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89th Wisconsin State FFA Convention

June 11-14, 2018 | Alliant Energy Center | Madison, Wisconsin

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State FFA Convention News
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New 'Blue & Gold' Society Members Inducted

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation has announced that five of its largest contributors have qualified for the 'Blue and Gold Society' for their generous support of agriculture education.

James Grasee, Mary Handrich-Grasee, William & Nancy Maurina, and the Family of Gordon J. Iverson were recognized during the Wisconsin FFA Convention in Madison on Tuesday for making at least $15,000 in contributions to the Foundation over a period of three years.

James T. Grasee and Mary Handrich-Grasee are from Denmark, where Mary is the agricultural education instructor/FFA advisor and James, a financial advisor. They both were high school FFA officers and are grateful for the impact the organization has had on their lives. Mary earned her American FFA degree, and James, his State FFA degree. Today, they both volunteer and support Wisconsin FFA members in many ways.

William and Nancy (Carroll) Maurina and Family are also being inducted into the Blue and Gold Society this year. William was the Barron FFA advisor and ag teacher for many years, and joined by his wife, Nancy, for much of his career before she passed in 2015. William says his favorite part of the agricultural education’s three-circle model is FFA, which he calls, “the icing on the cake.”

Also being honored is the Family of Gordon J. Iverson, DVM “Doc”, which has been a Blue and Gold Society member for the past three years. They have continued to show commitment to Doc’s legacy through regular contributions to the Gordon J. Iverson Endowment. His legacy lives on through this memorial endowment, which supports veterinary and animal science scholarships for Wisconsin FFA members.

The prestigious Blue and Gold Society began in 2001 and currently includes 33 members.

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