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.
Our featured keynote speaker this year is Mark Jirik!
Mark Jirik grew up outside of Mahnomen, MN on his family’s dairy and small grains farm. Mark graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Economics and was a Jonathan Baldwin Turner fellow at the University of Illinois where earned his masters of science in agricultural and consumer economics. Mark is employed fulltime by Cargill where he has worked for the last seventeen years – and seven moves - including two and a half years as oilseed merchandising manager for Cargill Australia and is currently the US Softseed Commercial Manager based in West Fargo, North Dakota. Mark currently serves as the Treasurer of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council, Chair of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Foundation, and on the National Sunflower Association Board of Directors. FFA has been an integral part of Mark’s life. He was an active member of the Mahnomen FFA Chapter, served as the 1995-96 State Vice President, served on the Minnesota FFA Foundation from 2002-2004, and is currently serving as the Region I representative on the Minnesota FFA Alumni Council. Mark lives in Detroit Lakes occasionally engages in farfetched schemes.
The registration link for this event can be found at: http://bit.ly/mnffaalumniacreg
Please direct any questions to Aimee Brichacek at email@example.com
Awards will also be presented to:
Outstanding Alumni Member
Oustanding Young Alumni Member
Outstanding Coaching Award
Access the nomination forms by clicking on the hyper link or accessing them under our awards tab on the website.
FFA Day with the Timberwolves
Sponsored by the Minnesota FFA Foundation
Minnesota FFA Day at the Minnesota Timberwolves sponsored by the Minnesota FFA Foundation. The Minnesota Timberwolves take on the Chicago Bulls on February 12, @ 2:30 pm.
Join the Minnesota pregame, 12:30 - 2:00, at Mayo Clinic Square for an event in the Experience Center. Plus, stay post-game for your chance at a free throw shot on the court!
To purchase tickets online go to www.timberwolves.com/groupoffers. Use the promo code: FFAMinnesota. Tickets can also be purchased by mailing the completed order form to: Minnesota Timberwolves, Attn: Hayley Di Naso, 600 Hennepin Ave., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Each ticket purchased through this offer also includes a donation to Minnesota FFA.
The Minnesota FFA Alumni President's Cicle is seeking 20 interested individuals to participate in an exciting, life changing personal development program. The Minnesota FFA Alumni Association has created a systematic, sustainable leadership enhancement program for FFA Alumni in Minnesota. This new leadership program involves enhancing and building alumni member leadership skills which, in turn, will sustain and improve agriculture education in Minnesota.
During the past twelve months, 20 individuals participated in the President's Cirlce leadership training program delivered by Welchlin Communication Strategies. Core training inclued a strong focus on teamwork, conflict resolution, mentor leadership, and strategic planning.
The program is designed for individuals looking to enhance their current leadership skills and make a postive difference for Minnesota agriculture. The first training for new participants will be held at Central Lakes College in Staples, starting at 1 PM on Thursday, March 2nd and ending at 9 PM on Friday, March 3rd. Graduation from the program will be held during the Minnesota State FFA Alumni Annual Conference on March 4th also at Centeral Lakes.
To register for the Presidents circle, click the link here
Please contact Fred Troendle, President's Circle Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more informatoin and/or to indicate your desire to participate.
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.