The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.The 43rd annual convention of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni & Supporters organization is set for February 3 – 4, 2023 at the Milwaukee Marriott West hotel and convention center in Waukesha. The theme of the convention is “Where We Need to Be in 2023” and will focus on the 4 major roles of FFA Alumni membership which includes Advocate, Donor, Mentor and Volunteer.
Online registration is now open, and will remain open until Jan. 3, 2023 and members across the state are encouraged to attend. The weekend is full of great networking opportunities, as well as numerous other events. Registration may be completed at https://wisconsinaged.org/alumni/convention/register/ and there are numerous types of registration options available to help meet the needs of all attendees. There are full weekend packages, as well as smaller options for just Saturday.
Activities for the weekend include an optional tour on Friday of American Family Field and the Mitchell Park Domes and a Friday evening dinner buffet and live auction. The evening will culminate with entertainment by Wisconsin singer/songwriter Tim O’Grady.
Saturday morning kicks off with breakfast and an opening session, followed by section meetings, where local chapter members can connect with state leaders and work together to organize plans for upcoming conventions. There is a luncheon and business meeting also held at noon, where the next Vice President of the association is elected, as well as any resolutions and business are presented. Saturday afternoon provides members with an opportunity to attend a couple different workshops, with several options to choose from.
The evening will conclude with the annual awards banquet program, retirement of state association President, Terri WIlfert and annual fundraising auction. Proceeds of the auction go to help support FFA members and programs throughout the state. The association is also currently running their annual online auction to help raise additional funds. The link to the auction is https://online.auctionsbyobrien.com/Event/Details/669183/NOVEMBER-6-2022-600-PM-WISCONSIN-FFA-ALUMNI-ASSOCIATION-AUCTION and features all kinds of items and it runs through 6 PM on November 6, 2022. The auction is supported by “Living to Serve” sponsors, Kondex and Renk Seed.
For more information about the convention, please feel free to contact co-chair Ron Martin at 608-220-5949 or executive director, Cheryl Steinbach at 715-937-4838.