Tell us about your chapter. Our chapter is led by our two advisors, Kiersten Rogowski and Monica Dukelow. We also have five officers this year: Jazmyn Heeg, president; Breanne Zawislan and Ella Raatz, vice presidents; Maddie Meyer, secretary; and Jenelle Ertl, treasurer.
How does your chapter volunteer in the community throughout the year? We host a Thank a Farmer Day every year where we go around to local farms and hand out goodie bags usually full of cookies, milk and cheese curds along with a note saying thank you for all they do in our community.
What fundraisers does your chapter do throughout the year? Our chapter does one main fundraiser throughout the year, our fall fruit and nut sale. It is our biggest fundraiser, and it helps us raise money for all of our events and trips throughout the year. We also are part of a group of FFA chapters in the area who participate in the Northcentral FFA Showcase Auction in the spring. Area businesses, individuals and the FFA chapters donate items for the auction, and the proceeds are divided between the volunteering chapters. It is held in conjunction with the local Dorchester Emergency Services Fish Fry.
What are the biggest events of the year? We hold many events throughout the year with some of them being brand new to us. We host a Drive Your Tractor to School Day in May along with Food for America in the spring. We invite the fourth and sixth graders to the high school for the day, and we have multiple stations set up showing different aspects of agriculture. The stations are staffed by high school agriculture class students. We also attend the World’s Toughest Rodeo every February as a reward trip for those top sellers who participated in the FFA fruit sale. Last year during FFA week, we started a volleyball tournament where the various clubs in the high school competed against each other for bragging rights and a trophy. It was a great way to get everyone involved.
What is unique about your chapter? One thing that is unique about our chapter is that our high school and middle school members are combined. We host most of our meetings with both sets of members attending every month. We have a very successful dairy judging team. The team qualified for the state competition the past two years. We also have a middle school quiz bowl team.
When was your chapter founded and how has it evolved? Our chapter was founded in 1935. We have been able to maintain strong membership numbers and participation. Our chapter membership continues to grow every year. It has evolved by bringing new events to our chapter that we have not had in the past.
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