn’t have started my journey with the Foundation at a better time. Between the 88th Wisconsin FFA Convention, a new state officer team kicking off their year, and the upcoming golf outings – this busy time has been a great opportunity to meet so many of you. The partnership and support displayed by our community is incredibly encouraging, and gives me great hope for the upcoming year.
Please continue to reach out to us – Jen, Carol, or myself – whenever we can be of service, to share an update, or to just visit a bit. I look forward to seeing many of you at our golf outings and the Mallards game (details below), and meeting many others in the coming months.
Thank you for the many ways you support Wisconsin FFA!
John Hromyak 
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
It's not Too Late!
Get Your Registration in TODAY!  
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Join your friends with the Wisconsin FFA Foundation for the Annual Golf Outings, our biggest fundraiser of the year!
Northwest: July 17 at Wild Ridge/Eau Claire
Northeast: July 18 at Mid Vallee/De Pere
Southern: July 24 at Pleasant View/ Middleton
Register your team today, just use this link!
Contact Jen to support the outings through a hole,   activity or full event sponsorship!
Join Us at the Ballpark to Benefit FFA! 
*** To order tickets, visit MallardsBaseball.com
Click "Buy Tickets" in the Upper Right Corner
In the Promotions Box, enter "WiscoFFA"
Follow the steps to purchase tickets. 
Meet the 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Officer Team
The 2017-18 Wisconsin FFA Officer Team includes: 
(Front Row) Elisha Riley, Treasurer from Section 8 and Morgan Fitzsimmons, Section 4 Vice President.
(Middle Row) Amelia Hayden, Section 10 Vice President; Ciera Ballmer, State President; Sam Pinchart, Section 9 Vice President; Liz Grady, Secretary from Section 5; and Meikah Dado, Reporter from Section 1.
(Back Row) Ciara Koboski, Section 3 Vice President; Sam Jesse, Sentinel from Section 6; Brooke Brantner, Section 2 Vice President; and Kathryn Lampi, Parliamentarian from Section 7. 
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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