Mark your Calendars!
The Minnesota FFA Alumni Annual Conference will be held on March 4, 2017 in Staples, Minnesota. This conference offers an opportunity for alumni to network with other affiliate members from around the state as well as obtain and learn how to utilize alumni resources. More information on our keynote speaker and workshop details will be announced soon.
Please direct any questions to Aimee Brichacek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our National Vice-President - Valerie Earley
Valerie Earley is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying Agriculture Education and Agricultural Communications and Marketing. We asked her to comment about her experiences in FFA and with Alumni specifically.
“I am so excited to be running for National FFA Office because it is an opportunity to inspire members to take advantage of the valuable opportunities in our organization and connect with supporters to share the impact our members are having as leaders in their local communities and agriculturalists in an ever-changing industry. I am so grateful for the experiences I have had in our organization through the support of agriculture teachers, alumni members and community supporters.
Running for National Office begins in the spring as four candidates interview for the Minnesota National Officer Candidate position. After being selected as the candidate, my preparation began immediately for the seven-round interview process that happens during National FFA Convention October 16-22. Six officers, one from each region, plus a President and Secretary, will be selected to serve for one year.
Alumni have played a crucial role in making my FFA experiences relevant and impactful. As I look back on the opportunities that were presented to me, I am humbled by the dedication of alumni members to support me through coaching, funding and encouragement. As a freshman, I competed in the Creed Speaking Career Development Event (CDE) at a national level solely because of my strong FFA Alumni coaches. Although my chapter, Spring Valley Wykoff FFA, did not have a chartered Alumni chapter, the investment of our local communities members like my Creed coaches allowed me to develop leadership skills and the foundational agricultural knowledge through FFA. I hope to go back to my home chapter and give back to future FFA members as an alumni. I am grateful for the support from the Minnesota FFA Alumni members through funding and encouraging me throughout my FFA career. Opportunities such as my trip to Washington D.C. for Washington Leadership Conference and multiple trips training for National FFA Office were possible because of their support.
We would like to extend our most sincere congratulations to Miss Valerie as she begins her year in National Office!!
The numbers are in!
With annual alumni membership being due in the middle of May, we are proud to report that we have over 1,400 alumni members registered with over 40 affiliate chapters in Minnesota. Nationally, there are 225,891 alumni members and 1,934 affiliate chapters. We are apart of a community that is much bigger than ourselves, our local chapters, andeven our state. We are the support system of the active FFA chapters and our knowledge and experience is valuable to them. TogetherWe can make a difference in the lives of members across the state of Minnesota by giving back to an organization that shaped who we, as alumni, are today.
Have you registered with your local alumni affiliate? If not, check to see if your chapter has a local affiliate under the Alumni Council tab above. If you don't find a your affiliate listed, check out the "Start an Affiliate" tab above; all the resources you need will be provided there.