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FFA Alumni play a very important part in keeping agricultural education and FFA programs in our local schools. FFA relies on its FFA Alumni to garner support for FFA from their local communities, raise funds for chapter activities and scholarships, assist at FFA leadership camps and conferences, and much more. You didn’t have to be a former FFA member to support FFA, agriculture education and the future of agriculture.

Types of Membership

  1. Associate Membership
    • FREE
    • Will receive an electronic form of communication from national associations (provided an e-mail address is provided)
    • Will receive the state newsletter (paper copy)
    • This level of membership is available to individuals who have just graduated high school through 5 years past graduation.
    • Access to all educational opportunities provided by the state and national associations
    • Voting rights only at the state level
  2. Annual Membership
    • $20/individual ($10 goes to the state and $10 goes to nationals)
    • Receives state and national newsletters (in print form)
    • Voting rights at the state and national levels
    • Membership counts for national delegate seats and National Youth Support funding
    • Access to all educational opportunities provided by the state and national associations
  3. Collegiate Membership
    • $6 ($5 goes towards nationals and $1 goes to state)
    • Available only to dues paying collegiate FFA members
    • Access to all educational opportunities provided by the state and national associations
    • Receives state and national newsletters (in print form)
    • Voting rights at the state and national levels
    • Membership counts for national delegate seats and National Youth Support funding
  4. Corporate Membership (for businesses only)
    • Annual $300 (All $300 goes to nationals)
    • Membership counts for national delegate seats and National Youth Support funding
    • Access to all educational opportunities provided by the state and national associations
    • Receives state and national newsletters (in print form)
  5. Lifetime Membership
    • $310/individual ($150 goes to the state and $160 goes to nationals) (a 15 year payback)
    • Receives state and national newsletters (in print form)
    • Voting rights at the state and national levels
    • Membership counts for national delegate seats and National Youth Support funding
    • Access to all educational opportunities provided by the state and national associations

"Your membership is a key component to the success of Wisconsin FFA members."

Mission, Vision and Statistics

 The Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association helps support the programs and activities of over 19,000 FFA members in the state.

The Mission of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association: We will strive to be Wisconsin's premier Agriculture Education advocate with FFA Alumni support in every community. We envision our diverse, positive, community committed organization to provide resources to support youth development and leadership.

The Vision of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association: We are advocates for FFA and Advocating for Agriculture Education

Check out the Different State Rankings

Rank State # of Members
1 Wisconsin 8444
2 Illinois 5770
3 Ohio 4132
4 Florida 2629
5 Georgia 2456
6 Oklahoma 2438
7 Tennessee 2249
8 Iowa 2192
9 Nebraska 2135
10 Kansas 1946
11 Texas 1931
12 Kentucky 1707
13 North Carolina 1488
14 Michigan 1443
15 Minnesota 1266
16 Oregon 1000
17 Virginia 923
18 North Dakota 877
19 Missouri 747
20 California 591
21 Montana 558
22 Mississippi 521
23 Washington 482
24 Connecticut 475
25 Maryland 441
26 Pennsylvania 434
 
Rank State # of Members
27 Idaho 396
28 Colorado 390
29 Indiana 382
30 Arkansas 371
31 Arizona 321
32 New Jersey 318
33 New Mexico 229
34 Alabama 198
35 Wyoming 192
36 South Dakota 177
37 New York 147
38 South Carolina 137
39 West Virginia 134
40 Delaware 102
41 Nevada 101
42 Louisiana 70
43 Rhode Island 57
44 Maine 31
45 Alaska 25
46 Utah 24
47 Massachusetts 24
48 Vermont 21
49 New Hampshire 11
50 Hawaii 9
51 Puerto Rico 5
52 Other 1
Highlighted Yellow indicates states have inactive associations

National FFA Alumni Association Statistics for 2012 - 2013 Membership Year

53,585 total members

  • 35,055 lifetime members
  • 18,092 annual members

Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association Statistics for 2012 - 2013 Membership Year

  • Wisconsin has the largest state association in the nation with 8,444 total member!
  • 5,717 lifetime members
  • 2,727 annual members

Other Members of the Ag Ed Family

Wisconsin FFA Association
National FFA Organization
National FFA Alumni Association
WI Department of Public Instruction

 

Local Affiliates

Section One

Amery
Barron
Bloomer
Clear Lake
Luck
New Auburn
Prairie Farm
Shell Lake-Spooner

Section Two

Augusta
Boyceville Area
Cadott
Chippewa Falls
Colfax
Durand
Eau Claire
Ellsworth
Fall Creek
Glenwood City
Menomonie
New Richmond
St. Croix Central
Stanley-Boyd
River Falls

Section Three

Alma Center-Lincoln
Arcadia
Black River Falls
Blair
Brookwood
Cashton
Cochrane-Fountain City
Melrose-Mindoro
Sparta
Taylor
Tomah
Viroqua
Westby

Section Four

Argyle
Black Hawk
Boscobel
Cassville
Cuba City
Darlington
Dodgeville
Fennimore
Iowa Grant
Lancaster
Mineral Point
Pecatonica
Platteville
Richland
River Ridge
Shullsburg

Section Five

Albany
Brodhead
Cambridge
Clinton
Deforest De Forest
Edgerton
Evansville
Janesville
Juda
Milton
Monroe
Monticello
Mount Horeb
New Glarus
Oregon
Orfordville
Stoughton
Sun Prairie
Verona
Waunakee
Wisconsin Heights

Section Six

Adams Friendship
Baraboo
Columbus
Lodi
Markesan
Mauston
Montello/Westfield
Oakfield
Pardeeville
Portage
Randolph
Reedsburg
Ripon
Sauk Prairie
Tri-County
Waupun
Weston

Section Seven

Abbotsford
Amherst
Auburndale
Athens
Colby
Edgar
Granton
Greater Wausau Area
Greenwood
Loyal
Marathon
Marshfield
Medford
Merrill
Neillsville
Owen-Withee
Pittsville
Stevens Point
Stratford
Thorp

Section Eight

Antigo
Bonduel
Bowler
Clintonville
Freedom
Gillett
Gresham
Lena
Manawa
Marion
New London
Oconto Falls
Omro
Seymour
Shawano
Suring
Tigerton
Waupaca
Weyauwega-Freemont
Wittenberg-Birnamwood

Section Nine

Bay Port
Chilton
Denmark
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah
Green Bay East
Howards Grove
Kewaunee
Kiel
Luxemburg - Casco
Mishicot
New Holstein
Plymouth
Reedsville
Sevastopol
Sheboygan Falls
Southern Door
Valders
West DePere

Section Ten

Big Foot
Burlington
Campbellsport
Delavan-Darien
East Troy
Elkhorn
Fort Atkinson
Hartford
Hustisford
Jefferson
Johnson Creek
Kewaskum
Lake Mills
Lomira
Mayville
Oconomowoc
Waterford
Waterloo
Watertown
Whitewater

Council Minutes and Committees

2014 - 2015 Committee Assignments

Program Development Committee

  • Evaluate needs, coordinate and organize orientation and leadership training for the Alumni Council. Annually review the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Mission statement, vision statement and goals for the council. Lead a strategic planning process to review mission, vision and long term goals for the council.
  • Evaluate needs and coordinate leadership training for the general membership.
  • Periodically review the FFA Alumni Handbook and recommend changes to the council.
  • Work with the executive director to update the FFA Alumni Handbook and website.
  • Offer opportunities for local Alumni affiliates to share activities, programs and success stories to help other affiliates.

Mike Richter (chair)
Amy Zernicke
Cathy Jo Luck
Herman Seebandt
Regina Oldendorf
Ellen Cary
Art Plaster

Finance Committee

  • Establish the annual operating budget to be presented to the membership at the annual business meeting of the association for approval.
  • Periodically monitor the current operating budget.
  • Annually review the performance of invested assets of the FFA Alumni Association.
  • Review the investment strategy and vendor performance periodically and recommend changes to the council as appropriate.
  • Periodically review compensation and reimbursement policies and recommend changes to the council as appropriate.

Kathy Breunig (Co-Chair)
Ken Harter (Co-Chair)
Julie Spoke
Regina Oldendorf
Larry Lader
Eric Treml
Jim Check
Janet Schneider
Ricky Kreif
James Grasee (non-voting)
Joyce Gust
Tim Spoke

Resolutions and Bylaws Committee

  • Solicit resolutions from members, affiliates and council members and committees for presentation at the annual business meeting.
  • Review, format, and present resolutions at the annual business meeting, including coordinating printing of resolutions in the business meeting program.
  • Periodically review bylaws and recommend and proposed changes to the membership at the annual business meeting.
  • Accept recommended bylaw changes from association members, review, and prepare for presentation to the membership at the annual business meeting.

Herman Seebandt (chair)
Regina Oldendorf
Emily Watson
Ken Harter
Brian Buchholz

Membership Committee

  • Generate ideas for retaining and increasing membership and carry them out.
  • Support and assist sectional representatives with member recruitment, and reactivation of inactive affiliates and organization of new affiliates.
  • Work with executive director on annual roster update process.
  • Work with executive director to monitor affiliate roster completion. Communicate delinquent affiliates to sectional representatives for follow up.

Janet Schneider (co-chair)
Regina Oldendorf (co-chair)
Ellen Cary
Mike Lewien
Art Plaster
Greg Lincicum
Dan Follendorf

Communications/Promotions Committee

  • Establish an aggressive public relations program to sell the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association vision, mission and goals to our members and increase the awareness and understanding of our organization by the general public.
  • Evaluate promotional booth and update as needed with effective messages geared for the variety of audiences it will be used with.
  • Work with the executive director to coordinate use and staffing of the promotional booth at the Wisconsin FFA Convention, WAAE’s Professional Development Conference, Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention and other appropriate gatherings.
  • Work with executive director to periodically review and update the association website to maintain its currency and effectiveness in communicating our message to members and the general public.

Julie Spoke (co-chair)
Regina Oldendorf (co-chair)
Dan Follendorf
Greg Lincicum
Ellen Cary
Mike Richter
Penny Boyle
Maria McGinnis
Janet Schneider
Emily Watson

Statewide Convention Committee

  • Serve as liaison between local convention planning committees and the council.
  • Provide continuity in convention planning over time.
  • Advice and assist local convention planning committees as needed or requested.
  • Membership is to include: president-elect as chair, one other state executive committee member, two past convention planning executive committee members, and no more than two additional at-large members. The association vice president and executive director will serve as ex officio members of the committee.

Jim Check (chair)
Amy Zernicke (past convention member)
Dan Follendorf (past convention member)
Eric Treml (member-at-large)
Tim Spoke (member-at-large)
Julie Spoke (Vice President ex-officio)
Regina Oldendorf (executive member ex-officio)

Fundraising Committee

  • Seek out, evaluate, and recommend to the council potential state Alumni fundraising activities.
  • Coordinate and manage state Alumni fundraisers

Amy Zernicke (chair)
Regina Oldendorf
Julie Spoke
Art Plaster
Greg Lincicum
Cathy Jo Luck

Awards Committee

  • Promote participation by affiliates and individual members in National and Wisconsin FFA Alumni award programs
  • Annually review award programs and recommend changes to the council when appropriate
  • Awards programs should be consistent with National FFA Alumni award programs whenever the award program exists at the national level
  • Recruit judges for award program, except for scrapbook judges, and familiarize the judges with ratings criteria and with any deadlines for completion of the judging
  • Work with the executive director to coordinate judging
  • Assist with the award presentation ceremony at the State FFA Alumni Convention
  • Coordinate the presentation ceremony with the convention host committee

Larry Lader (co-chair)
Regina Oldendorf (co-chair)
Janet Schneider
Ricky Kreif
Julie Spoke
Ellen Cary

Meeting Minutes

Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
November 16, 2013
Warrens, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2013
Warrens, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
March 23, 2013
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
February 8, 2013
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
September 15, 2012
Warrens, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
June 23, 2012
Mauston, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Meeting Minutes
March 24, 2012
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association Annual Business Meeting
February 11, 2012
Janesville, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Council Minutes
Friday, February 10, 2012
Holiday Inn - Janesville
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Wisconsin FFA Alumni Past Presidents

  • 1973-75​ Art Kurtz, Wisconsin*
  • 1975-78​ Armin Fruechte, Westby*
  • 1978-79 ​Erwin Zweifel, Mount Horeb
  • 1979-80 ​Victor Voight, Valders
  • 1980-82 ​Robert Wolfe, Broadhead
  • 1982-83 ​Randy Meyer, Loyal
  • 1983-84​ Gary Beastrom, Athens
  • 1984-85​ Jim Sipiorski, Denmark
  • 1985-86​ Tom Parslow, Mauston
  • 1986-87 ​Russ Utech, Merrill
  • 1987-88 ​Terry Peterson, Denmark
  • 1988-89 ​Ken Natzke, Bonduel
  • 1989-90​ Sue Krull-Schultz, New Holstein
  • 1990-91 ​Larry Osterberg, Colfax*
  • 1991-92​ Darrel Birnschein, Sevastopol
  • 1992-93​ Ronna Morton-Ballmer, Clinton
  • 1993-94 ​Don Southworth, Marathon
  • 1994-95​ Dennis Van Vreede, Freedom
  • 1995-96​ Francis Steiner, Granton*
  • 1996-97 ​Richard Gimler, Watertown
  • 1997-98​ Dr. Virgil Martinson, Stoughton
  • 1998-99​ Gerold Stephani, Seymour
  • 1999-00 ​Robert Keough, Argyle
  • 2000-01​ Dale Beaty, Milton
  • 2001-02 ​John Leiterman, Denmark
  • 2002-03 ​Victoria Harter, Oconto Falls
  • 2003-04 ​Scott Gimler, Watertown
  • 2004-05​ Pat Igl, Antigo
  • 2005-06​ Darlene Arneson, Stoughton
  • 2006-07​ Joyce Gust, Verona
  • 2007-08​ Dennis Jesberger, Sun Prairie
  • 2008-09​ Ken Seering, Denmark
  • 2009-10​ Ken Harter, Oconto Falls
  • 2010-11 ​Herman Seebandt, Neillsville
  • 2011-12 ​Brent Bailey, Tomah (resigned)
  • 2012-13​ James Check, Milton
  • 2013-14​ Ricky Kreif, Kewaskum
  • * deceased