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  Mindy Bunselmeyer  5/21/2020 1:43:00 PM  
     
 

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Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

Join us for a Chat TODAY, May 21, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. 

Webinar information:

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Q & A with State Staff

-Please click here to view the answers to many of the questions submitted

 

Illinois FFA Center Hours & Updates - 

The Illinois FFA Center is currently closed through May 31, 2020, by Executive Order of the Governor.  FFA Center staff will be working remotely as time and technology allow. Thank you for your patience in our delayed response.

 

Items in this listserv:

****NEW Information****


  1. Delegate Sign up for Illinois FFA Virtual State Convention

  2. Census Grant Deadline Extended

  3. IAVAT Conference Hotel Rooms

  4. IAVAT Service Awards

  5. IAVAT Conference Delegate Registration 

  6.  IAVAT Virtual Trivia Night information



  1. Delegate Sign up for Illinois FFA Virtual State Convention

It is time to sign your delegates up for the Illinois FFA Virtual State Convention.  The Illinois FFA will be using Turning Technologies for our voting system for both the Business Session and Elections.  Each school will be issued two accounts for their two voting delegates.  For schools to get voting access, you MUST complete the Delegate Registration form.  Click here to complete the 2020 Delegate Registration form. ALL DELEGATES MUST BE REGISTERED BY MIDNIGHT on TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2020.  The following information is required on the form:

  • Chapter Name

  • Advisor Name

  • Advisor Email address

  • Delegate 1 - Name

  • Delegate 1 - Email address

  • Delegate 1 - Password 

  • Delegate 1  - t-shirt size

  • Delegate 2 - Name

  • Delegate 2 - Email address

  • Delegate 2 - Password

  • Delegate 2  - t-shirt size


Frequently asked questions about the system:  

Will the system allow for school addresses?  Yes, Turning Technologies will not be emailing the students, the email address serves as their login, school addresses will work fine.  

How should they select a password?  Encourage your students to pick one they will remember and is unique to them.  

Do students have to have a laptop?  Students can use their phone, ipad, laptop or desktop.  But you should have two devices per delegate, one so they are watching on one device and then voting with the other device.  For example:  they are watching the elections on a laptop and voting via Turning Technologies from their phone.  

Is the system difficult to use?  Turning Technologies is the same system we use for face to face elections.It is easy to use, and the Illinois FFA Board tested the system from our phones and laptops.  I used it- if I managed it with ease, your students are all set.  

Can a student give out their email address and password to others to get more people to vote?  NO, the system only allows ONE device per email address.  The Illinois FFA Board tested this as well, you CANNOT login on more than ONE device per email address and password.  

Will our Chapter Delegates still get a delegate t-shirt?  Yes, we are still working out the shipping details, but delegates will be getting their free t-shirts and we will be selling the remaining Convention t-shirts - more information on that to follow.  

My students use Chromebooks, will that be an issue?  Directly from Turning Technologies:  “I’ve never heard of anyone having issues with using the Chromebook.  As long as they can access www.ttpoll.com there should be no issue since nothing needs installed.” 

How do I know the system will work on my device?  We will open up a mock polling on Monday, June 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.




  1. Census Grant Deadline Extended - Click here for Census Contract Info 

In order to allow FFA Chapters more time to promote the Census in your area, we are extending the deadline to June 15, 2020.  We are also increasing the rewards.  Each Illinois FFA Chapter is still eligible for at least $125.00 credit for registrations to Illinois events, but we are awarding the Top 10 Chapters with additional funds.

  • 1st place Chapter = $1000.00

  • 2nd place Chapter = $750.00

  • 3rd place Chapter = $500.00

  • 4th - 10th place Chapters = $250.00

Reminder this is an additional amount on top of the $125.00 chapters can earn.  Many chapters can earn more than the initial $125.00 per chapter depending on how much you share, promote, demonstrate your participation in promoting and marketing the Census and how many chapters actually participate.  

So start today, remind others...EVERYONE COUNTS!  Check out the Illinois FFA Facebook page and share, promote and see what others are doing.  


  1. IAVAT Conference Hotel Rooms

The hotel is still currently temporarily closed due to the guidelines of Covid 19. 

They have cancelled group event/group block for IAVAT in their system. This will automatically cancel all reservations that are attached to the block for our guests. 

Ag teachers, you DO NOT need to contact the hotel to cancel. 

 

 

  1.  IAVAT Service Awards

Please click here to see who is celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years of service to the IAVAT.  Please take a moment to double check it, if you have any questions or concerns email Lori Nelson, lnelson@illinoisffa.org

 

  1.  IAVAT Conference Delegate Registration 

It is time to sign yourself up as a voting member/delegate for the IAVAT Virtual Conference.  We will be using Turning Technologies for our voting system for both the Business Session.  Each IAVAT member must complete this form to get voting access, to vote on IAVAT business and elections.   Click here to complete the IAVAT  Delegate Registration form. ALL TEACHERS MUST BE REGISTERED BY MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020.  The following information is required on the form:

  • Section

  • Chapter Name

  • Teacher Name

  • Teacher Email address

  • Teacher - Password 


  1.  IAVAT Virtual Trivia Night information

The Member Services Committee will be sponsoring a virtual Trivia Night on Wednesday June 17th at 8:00 pm. Register your team using the link below:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIbpxAUt7jPCa0sI_-J5mEQ9YEObvqJ9noclY_t-NrvU5UuA/viewform

 

Teams will be up to 8 members with a designated team captain at $10 per team member. All money raised will go to the Ag Ed Advocacy Fund! All information will be emailed to the Team Captain. It should be a great event! If you have any questions, contact Kara Barling at barlingk@husd4.org



**** PREVIOUS Information Shared****

**** WORTH Sharing Again****

 

CONVENTION Information:

Illinois FFA Convention - 1st Business Session - Proposed Constitutional Amendment

  • Business Session will be conducted virtually on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

    • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.

  • Click here to view the Virtual Convention Agenda 

  • Elections

    • Conducted virtually on Thursday, June 11, 2020.  

    •  Candidates for 2020 -2021 Illinois FFA Major State Officer 

      • Click here for a special announcement video of our candidates.

  • State & American FFA Degrees

    • Click here to submit photos of degree recipients in Official Dress and with their SAEs no later than June 1, 2020.

  • National Chapter Award Winners

    • Please click here to submit those photos no later than June 1, 2020.

IAVAT:

 

IAVAT Conference and CDE Updates

  • Click here to view the most recent listserv with these updates

 

IAVAT Board Updates

  • Click here to view the listserv with CDE Updates


Virtual Contest Opportunities

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center


Membership Memos

  • Please complete this form if you would like to notify the Illinois FFA Center about an event in the lives of someone in our FFA Family. 

2020 - 2021 Illinois FFA CDE Schedule 

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

IACCAI:

  • Officers - Jeff Landers, JJC - President, Brian Clement, College of Dupage - Vice President, Doug Robb, WVCC - Treasurer, Jess Smithers, Richland - Secretary, Pete Fandel, ICC - Past President

  • 2020 Conference = October 8-9, 2020 in Joliet

 

PAS:

  • Recent name change from Post-Secondary Ag Students to Professional Ag Students

  • Officers - President - Gwen Heimerdinger, 1st Vice-President - Ryan Reeverts, 2nd Vice-President - Rob Janssen, 3rd Vice-President - Mazi Walker

 

Illinois FFA:

 

Gratitude Time - Click here for a google form where you can send a "Note of Thanks" card to anyone who has impacted your life! 

 

Operation Rising Sun

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  


Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

  • Click here to view the list of 2020 Illinois FFA State FFA Degree Approved Candidates

 

2020 Illinois FFA American FFA Degree Illinois Approved Candidates

  • Click here to view the list of 2020 Illinois FFA Candidates to be recommended for the American FFA Degree

 

Cards Vs. Cubs, Saturday, September 12, 2020

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

January 2020 Newsletter

  • Click here to view the latest Winter Edition Illinois Association FFA Newsletter 

Illinois FFA Convention - 1st Business Session - Proposed Constitutional Amendment

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center. 

Eldon Witt Scholarship Application - DUE May 15

 

Illinois FFA Board Updates

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Winter 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

  • Click here to view the 2019 Winter Illinois FFA Newsletter

Fall 2019 Illinois FFA Newsletter

  • Click here to view the 2019 Fall Illinois FFA Newsletter  

 

Trading Post for 2019 - 2020

 

Lock Box Practicums and Activities

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

FFA Board August Updates

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

 2020 Illinois FFA State Convention Hotel Block Open

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Alumni and Supporters:

Illinois FFA Alumni & Supporters Raffle postponed and Scholarship updates

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Alumni Annual Meeting & Auction Update 

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Alumni Auction - Chapter Baskets

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois FFA Center:

Celebrate our Staff - Tammy Yard, Proudly Serving Illinois FFA Center since April 30, 2007

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center

 

Illinois FFA Center Survey

  • PLEASE Click here to complete a survey that will provide guidance and direction for the Illinois FFA Center and State Staff.

 

Ag Ed/FFA State Chats

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center

 

John Edgar Named SIUC College of Ag Outstanding Early Career Alumni

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Interns for Summer 2020 & Bill Johnson Legislative Intern

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Office Closings:

  • March 23 - May 31, 2020 - FFA CENTER IS CLOSED

Illinois Foundation FFA:

Illinois Foundation FFA April Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA March 13, 2020 Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA February 14, 2020 Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA January 28, 2020 Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA January Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA December Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

Illinois Foundation FFA November Update

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

2019 - 2020 Local Collection Drive Kickoff Listserv 

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

2018 - 2019 Illinois Foundation FFA Report 

Industry Friends of agricultural education posts:

Illinois Corn Marketing Boards Supports Your Local Chapter

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

2020 GROWMARK Essay Contest Results

  • Click here to view the listserv message sent by the FFA Center.  

National FFA:

National FFA Updates

 

***DATES & DEADLINES - Remember***

  • June 9  - Virtual Business Session of the Illinois FFA State Convention 

  • June 10 - Stars Over Illinois FFA - Presented Virtually

  • June 11 - Virtual Elections of the 2020-2021 Illinois FFA State Officer Team

  • June 15 - IAVAT Board Meeting & Section Chairs Meeting

  • June 16 - Illinois FFA State Public Speaking LDE - virtually 

  • June 16 - 18 - IAVAT Conference

  • July 3 - FFA Center Closed - 4th of July HOLIDAY

  • July 13 - 17 - Virtual Presentation of Illinois FFA State Degrees

  • July 20 - 23 - Illinois FFA Virtual State Convention


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Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Email: mbunselmeyer@illinoisffa.org
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
 
     
 
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
 
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