November 27th Alumni Meeting Minutes

Treasurer’s Report – $915 in the treasury, with no liabilities still to be paid.

Thank You notes were received from the organizers of the Coopersville Summerfest, as well as from the student who won Novice Showmanship for Hogs at the Berlin Fair this summer. The plaque for that event was donated by the Alumni.

A $50 budget was set to create and send Thank You notes to all of the sponsors of the Coopersville FFA and Alumni

Burnips Equipment offers FFA/New Holland themed apparel. See the flyer in the Ag room, or stop in to Burnips to order.

It was identified that a regular meeting schedule is needed in order to ensure continuity and allow for easier planning. It was decided to hold meetings on the 2nd Monday of the month each February, June, August, and November at 8pm. The June and August meetings will be held in the High School Ag room, while the February and November meetings will be held in an adjacent room while the Chapter holds its meeting in the Ag room.

Leaders were identified for different areas of support within the Alumni, much like there was last year. If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, feel free to contact these people directly. These leaders are as follows:

Student Applications – Bill Miller
Student Contest Prep – Dan Wieringa
Student Contest Food – Christine Zahm
Please feel free to suggest other areas of opportunity.

Last year’s Euchre tournament was a success we are hoping to replicate. It will be held on a Friday in either late February or early March. If you are interested in being a part of organizing this event, please contact Kevin Wieringa.

Elections for Vice President and Secretary will take place at the February meeting. If you are interested in learning more about either position, please contact anybody on the current officer team.

Chapter News:

Fruit sale is now complete, and went very well, with over $4000 in sales.

Coopersville will be hosting District Leadership Contests on January 30th. There will be a strong need for volunteers that afternoon and evening. To find out how you can help, contact Kent Bollinger.

Kevin Wieringa attended a state workshop in early November to learn more about the new roster format as a part of the Ag Career Network. This system goes into effect this coming year. Also discussed at the workshop was the availability of numerous scholarships through the State and National FFA Alumni that are available to our students.

Member dues for 2013 will be due by March 31st, 2013. It was approved to keep the local surcharge on annual dues at $5, and to extend that local fee to lifetime members. The new dues structure for 2013:

Annual Membership – $25 ($10 to National, $10 to State, $5 to local)
Lifetime Membership –  $150 onetime payment to National
$5 annual payment to Local

Don’t forget to visit coopersvilleffa.com on a regular basis for updates from both the Alumni and the Chapter. Feel free to offer suggestions to help improve this new communication tool.

Summerfest Ice Cream Sale!

The Alumni will be hosting an ice cream and cold beverage booth on Wednesday of the Coopersville Summerfest, August 8th, from 5-8pm. We will be getting Hudsonville Ice cream tubs to sell bowls of ice cream in addition to cold water. We need about 2 more volunteers to help scoop ice cream and we are still looking for a pop up tent. If you or someone you know is willing to help out that night with either of those things email Dan at wieringad@aol.com or call him at 616-401-1469.
For more information about Summerfest, visit http://coopersville.com/summerfest/index.htm

July 12th Meeting Minutes

  • Treasurer’s Report – $276.13
  • Website – coopersvilleffa.com, still some things to be worked on. Let Kevin Wieringa know if you have any suggestions
  • Back to school picnic
    • August 18th, 2012 at 6pm at the Chester Township Park
    • Alumni will provide the hot dogs/hamburgers, buns, and condiments
    • Looking into getting the table covers and other items stored
  • Be on the lookout for a newsletter in the next couple weeks
  • Summerfest
    • Approved to have a spot on Main Street on Wednesday night 5:00 – 8:00
    • Freezers – 1 from the chapter, still looking for an extra one
    • Also looking for an EZ-up type canopy
    • Tubs for bottled water from the chapter
    • Setting up at 4:00
    • Kevin Buying bowls, spoons, and napkins
    • Kent getting water
    • Small dumpster from barn for trash
    • Dan will pick up the ice cream from mission in Holland
    • 8 tubs of ice cream
    • Selling 1 scoop for $1.50, 2 scoops for $2.00, bottle of water for $1
  • Additional Euchre Tournament
    • Tentatively September 15th, pending confirmation of location

May 31st Meeting Minutes

  • State Alumni Meeting
  • Treasurer’s Report – $326.13
  • Website – coopersvilleffa.com, still some things to be worked on. Let Kevin Wieringa know if you have any suggestions
  • Back to school picnic
    • Tentatively August 18th, 2012 at 6pm at the Chester Township Park, same location as last year
    • Dan Wieringa in charge
    • Send special invitations to 2012 graduates
  • Corporate sponsorships
    • Looking at restructuring, discussed tiered system of donations
    • Would be sponsoring for the entire year, not a specific event
    • Send the letter out in November
  • Summerfest
    • Various ideas were discussed for involvement during Coopersville Summerfest, including food booth either Saturday or Wednesday (Kid’s Day)
    • Hudsonville Ice Cream will groups up with everything they need, and charge you for what you sell
  • Berlin Fair
    • Need to find/update board used at last year’s fair
    • Grand Champion animal buyers raffle bucket again
  • Additional Euchre Tournament
    • Tentatively September 15th, pending confirmation of location
  • Chapter recreation in Hopkins, other options discussed
  • Next Alumni Meeting: July 12th, 7pm High School Ag Room

Alumni Meeting May 31st, 7pm

I would like to invite you all to our first meeting of the summer on Thursday, May 31st at 7pm in the high school Ag Room. Topics to be discussed include:

Set date and begin planning for back-to-school picnic
Corporate sponsorship restructuring
Website
Summerfest

We will also begin discussing a memorial event or other ideas to honor Aaron. I would possibly like to see this done as a separate meeting to give it the full attention it deserves. If that ends up being the case, we will set a date for that meeting.

This is an open meeting, so if there is anyone else who you know would like to come, feel free to invite them! Also feel free to bring any other topics that we need to discuss.

I hope to see you all there!

Kevin Wieringa
Alumni President

Website Open!

Welcome to the new home of the Coopersville FFA on the web! The site is still a work in progress, but feel free to visit often as new information and events are posted. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to let us know!

Kevin Wieringa
Alumni President