January Meeting Minutes

January 12th, 2015

-Meeting was called to order at 8:35PM

-Secretary’s Minutes were read by Christina

-Treasurer’s Report: $1697.31 in the treasury, and the $351 bill was paid for the rodeo during national convention

Old Business

– Winter Euchre Tournament: Tim and Lisa Rosel have offered to host again this year, and a Friday or Saturday night would work best. Galen will contact them with two weekends to choose from; the 6/7 or 20/21 of February as possible dates. Rich Creager will be contacted for organizing tables and chairs, snacks and pop will be provided, and people can bring their own beverage as well. The prizes are gift cards picked up by Christina and will be as follows: 1st place will receive a $50 Meijer gift card, 2nd place will receive a $30 Speedway gift card, 3rd place will receive a $20 Family Fare gift card, and the last place will receive a $10 Champs gift card.

– Land-Lab Sign: Matt Hehl talked to Hersh Electric and they are willing to dig the holes and set the poles for the sign. We need to provide the poles and ten bags of concrete for each post. They normally get their lumber from Ravenna Lumber. Galen Rosel volunteered to contact Ravenna Lumber to see what our options are for sign posts. We are thinking that they need to be 10 feet out of the ground, so a 14 foot post should be sufficient. Kevin Wieringa will look into any sign ordinances that might have an effect on this project. The students will have a few designs for the sign by the February meeting so we can get everything to come together in time for spring.

– February 4th District Leadership Contests: This year, districts will be held at Coopersville, so volunteers are needed to oversee the food and help on the day of the event. Six judges will be needed from Coopersville, Mr. Bollinger will be calling Adam Kantrovich, Rich Creager, several Lindbergs, Katie Courtade, Katie Link from Greenstone, and others for volunteer judges. The food provided to everyone will consist of cookies from Delly Belly Bakery, apples from an area orchard, and lemonade. Tinna Gieske will be asked to oversee the food for everyone. Melissa Bouchard will be in charge of a meal for the Coopersville students, subs were suggested.

New Business

– Membership, Dues, and Roster: Christina and Christine will meet sometime to go over the roster to clean up our mailing list.

– Regional Leadership Contests: Regionals will be held February 18th in Lowell. The Alumni needs to decide on a meal for our kids, more to come on this at the February meeting when we will know how many students will be participating.

– Current Student Needs in Chapter: Mr. Bollinger says everything is going well, there are no current needs.

– Nominations for Vice President and Secretary: Galen has volunteered to call Derek Hecksel, the Lindbergs, and any others he can think of to ask if they would be interested in holding office.

Other Business

– FFA Week is coming up, Mary Willcome suggested using of Ipads from Farm Bureau that have farm games on them to use during the week.

– Next meeting will be February 9th, 2015

– Meeting adjourned at 9:40PM


Alumni Secretary

Christina Hehl

Coopersville FFA Alumni Meeting Minutes November 11

Treasurer’s Report: about $1300

Old Business Back To School Picnic – Turned out well, around 25­35 people showed up.
Fall Euchre Tournament – not many people showed up due to many other events that night, but we did end up making a $164 profit.
Contests – We are looking for volunteers to help out with any leadership contests. We also may be holding a “Critique Night” before contests to prepare the students for speaking in front of an audience.
Applications – The students will be filling out state award applications over Christmas break, we are always looking for anyone interested in helping out.

New Business Website – We recently got a new site host for our website. So far, everything has been running smoothly with the new site.
Outhouse 500 – The FFA is looking into participating in the Outhouse 500. It would be a great way to advertise and get us recognized in the community. The Wilcome’s are looking into possibly using the outhouse from the old 4­H council outhouse from several years ago. They will report back to the Alumni at the next meeting.
Contest Informational Meeting – Scheduled for November 25 informational meeting is to educate the high school and junior high students about available contests they can participate in. Volunteers needed to help explain all the contests.
Winter Euchre Tournament – Melissa Bouchard and Christine Zahm will help organize this year’s winter euchre tournament.
Alumni Meetings – Next meeting was moved to January 13th , 2014. We will be holding officer elections. The spots of President and Treasurer are open and need to be filled!
Dues are coming up again and are due by the end of February. The rates are as follows: $150 – one time Lifetime Membership with an additional $5 local renewal every year or $25 One­ year Annual Membership
Upcoming Recruitment/Membership – We are always looking for more members and are continuously updating our mailing lists. If you know of anyone you may think will be interested in joining, send their name and contact information to coopsffaalumni@gmail.com. There will be a postcard sent out at the beginning of the year for Alumni’s Annual Update.

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.

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