Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall Fruit Fundraiser

It's that time of year again! Galesburg FFA is selling fresh fruit from Florida Fruit Association.  We have fresh citrus, apples, and sweet potatoes available for your enjoyment.  Your support of this fundraiser helps students travel to various contests throughout the year as well as participate in meaningful and life changing leadership development events.  Your support is detrimental to our program and very much appreciated!  Listed below are the available products and prices.  Fruit will be sold until November 21st with delivery expected between Dec. 9-18th.  Please contact Ms. Smith at to place your order or call 973-2001.  Checks can be made to the attention of Galesburg FFA. Thank you again for supporting this fine organization!

Large Boxes (between 40 and 90 pieces depending on fruit)

Navels                           $29

Juice Oranges                $26

Tangelos                        $27

Red Grape Fruit           $27

Red Apples (bushel)      $39

*Cripsin Gold (bushel)            $40   not listed on order form but available

*Granny Smith (bushel)         $39   not listed on order form but available


Small Boxes (Between 20 and 40 pieces)

Navels                           $21

Juice Oranges                $19

Tangelos                        $19

Red Grapefruit              $19

Sunburst Tangerines     $23

Red Apples                    $27

Pears                              $30

10. lb Sweet Potatoes     $23

10 lb. Navels                   $17

10 lb. Red Grapefruit     $16


Mixed boxes

Navel/Grapefruit          $25

Citrus Variety Pack       $28

(Tangerines, Oranges, Grapefruit)

Fresh Fruit                    $30

(Apples, Pears, Grapefruit, Oranges, Tangerines)

Apples and Pears          $30

Corrine Smith
Galesburg FFA

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Support South Dakota!

On October 4th, a catastrophic blizzard hit the western plains with a huge brunt of the storm gravely affecting South Dakota ranchers. Livelihoods were greatly affected by the loss of thousands of livestock animals throughout the state and surrounding area that perished due to the untimely event. Galesburg FFA is selling shirts to raise funds to donate to relief efforts for ranchers and their families.
Prices are $1 higher than posted on the order form due to shipping costs.  If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, email Ms. Smith at with the type of shirt you would like and your size.  You can send money to the high school to the attention of Galesburg FFA at 1135 W Fremont, Galesburg IL 61401.
This effort is going viral!  You don't to miss out!  Order forms are even circulating around the country in Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, even Penn State!  Wow:)  Orders will be taken until November 5th.  Thank you in advance for your support!

*When you get to the link, click on the PDF file in the middle of the page and it should open.

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Dues are to be in no later than October 15th.  The Rosters must be submitted to the State FFA office by then so I need to get our official numbers!  Dues are $15.  Arrangements can be made if students are having a hard time coming up with the money by then.

National Convention is coming up Oct. 30-Nov 1st.  See Ms. Smith with details if you wish to attend.

Our Halloween party is Oct 18th at Lake Bracken!  Please bring a side to share.  Costumes are strongly encouraged:)

Email Ms. Smith at or stop by the Ag room for details.  Enjoy the long weekend!

~Ms. Smith

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Update

We had another great turn out for todays informational meeting!  I'm so thrilled with the turn out we've seen this year!  Highlight from todays meeting:

Students, make sure to get your $15 turned in to Ms. Smith by October 10th for our state and national dues to FFA.

We will be having our next social on October 18th out at Lake Bracken.  We will have a bonfire.  This is a Halloween party so costumes are encouraged!  Please bring something to share if you are able.  Directions will be coming closer to time.

We decided at todays meeting to look into selling Puffin Pastries soon as our first fundraiser.  More details to come. 

The chapter had a busy month in Spetember.  Students participated in the Homecoming parade, State Horse Judging Contest, Greenhand Conference in Macomb, State and Section officer chapter visits, and the Section 4 Forestry contest hosted by our chapter.  Bethany Petentler placed 9th individually at the contest!  Great job to Bethany!  Keep up the good work:) 

We are currently making plans to Ignite our membership at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  Permission slips and information are available now in Ms. Smith's room.

In todays meeting we also posted the current points standings.  They are as follows:

1. Bethany Petentler- 380

2. Karter McClendon-220

2. Jessica Decker- 220

3. Andrew Glas- 100

4. Marikah Porter- 85

5. Maya Zepeda-45

6. Cassie Evitt- 40

6. Kennedy Meinert- 40

6. Karley Davis- 40

6. Pheonix Wessels- 40

6. Alex Wilt- 40

6. Alec Marty- 40

6. Shannon Koebiella- 40

6. Kaitlyn Davis- 40

7. Kelsey Rogers-15

7. Sabrina Keith-15

Keep up your hard work Galesburg FFA members! 



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September Events

The following are reminders for upcoming events:

State Horse Judging will take place Sept 14th.  We will leave the high school at 7:00 am and travel to Blackhawk College.  We will be back before lunch so this should not interefere with homecoming dance plans!  Practices will be held Mondays and Wednesdays until the contest.

Greenhand Conference will take place Sept. 17th.  We will be leaving  GHS at 3:45 to head to Macomb.  The conference should get over around 8.  Students bring money to eat with for the trip home! We will be returning to Galesburg around 9 or 9:30 that evening.  This is for first year FFA members.

Forestry Judging will take place Sept 25th at Lake Storey.  Interested students should see Ms. Smith for study materials.  The contest includes tree ID, tool ID, a compass course, and written test.  We will have short practices on Tue and thur until the contest for those interested.

Foundation Drive will begin shortly after the Greenhand Conference.  The Foundation Drive is money collection drive by all chapters in the state to raise operating funds for the state office.  Students and parents are strongly encouraged to participate.  Top participants will have first priority for National Convention so start early!  A list of conacts from the past and letters will be available from Ms. Smith to help your efforts. 

One last point, Monthly meetings will take place the 2nd monday of every month at 7 pm at the high school with an information meeting and social event.  Mark you calendars and don't miss out!

We are off and running at a good pace!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School cookout

It's time for our first FFA get together of the year!  The chapter will be hosting a cookout social for all to enjoy as our first meeting and social.  This is a chance to meet fellow members and learn more about the organization.  Information is as follows:

Time: 5:30 PM

Place: Lake Storey- The Shelter that is located behind the horse arena on the south side o the lake (directly across from CSC)  This shelter is first come first serve so if we are not there, we will be at a shelter on the north side of the lake behind the practice soccer fields.

The chapter will provide hot dogs, buns, chips, drinks, and paper service items.  If you would like to bring a dessert or side to share, please feel free!  Do not feel like obligated to do so, just if you are able or wish to share.

Along with the meal, we will have an introduction to officers, a meeting to discuss upcoming events and practices, and a fun game!  Hope to see you there.

Contact Ms. Smith at 815-441-4414 with any questions you may have.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome back for the 2013-2014 School year!  To get started, here is this years Calendar of events.  More dates will be added as they arise.


17th- Greenhand Workshop in Macomb
14th- State Horse Judging at Blackhawk College
19th- PT Conferences
25th- Forestry Contest at Lake Storey


3rd- Soils Contest hosted by United; Location TBA
30th-Nov 2nd- National FFA Convention in Louisville KY


9th- Food Science Contest
14th- Crops Contest


10th- Section Parliamentary Procedure Contest (weather date of Dec. 12)


24th and 25th- 212 Conference for Freshmen and Sophomores in Schaumburg
30th- Quiz bowl


6th- Section Meats Contest at Thrushwood Farms
15th- Section Proficiency Contest a Mercer County High School
18th- Ag Olympics at West Central High School
19th- Public Speaking Contest at ROWVA High School


1st- State Meats Contest


8th- Envirothon Contest
15th- Section Livestock Judging in Stronghurst
22nd- Section Horticulture at Blackhawk College


Section Banquet TBD


10-12th- State Convention


1st-2nd Section 4 VoAg Fair