Next Alumni Meeting

For anyone interested in becoming more involved in the Coopersville FFA High School or Middle School chapters, the Alumni is a great option. You do not need to be a past FFA member or have a child in either chapter to be a part of this group. We would love to have you join us for our next meeting, which will be on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at approximately 8:00pm. We will be meeting in room B117 of the high school. Hope to see you there!

Christina Hehl
Alumni Secretary

Field Plot / Land Lab Update

The Land Lab is making great progress and growing very well. A big thanks goes out to K and H Grain for all their work. The Wheat looks to be ready soon and Members and Alumni will be harvesting Straw as well. Thanks to Kevin Schoenborn and Bernie Roossinck for their efforts as well with members in conducting Twilight Land lab lessons for our members. Also thanks to Christine and Herb Zahm for providing refreshments and serving as chaperones. Watch for future updates.

Aug. 1st – Thanks to member Darren Kulicamp for heading up the Straw baling team last week. Also a BIG Thank you to Grandpa Kulicamp for allowing the use of equipment! Members will try their hand at marketing the straw during the course of the school year. The wheat was harvested and we will report shortly on how it yielded.

 

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

Community Service

 

 

The past two weekends we had members down at the local TSC collecting donations for the FFA chapter. Customers can add one dollar to their total purchase which is later given to the scholarship funds. A big thanks to Dave for allowing us to come in and help promote this great event!

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Those who weren’t at TSC were over at Family Fare collecting donations for Coopersville Cares. It was a very successful day, 11 boxes worth of donations in total! They’ll be there this weekend, March 1st, collecting more. Be sure to stop by and help out our community!

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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.

Alumni Meeting Date Change

It was decided at the last meeting to move the February meeting up to January 13th at the conclusion of the Chapter meeting (around 8:15pm). This will allow more time to plan for upcoming leadership contests and alumni events.

This meeting will also be election night. The President and Treasurer positions are up for election. If you are interested in learning more about either position, please contact either Kevin or April to learn more!

Alumni Mailing List Update

As discussed at our November meeting, we are going to work to update our mailing list prior to the membership drive starting in January.

First, please take the time to update your contact information by filling out the full form here.

Second, we want to make sure we are reaching as many potential members as possible. To view the names currently on our mailing list, click here. If you know of someone who should be on our list, feel free to suggest them by filling out the form here.

Thank you for your help in getting our mailing lists up to date!

Farm Museum Volunteer Oppertunity

The Coopersville Farm Museum is in need of volunteers! They need volunteers for the petting zoo. The petting zoo will take place each Saturday in April from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. It will take place indoors and the volunteers are given lunch, usually pizza or hot dogs. They are having goats April 6th and 13th and possibly a calf on April 13th and 27th. If you have done this in the past the set up is the same. If you are interested then please contact Kate at (616) 997-8555. Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you.

Ag Skills Contest Information Session

The FFA Alumni will be hosting an informational session for students interested in participating in the upcoming Ag Skill contest on Thursday February 28th at 7:30 PM in the High School Ag Room. The contests will be hosted at Michigan State University on Friday, April 19th. Students can choose from a wide variety of skills, including topics such as Forestry, Ag Mechanics, Crops, and Veterinary Science. Alumni members will be on hand to answer any questions students may have regarding the different contests.