South Dakota FFA Foundation, Inc.
SD FFA Foundation Email Newsletter ~ | ~ Volume 6, Issue 10 ~ | ~ April 2016

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The SD FFA Email Newsletter highlights special projects of the SD FFA and SD FFA Foundation.  Please forward this newsletter to others you know who are involved and interested in FFA and agriculture education. Thank you for your support of the FFA in South Dakota!We Own It

Director’s Call to Convention:

State Convention is hours away, and anticipation is high as students dream of winning a state CDE, scholarship, proficiency award, agriscience area, meeting new and old friends, or earning a state FFA office.  OWN IT!  FFA members will speak, compete, do, serve, grow, and proudly own what they do in the blue jacket. Members from 81 chapters becoming leaders and owning their actions!  We hope you can join in the excitement.  Check out the schedule, join us, watch live streaming of convention sessions, thanks to the McCook Central FFA Chapter

Or follow results on the SD FFA Foundation Facebook page.  There is a lot to take in ... the sponsor/VIP reception, Past State Officer Reception, Career Carnival, leadership & educational workshops, State Degree banquet, agriscience project showcase, 15 Career Development Events, and lots of awards and scholarships.  Don't miss it!

Gerri Ann Eide, Executive Director, SD FFA Foundation, Inc.

Helping students experience "OWN" their experience

Convention would not happen without all the generous sponsors and volunteers to give of their time and finances.  THANK YOU to each sponsor for making the awards, scholarships, state degrees & banquet, workshops, career carnival, speakers, new officer jackets/ties/COD, career development events, service project and general convention possible.  It takes nearly $70,000 to make it all happen. April

April Hamilton, Hitchcock-Tulare junior says, “I couldn’t thank my sponsors enough for making it possible for me to go to National Convention!  I have made some amazing life-long friends and experienced something indescribable!” 
You are greatly appreciated!


Upcoming events:

  • April 10-12 – State FFA Convention, Brookings
  • May 15 American Degree Applications Due
  • May 20 Leadership Retreat Scholarship Applications Due
  • June 8-10 - SD Range Camp
  • June 21-22: Rangeland & Soils Days, Wall
  • June 28-30 East River Leadership Retreat: Swan Lake
  • July 12-15 West River Leadership Retreat: Custer


Engage in FFA again ... Become an Alumni member alumni

Are you a past FFA member, parent or supporter that believes in the FFA and wants to help young people today?  Join the SD FFA Alumni! 

Where to go at convention:We Own It

  • VIP & Sponsor reception - Sunday 6pm - HPER, Upper level foyer
  • PSO gathering - Sunday 6pm - HPER 104
  • Workshops - Monday 9-3 - Student Union VBR, 253C, 255, 262, 265, & 269
  • Career Carnival - Monday 9-3, Student Union Upper Level Gallery, Crazy Horse & Prairie Lounges
  • Living to Serve Project – Monday 9- HPER Upper level foyer
  • Agriscience Fair - Monday 11am - HPER East Track
  • State Degree Banquet - Monday 5pm, SDSU Student Union Volstroff Ballroom
  • All sessions and award presentations - HPER Frost Arena

Here by the Owl

FFA advisors have been “Here by the Owl” mentoring students for over 85 years. FFA advisors impact personal growth, career choices and leadership skills? As a way to say “Thank you,” the SD FFA Foundation has a special program in their honor.  See what past members are saying about their advisors, and share how an FFA advisor influenced your life.

SD FFA Foundation

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You can donate online here or mail a donation to: SD FFA Foundation, 39393 133rd St., Bath, SD 57427

For more information, please contact or call (605) 765-4865
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