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Inside this Issue:
  • Outstanding Alumni Affiliate Feature
  • Gator Raffle Winner
  • Council Members Attend Alumni Development Conference
  • Why Your Gift Matters
    • Living to Serve Through WLC Experience
    • WLC and Leadership Camp Scholarship Recipients
  • 2017 Annual Meeting & Auction
    • Intent to Run for Alumni Council
    • Outstanding Achievement Award
    • Oustanding FFA Alumni Affiliate Award
Outstanding Alumni Affiliate - Mt. Vernon

Our 2015 Outstanding Alumni Affiliate state winner is the Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni. Chartered in 1990, the group started with 25 members who wanted to support the Mt. Vernon FFA Chapter and Agriculture Education. It has grown to 115 annual members and 28 life members. Throughout the past year, the group has logged over 1800 volunteer hours. 

One of Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni's major fundraising activities is their scholarship pork barbecue meal before the homecoming football game every fall. In 2015, they raised over $4,200 for scholarships that are awarded to graduating seniors; this May the alumni awarded seven. The group also assists with the FFA chapter's fundraiser such as fruit, cookie dough, and Krispy Kreme Doughnut sales. 

The Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni meets monthly at the same time as the student meeting. This allows the alumni to assist the advisors with anything they may need as well as meet the FFA members and help with activities or record books. 

One way the group has worked to recruit new members is by sending letters and emails to freshman and sophomore parents. They have hit home the message that anyone can be a member of the Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni - no agriculture of FFA experience required. 

The 2015 Outstanding Alumni Affiliates are:

  • Mt. Vernon FFA Alumni - District 5 - Gold
  • Waterloo FFA Alumni - District 5 - Gold
  • Bushnell-Prairie City FFA Alumni - District 3 - Silver
  • Seneca FFA Alumni - District 2 - Bronze
  • Stockton FFA Alumni - District 1 - Bronze
For more information on how to become an Outstanding Alumni Affiliate, see the article at the bottom of this newsletter.
Congratulations to the winner of our 2016 Gator Raffle - Bruce Barry! Taylorville FFA sold the winning ticket. Of the funds raised, over $10,000 was given back to FFA chapters. Contact the FFA Center for more information on how your chapter can participate.
Council Members Attend Alumni Development Conference

FFA Alumni members from around the country gathered together to focus on agricultural advocacy and the future of FFA Alumni in Kansas City as part of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC), held July 14-16. 
The goal of the conference was to challenge the attendees to engage with their local community, administrators and business leaders. In addition, new and productive ideas were shared by leaders within agriculture. Attendees were able to interact with one another, share ideas, attend workshops and develop skills to advocate for agricultural education.
"Today, perhaps more than ever, we need to become more agriculturally literate and strengthen our advocacy for the industry and organization we love," said National FFA Alumni Executive Director Josh Rusk. "During ADC, our members learn to do just that. We learn to tell our story and how to support our agriculture educators."

The Illinois participants at ADC are pictured below. For more pictures from the conference, visit our Facebook page. 

From left to right: Kade Hill, Patti Davis, Kristen Faucon, Ron Lynch, Jalyn Lynch, Ted Hughes, Nila Hughes, Rick Duchow, Penny Duchow, Lauren Hughes
Why Your Gift Matters

Illinois FFA Alumni Council fundraising efforts throughout the year provide funds for student scholarships to attend leadership development events such as 212 Conference, FFA Leadership Camp, and Washington Leadership Conference. Read about the impact your donation had on one of our scholarship recipients in the article below, Living to Serve Through WLC Experience. Also included is a list of all scholarship recipients - all made possible from contributions from members like you.

Living to Serve Through WLC Experience

Katie Stenger of the Farmington FFA Chapter is a 2016 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) Scholarship recipient. Stenger will be a senior at Farmington High School and is the chapter's Vice President.

At WLC, students participate in sessions where they learn skills that will allow them to better lead, serve, and push past the obstacles that are in their way. In addition, they tour the various sites in and around Washington, DC such as Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Archives. This select group of FFA members also complete a service project where they make over 62,000 meals for area residents.

"There is a large amount of power and leadership in this organization. So many of us are working towards a common goal all across the country and we need to work together to make a bigger difference," said Stenger.

Stenger and other participants developed a Living to Serve Plan while in DC. “Mine is about working with elementary students to understand where their food comes from,” she said. “I will have them plant something to take home that will provide them with food so they begin to understand sustainable agriculture.” Her plan also includes goals, a timeline, who can assist her, and what obstacles she will have to overcome. Stenger can't wait to begin working with her advisors to get more involved in the community and to implement her plan.

When asked if there was anything else she wanted to share about her experience Stenger said, "I would recommend this conference to anyone looking to improve their leadership skills. It's an amazing experience and well worth the time and expense. A huge thank you to the alumni for giving me the scholarship which made the trip much more affordable!"

Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship recipient Katie Stenger (second from left) with other conference attendees outside the White House in Washington, DC.
WLC Scholarship Recipients
This year the alumni awarded 27 Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships. The scholarship recipients are:
  • Lilah Bobinski, Midland
  • Josie Brockett, Cumberland
  • Samantha Brookman, Cisne
  • Mikayla Busby, Monticello
  • Jacob Dobbels, Cambridge
  • Kendall Dodson, Nashville
  • Aaron Duncan, Marion
  • Koby Gooden, West Prairie
  • Brianna Gorham, Rockridge
  • Laurie Gronewold, Unity
  • Taylor Harvey, Clinton
  • Samantha Hatfield, Shelbyville
  • Connor Kaeb, Cissna Park
  • Kaitlyn Kane, Monmouth-Roseville
  • David Kloppe, New Berlin
  • Noah Kueker, Mt. Vernon
  • Kristen  Kurtz, St. Joseph-Ogden
  • Nicole Laskowski, Marissa
  • Victoria Medernach, LeRoy
  • Kendall Nelson, Newark
  • Lucille Smith, Wayne City
  • Katie Stenger, Farmington
  • Mika Taylor, Sandoval
  • Macy Tippie, Iroquois West
  • Brittany Twidwell, Southeastern
  • Emily Waddell, Midwest Central
  • Emily Woods, Seneca
FFA Leadership Camp Scholarship Recipients
This year the Illinois FFA Alumni awarded 19 Leadership Camp Scholarships. The scholarship recipients are:
  • Harleigh Devor, Mt. Vernon
  • Laney Fuqua, Cambridge
  • Allison Herman, Olney
  • Lauren Hughes, Cisne
  • Michael Janssen, Southeastern
  • Mikayla Jones, Paxton-Buckley-Loda
  • Sarah Klump, Cissna Park
  • Brandon Phipps, Sandoval
  • Austin Price, Milford
  • Logan Quance, Marion
  • Jacob Quillen, Edwards County
  • Lexi Ruemker, Waterloo
  • Adlai Schetter, Southwestern
  • Kylee Schnirring, New Berlin
  • Austin Schorfheide, Nashville
  • Hannah Spangler, Bushnell-Prairie City
  • Desaree Techmanski, Seneca
  • Noah Wilwohl, Iroquois West
  • Jazmin Wingert, Pearl City
The Illinois FFA Alumni also awards FFA Leadership Camp Scholarships to the chapter basket winners at the Annual Meeting & Auction: 
  • Best Basket: Sandoval FFA
  • Highest Bid: Taylorville FFA
Due to the amount of funds raised at the auction, 16 additional winners were drawn:
  • AlWood FFA
  • Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond FFA
  • Bushnell-Prairie City FFA
  • Cambridge FFA
  • Cisne FFA
  • Cissna Park FFA
  • Clinton FFA
  • Eldorado FFA
  • Geneseo FFA
  • Hamilton County FFA
  • Mt. Vernon FFA
  • Newark FFA
  • Ottawa FFA
  • Serena FFA
  • Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich FFA
  • Waterloo FFA
Intent to Run for Alumni Council
Interested in serving on the Illinois FFA Alumni Council? The "Intent to Run for Council" form can be found on our website by clicking here. This form is only required for those interested in the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or Reporter. Please send your completed form to Patti Davis by October 1st.
Alumni Awards
Is their someone doing an outstanding job in your Alumni Affiliate? The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to recognize individual FFA Alumni members for outstanding leadership and service to agricultural education, FFA and FFA alumni. 

Is your Alumni Affiliate going above and beyond? The Outstanding FFA Alumni Affiliate Award honors FFA Alumni Affiliates for outstanding accomplishments and serve to encourage other FFA Alumni Affiliates to further their own achievements.

Award applications for the Outstanding Achievement Award and Outstanding FFA Alumni Affiliate Award can be found on our website by clicking here. Applications are due to the IL FFA Alumni Council by November 1st. Send completed award applications by mail to the Illinois FFA Center (address at bottom of newsletter).
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction in Champaign! 



Thank you to all who contacted their legislators about the Ag Ed Line Item. The line item was fully funded for the next year at $1.8 million. If you missed the governor's announcement to reinstate the line item at State FFA Convention click here.

We Want to Hear From You!
Is your alumni having an event or working on a special project? Have an activity you'd like to share with other affiliates? Tell us about it and you could be featured on our Facebook page. Email a photo and a few words about the event to our Reporter, Kristen Faucon.
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