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FFA Alumni Honors Affiliate During State Convention
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/09/2015

Many FFA Alumni affiliates have been recognized for their level of excellence during the past year at the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention in Stevens Point. On Saturday, the organization recognized the Blair FFA Alumni in the small chapter category; Brodhead was the top group in the medium category; and Mishicot earned top honors for larger chapters. A National Outstanding Affiliate Award was also presented to the Stoughton FFA Alumni.

The Sparta FFA Alumni received the Eagle Award for the highest percent increase in its membership. Reedsville won the Dr. V.O. Martinson Award for the highest number of increased members. And Oconto Falls earned the Ann Martinson Award for having the highest increase of life-time members during the past year.

The Kiel FFA Alumni earned the Best Newsletter Award and was recognized for having the best affiliate website. And the Oregon and Denmark affiliates were awarded local program grants of $1,000 for curriculum, equipment, FFA supplies or other chapter needs.

The recipient of this year's Outstanding Achievement award was David Hermans of the Denmark FFA Alumni.

Ag instructors recognized for their involvement with their local FFA Alumni groups were Mary Handrich, Denmark; Eric Follendorf, Sparta; Tom Dobbs, Melrose-Mindoro; Jeff Zobeck, Gresham; Glenda Crook, Lodi; Sandra Cordes, Manawa; Troy Talford, Sauk Prairie; and Jerry Wendt, Stoughton.

Also at the convention, Janet Schneider of Campbellsport was elected as the new president of the association. She replaces Kathy Breunig from Prairie du Sac.

"One of our main goals of this coming year is to help FFA chapters do all they can to prepare their students for the future," Schneider told Wisconsin Ag Connection. "We are being told that there will soon be a shortage of good, qualified workers to replace the baby-boomers who are retiring. Who better than FFA members to fill those roles."

Meanwhile, Julie Spoke of Waterloo is the new president-elect, and Dan Follendorf from Sparta was chosen as the new vice president.

The Wisconsin FFA Alumni is the nation's largest state affiliate, with over 8,000 members listed on the group's roster.

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