I am anticipating a day or two of no school this week as a big storm is preparing to hit tomorrow. Since Fabulous February has just started this would not help in Wisconsin as State Degrees are due and speaking contests are under way. I know some of you have probably been struggling with the National FFA website and trying to get your students' scholarships completed. Things are under repair as I write and it sounds like there has already been a major improvement today. Amazing to think how many FFA members must be applying for scholarships and degrees to bog down the internet!
I don't know about you, but January felt like a very long month for me. Second semester is underway and I keep thinking how we are already finished with half of the school year. This has me looking forward to my summer schedule and where I will be traveling to as the Region III VP. I am hoping many of you are considering attending the Region III Conference in St. Cloud, MN this summer, June 21-23. I know they are planning some great tours and activities. Mark your calendars and watch for future announcements about the conference!
At the end of this month I'll be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the NAAE board meeting. If you have any items you would like to request I bring to the attention of the board please email or call me and let me know. I will not be able to stay for NPS, but I hope some of you have the opportunity to attend. It is a great time to inform your state representatives about agricultural education. Other NAAE updates I have are mainly focused on finding Region III people to serve on committees. We are short people from our Region on several committees. I know the state leaders have been promoting this to their state, if you have any interest at all in serving on a committee please submit your MOU, resume and letter of intent to NAAE. Additional committee news; I am in charge of the Public Policy committee and we have a goal to have all states submit a profile to be posted on NAAE's website. You will be hearing from the Public Policy Committee each month until your state has their profile submitted.
As I finish up my thoughts for the middle of the year I just want to send out some words of encouragement and support to each of you. Teaching ag ed is a great profession and sometimes it feels like we are the only ones who know that, so take a moment to pat yourself on the back for all of your successes the first half of the school year. Take it easy on yourself if things don't go exactly as planned and you know you did your best. Make small changes at a time and don't try to tackle everything at once to save your sanity and to allow the freedom to spend some time with your family. You have a great job and you are probably working with some of the best students your school and community has to offer so relish in that and remember tomorrow is another day! Earlier this year I was watching the news and they were talking about the 5-3-1 strategy to assess your day and to be more positive. For 5 minutes you meditate at your desk to clear your mind and give yourself a break, next you write down 3 good things that happened to you during the day and finally you do 1 random act of kindness. Give it a try and see if it doesn't change your perspective on how your day went and how you feel about yourself!
I've included a couple of pictures with Wisconsin's Governor and my National Proficiency Finalist for Equine Placement, Molly Schwister. We were invited to a reception at the Governor's mansion by Governor Walker and his wife as guests of our Secretary of Agriculture, Ben Brancel. It was a unique opportunity to get to meet the Governor and to see the mansion decorated for the holidays. Governor Walker was even a good sport and let us take a picture of him with the Lodi FFA sunglasses we brought him as a gift from the chapter. As NPS approaches this is just another example of how we can positively promote FFA and the good things our FFA members and chapters are doing in our states.
My door is always open so feel free to contact me anytime with questions, information I should know or just to have a talk and catch up!
Region III Vice President