December happenings:

Christmas Party- The Christmas Party will be at the bowling alley in Morris on December 14th at 6:30 p.m. FFAer’s have some pizza and try your hand at a game of bowling!

FFA Fruit: FFA Fruit orders will be in on Friday the 9th of December, FFA members and parents please pick up your orders before 8 p.m. that day!

Have a safe and Merry Christmas season!

Christmas Letter:

Here is what has been happening in the last year!

Winter Trip/ Ag in the Classroom

We went to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area this spring on a Thursday night for our annual Ag in the Classroom which took place the following day. For this, we taught at three different schools in downtown St. Paul. This was a major experience once again for the FFA members—to be in the city teaching agriculture to children aging from Kindergarten to sixth grade. The FFA members that raised enough money for winter trip spent the night again, and the next day was spent shopping at MOA in the morning and then went to the Minnesota Wilds game in the afternoon. After the game we traveled home.

Greenhouse/Garden

This year something new which we are excited to share is the greenhouse being built as well as the garden started. This first year was the year to get everything up and going. The Ag Department at the school dealt mainly with this and without them, we would not have been able to get it set up and growing at the pace we did. The greenhouse sold many plants and the garden is getting a start. We are excited to continue to perfect the procedures of running this. The picture below is the tomato plants that were planted and sold by the Ag Department.

Alumni Auction

In February, the Alumni set up a work auction for all the Morris and Hancock FFA students. The students were auctioned off to work for people at 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour intervals. This turned out to be very successful for the fundraising of the Alumni Chapter. We are hoping to do it again next year!

State Convention

We had a total of  about 60 members that made it to state in 14 different contests. Also, a few members taught a workshop on our Ag in the Classroom curriculum.

At state we received 2nd for the National chapter application. Receiving State Degree’s this year were Natalie Johnston, Kaitlin VanHorn, Tyler Van Eps, Kendra Sperr, Amanda Moser, Larissa Schmidgall, Eric Wulf, Taylor Hufford, Kelly Mahoney, and Rachel Moser.

Ag Department Renovation

Over the summer the Ag Department did a major renovation. We now have a welding shop, a woods shop, and two Ag classrooms. We had an auction to clean up the left over old equipment, as well as an open house this summer.

New Ag Teacher/Advisor

New this year to the Morris Area is Ag teacher and FFA advisor Nick Milbrandt. We welcome him to the chapter!

Nationals

This year we had two teams qualify for National Convention. The Ag Issues team was carried by Eric Wulf, Brady Wulf, Tony Domnick, Brooke Wente, Marti Koehl, and Rachel Moser. On the Market Plan team was Xochil Mendez, Steph Hennen, and Beth Holland. We congratulate the Ag Issues and Market Plan team in their success!

Kiddie Barn

With a major portion of help from the FFA Alumni, the Kiddie Barn at the county fair was redone and is now a little farmhands operation. This will be a more hands-on experience for the little fair goers. It is packed with tid-bits of information on agriculture. Without the Alumni’s help and funding, we would never have been able to make this renovation possible. They were in charge of designing and recruiting people to build it. We are very thankful to have such an awesome Alumni Chapter!

Summer Camps/Conferences

The Washington Leadership Conference was held June 20-26th. The Alumni sponsored both Larissa Schmidgall and Levi Carter (Hancock FFA Chapter) to make this trip possible for both of them. From the Morris Area, three were sent to SLCCL (State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders). They were Brooke Wente, Shauna Kill, and Steph Hennen. The five that went to SGLC (State Greenhand Leadership Conference), were Brady Wulf, Beth Holland, Chelsey Ehleringer, Melanie Van Horn, and Matt Athey. At these camps, members learn how to become a better leader, and how to build personal character.

 Officer Retreat

The officers went up to Lake Darling the first part of June for a night to prepare for the year ahead of them. They also did a few team building activities to learn to work together in a fun way.

 Corn Drive

This year was a better year for the corn drive than the last couple years have been. We made a very sufficient amount of profit. We are very thankful to have such supportive farmers in our community. Without them, this fundraiser would be impossible. Because we made more than usual, we are using the excess money to give back to the community. Other than Camp Courage, we have pin-pointed a few places to give to. A few of these areas are: Someplace Safe, the Courage Cottage, MAHS emergency fund, suicide prevention speaker, horticulture garden, and the Morris First Responders.

Monsanto 2012 Chapter Challenge

This year was a better year for the corn drive than the last couple years have been. We made a very sufficient amount of profit. We are very thankful to have such supportive farmers in our community. Without them, this fundraiser would be impossible. Because we made more than usual, we are using the excess money to give back to the community. Other than Camp Courage, we have pin-pointed a few places to give to. A few of these areas are: Someplace Safe, the Courage Cottage, MAHS emergency fund, suicide prevention speaker, horticulture garden, and the Morris First Responders.

Like last year, we are doing the FFA Chapter Challenge. This is a very easy way to win money, just by making connections with our local farmers. We have included in our Christmas letter this year a slip with directions to help us out with this. All you need to do is go online and vote for our chapter. Last year we placed in the top ten, and won $2,500. Also, Ace Sperr won the Chapter Challenge, and donated the money he received to us. Please help us out again this year! J

PALS

We are still doing our pals program for the first graders, each flex period. This program is a curriculum that we have been adding to every year to give each year’s first graders the agriculture experience. To some, even introduce them to agriculture.

Thank you for your support of the Morris Area FFA Chapter!!




2011-2012 Chapter Officers

This year’s chapter officers are as follows:

 President: Jake Moser

Vice President: Lloyd Lesmeister

Secretary: Kaitlin Van Horn

Director: Brooke Wente

Reporter: Larissa Schmidgall

 Treasurer: Tom Holland

Parliamentarian: Steph Hennen

Sentinel: Brady Wulf


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