April 2016
Join us in welcoming Kristin Johnson to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation
 
The Wisconsin FFA Foundation welcomes Kristin Johnson as their administrative assistant. In this role, Johnson will assist in managing the large amount of data which flows through the Foundation, aid in event/meeting coordination, as well as oversee accounting needs of the organization.
 
She will manage the donor management database, which involves important tasks such as preparing donor renewals, updating campaign reports and coordinating recognition opportunities. Johnson’s part-time role also includes overseeing various award programs such as scholarship and grant selections for the Foundation, a statewide organization that builds partnerships with industry, education, government, foundations and individuals to secure resources to support the FFA mission.
 
“Everyone I have met so far has been so passionate about FFA and everything it stands for,” says Johnson. “I hope in my new role I will be able to support the organization’s mission of ‘premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.’”
 
 “With less than one month until the Wisconsin FFA Convention, we are very excited to welcome Kristin to our team and introduce her to everyone at the biggest event of the year,” says Sara Schoenborn, Wisconsin FFA Foundation executive director. “She is very detail oriented, able to learn tasks quickly and truly a perfect fit for this administrative position.”
 
Read more here.
 
 
Two weeks until the 87th Wisconsin FFA Convention! 
 


What qualities will you show people today? Who will you be for them tomorrow? The theme of the 87th Wisconsin FFA Convention is "Be FFA" and encourages all of us to exemplify the characteristics that are FFA: loyal, hard-working, honest and caring of others. 
 
We're excited to share yet another year of student achievements, honor adults who give their all to FFA, and also recognize the donors that make so much of this possible. 
 
Please consider joining us June 13-16 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. A detailed schedule of events can be found online at www.wisconsinffa.org, and you can personalize your convention itinerary on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation website, here. 
 
Be FFA! 
 
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Tim Wyss
 
 
 
 
 
Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board Member Tim Wyss says he grew up on a dairy farm in Dunn County near Knapp and was a member of the Menomonie FFA.
 
"I saw the things my older brother got to do as an FFA member and couldn’t wait to pay my dues, buy my own jacket and get involved," he says. 
 
While he was active in FFA on the local level in high school, Wyss says he didn’t attend an FFA convention until a member of the Agriculture Education Society at UW-River Falls. It was the National FFA Convention in Kansas City. 
 
"From that moment on, I was a believer in the mission of the FFA organization and was convinced that it was the most phenomenal youth organization in the country and I would be a part of it as an advisor," says Wyss. "I decided I would do whatever I could as an FFA advisor to provide my students with opportunities to learn and grow through FFA activities."
 
He began his teaching career in 1977 in Clear Lake and attended his second National FFA Convention that fall and experienced it as an advisor.  "The experience was monumental in my career and my support for the organization was fully established and has never faltered," says this month's featured donor of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. 
 
The following spring, Wyss attended his first State FFA Convention in Green Lake. "As a new teacher, I was in awe of the leadership provided to the State Association by the three DPI consultants in Agricultural Education: Floyd Doering, Dr. Virgil Martinson and Arnold Cordes," he says. "Each is a legend in Wisconsin FFA history and I was fortunate to experience their guidance and support."
 
Wyss explains: Arnold Cordes retired as FFA Executive Secretary and established the FFA Foundation in 1983 to financially support the activities of the Wisconsin FFA.
 
At that time, Wyss says he was convinced of the need for the Foundation and began supporting it. 
 
He was an FFA advisor until 2012, and explains through those years, he has seen the transformation of students from timid first-year members into confident leaders capable of organizing community events and speaking before hundreds of people.  
 
"I rarely observe better displays of good character, fine manners and a laser like focus on self improvement than I do when I am around FFA members," Wyss adds. "I’m convinced there is no better way for a student to gain premier leadership, personal growth and career success than through activities in the FFA."
 
He continues by saying that countless members have benefited from the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.  "Every FFA function I attended and many of the awards my students received were made possible through donations to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation," Wyss notes. "I am a supporter; I believe in the mission of the FFA."
 
He is now completing his term on the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Board.
 
"What an experience it has been to meet so many dedicated professionals from business and industry who share my passion for the FFA," Wyss adds.  "Every decision made by the board reflects their commitment to do what is best to serve the members of the Wisconsin FFA Association. The Foundation is truly in good hands and all levels of financial support are important and appreciated to maintain and grow FFA programs." 
 
This long-time FFA supporter says it's impossible to return from a state or national FFA convention without a renewed hope for the future of agriculture and for the future of this country.  He says society in general would benefit if everyone would attend an FFA banquet, conference or convention and capture some of that FFA spirit.
 
"I have been blessed to spend my career in a community that values agriculture, youth and the FFA," says Wyss. "I wa able to spend 35 years associated with advisors and students in the best leadership organization in our country. I have witnessed the impact FFA has had on student success and am able continue to remain a part of the FFA organization through my support of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation." 
 
Dear Friend of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation,
 
Before I write next month's column, many of us will likely been together in mid-June at the 87th Wisconsin FFA Convention. I can't wait! The weather is nice, summer is here and this is such a fun season for Wisconsin FFA! We've seen these students working hard all year on their projects, speaking contests, serving their communities and so many other activities. I can't help but share in the anticipation with their advisors and parents, as we honor their hard work on the main stage.
 
For me, it's also a time to reconnect with those of you that make this all possible, our dedicated donors of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. I don't know if "Thank You" is enough to say when it comes to the influence you are making in these young peoples' lives. It's incredible, truly, and that's why I encourage you to stop by at any time during State Convention in Madison. It's definitely a life-changing and affirming experience to see their excitement firsthand. 
 
On another note, if you haven't signed up your golf outing team or looked into the summer Mallards' fundraiser, be sure to do that now so we can plan accordingly. These are great events that mean a lot to the year-round support of the FFA members we all love. 
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for another great campaign year for the Foundation. It ends in less than a month, and our final numbers will be released shortly after. Until then, I hope to see you at Convention and shake your hand and offer my most sincere gratitude for the work YOU do! 
 
Sara Schoenborn
Executive Director, Wisconsin FFA Foundation
Take a break to enjoy some summer baseball and support the Wisconsin FFA Foundation!
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Registration is open for summer Golf Outings! 
 
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It's time to spend a day for FFA! Join us in 2016 for the Wisconsin FFA Foundation Golf Outings.
 
Northwest: July 11 in Eau Claire
Northeast: July 12 in De Pere
Southern: July 25 in Prairie du Sac 
 
We are excited for another successful fundraising event, our biggest of the year. In 2015, 90 sponsors and more than 280 golfers generously donated $26,500 to the Foundation! 
 
To register your team, contact Jen Bradley, call 608-831-5058 x2 or go online here
 
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2015-16 State Officer Team, Farewell
 
 
 
Wisconsin FFA Partners, thank you so much for your generous support throughout this year!  With your help we have been able to allow members to find their own path within the FFA through our theme for the year of “Be…”  It has been incredible seeing the way members can take everything they do and make it their own. 
 
Whether through their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, Career Development Events, leadership workshops, community service projects and more, Wisconsin FFA members are excelling in everything they take on. 
 
This year the state officer team set a goal to reach more than 20,000 members. As the year has progressed, I have witnessed more and more members becoming involved in the many different events and activities our team has held. Seeing hundreds of FFA members in their blue jackets at leadership workshops has shown me that, while I still really hope that we can surpass our goal, being a part of the students' involved today means much more.  The ability to offer a number of diverse opportunities has allowed us to reach members from a variety of backgrounds, communities and interests. 
 
All of this influence would be impossible without your help. Our partners make it possible to offer these opportunities to Wisconsin FFA members.  When we say there is something for everyone in FFA, we mean it, and it’s all because of you.  One FFA member told me: “Because of FFA, I know the importance of interacting with others, and respecting others opinions and values, while staying true to myself and the values that I hold.” 
 
Thank you for helping to teach us to interact with and respect the people around us. Thank you for helping to make Wisconsin FFA one of the greatest organizations for students to be involved in! 
 

Sally Albers
2015-16 Wisconsin FFA President

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