VOLUME 18, ISSUE 1
FOUNDATION SPRING 2019
RECORD-BREAKING GIVING HEARTS DAY WINTER CDE RESULTS
IN THIS ISSUE 2019 ND FFA FOUNDATION BOARD
Michael Axt, President Jeff Hagel, Vice President Pam Tonnessen, Secretary Preston Gilderhus, Treasurer Aaron Anderson, Member Craig Kleven, Member Adam Marx, Member Christina Dockter, Member Alan Huettl, Member Misty Steeke, Member Kristi Tonnessen, Member Brian Vculek, Member Cole Ketterling, Member Marissa Tuhy, Member Brianna Maddock, Member Caleb Boehm, Member
ND FFA FOUNDATION STAFF TAM MADDOCK
8 GIVING HEARTS Giving Hearts Day is the largest single-day fundraiser in North Dakota. On February 14, the ND FFA Foundation set a new record for funds raised on a single day! Read more about Giving Hearts Day 2019 on page 8.
6 WINTER CDES The 2019 ND State Winter Career Development Events are all wrapped up! Learn about the winning teams and High Individuals for Ag Sales, Livestock Evaluation, Agronomy and Horse Evaluation on page 6.
12 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE Over 1,000 ND FFA members attended the 2019 Winter Leadership Conferences in Bismarck on January 5 and 6. Learn more about the different sessions attended and the skills members developed on page 12.
11 SAE Grant Recipients 11 Scholarship Recipients 12 Blue Jackets Bright Futures
WORDS FROM THE PRESIDENT Michael Axt Greetings everyone, I keep putting off writing this article. Each time I start I have a hard time articulating the best way to share the message I want to convey. Sometimes simpler is better, so the message is this: Thank you! First, again as I always do, is to thank all the Foundation’s Star Partners for their continued support of our students through their donations to the Foundation as well as everyone else who sends in gifts supporting the Blue Jackets, CDE sponsorships, Giving Hearts Day, or any of the other programs for our students. If it weren’t for all the gifts received, opportunities for FFA members would be very limited. Next, I thank my family for all their prayers, and being by my side as I went through open heart surgery this past January and through the process of recovery this spring. As I think of Family, I have to include all of you who are part of the FFA family, my fellow Ag Education Instructors, the Foundation board of directors, Beth, Andrew, and Tam, all our Star Partners, the State Officer Team, and FFA members from our 86 chapters across the state. I can’t finish this article without thanking all our FFA members for the hard work and dedication they give to making this the very best youth leadership program in the country, and congratulations to those who participated in one of the most difficult winter CDE seasons I can remember. Spring is here and I look forward to working with FFA members throughout the next year, it is because of you that our job is worthwhile. As I close, I again want to thank you all for your prayers and encouragement as I recover from my surgery. With gratitude,
Michael D. Axt
ND FFA Foundation President
A WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST STAR PARTNERS 3
WHAT’S NEW WITH THE BLUE 2019 MARKS 50 YEARS OF WOMEN IN THE FFA
While Jean Johnson, pictured with the 2019 female ND State Officers, was recognized as the chapter sweetheart and not as a member of the FFA during her years in high school, she has been a loyal friend and generous supporter of the organization her entire life. Women were permitted to join the FFA in 1969, making 2019 the 50th anniversary of women in the FFA.
CAN YOU HELP THE ND FFA? 2019 ND FFA FOUNDATION & ALUMNI AUCTION The 19th Annual ND FFA Foundation and Alumni Auction is set for Saturday, July 20 at the ND State Fair. Join us and if you have an item or service you’d like to donate please see the instructions that follow. All proceeds go to the ND FFA Foundation and ND FFA Alumni for member programs.
AUCTION DONATIONS AND THIS FORM CAN BE: 1
Send to: ND FFA Foundation Attn: Beth Allen 909 Basin Ave Bismarck, ND 58504
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete this form online at: ndffa.co/auctiondonation
RECORD BREAKING MEMBERSHIP ALLEN GIESE, WINTER SHOW HONOREE Retired Wahpeton FFA Advisor, Allen Giese was recognized as State Crop Show Honoree at the 2019 Winter Show. Congratualtions, Al!
North Dakota FFA membership levels hit a new all-time high this year with a total of 6,194 members across the state. That’s one in every eight students in grades 7-12!
The Crops Show was sponsored by ND Winter Show
YOU’RE INVITED TO THE 2019 STATE FFA CONVENTION JUNE 3-6 • NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY For a full schedule, visit: ndffa.co/2019scschedule ND FFA FOUNDATION & ALUMNI AUCTION DONATION FORM 2019 ND State Fair • July 20th • Minot, ND
11:00 a.m. Silent Auction • 2:00 p.m. Live Auction ND State Fair Center (upper level) Item Description Estimated Retail Value
Donor/Organization (This is needed for sale bill listings, thank-you notes and questions)
Please select one: We will ship item to ND FFA Foundation by July 5.
We will bring item to auction site by 11:00 a.m., July 20.
We will have item available for pickup.
You may also complete this form online at: ndffa.co/auctiondonation
CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT CHAMPIONS The 2019 ND State Winter Career Development Events were held Monday, March 18 in Minot. Chapters around the state traveled to the Magic City to compete in the CDEs of: Agricultural Sales; Agronomy and Livestock Evaluation. Horse Evaluation took place March 23 at the NDSU Equine Center in Fargo.
Adam Gorseth Carrington FFA Chapter
The winning teams in each event qualify to compete at the 92nd National FFA Convention which will be held October 30 - November 2. Please help us congratulate and celebrate the high individuals and teams for their hard work and dedication. For more information you can visit: NDFFA.co/2019wintercdes
Fessenden-Bowdon FFA Chapter Levi Opdahl, Garin Opdahl, Nicole Neumiller, Alex Heilman, Colby Jones, Advisor Lane Moellenkamp
Agronomy CDE sponsored by Pioneer Seeds a division of Corteva Agriscience
2nd - 5th place plaques in all events were sponsored by District 6
HORSE LIVESTOCK EVALUATION EVALUATION
Reed Wendel David Lloyd LaMoure FFA Chapter
Katelyn Duchscher Rugby FFA Chapter
HIGH INDIVIDUAL: Emily Fannik Max FFA Chapter
Napoleon FFA Chapter
Carrington FFA Chapter
Golden Valley FFA Chapter
Alexa Young, Janae Weigel, Charmain Haas, McKenzie Haas, Veronica Schwartzenberger, Advisor Brian Schneider
Chayla Kuss, Madeliene Nichols, Auna Kubal, Mathias Kubal, Lea Mittleider
Kyles Arsland, Kade Manhart, Jared Wojahn, Kaden Volk, Chance Manhart, Coaches Donnie and Trisha Feiring, Advisor Marty Campbell
Ag Sales CDE sponsored by RDO Equipment and IRONCLAD Marketing
Horse Evaluation CDE sponsored Wade & Lynn Moser
Livestock Evaluation CDE sponsored by North Dakota Rural Rehabilitation Corporation
A GIVING HEARTS DAY FOR THE RECORD BOOKS Giving Hearts Day is the largest 24-hour giving event in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota in which over 400 nonprofit organizations participate. In 2018, the ND FFA Foundation raised over $30,000, making it the largest single day of fundraising in the organizationâ€™s history. This year, over 16 million dollars were raised in total for the participating nonprofit organizations, and thanks to the generous support of 290 individual donors, the ND FFA Foundation raised $37,242 on February 14, setting our new Giving Hearts Day record!
Each year, nonprofits participating in Giving Hearts Day are required to find at least $4,000 in match donations. This year, match donations of over $9,000 for the ND FFA Foundation were pledged; meaning the first
$9,000 donated on February 14 was matched by one of these donors to create over $18,000 for the ND FFA. if you are interested in becoming a Giving Hearts Day 2020 match donor, contact Tam Maddock at email@example.com.
Joel & Joyce Janke
Beth and Wayne Stenehjem
Marlow & Joyce Nelson
Jeff & Susan Hagel
Dennis & Kathy Walsh Family
Drs Agnes & Jon Solberg
GIVING HEARTS DAY FUN FACTS & NUMBERS Total Raised 2019
Donations Over $100 2019 2018
Behind the scenes of the ND FFA Facebook Live Broadcast that aired throughout Giving Hearts Day ND FFA Officers played Minute-to-win-it games with FFA friends on Giving Hearts Day 2019 Guests featured on the Facebook Live Broadcast included friends and supporters of the ND FFA
ND FFA CHAPTER CHECKLIST WINNERS
To spread awareness for Giving Hearts Day, the Foundation created a checklist of promotional activities for chapters to complete through social media and community outreach. The chapters that completed the checklist were then entered to win cash prizes. Congratulations to the winning chapters! $500 Center FFA Chapter $300 Napoleon FFA Chapter $100 Wishek FFA Chapter From left to right: Taya Spelhaug, Adam Marx, Brooke Thiel, Aaron Anderson
2019 SAE GRANT RECIPIENTS
The North Dakota FFA Foundation awarded 31 North Dakota students a $1,000 grant to aid in their agricultural business and/or projects. The Bakk Farm Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grant is a program that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to ND FFA members and students throughout the course of its existence. To be eligible for the grant, a student must be an active ND FFA
FRED BAKK’S LASTING LEGACY
In 1980, with the gift of land in Sargent and Richland County, the North Dakota FFA Foundation was founded. That foundational gift now creates an income of over $100,000 which is given to members of the ND FFA across the state to help pursue their passions and interest in leadership, agriculture and personal development. Bakk’s generous gift has benefitted thousands of North Dakota FFA members throughout the years by allowing the Foundation to offer college scholarships; travel stipends for conventions and competitive events; SAE grants; ND Farm Business Management Tuition Grants and more.
Fridtjov “Fred” Bakk is photographed in his home in 1963.
Read more about Fred's gift and the history of the ND FFA Foundation at ndffa.co/fredsgift
member and have a business or project in the field of agriculture to apply the earnings towards. The applications are received and judged based on whether a member is beginning or expanding their agricultural project or business. This past year, fifteen recipients were awarded a beginning grant and sixteen were awarded an expansion grant.
$1,000 Beginning Grants
Regan Jones, Fessenden-Bowdon Chance Manhart, Golden Valley County Carson Enger, Stanley Ethan Schaffner, Napoleon Payton Feist, Napoleon Madison Myers, Garrison Wyatt Kersten, Max Gabriel Lakoduk, Velva Andrea Arnold, Maddock Hailey Maddock, Maddock Brock Heiser, Velva Rhea Laib, Turtle Lake-Mercer Emily Fannik, Max Blake Haakenson, Rugby
$1,000 Al Giese Honor Scholarship
Jonah Enochson, Wahpeton Lianna Seibold, Wahpeton
$1,000 CHS Foundation Star Partner Scholarship Claire Moffet, Wyndmere
$1,000 Twin Cities Region Northland Ford Star Partner Scholarship
Michaela Fischer, Bowman County
Four grant recipients from the Napoleon FFA Chapter (left to right), Ethan Schaffner, Payton Feist, Sydney Horner and Nathan Gross stand in their classroom with their $1,000 awards.
$1,000 Expansion Grants
Paige Gefroh, Medina Christy Finck, Grant County Avery Roth, Grant County Nathan Gross, Napoleon Sydney Horner, Napoleon Jayce Rivinius, Gackle-Streeter Grant Schneider, Ashley Bradyn Lachenmeier, Kidder County Alison Betz, Garrison Calli Hauck, Oakes-Sargent Central Alexa Ketterling, Wishek Colt Kersten, Max Kelli Gropper, Wishek Nathan Unruh, Carrington Emma Mahle, Rugby
$1,000 ND FFA Foundation Bakk Farm Scholarship Christina Bingham, Max Bethany Anderson, Harvey Madeliene Nichols, Carrington Brian Friedt, Harvey Anna Stoppleworth, Kindred Billie Lentz, Rolla Tyler Long, Napoleon Iris Dukart, Killdeer Anne Manstrom, Wyndmere
$1,000 Joel Janke Honor Scholarship Alexa Young, Napoleon
$1,000 Bayer Star Partner Scholarship Hope Scheresky, Max
Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship
Alexa Ketterling, Wishek Regan Jones, Fessenden- Bowdon Abby Helm, Medina Thomas Lothspeich, Wyndmere Brittney Reister, Medina Jayden MacDonald, Bismarck Calli Mack, Medina Aubrey Black, Max Benjamin Juelfs, Medina Megan Rodine, Oakes Grayson Pease, Des Lacs Ryan Bodine, Velva Jacob Arnold, Maddock Derek Reister, Medina Abigayle Johnson, Mandan Logan Reister, Medina Nicole Neumiller, Fessenden- Bowdon Ava Wille, Des Lacs Hailey Wright, Velva Chloe Bourdeau, Velva Jade Lohnes, Velva Wyatt Hanson, Velva
2019 WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES 1,075 North Dakota FFA members from 75 chapters attended the 2019 Winter Leadership Conferences (WLC) in Bismarck, ND on January 5 and 6. These conferences were comprised of three unique and individual leadership conferences the Greenhand Conference/101°, 212° and 360° Leadership Conferences. Service projects were also conducted throughout the weekend by the ND FFA members.
Developed as an introductory conference for students, this conference was conducted by the ND FFA State Officer Team and attended by members in 7th, 8th and 9th (freshman) grade. The topics and workshops were designed to give this group of members the foundational qualities of leadership.
212° and 360° Leadership Conferences
212° – the temperature at which water boils – focused on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference focused on student development and sought to help FFA
members become aware of personal growth. FFA members attended sessions on making positive decisions, setting SMART goals and taking steps towards self-improvement. 360° – took students full circle in terms of chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference focused on the importance of influence and how to become an influential leader. Students spent their time in sessions understanding the importance of influence, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting an influence plan for their local FFA chapter and developing a strategy to make an influence.
The first of the two State-Officerorganized service projects that took place at WLC sought to benefit the Children’s Hospitals of Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, ND by collecting items intended to ease a child’s time in the hospital. Items collected included toys, crafts, sporting balls, gift cards, movies, games and more. The second service project aimed to raise money for the Granville FFA Chapter Vice President, who has been diagnosed with cancer. In an attempt to generate funds for him and his family, wristbands were sold at the WLC dance, as well as a “dollar dance” event on the evening of January 5. The 2019 Winter Leadership Conferences were sponsored by the Leach Foundation, Twin Cities Region Northland Ford Dealers, CHS Foundation, and Bayer.
The 2019 WLC saw 273 members receive a blue corduroy FFA jacket courtesy of the ND FFA Foundation’s program, Blue Jackets Bright Futures, which provides the iconic jackets to members who may not have the financial resources to obtain their own. Each jacket given through this program is sponsored by a donor. With a $74 contribution, any individual or organization can become a jacket sponsor.
Donate an FFA jacket for our 2020 Blue Jackets Bright Futures program at ndffa.co/ndffabjbfsponsor
FFA Members attending the 2019 Winter Leadership Conferences participated in group activities focused on developing teamwork and leadership skills.
JACKET RECAP Jackets Given
Number of Donors 147
Number of Applications 345
2019 10 & 20-YEAR SPONSORS 20-YEAR SPONSORS
David & Lavern Holkup Steve & Cynthia Strege ND Veterinary Medical Association Beverly & Leland Tong
Clint Nelson/Dakota Tube Steel, Inc. Jason & Heather Rohr Prairie Knights Casino Curt & Joan Bjertness Richard Ruud Linda, April & Kristin Bakewell Mark Birdsall/Birdsall Grain & Gloria & John Steckler Terry & Pamela Tonnessen Seed Heidi Brandt William Fritz See all of our sponsors and donors Craig & Kayla Kleven by visiting ndffa.co/ourdonors Kevin & Kristen Nelson
IN HONOR OF ON GIVING HEARTS DAY
2018-2019 State Officer Team by Michael Axt
Fessenden-Bowdon FFA members present & past by
Gary Wald by
New Salem FFA Chapter by
Tam & Rob Maddock
Griffin Grandchildren by
Nicki Fideldy-Doll by
Jack Iglehart by
North Dakota State Officers by
Jacob Arnold by
Randy Miller Family by
Aaron & Amy Klain by Aaron, Craig, Jaden, Beth, & Andrew by Andrew Dosch by Beth, Tam & Andrew by Michael Axt
Beulah FFA Alumni by
Joleen Risovi Vicki Griffin
James H. Nayes - Past Jamestown Advisor by
Joel Janke by
Brian Schneider by Brooke Schroeder by Kristy Leier
Calli Mack by
Cory & Nikki Mack
Michele Well Robb Boyd
John “Jack” Brummond by
Center FFA by
North Valley Career & Tech Center
Dennis Dosch by
Nikki Fideldy Doll
Harold & Annette Tait Kari Enget
Don Erickson by Gary Straquadine
Eddie & Norma Swanson by Justin Swanson
Edgeley Kulm FFA by Bridget Syversen
Eric R. Christianson, 2010 Wahpeton HS Graduate by Anonymous
NDSU Ag Ed Class of 2019 by Tracy & Darlene Mellmer Lauren Bachler
Security First Bank Aaron Anderson Denise Uriell
Ray FFA Alumni by Ray FFA
Richard Sabol by
Richard & Janet Sabol
Robyn Essler by Glen Huettl
Tammy Meyer by Beth Olson
Kay Fideldy by
Taya Spelhaug & Adam Spelhaug by
Larimore FFA by
Teegan Henke by
Tim Olson Crop Insurance
Leonard Rath by
Carlotta Spelhaug Teegan Henke
Medina FFA Chapter by
Wade & Lane by
Lucas Rath by Lyle Warner by Donna Fricke
Mr. Pete Hetle by M&i Lyons
Cory & Nikki Mack Anonymous
Warren Swenson by Faye & Kurt Swenson
Wesley Walsh by Dennis Walsh
IN MEMORY OF ON GIVING HEARTS DAY Abner & Judith Mitchell by Andrea Muggli
Andrew Dosch by Katy Cvancara
Becky Wald by Gary Wald
Bernard & Jim Meyer by Tammy & Jean Meyer
Bill Well by
Wes & Patty Well Cierra Dockter Allison Sebesta
Brooke Schroeder by
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Calvin Steeke by Misty Steeke
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Dick Hamel by Brooke Thiel
Ed Schmidt by Karla Meikle
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Leland Erickson by Leann & Jeff Schafer
Leonard Rath by Sharon Rath
Melvin G Maier by Sharyl Maier
Michael Wehri by Dean Wehri Bailey March
Norris Fagerlund by Michael Connor
Robyn Essler by Heather Riemer
Roger Anderson by Anonymous
Rosemary Debertin by Richard Debertin
Steve Zimmerman by
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