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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Successful Foundation Drive/Culvers Restaurant Opportunity/Foundation Donor Recognition

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thank You for Successful 2012 Foundation Collection Drive

Thank you to everyone for your work and energy for a successful 2012 Collection Drive. The collection drive resulted in $428,000 from the local chapter, section and district drives and $13,724 from the state-at-large for a total of $441,807. When grant funds are added to the collection drive, the grand total for 2012 was $481,977.20. The total for 2011 was $472,742.67. 
A special thank you and shout out for the Top Ten Chapters and Top Chapters in Each Section:

1.      Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich
2.      Paxton-Buckley-Loda
3.      Newark
4.      Central A & M
5.      Greenville
6.      Seneca
7.      ROWVA
8.      Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
9.      Mercer County
10. Elmwood

Top Section Chapters:

1.      West Carroll
2.      Rochelle         
3.      AlWood
4.      ROWVA
5.      Elmwood
6.      Indian Creek
7.      Somonauk-Leland-Sandwich
8.      Chicago H.S. for Ag. Sciences
9.      Lexington
10. Cissna Park
11. Liberty
12. Canton
13. Bluffs
14. Hartsburg-Emden
15. Highland
16. Central A & M
17. Paxton-Buckley-Loda
18. Hoopeston Area
19. Greenville
20. Marshall
21. Mt. Vernon
22. Marissa
23. East Richland (Olney)
24. Trico
25. Gallatin County

New Opportunity for FFA Chapter Partnership with Culvers Restaurants

Background: National FFA Foundation was contacted by Culver’s advertising agency in early January of 2013. They were looking for a national charitable partner to match their planned marketing efforts based around their new “Thank a Farmer” marketing campaign. They decided to choose FFA as their partner. Culver’s is interested in celebrating the farmer; maintaining a connection to producers and having their restaurants be a part of the communities where they are located. National FFA Foundation thought this was a good fit with FFA.
Then, in conversations at the end of February, they started to show intense interest in connecting with chapters at the local level. Culver’s is now preparing for regional meetings with owners.
Culver’s plans to encourage local vendors to build a relationship with the chapter advisor and plans to provide several suggestions for possible support programs. They include:
1.Sponsorship of awards banquet (possible donation of food, possible cash)
2.Scooppie donation program (Scoopies are desert tokens provided with kid’s meals, Culvers would encourage kids to give them back in lieu of getting the treat. Culver’s would in-turn donate some amount to a local chapter for every Scoopie turned in)
3.Guest donation (collect cash donations from store patrons)
4.Blue barn program (Guests would buy a Culver’s themed barn they would then sign and hang up in the store with proceeds going to the chapter)
5.Percent of sales night (Simple donation of certain percent of sales to chapter)
It would be up to the store and the chapter to determine what the donation would support. Culver’s national is planning to encourage support of SAE Grants with the idea the local owner could present them at the chapter banquet, but this is just one potential option.
Illinois Foundation FFA provided the names of chapters near the Culver’s that are located in Illinois.  Culver’s is planning to encourage local stores to connect directly with local chapters starting after April 4, 2013.   
This provides you with some background, should you be contacted by a Culver’s. All decisions about these relationships, sponsorships and donations will be between the chapters and the local Culver’s Restaurants.
Should you have any questions, please contact Al Zwilling at the FFA Center [email protected]

Reminder about Foundation Donor Recognition Plaques

Please remember to let Tammy Yard [email protected] when you your will be having your banquets or recognition events, so that we can provide you with donor recognitions. 

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