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
February 24: Public Speaking at Elmwood
March 3: Poultry CDE at Midland
March 18: Envirothon
March 30-31: FBYC
March 10: Chapter Banquet
Reminder: Sign Up Sheets are located on Ms. Lafollette's door!
87th National FFA Convention and Expo
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 six Elmwood FFA members, alongside Ms. Lafollette, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the eighty-seventh annual National FFA Convention and Expo. Following the six hour car ride full of movies and discussing the week’s plans, Maddie Caldwell, Marissa Largent, Courtney Forney, Brooke Parrish, McCabe Coulter, and Luke Windish enjoyed touring the town of Corydon, Indiana. After enjoying a wonderful breakfast on Wednesday morning, the chapter spent the morning touring the career show, and after a quick lunch, returned back to the convention hall for the First Opening Session at three o’clock. Wednesday night included jamming out with country stars Justin Moore and Easton Corbin at the concert held at the KFC Yum Center in downtown Louisville. Thursday morning came very quickly, as the chapter was on the road at six-thirty to attend a day filled with tours to various places including: a saddle factory, a dairy farm, a braille printing press, and finally the Louisville Slugger Museum. After a long day on the road, the six members as well as Mrs. Lafollette enjoyed ice cream at Emery’s Premium Ice Cream Shoppe in downtown Corydon. Friday morning included driving back into Louisville for a few more hours at the career show, followed by the World’s Toughest Rodeo on Friday night. All in all, the 87th National Convention was surely one for the books!
Elmwood FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull
The Elmwood FFA Chapter’s Annual Kiddie Tractor Pull was held on Saturday, September 6th at two o’clock p.m. on the corner of Magnolia and Main Street in Elmwood. Fifty two kids competed in this year’s pull, all ranging from the weights of twenty five to ninety pounds. The winners for each division are as follows: Max Windish and Evan Bierma (0-39 lbs.), Braden Stevens and Adison Przylo (40-47 lbs.), Jake Allen and Dane Figiturg (48-55 lbs.), and Michael Vickery and Dalonna Buckley (70-85 lbs.) We would like to extend a thank you to all who participated, as well as Country Financial, David Vaughan, Kleine Equipment, Davis Farms, Munson Hybrids, and B-B Enterprises Silkscreen and Embroidery for making this event possible. We hope to see you all again next year!
Elmwood FFA Steer Show 2014
On Friday, September 5, 2014, at five o’clock p.m. the Elmwood FFA Chapter hosted their 51st annual Fall Festival Steer Show located at the entrance of Sweetwater Park in Elmwood. Twelve steers were in attendance this year, exhibited by twelve local FFA and 4H members from Elmwood, Farmington, Williamsfield, and Brimfield. The Grand Champion steer was awarded to Olivia Caldwell of the Elmwood All-Stars 4H Club and Reserve Honors went to Easton Beard of Williamsfield Town and Country. The Champion Rate of Gain went to Anna Webel of the Know Co. Power Clovers and Reserve was awarded to Austin Mottaz also out of the Know Co. Power Clovers. Showmanship began following the show in which Olivia Caldwell received Champion Junior Showman, and Easton Beard was named Champion Senior Showman. Following the completion of showmanship, the sale began promptly at 6:30 p.m. with the Grand Champion Steer which sold for $3.75 to Akron Feed in Glasford. The Reserve Steer was purchased by the Bank of Yates City for $2.00. This year’s sale average topped last years at $2.40. Thank you to all who participated in the bidding and purchasing of the steers including: Akron Feed, Fairview Sale Barn, Bank of Yates City (3), Weaver Enterprises, Brimfield Ag, Whitney and Potts (2), Bewley Farms, Walters Ag, Akron Services, and Farmers State Bank.
We would also like to extend a thank you to Luke Windish, Maddie Caldwell, McCabe Coulter, Brooke Parrish, Megan Windish, Rachel Windish, Faith Wilkerson, and Jackson Harkness for their assistance in the food stand, as well as Erica Kane and Jesse Coffey for representing the Elmwood FFA Chapter in the show on Friday.
And to the community of individuals that made our show possible:
The Elmwood Steer Show Committee
Heather Windish for Photography
Susan Coulter for her assistance in the food stand
Friends of the Elmwood FFA Steer Show:
Aaron and Audrey Reed
Bank of Farmington
Brimfield Insurance Agency
Whitney and Potts, LTD.
Daley Insurance Agency
Jeff and Susan Coulter
Brimfield Agri-Services, Inc.
Wyoming Veterinary Services
Walters’ AG Services Inc.
Hauk Angus Farm
Country Financial-David Vaughan
Jen’s Place Bar and Grill
Farm Care-Harold Vaughan
Michael and Reta Thurman
In Loving Memory of Al Klarich
Kurt and Tammy Ramp
Casey’s General Store
Ulm Veterinary Services, Pc.
Graves Milling Company, Inc.
Tom Conklin-State Farm
Russell and Teresa Emken
Kellstadt Polled Herefords
Bank of Yates City
Stewart Peterson Group
Hoss’s Hawg Bait
Greg Foose Construction
Brown Veterinary Clinic
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 (Later Resigned)
Current President: Rochelle Rosa
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