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WHAT’S IN HERE?
C LIVE FROM TRAFALGAR D FALLING BACK ON 2011 E STATE OFFICER HIGHLIGHT: GIANNA HARTMAN F SPRING INTO ACTION G MEMBER SPOTLIGHT H LETTERS TO OUR ADVISORS J MEET THE NEW PROGRAM SPECIALIST: MR. JOE MARTIN K STATE OFFICER HIGHLIGHT: ROSS NEWTON L LIVE FROM TRAFALGAR M THE FOUNDATION PUBLICATION N STATE OFFICER HIGHLIGHT: TRAVIS OLINSKE O CHAPTER CHATTER: SOUTH SPENCER FFA P SPONSOR HIGHLIGHT: PIONEER HI-BREDS P LAUGHING OUT LOUD IN AGRICULTURE
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MARCH 15 STATE OFFICER CANDIDATE APPLICATIONS DUE 16 STATE OFFICER NOMINATING COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 13 STATE PROFICIENCY APPLICATIONS DUE 20 AMERICAN DEGREE APPLICATIONS DUE 24 NATIONAL CHAPTER AWARDS APPLICATIONS DUE 28 STATE NURSERY/LANDSCAPE CDE 28 STATE FLORICULTURE CDE 28 STATE PRACTICAL FORESTRY CDE
MAY 4 AGRI-SCIENCE & AGRI-ENTREPRENEUR APPLICATIONS DUE 5 STATE HORSE CDE 11 LIVING TO SERVE COMMUNITY AND SAFETY APPLICATIONS DUE 18 STATE CONVENTION BAND & CHORUS APPLICATIONS DUE 19 STATE LIVESTOCK CDE 19 STATE POULTRY CDE 19 STATE DAIRY CDE
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his fall has been fi lled with all sorts of excitement! Hopping aboard our retrospect TRAIN we recall our chapter visit season. During these visits the state offi cers discussed Timely, Realistic, Accountable, Important, and Noticeable goals. They also explored the importance of having positive role models and being aware of yourself. The Indiana FFA State offi cers traveled from the top to the bottom of the great state of Indiana visiting chapters by day and uniting
“...visiting chapters by day... uniting districts by night.” districts by night! Every night chapters from across their respective district would unite at one location for District Kick-off sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College. Upon conclusion of the chapter visit season Indiana FFA moved on to one of the greatest highlights of 2011, National FFA Convention! Over 50,000 blue jackets fi lled the streets of Indianapolis! These members were able to hang out with friends from their chapter, meet up with old friends from across the nation, and make new friends
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2011 while touring the extremely large career show and, of course, shopping in the FFA Mall! Those who attended may have been lucky enough to bear witness to the retiring addresses of 6 amazing National FFA Offi cers and welcome the new offi cers Ryan Best, Jason Troendle, Kenneth Quick, Alicia Hodnik, Cain Thurmond, and Seth Pratt! We were all sad to say goodbye to the constant yells of “HEY” through Circle Center Mall but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Indiana FFA then found itself traveling 35 miles south to the FFA Leadership Center only be face to face with what became a gigantic SOAR conference! Nearly 273 members crammed inside the Leadership Center. Throughout the weekend, they were challenged to use all of their FFA knowledge through a conference wide quiz bowl competition. They then united in teams to compete in a Parliamentary Procedure contest which left both counselors and members chomping at the bit waiting for results. This conference was so much fun for all who participated and we hope to have some of those fi ne members back next year! Immediately following SOAR came another
fantastic leadership conference FIRE! At this conference over 100 FFA members came to the Leadership Center to experience personal growth and learn about where agriculture can take them in their lives. After we checked off chapter visit season, National Convention, and our two fall conferences…. There’s only one item left: the people who make everything that we do possible! The last few weeks of the 2011 calendar year, the Indiana FFA State Offi cers and our Foundation Director, Mrs. Lisa Chaudion, traveled the state visiting businesses that help Indiana FFA shine through their sponsorship! Thank you to all of those sponsors for sharing your time, talents, and advice with us. Of course one more group of people need to be thanked and that group of people is: YOU. Thank you for your passion for the FFA and allowing us to have a fantastic fall! Now let’s fi nish off the year just as strong as we begin preparing for the 2012 State Convention!
BIRTHDAY: March 21, 1992 PARENTS: Eddie & Rose Hartman SIBLINGS: Taylor, Andrea, and Samantha HOMETOWN: Leesburg, IN FFA CHAPTER: Warsaw ADVISOR: Mrs. Lynnette Markley, Mrs. Angie Jarrett, & Mr. Rob Hays FAVORITE FOOD: Pad Thai FAVORITE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally FAVORITE PASTIME: Knitting, Drinking Tea, & Playing Guitar FAVORITE SPORT: Rollerblading or Hockey FAVORITE ANIMAL: Owls FAVORITE COLOR: Avocado Green FAVORITE MUSIC: TEGAN AND SARA & anything from Screamo to Acoustic. FAVORITE QUOTE: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo F. Buscaglia
FUTURE PLANS Attend Purdue University and ma jor in Agricultural Education or get a certificate for Graphic Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
TEAM VOTED GIANNA...
Most likely to wear plaid & sunglasses every day.
GIANNA’S FFA TIMELINE
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By: Rachel Schmitt Freshman: - 4th Individual at State Dairy Foods - Won State Quiz Bowl - Lost State Poultry, District Creed Speaking. Sophomore: - Chapter Sentinel - Won District Essay and Chapter Meeting. - Lost State Dairy Foods, State Crops, District Multimedia Scrapbook Junior: - Chapter President - Won State Dairy Foods & District Extemporaneous Speaking - Lost State Poultry, State Crops, District Talent, & District Multimedia Scrapbook - Won District Ag. Education Proficiency Senior: - Chapter Vice-President & District Vice-President - 4th Individual at State Poultry - 7th Individual at State Crops - Won District Female Leadership Ambassador & Multimedia Scrapbook. - Lost District Talent & Chapter Meeting - State Ag. Communications Proficiency Finalist
A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT GIANNA “Gianna is a very passionate young lady who puts her heart and soul into the FFA Organization. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she does a phenomenal job of sharing her excitement of the FFA. She knows the importance of forming solid relationships. Indiana FFA is lucky to have her as a state offi cer!” - Mrs. Angie Jarrett, Advisor “Though I haven’t known Gianna that long it has been an honor to form a sincere friendship. Between the many handwritten letters back and forth, seeing one another at FFA events and, and a few lengthy phone calls I have gained a true friend. I am excited for Indiana FFA to befriend her as well. She possesses a true passion to serve the organization we all know and love. There is just something about Gianna. With creative insight she always manages to fi nd meaning behind what many would classify as insignifi cant.” - Kelly Blackburn, Friend Well I don’t really remember when I fi rst met Gianna and neither does she but we have been friends for a long time. She has to be one of the people I can talk to the easiest. Every time anyone talks to her she will give them her full attention and gives them the best advice that she has to give. She has always been there when I need to talk and I am sure she has done the same for so many others. That is the type of person she is. She is such a fun person to be around too. My goal one day is to be able to dance half as good as she can. - Henry Harrell, Friend “Gianna is one of the most unselfish people I know. She always takes others into consideration and never leaves anyone out. She is one of the most reliable people I know and will never let anyone down. Always willing to do anything and everything for anyone, Gianna always makes you feel important.” - Taylor Hartman, Sister
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Spring is full of opportunities. Why not take advantage of them? CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENTS WHAT: Career Development Events (CDEs) are a great opportunity for members to become competitive while learning about a particular area in agriculture. Spring is so full of CDEs that there is something for everybody, including: Horse Evaluation, Poultry Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation, Nursery/Landscape, Floriculture, and Practical Forestry. Check out the calendar at the beginning of this issue to see when they take place! WHY: Participating in CDEs is a unique way for members to learn something new. They also compete with members in their area and across the state! Competing in a CDE is also a great resume builder.
AMERICAN DEGREE APPLICATION WHAT: The American Degree is the highest degree FFA members can receive. There are approximately 3,500 American Degrees given out annually. If you have already received your State Degree, check out www.ffa.org to see if you qualify for your American Degree! Applications must be postmarked by April 20th. WHY: Getting your American Degree will show that you are among a small percentage of FFA members who took full advantage of their FFA career.
LIVING TO SERVE COMMUNITY & SAFETY INITIATIVE APPLICATIONS WHAT: This application is designed to be filled out by chapters that conduct activities to serve their community or promote safety. Check out the Indiana FFA website for more information and the application! WHY: By having your chapter fill out the application, your chapter will receive the recognition they deserve
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NATIONAL CHAPTER AWARDS APPLICATION WHAT: This program is focused on recognizing the top chapters in Indiana and the nation. This application allows chapters to showcase their activities in the areas of student, chapter, and community development. The application can be found on the Indiana FFA Website and is due on April 24th. WHY: Filling out this application will give your chapter the recognition it deserves at the state or even national level!
BAND & CHORUS APPLICATION WHAT: If you have any musical talents, band and chorus is for you! Members across Indiana can apply to have the opportunity to play on stage at State Convention in June. Applications are due May 18th. WHY: Being a part of the band or chorus at State Convention will allow you to build relationships with other musically inclined members. It will also allow you to show off your talents to over 2,000 people on stage in Elliot Hall of Music at Purdue University!
NOMINATING COMMITTEE APPLICATION WHAT: Seniors in FFA can apply to serve on the Nominating Committee to select next yearâ€™s state officer team. They spend the weekend before state convention at Purdue interviewing candidates and putting together slate for next yearâ€™s team. Applications are due postmarked by March 16th. WHY: It is an incredible way to make a huge impact on the future of Indiana FFA. Serving on this committee also teaches members about what to look for and what to do during interviews.
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN FFA
Crucial CDEs: Ag. Issues & Meat Judging Stellar SAE: Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, and Landscape Management FFA Taught Me: Actions speak louder than words!
Crucial CDEs: Horse Judging Stellar SAE: Swine Production Favorite Thing About FFA: The opportunities and friendships I have made throughout the years is the most valuable thing I cherish about this organization.
MEMBERSPOTLIGHT T H E Y M A K E U S W H O W E A R E BY: SARAH CORRELL
ELIZABETH COLLINS SOUTHWOOD FFA
Crucial CDEs: Public Speaking Stellar SAE: Agricultural Education Favorite Thing About FFA: The ability to influence and be influenced. Through FFA, I have been inspired, forged lasting friendships, strengthened my faith, and witnessed myself and others make our impossible dreams a reality.
ETHAN McNEELY SCOTTSBURG FFA
Crucial CDEs: Dairy Foods & Livestock Judging Stellar SAE: Hay & Forages Favorite Thing About FFA: All the opportunities it gives everyone to be a leader, make a difference, and simply get up and get active in a limitless organization!
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OUR ADVISORS I could never thank you enough for asking me to join FFA four and a half years ago. Your constant smile, your patience, and the way you have always motivated me to be the best I can be has truly made me the young lady I now am. We have so many memories in Ag. and FFA that I will never forget. You have totally turned around and saved the FFA program at Knightstown High School and have impacted so many lives in the last 4 years. Thank you for being my role model and the kind of person I strive to be. Every student that has walked into your classroom has walked out being a better person, myself included. I feel so blessed to have had you as my FFA Advisor and more importantly as my motivator and my inspiration. Mrs. A., thank you for impacting my life and getting me where I am today. Sincerely,
Casie Conley Dear Mr. Jones,
You taught me about everything from Animal Science to Euchre, and a lot more important skills than those. Thank you for showing me what hard work, dedication, and goal setting can do, taking me on all those trips, coaching me, and allowing me to learn how to balance work and play. I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without you and the North Miami FFA Chapter. Thank you! Sincerely,
Sarah Correll Dear Mr. Hudson,
I’ve known you almost my whole life. Of course we have gotten to know each other a lot more over the past six years; from seventh grade Soils to state offi ce thank you for never telling me no. I appreciate the times when you pushed me forward and of course the times when you helped me realize that I was wrong. I learned a lot from the South Decatur Ag. department and I thank you for supporting me along my journey. Sincerely,
Jacob Mattox Dear Mr. Calloway,
Although you were only my advisor for one year, in that year you did so much for me. After coming into a chapter in desperate need of new leadership, you adapted well to our situation and immediately devoted yourself to caring for us. You brought many opportunities to Tipton in the form of CDE’s, profi ciencies, as well as a different set of skills and knowledge. I am excited for the chapter’s future and owe you a huge thanks for all that you have done for me. From helping me with my Hoosier Degree, to practicing CDE’s with me, to preparing me for state offi ce, you have been incredibly helpful to me and the rest of the Tipton FFA members. Thank you. Sincerely,
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Dear Mrs. Arellano,
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life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill
Dear Mrs. Markley & Mrs. Jarrett,
I know you guys already know how much you mean to me. You two have been the most influencial people in my life and are irreplaceable. You taught me the importance of having high expectations, paying attention to details, and that T-shirts and skinny jeans are not an appropriate outfit. Mrs. Markley, you are the only reason why I was able to make it through high school. Whether it was letting me sit at the table right by your desk for 4 out of 5 periods during my sophomore year or letting me stay after school every single day, we bonded so much during high school. I always wanted to grow up and be just like you (except maybe a little bit taller). There’s no way I would ever be where I am if it weren’t for you. Mrs. Jarrett, you are somebody I can always count on. During high school, I appreciate that you never sugar coated anything. I can always trust your opinion. Even though we were close when I was in high school, I feel like we have grown so much closer. Since that time, I have been able to get to know you better as well as your family; I care about them so much. Your texts always make me smile, even if you do purposefully send them at 7:00a.m. just to wake me up. Even though high school is over, you haven’t let our relationship end. You are always there for me. Both of you have put up with so much from me whether it was “flooding” your office, having my own poultry team, or spilling our Courthouse Coffee drinks in my car. Thank you! I will always be here for both of you whenever you need anything. Sincerely,
Gianna Hartman Dear Mrs. Remsburg,
Over the past five years, we have had countless memories and experiences to say the least! I remember the first time I told you I wanted to be a state officer my freshman year at convention. My fondest memories of high school were our lunch talks over FFA and what was all happening. We also helped each other a lot through those years too. Even though our families both went through tough times, we both managed to keep each other’s spirits up! We have had countless memories anywhere from the drama we’ve seen, to the famous rubber chicken,to long talks about life, to the day of district contest at Bloomington North. Last summer, I walked between Stewart and The Union to open slate. What you probably don’t realize is that was the same place that I met you and Katherine after she had opened slate. Finally “Remsburger” I don’t know if you know this but you mean the world to me and I am unbelievably grateful to call you my owl, my life coach, and one of my best friends. Sincerely,
Ross Newton Dear Mrs. Raker,
I remember being one of the (few) quiet kids during my freshman year Fundamentals of ag. class. I was unsure about FFA; I didn’t really know if I fit into the program. But then you pushed me to join the parli team, and after that, the only pushing you had to do was to get me out of the ag. room at the end of the day! If you hadn’t encouraged me, I doubt I would have ever become as highly involved as I was. Who would have thought that the quiet kid in the back of the ag. room would become a state officer. I surely did not. So, I would like to thank you for always helping me to grow through FFA and for giving me the opportunity to succeed through your teaching, your experience, and the life lessons you taught me. Sincerely,
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MEET THE PROGRAM SPECIALIST Mr. Joe Martin
S i n c e January, a familiar face has joined the Indiana FFA State Staff. Joe Martin, a former Indiana FFA State Officer and FFA Advisor, has taken the position of the Association “Program Specialist”. He graduated from Purdue University, majoring in Agriculture Education, and has been the advisor for six and a half years at the Tri-County FFA Chapter. Mr. Martin is not a new face for Indiana FFA. He served on the 1999-2000 Indiana FFA State Officer Team as State Treasurer. He has been an Indiana FFA Foundation Board Member for several years and most know him as the Indiana FFA State Band and Chorus Advisor. J - INDIANA FFA
Although he no doubt misses his students at Tri-County, he is excited for the fun new adventure that serving the Association will hold. Mr. Martin says, “I wanted to serve as the Indiana FFA Program Specialist because of all of the amazing opportunities I had been given in my life because of the FFA and agricultural education. I truly enjoyed my time at Tri-County High School and will miss my students immensely! But, as Program Specialist, I now have the chance to share the same opportunities I had as a student with current FFA members all across the state. I hope to help the FFA make an impact on their lives like it had on me and still does today!” Mr. Martin plans on do-
ing a few things that will benefit the FFA such as, working with the state officers and having more camps at the FFA Leadership Center that are enjoyable and rewarding for members. He will also be working with past FFA members, parents and other leaders in the state to reinvigorate the Indiana FFA Alumni Association on the state level. The Indiana FFA Alumni will provide support for the state and local chapters and give past FFA members the ability to stay connected with their FFA chapters and the State Association. Mr. Martin is looking forward to serving the nearly 9,400 members of the Indiana FFA! He is enthusiastic about his new position and will certainly leave an impact on all of the members in the FFA.
BIRTHDAY: September 14, 1992 PARENTS: Tony & Missy Newton SIBLINGS: None HOMETOWN: Bloomington, IN FFA CHAPTER: Hoosier Hills FFA ADVISOR: Mrs. Amy Remsburg FAVORITE FOOD: Mashed Potatoes FAVORITE MOVIE: Urban Cowboy & Drumline FAVORITE PASTIME: Fitting a steer in the summer heat FAVORITE SPORT: Basketball FAVORITE ANIMAL: Cattle FAVORITE COLOR: Green FAVORITE MUSIC: The Fray FAVORITE QUOTE: “If a man has nothing to die for, he is not fit to live.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ross’ FFA TIMELINE
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Freshman: - Won: District Freshman Extemporaneous Public Speaking Sophomore: - Chapter Treasurer - Won: District Beef Production Placement Proficiency - Lost: District Extemporaneous Public Speaking Junior: - Chapter & District Vice-President - 4th Place State Floriculture Team Senior: - Chapter & District President - Won: District Leadership Ambassador
FUTURE PLANS Attend Blackhawk Junior College for an Ag. Transfer Degree.
TEAM VOTED ROSS... Most likely to eat Asian food every day.
A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT ROSS “Ross being our only child has a very funny and unique personality. Ross spent a lot of time with adults which has made him a very strong person. He cares about each person he comes in contact with, always trying to make them just as important as the next. Ross seems to draw to leadership positions in everything he’s in; whether it be 4-H, senior class president or, as you know, FFA. My son has taught me and everyone he knows to set your goals high, to work hard, and to do your best at everything you do.” - Missy Newton, Mom “Ross is a very energetic, hard working young man. From FFA to 4-H he is a great role model for younger members to look up to. Ross is a great attention getter from “FFA man” to the “old man”, he is always promoting FFA and agriculture in the community.” - Mrs. Amy Remsburg, Advisor
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Four years ago I would have laughed if you told me that I would have been a state officer. Through my high school career, I always aspired to be a state officer because of the opportunities a state officer has. This past month has been a whirl wind of excitement to say the least! The month of December started off with FIRE (Foundations in Reaching Excellence) as we melted our boundaries in 2011. If you have no idea what FIRE is let me catch you up to speed. Every year Indiana FFA hosts a wide array of different conferences and camps for members. FIRE is designed for junior and senior FFA members. This year our theme was “FIRE at the North Pole: Melting our Boundaries” and we focused on getting out of our comfort zones. Friday night we started FIRE with a video of the state officers running late for their trip to the North Pole. Afterwards Gianna Hartman facilitated a session over risk taking. She taught us that we, as FFA members, have to risk our safe zone and try something new. After that we had our Friday night social and ended the night. Friday night was amazing to say the least and really set the mood for the rest of the conference. Members attending the conference were ecstatic and had extreme energy!
Saturday we learned from Rachel Schmitt about time management, but, more specifically, Covey Quadrants and how to organize our to-do list. After that members spent the next hour making Christmas ornaments for those who need a little cheer. The over 500 ornaments went to a wide array of places. Some were taken to the Shenandoah’s Snug Harbor Christmas party, where attendees received one ornament each, over 300 went to Garden Villa Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in
Bloomington, and the rest were taken by the state officers to their Communities. Later on Sarah Correll taught us some important and vital agriculture facts and showed us how to advocate in our communities. After that Casie showed us how important our character is to how successful we are. Following that was my session where members learned what really is at the heart of a role model. We then
started the night where we had our annual banquet. Tyler Tuttle, former Indiana FFA State Officer and current Indiana FFA Foundation Board Member, was the keynote speaker. Finishing up the night was the dance and reflections. The following day was Sunday and sadly it was our last. That morning as I was walking back from the state officer house to get some supplies I started to reflect on how amazing the weekend had been! I started to reminisce on where I had been a year ago and how thankful I truly was to be here. FIRE had been one of my most memorable conferences I had attended or facilitated. It wasn’t because of the content nor was it the activities we did, but rather the people. Every conference is special, don’t get me wrong, but those who attended FIRE are close to graduating. They are the current leaders of our chapters, whether they are an officer or not. We ended FIRE 2011 with a sense of purpose, a mission, new friends, and a better understanding of who we are. We truly melted our boundaries!
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k Chec What is one item that any organization needs to be successful? It’s green, has a distinct smell, and has numbers on it. (No, it’s not a golf course.) If you haven’t guessed it by now, it is, of course, money! The Indiana FFA Foundation strives to build the funds needed to allow the Indiana FFA Association to prosper. The Foundation reaches out to companies from across the state to collect donations and directs many great fundraisers, such as the FFA Truck Stampede. And believe it or not, most of this work is completed by Mrs. Lisa Chaudion, the Foundation Executive Director, and the Indiana FFA Foundation Board. A great way that the Foundation supports chapters is through the annual Truck Stampede. Indiana FFA gives a Chevrolet Silverado to one lucky person. Individuals buy $5 tickets to be put in the drawing. For every ticket sold by the members of the chap-
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ter, $4 goes right back into the bank account of that chapter. This year, chapters raised close to $45,000. The 2011 drawing took place at the Indiana FFA’s SOAR Conference on November 19th. The winning ticket belonged to Mike Stigleman of Richmond, Indiana and was sold by Devon Lyons of the Shenandoah FFA Chapter! The Truck Stampede would not be possible without the support of Bill Estes Chevrolet! Mrs. Chaudion does a lot for the Indiana FFA Foundation; but what all has Mrs. Chaudion done for the state officers? Just this past month, they spent an entire two weeks crammed into a Chevrolet Suburban, (donated by Bill Estes Chevrolet) touring many of our supporters from around the state with Mrs. Chaudion. These Business and Industry Visits allow Indiana FFA to thank all of the great sponsors who make proficiency awards, CDEs, our State Convention, and many other things possible.
While Business and Industry Visits are a way of thanking our sponsors, tons of fundraising for the association takes place behind the scenes. The Country Market at the State Fair is a great example of one of the many FFA fundraisers created through the Foundation. This also gives FFA members from across the state the chance to make some money and help the Country Market prosper. The Foundation also hosts a benefit auction every year at the Fort Wayne Farm Show and every other year at the Farm Progress show in Decatur, Illinois. The Indiana FFA Association requires a large bank account in order to adequately support its over 9,400 members, and the Foundation is an enormous part of ensuring that the Association can fund itself. Sure, money isn’t everything, but it sure is nice to have!
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BIRTHDAY: October 13, 1992 PARENTS: Larry & Sharon Olinske SIBLINGS: Tyler HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne FFA CHAPTER: Caroll-Fort Wayne ADVISOR: Ms. Cynthia Raker FAVORITE FOOD: Hot Wings FAVORITE MOVIE: Forrest Gump or Hoosiers FAVORITE PASTIME: Baseball FAVORITE SPORT: Baseball or College Basketball FAVORITE ANIMAL: Chickens FAVORITE COLOR: Green FAVORITE MUSIC: Classic Rock FAVORITE QUOTE: “A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.” - Benjamin Franklin
TRAVIS’ FFA TIMELINE
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BY: ROSS NEWTON
Freshman: - Won: District Parliamentary Procedure - Lost: District Quiz Bowl & Creed Speaking Sophomore: - Chapter Assistant Treasurer - Lost: District Plant & Soil Science Demo, Natural Resources Demo, & Quiz Bowl Junior: - Chapter Secretary - Won: District Natural Resources Demo - Lost: District Plant & Soil Science Demo - Lost: State Ag. Sales CDE Senior: - Chapter President - District III Treasurer - Won: State Ag. Sales Demonstration
FUTURE PLANS Attend Purdue University and ma jor in Applied Meterology.
TEAM VOTED TRAVIS... Most likely to know every television show from 1959-1983.
A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT TRAVIS “The youngest of two boys, Travis took his first steps holding a basketball. And most days the boys could be found playing baseball in the yard or in some summer league. The summer he broke his arm, Travis developed a passion for books and reading. From there it was 4-H and an interest in poultry. Always restless with a sense of adventure, our car rarely sat idle. Little did I know that traveling around the back roads of Northeast Indiana and learning the various ways of naming and numbering the county roads would one day help prepare him for his adventures and visits around the state as an Indiana State FFA Officer.” - Sharon Olinske, Mom
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CHAPTERCHATTER The South Spencer FFA chapter understands agricultural safety. Every March, along with the Spencer County Farm Bureau, they host an event named “Springtime on the Farm.” This event draws third graders from two local school corporations and teaches about all kinds of agricultural safety. There are numerous booths set up to present safety demonstrations to the students. Some of the topics presented include proper livestock handling techniques, electrical safety, grain bin safety, and tractor driving safety among other things. While the county Farm Bureau, extension educator, and Soil and Water Conservation district all make presentations at the event,
South Spencer FFA members do also. In particular, FFA members make a demonstration about tractor rollover safety. They use model tractors to show the students how dangerous rollovers can be. The model tractors all serve a different purpose. One is a basic tractor without a cab, one has a cab, and the other has a rollover protection system. The differences help illustrate how special rollover protection systems help save lives. To publicize the event, the Evansville Courier has featured “Springtime on the Farm” in its publications. Farm Safety is an important issue, and the South Spencer FFA chapter has learned how to spread awareness for it to children at a young age.
BY: TRAVIS OLINSKE
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A PIONEER IN THE FIELD “Science with service, delivering success.” Those words probably aren’t new to most of us, and they are the motto of one of Indiana FFA’s major sponsors: Pioneer Hi-breds. Pioneer is a seed and biotechnology company that has been based out of Iowa since 1926. Things have changed a little since the 20’s, and Pioneer is now present in over 90 countries. This allows them to offer job opportunities both at home and abroad, and they offer a competitive internship program for those of us who are college or trade
school bound. One thing that hasn’t changed since Pioneer was founded is their focus on their customers. They know that their success is based on the success of their customers, much as FFA’s success is dependent on the individual successes of its members and chapters. Pioneer is working hard to do their part in the inspiring task of doubling global food production by 2050. We thank them for that as well as for their sponsorship of Indiana FFA!
By: Sarah Correll
This allows them to offer job opportunities both at home and abroad, and they offer a competitive internship program for those of us who are college or trade school bound.
D U O L T U O G IN H G LAU IN AGRICULTURE By: Casie Conley
Why can't cows drive boats?
1. Because they can't steer their udder. Why do cows wear bells?
2. Because their horns don't work. do you call an arctic cow? 3. What An eskimoo! How did the farmer find his lost cow?
4. He tractor down.
What do you call a sleeping bull?
5. A bull-dozer.
What do you call cattle with a sense of humor?
6. Laughing stock!
7. What do you call a crate of ducks? A box of quackers!
How does a farmer count a herd of cows? With a cowculator. Why were the baby strawberries crying?
9. Their ma and pa were in a jam. FFA FFA PO --INDIANA INDIANA
YOU MIGHT BE A FARMER IF: Your dog rides in the truck more than your wife. You can eat an ear of sweet corn with no utensils in under 20 seconds. You consider a building a mall if it's bigger than the local Wal-Mart. Your nearest neighbor is in the next section, and you know what a section is. You know cow pies aren't made of beef. You give directions to your farm by using area landmarks, not road names or number.