Garden Grant received again

Crossing the FieldGarden harvest 2015We are pleased to announce that the chapter has received a Community Garden grant from Syngenta Corporation again this year. We will receive seedstock and financial support to conduct the garden plot. Our plan is to donate produce to both Coopersville Cares and Feeding America of West Michigan food banks.

UPDATE : Oct 8th

Members have been busy at keeping the Community Garden effort alive and well this summer. Thanks go out to all the following for their assistance:

Chase Bos, Jessica Zahm, Heather Johnson, Darren Kulicamp, and committee members Beka McDonald, Darren Kulicamp and Heather Johnson (chair). We expect a crop of Squash (both Zucchini and summer) and Green and Yellow beans to be available soon.

Watch for updates as they are available.

So far we have donated 4150 pounds of produce. Way to go crew!

We had 6 members and many community helpers assist last evening (Oct 5th) in harvesting 4188 pounds of Sweet Corn! That is 3,270 meals. Our total donations this year are over 4 tons!


Chapter Banquet a success!

The 2015 chapter Banquet was held on the evening of April 28th in the Coopersville High School Cafeteria. A nice turnout of members, families and Alumni was present. The meal began at 7 pm and featured pulled pork with dishes to pass. The Alumni were represented by Galen Rosel and Kevin Wieringa who gave an update about the progress of their ongoing projects. Kevin Schoenborn received the Alumni of the Year award. The middle school presented its members with awards as Mrs Bouchard, Mrs Willcome and Mrs Zahm did the conferring of the various awards. State FFA President Alex Schut brought greetings from the State FFA Association and her home chapter of nearby Caledonia. Art Smith helped this year with our annual Labor Auction, where the old and new officers donate a day of labor and local people bid and donate to the FFA. Dollars generated will help to pay costs of contests and trips. The High School members received their awards in the final program which took place in the Auditorium. Cassie Perrin produced a very nice Year in Review slide show for everyone to reflect on the years events and activities. Members receiving awards this year were:

Honorary Members : Jeff and Jocelyn Perrin
Star Greenhand : Arden Bouchard
Creager Memorial Award : Karla Willcome
Star Chapter degree : Jessica Zahm
Miller Memorial Award : Darren Kulicamp
McNitt Brotherhood Award : Macinze Knuth
Senior Leadership Award : Madison Rosel, Claire Zahm, James Brown and Chase Bos
Dekalb Award : Chase Bos

Thank you to all for working so hard to make it a memorable night.

2015-2016 Officers elected

Congratulations to the following members who were elected this evening as Chapter FFA Officers for the 2015-2016 School year. They are

Cassie Perrin – President , ┬áJessica Zahm – 1st Vice President , Kyle Schoenborn – 2nd Vice President , Macinze Knuth – 3rd Vice President , Heather Johnson – Secretary , Darren Kulicamp – Treasurer , Beka McDonald – Reporter , Arden Bouchard – Sentinel , Karla Willcome – Historian , Ben Lown – Student Advisor.

These members will attend Regional Leadership Camp on April 29th at the Shack in Juggville and will learn more about their responsibilities for the coming year. Their tenure as officers will officially begin on June 5th at the close of this school year.

Good Luck Cassie Perrin

On Tuesday evening at Newaygo Tech Center, Cassie Perrin interviewed with 15 other candidates for Regional Officer for the 2015-2016 school year. She was slated to run for secretary. This is an office she knows well having served as both Chapter secretary and 2 years as the secretary of the Parli Pro Team that qualified for State competition. Good luck at elections on April 29th.

Coopersville Community Expo

Our members will be in attendance on Saturday, March 21st for the Annual Coopersville Community Expo. It will be held in the Community Services building from 9am to 2 pm. Members will be showing our recent results and projects that we are working on at this time. They will be active with others from the community in showing our Coopersville pride! Stop in and say hello.

First Twilight Land Lab meeting

Thank you Wilbur-Ellis, Bernie and Kevin!

Thank you Wilbur-Ellis, Bernie and Kevin!

This year we will have a series of twilight meetings at our new Land Lab off of Cleveland St. Our First meeting will be on Monday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm. Members will converse with Industry specialists to observe sampling and gridding practices as they are used in Production Agriculture today. Our supporters from Wilbur-Ellis will be guiding members through the processes. Members will be provided with pizza and refreshments as they learn “in the field”.

State Convention a Success

State Convention has come and gone with an excellent group of participants being recognized. Four seniors received their State FFA Degrees this year, they include, Maddie Rosel, Claire Zahm, James Brown and Chase Bos. Cassie Perrin received the Outstanding Junior award this year as well. James Brown received a 3rd place Gold Award in the Job Interview contest while the Parliamentary Procedure Team of Chase Bos, Cassie Perrin, Maddie Rosel, Jessica Zahm, Beka McDonald and Brendan Knauf also received a Gold award and third place finish. Our Delegates this year were Darren Kulicamp and Ben Lown. They voted on policy, elected next years team of State Officers and attended to business as part of their responsibilities. Matt Hogan was able to attend as this years Miller Memorial Award winner. The students would like to thank two of our Alumni Officers that served as chaperones with Mr Bollinger. Christina Hehl and Galen Rosel were there to help keep everyone on track and in the right place.

Land Laboratory/Demonstration Plot

The Alumni in cooperation with a few community businesses will be establishing a 50 acre Land Laboratory this spring on behalf of the FFA Chapter. Assistance from local companies will allow the Demonstration plot to give students some “Real world” experience in crop production and finance. Students at Coopersville high School are currently being given the opportunity to design the sign for the site. The creator of the winning design will receive a prize for their efforts from the Wilbur Ellis company. Area producers that wish to be involved may contact Herb Zahm or Kevin Schoenborn for more information. Profits from the Land Lab will be returned to the Agriculture program and FFA Chapter for scholarships and future needs of the Agriculture department.

State Annual Alumni Dinner

The State Annual FFA Alumni Dinner will be in our backyard this year. It will be hosted at Ravenna High School by their Alumni Chapter. It will be held on March 28th and will feature a large array of donated items that will be auctioned off for a scholarship fund to State FFA members. For ticket information contact our Alumni Officers. This year our officer Team includes Galen Rosel- President, Rich Creager – Vice President , Christina Hehl – Secretary and Christine Zahm – Treasurer.
This is a great way to see how to become more involved with our growing Alumni and to connect with Alumni members from across the state!