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Inside this issue:

  • James Shelby Recognized as Outstanding Achievement Award Winner
  • Alumni Award Applications
  • 212 & WLC Scholarship Applications
  • Thank You Central Illinois Ag
  • IL FFA Alumni Gun Raffle
  • 2017 Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting and Auction

James Shelby Recognized as Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

James Shelby of the Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni Affiliate is a recipient of the National FFA Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award. Shelby is a lifetime FFA Alumni member and is a former District 5 Director (2007-2013). He has been a member of the Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni for 16 years and served as the Association Treasurer for 13 years. 

"A former FFA member himself, James knows firsthand the impact FFA can make on one's life and is dedicated to giving back to the organization that changed his life," said the Mt. Vernon FFA. "He continually helps whenever he can, both physically and financially, and will often make anonymous donations to encourage students."

Some of Shelby's alumni involvement includes coordinating the local new member ice cream social, assisting at state FFA convention, serving as a chaperone for local events, assisting with scholarship fundraising, and helping less fortunate students purchase their own blue corduroy jacket. 

James Shelby will be recognized during the fourth general session of the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. More information about FFA Alumni events at convention can be found here.

Do you have someone in your alumni affiliate that goes above and beyond? Nominate him or her for the National Outstanding Achievement Award. More information can be found in the Alumni Award Applications article below.

Pictured below is James Shelby at the FFA Alumni Annual Meeting and speaking with agriculture department graduates.

Alumni Award Applications

We are now accepting applications for the National FFA Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award and Outstanding Chapter Awards.
  • National Oustanding Achievement Award - Do you have someone in your area that does an outstanding job and would like to honor him/her?  The Outstanding Achievement Awards are given in recognition of FFA Alumni members for outstanding leadership and service to agricultural education, FFA and FFA Alumni.
  • National Outstanding FFA Alumni Affiliate Award - The Outstanding FFA Alumni Chapter Awards honors FFA Alumni Affiliates for outstanding accomplishments and serve to encourage other FFA Alumni Chapters to further their own achievements.

Please note that National FFA Alumni has changed their applications, so if you have applied for these awards in the past, please use the new links above or download the applications on our website.

Applications must to be mailed to the Illinois FFA Alumni, 3221 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702 and postmarked by November 1, 2016.

212 & WLC Scholarship Applications

We are once again offering scholarships for 212 Conference and Washington Leadership Conference. The scholarship will be good for the following 212 Conferences:
  • November 18-19, 2016 in Bloomington & Collinsville
  • February 3-4, 2017 in Schaumburg & Mt. Vernon
Criteria to apply are as follows:
  • Chapter may only submit one application per conference
  • Must have an active alumni affiliate with at least 10 members (by 5/15/16)
  • Must be emailed or postmarked by November 1
How to win an alumni scholarship:
  • Type the fill-in scholarship application. Those using pencil or pen will be disqualified. 
  • Do not recreate the scholarship application to add more activity/event boxes to the application. Each section is labeled with the maximum activities/events allowed.
  • Accurate spelling, punctuation, and neatness.
  • Follow the rubric to get the most points in each section.
  • Include activities in the bonus section for alumni activity/involvement. Each activity is worth five points.
Scholarship applications can be found on our website by clicking here. They can be emailed to or mailed to the IL FFA Center and postmarked by November 1, 2016. Faxed applications will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Bunselmeyer or Patti Davis.
Thank you Central Illinois Ag for purchasing the Craig Massey painting at State FFA Convention! The $900 raised we will be using to sponsor the National FFA Officer Candidate from Illinois.

IL FFA Alumni Gun Raffle

The Illinois FFA Alumni is selling tickets for a gun raffle. Proceeds will fund scholarships and events. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold (000-999) and the winning numbers will be drawn from the Evening Illinois Pick 3 weekdays (Monday-Friday) in December.

An Early Bird Drawing will be held on November 1, 2016, but the ticket must be sold before the drawing to be eligible. If the ticket is not sold there will not be an early bird drawing. There is no limit on how many times a ticket can win. See the image below for the type of firearm and amount to be won for that day in December.

Each day's winner will receive a gift card for the value of that day's firearm from Dick's Sporting Goods. Value is based on the price of that firearm as of June 1, 2016. Any price increase, all sales taxes, and proper firearms card is the responsibility of the daily winner. Winners not wishing to buy a firearm may use the gift cards to purchase any item that is sold at Dick's Sporting Goods. 

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any Alumni Council member or by calling the FFA Center at (217) 753-3328 Ext. 107. 

FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction

Mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting and Auction - January 27 & 28 at the Hilton Garden Conference Center in Champaign, IL. We are shaking things up this year by moving the auction to Friday evening following the banquet and awards presentation. Saturday morning will feature a keynote speaker and new breakout sessions. 

Auction: Funds raised from the auction go towards scholarships for FFA members. Follow us on Facebook to see auction items as they come in and visit our website for a full listing.

Accommodations: A block of hotel rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn at a rate of $112 plus tax. Please mention the FFA Alumni Annual Meeting when booking your hotel rooms to receive this special rate. 
Our mailing address is:
3221 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: (217) 753-3328
Fax: (217) 753-3359 

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