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FFA Alumni Honors Members, Chapters During State Convention
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/11/2019

Many FFA Alumni members and their chapters were honored for their level of excellence during the past year at the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Convention in Stevens Point. On Saturday, the organization recognized the Weyauwega-Fremont FFA Alumni with its Outstanding Chapter Award in the small division, with Waupaca and Sauk Prairie earning top honors for medium and large areas. National Outstanding Chapter honors were also presented to the Denmark and Stoughton programs.

The Greenwood FFA Alumni received the Dr. V.O. Martinson Award for having the greatest increase in members this year, with Granton earning the Ann Martinson Award for the highest increase of life-time members.

The Denmark FFA Alumni earned the Best Newsletter Award, while Oconto Falls was recognized for having the best website. The Baldwin-Woodville, Darlington, Edgerton and Granton Chapters were awarded local program grants of $1,000 for curriculum, equipment, FFA supplies or other chapter needs.

Four local chapters were recognized for reactivating their programs. They include Brillion, Dodgeland, River Valley and West Salem/Bangor. American Family Insurance was also recognized as a newly chartered non-traditional chapter.

This year's recipients of Outstanding Achievement Awards were Don & Barb Quam of Stoughton and Mark Olsen from Denmark. Emily Watson from the Elkhorn FFA Alumni was honored as the Outstanding Young Member of the Year.

Ag instructor Jordan Donnerbauer from Stanley-Boyd was recognized for his involvement with local FFA Alumni groups. And the group honored Joe Loritz of Denmark with the Team Ag Ed-Distinguished Contributor Award.

Meanwhile, Cari Sabel of Chilton was elected as the new president of the association. She replaces Mark Ladsten, Sauk Prairie, who will remain on the board for another year as past-president.

"Our goal for the coming year is to continue getting our younger members involved, while offering more opportunities for our veteran members," Sabel told Wisconsin Ag Connection. "I feel we have made some good strides in recent years at growing our state association and look forward to another successful year ahead."

Members also elected Rudy Kaderly of Juda as the new president-elect, and Nate Zimdars from Ripon was chosen as vice president during the convention.

The Wisconsin FFA Alumni is one of the nation's largest state affiliates with nearly 19,000 members listed on the group's roster.

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