Chapter Officers: President: McCabe Coulter; Vice President: Courtney Forney; Secretary: Brooke Parrish; Treasure: Marissa Largent; Reporter: Maddie Caldwell; Sentinel: Nick McCoy
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.
Up Coming Events
June 10-12th: State Convention
July 18th: Section 5 FFA Fair
July 22-25th: Leadership Camp
September 5th: Elmwood Steer Show
Congratulations to Brooke Parrish and Nick McCoy for receiving their State Degrees at the 86th Illinois Association FFA Convention and Expo in Springfield, IL.
This award is presented to recognize the top members of the State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the following requirements:
Received a Chapter FFA Degree.
Have been an active FFA member for at least two years (24 months) at the time of receiving the State FFA Degree
Have completed at least 2 years (360 hours) of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at our above the ninth grade level, which includes an SAE.
Have earned and productively invested at least $1,000, or have worked at least 300 hours outside of schedule class time through an SAE.
Demonstrated leadership ability by performing 10 parliamentary law procedures, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member.
Have a satisfactory academic record, certified by the agriculture teacher and the school principal or superintendent.
Participated in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities.
Participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level.
Complete at least 25 hours of community service in a minimum of two different activities. All community service hours are cumulative, i.e. the 10 community service hours used to obtain the chapter degree can be used toward the state degree.
86th Illinois Association FFA State Convention and Expo
From the dates of June 10-12, 2014, 11 members of the Elmwood FFA Chapter (Pictured below) attended the 86th Illinois Association FFA Convention held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, in Springfield, Illinois. Upon arrival at the convention, the FFA members unloaded their bags and headed to attend the first session of the convention. During this three-hour session, the members viewed a convention rules video, recognized the outstanding chapter reporters, listened to a keynote address by Mitch Baker, the National FFA Secretary, and were welcomed to Springfield by one of its own, Mayor J. Michael Houston. Erica Kane was honored during this session with a silver rating for her reporting skills this past year. After a bite to eat, the members were welcomed back into the convention hall for the second general session where they received a retiring address from Mr. Joe Heavner, the State FFA Treasurer, and honored Mr. Shreffler, along with 16 other retiring FFA Advisors for their dedication to the FFA Association. The members also got the opportunity to listen to the band, in which Jared Roberts played the drums. After a long day in official dress, the Elmwood FFA joined in with 2,000 other FFA members from around the state to attend the FFA Dance held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. On Wednesday, Maddie and Marissa headed to the basement of the convention hall to present the Elmwood FFA Chapter’s scrapbook that was compiled throughout the year. During the session that morning, impromptu questions were presented to the State FFA Officer Candidates, along with a keynote address given by Kyle Scheele, entitled “Story of My Life.” During the lunch hour, a leadership luncheon was held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, with Andrew Jordan, McCabe Coulter, and Nick McCoy in attendance. At three o’clock, the Elmwood FFA traveled to Engrained Brewing Company in Springfield for dinner and some fun at Scheels Sporting Goods, followed by the fifth general session of the convention in which Rachel Hawk gave her retiring address. Thursday was a bright and early morning for Maddie and Marissa, as they traveled to the convention hall at 7:00 for the Delegate Business Session to elect the 2014-15 Major State FFA Officers. Following the election, the sixth and final session began where Brooke and Nick were honored for their state degrees. After snapping a few pictures with Mr. Shreffler to be able to look back and remember his “last go around”, we all packed in the bus and headed towards Elmwood after a long, but exciting few days in Springfield. To view pictures and a detailed schedule of our trip, please visit www.elmwoodffa.weebly.com.
Agriculture Teachers Excellence Award
We would like to extend our congratulations to Mr. Shreffler on being nominated for the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers Excellence Award.
This award is presented to recognize agriculture teachers for conducting innovative programs of instruction that motivate students through the use of classroom and non-classroom activities. The winner will be selected within the month of June. Stay tuned for more updates!
(Winners will be selected on June 20, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.)
Room Restoration Project!
On Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, McCabe Coulter, Maddie Caldwell, Isaiah Groeper, Courtney Forney, and Marissa Largent worked on restoring the award board in Mr. Shreffler's room. The five members worked alongside Mrs. Mottaz in creating the splatter paint board to hang on the wall to display past plaques.
On Monday, May 19th, 2014, several members from the Elmwood FFA Chapter assisted with the Barnyard Discoveries tour held outside the grade school office. Ron Wasson, owner and operator of Barnyard Discoveries, had his trailer on display for the elementary students that included a miniature horse, two miniature south down sheep, two goats, a miniature KuneKune pig, poultry, and two rabbits.
Thank you to Erica Kane, Brooke Parrish, Maddie Caldwell, and Cabe Coulter for their assistance in the tour.
Leslie A. Huslander Memorial Scholarship
On Friday, May 16th, 2014, Grady Case was selected as the recipient for the Leslie A. Huslander Memorial Scholarship award. He received a certificate as well as a cash reward to aide him in furthering his education at Ball State University this fall.
(Pictured above: JD and his two daughters and Grady Case)
Teacher Appreciation Week
Through the week of May 4th, the Elmwood FFA Chapter composed a gift for the high school teachers for their dedication to the students of Elmwood. A Special thanks to Mr. Scott Altpeter and the Dollar General store for generously donating the seed packets for the teachers.
Barnyard Petting Zoo
On Friday, May 2nd, 2014, the Elmwood FFA Chapter hosted their annual petting zoo for the elementary students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The day was filled with many educational sessions including visits from 20 various classes and a raffle at the end of the day of two New Zealand rabbits donated by EP Rabbitry. The animals being displayed were cattle, sheep and goats, ducks and chickens, rabbits, a dog, a horse, and many tractors for students to sit in. Thank you to all who made this day possible, especially the individuals who brought in animals for viewing.
Section 5 Officer Elections and Ag Olympics
On May 1st, 2014, seven Elmwood FFA Members attended the Section 5 Elections and Ag Olympics held at Brimfield High School. Upon arrival, pizza and drinks were served followed by a few barnyard games that included a hay bale throwing contest and an egg toss. The delegates and candidates were then escorted into the high school library for voting and the results are as follows:
Section 5 Officers for the 2014-2015 year include:
(can be viewed right to left in the above photo)
President: Victoria Stoller
Vice-President: Kyle Zimmerman
Reporter: Erica Kane
Treasurer: Sammi Bessler
Secretary: Maddie Caldwell
Sentinel: Rand Peterson
Congratulations to all of the officers!
Dairy Cattle Contest
On April 22, six Elmwood FFA members participated in the Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at Brimfield. The evening was filled with looking at the udder-side of cows. The team was fourth overall with Drew Lueschow placing ninth in Top Ten. McCabe Coulter placed eleventh overall as well. Other members included Ian Husemann, Joseph LaFollet, Rachel Windish, and Chance Vicary.
Horticulture, Mechanics, and Ag Management Contests
(Right to Left)
Courtney Forney, Liz Wagner, Alix Steele, Maddie Caldwell, and Marissa Largent
On April 15, the Elmwood FFA had a long day of contests. At Illinois Central College, the mechanics and horticulture contests were held. The mechanics team participated in five separate areas. McCabe Coulter placed third in carpentry. He identified different hardware and roof types and prepared a bill of materials and a rafter layout. Nick McCoy participated in the electricity sector and identified parts and a wiring diagram and had to put together the wiring of a light bulb. McCoy placed seventh in his category. Andrew Jordan also placed seventh in his category of small engines after identifying tools and doing an engine analysis and a safety test. Donovan McCoy determined slope, the square of an area, and identified parts in surveying, placing sixth place in his category. Colton Milliman received fifth in welding by performing an arc weld. The horticulture team included Maddie Caldwell, Courtney Forney, Marissa Largent, Alix Steel, and Liz Wagner. Each of the girls had to judge plants, write an exam, identify plants and tools, and create a floral arrangement. Alix placed second in plant judging, and Courtney was a high scoring team member. At the end of the day, the Ag Management CDE was held a Black Hawk East College. The six members who participated were Maddie Caldwell, Ian Huseman, Gabe Inskeep, Jared Roberts, Luke Windish, and Chance Vicary. The team took a seventy-five question test. Overall the team placed second with Jared Roberts placing sixth in Top Ten.
Ag Management Team (Left to Right)
Luke Windish, Gabe Inskeep, Ian Husemann, Jared Roberts, and Chance Vicary
Not pictured: Maddie Caldwell
(Left to Right)
Andrew Jordan, Donovan McCoy, Nick McCoy, Cabe Coulter, and Colton Milliman in the Back Row
Wanted: Past Pictures
If anyone out there has any past pictures of Elmwood FFA activities, whether it be contest, shows, conventions, or of advisers, you can either email them to the Elmwood FFA or post them on the website.
If anyone remembers anything about the 1968 Elmwood Steer Show please email us the information, so it can be put on record.
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Maddie Caldwell, Chapter Reporter
Maddie Caldwell, Chapter Reporter