Oregon FFA Alumni Winter 2017 Newsletter

It's been a crazy winter and before we know it State Convention 2017 will be upon us! We have a few updates and reminders we'd like to share before we meet in March at our annual FFA Alumni Business Meeting. More information on that and much more below!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Oregon FFA Alumni President, Robert Schmidig, was elected as the incoming President for the National FFA Alumni at the National Convention in October. Robert has served in many roles, locally in Scio, at the state level, and just finished his term as the Regional Vice President on the National Alumni Council. We appreciate Robert and his wife Margie in all they have done for FFA and continue to do!

FFA Alumni Silent Basket Auction

Gather your members and create a basket to add to the Oregon FFA Alumni Silent Basket Auction at the 2017 Oregon FFA State Convention in Redmond, Oregon in March! Supports the Oregon FFA Alumni Association to help provide scholarships and support FFA members. Be creative on your items let your imagination go wild. Auction entry that has the highest bid wins a WLC Scholarship!

Alumni Development Forum @ State Convention 2017

Sunday March 26th at 10am in North Sister Odell & Haystack

Join us Sunday morning from 10 - 11 for an Alumni Development Forum! Come ask questions, share ideas, and network with other Alumni Chapters from around the state as well as state council members. Need fundraiser ideas? Questions on fiscal issues? Curious about lifetime membership? Hope to see you there! Alumni Annual Business Meeting will take place at noon in the same room.

Membership & Rosters DUE

If you have not yet submitted and need any assistance with memberships or rosters, please contact your Regional VP. Contact information can be found at the button below. VPs have been sending rosters to update to the contact that Oregon FFA Alumni has for the local affiliates. Please remember that affiliates must be current to have a voting role at the business meeting in March.

What does your time and energy with the Oregon FFA Alumni provide?

The Impact Data of Oregon FFA Alumni in the State of Oregon

This information is from the Impact Data that is requested of local affiliates in the spring to measure the time and monetary contributions our members contribute. So powerful in understanding the importance of the Alumni in the big picture of FFA! We can not emphasis enough the value of volunteer time, whether planning a fundraiser, listening to student speeches, or helping mentor a SAE project.

Constitution & Bylaw Changes at State Convention 2017

Oregon FFA Alumni Annual Business Meeting

Sunday, March 26th at 12:00 in North Sister Odell & Haystack

The Oregon FFA Alumni Council has voted to recommend changes to the Oregon FFA Alumni Constitution and Bylaws for the Oregon FFA Alumni membership’s consideration. We will be seeking your approval of these recommended changes at the March 26, 2017 Oregon FFA Alumni Annual Business Meeting in Redmond, Oregon.

The proposed language changes are highlighted in Yellow color. The language to be deleted has a strikethrough it and the new language is highlighted. You will notice that the Constitution and Bylaws are now is two separate documents on the buttons below.

In a nutshell there are three concepts that are being addressed with the changes you will see.

1. Housekeeping. There is obsolete language and administrative changes such as removal of the words “State and Association” in our name. When reading our current name many people believe our organization is affiliated with the Oregon State University or as part of the Oregon FFA Association.

2. President-Elect nominees to have 2 years of service on the Council. Your current Council is recommending to add a requirement that nominees for the Oregon FFA Alumni Council position of President-Elect have at least 2 years of service on the Council. The intent is to ensure that Council leaders have current experience and knowledge of local, state and national policies and potential issues. This impacted language found in the Constitution Article V: Executive Body.

3. Assure financial compliance. The Bylaws have specific language about the financial nature of our organization and the Council voted unanimously to include language to assure compliance and mitigate risk in Article VI: Fiscal Year.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact me or any Council member. You can reach me at Robert.schmidig@fosterfarms.com

I am excited about the direction Oregon FFA Alumni is headed and in our role in serving Oregon FFA and Agriculture Education. Please join us at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2017 State Convention to weigh in and support the advancement of our growing organization.

Please join us Sunday, March 26th at Noon for the Oregon FFA Alumni Annual Business Meeting

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