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April Newsletter


Welcoming the gorgeous Spring, the Allentown FFA chapter would like to review the exciting events that occurred in the month of April, and announce/update the coming activities for the jam-packed month of May.


For FFA fundraisers and sales, the Allentown FFA saw a successful completion of the bud vases’ sale as a spring fundraiser. Members sold the products the week before spring break and a special thank you to all of the members who stayed after school to help construct the vases. Along with the completed activities, the Allentown FFA alumni also sponsored some jackets for active members who would like to have their own blue jackets before the end of the year. The application finished on April 1st, and the chapter would like to thank all of the members who applied for the jackets. The chapter concurrently held the annual candle sale fundraiser, selling candles from Little House Candles, which offered a wonderful variety of candles for everyone to choose from - whether it’s something sweet for mother’s day, or something that suits your taste more personally. The forms were due by April 11th, and thank you to everyone who purchased candles and supported the FFA chapter. Finally, the Allentown FFA is holding the end of the year annual plant sale, where FFA in conjunction with the greenhouse management class, sell all of the plants that were grown in the greenhouse throughout the year. The chapter highly encourages you to purchase the wonderful fruits, vegetables, and flowers grown by our very own redbirds.


For more miscellaneous news, Spring Career Development Events (CDEs) were also held at Rutgers University on April 7th. Students prepared for these competitions by earnestly meeting at the Ag building once a week and practising their specialized CDEs with their mentors. A special congratulation to all of the members who participated and placed in their respective competitions. For all of those interested in becoming a chapter officer, the information meeting (FALCON) for prospective officers was held on April 28th after school. Applications for being an FFA officer for the 2022-2023 school year will be due by May 13th 2022; a special note to everyone applying, please submit your applications as soon as possible.


Attention Greenhands, the Allentown FFA Chapters Chapter Degree will be available for application until Friday, May 13th. Any Greenhand interested in pursuing an ag-related project is encouraged to apply for this distinguished recognition by the FFA! See an officer or advisor if interested in applying and eligibility. The Banquet will be tentatively on June 2, 2022. Make sure you are completing your point cards because they will be used to determine awards at the banquet. Lastly, for arguably the most important FFA event of the year, the New Jersey FFA State Conventions will be held at Monmouth University on May 25th, 26th and 27th: consisting of team-building activities, leadership development workshops, competitions, award ceremonies etc. If you are interested in attending the convention, please speak with an officer or advisor to receive the necessary paperwork. Any members who will be attending the convention should keep an eye out for important parent meetings and class information. We cannot wait to make some memories at this year’s convention!



For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and best of luck to all members for the month of May, especially those who are going to the State Convention. We invite anyone who wishes to come to the May Chapter Meeting that will be held on May 19th 2022. Finally, as it is the last FFA meeting held by the 2022 - 2023 officer team, and it would be amazing to see you at the meeting to give a formal farewell and acknowledge the wonderful work the current officer team has dedicated to the FFA this year. For all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



March Newsletter


The Allentown FFA Chapter is excited to welcome the new months of the FFA, excited for warmer weather months and spring weather, we had many exciting things for the month of March.


On March 5, the Allentown FFA travelled to Delaware Valley University for a conference concerning personal development. Members learned about their chosen Career Development Events (CDEs) and participated in competitions as well. The aforementioned CDEs included floriculture, veterinary science and forestry. In addition, many members attended campus tours and workshops led by state officers called the State Officer Candidate School where members learned about the responsibilities of state officers in the election process. Everyone in the chapter would like to sincerely extend congratulations to the members who placed!


Concerning exhibitions, FFA members also participated in the NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition, which commenced on March 11th, 2022. The chapter travelled to Mercer County Community College to view, exhibit and competed with floral arrangements created by the members themselves. The arrangements were absolutely beautiful and congratulations to all of the members who placed in their respective categories! On the same day, the Allentown FFA officers hosted a table and attended Science Night Live at Newell Elementary School. They had showcased two tables where they displayed interactive exhibits on equine science and plant propagation, and we would like to thank the officers for promoting the FFA to budding children in STEM.


For upcoming fundraisers, the Allentown FFA will be selling bud vases as a spring fundraiser. We will sell them the week before spring break. The chapter will need help with constructing the vases, so please let us know if you are willing to help, we will provide you with more information about which days we will be staying after. Contact an advisor or officer for the details.


For the month of April, Spring CDEs will be held on April 7th at Rutgers University and they are great ways to get involved in agriculture and the FFA. This season, floriculture, mechanics, ag sale and veterinary science teams competing. Students prepare for these competitions by meeting at the Ag building once a week and practising their specialized CDEs. If you want to be a last minute addition to any teams, please contact an officer and advisor for information on any open spots. Good luck to all competing me


Attention Greenhands, the Allentown FFA Chapters Chapter Degree will be available for application. Any Greenhand interested in pursuing an ag-related project is encouraged to apply! See an officer or advisor if interested in applying and to see if you are eligible! Another FFA development opportunity presents itself in the form of the New Jersey FFA Convention that will be held from May 25 - 27th, May, consisting of development workshops, awards, and competitions. This year, the State Convention will take place at Monmouth University. If you are interested in attending, please speak with an officer or advisor.


Please participate in the monthly challenge by posting a photo of yourself on spring break to the google classroom to win a ticket in the monthly prize raffle. For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck to all members for the month of April. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the April Chapter Meeting that will be held on April 7th 2022, We would love to see you at the meeting. For all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



February 2022 Newsletter


The Allentown FFA Chapter is excited to welcome the new months of the FFA, bringing new goals and perspectives for the chapter in the month of February.

Concerning FFA leadership development and conferences, the Allentown FFA will attend the Delaware Valley conference which will be held on March 5th at Delaware Valley University. This conference focuses on CDEs and members can choose to attend a workshop for Floriculture, Dairy cattle evaluation, horse evaluation, milk quality, vet science and forestry. This conference is a great way to try out a CDE you are interested in! This will happen in conjunction with SOCS, the state officer candidate school which will take place on the same day. At SOCs, FFA members learn what skills are needed to serve as an NJ state officer and how to be on the nominating committee for this election.


This month, the Allentown FFA chapter will be participating in more exhibitions to show the wonderful work of our members. The NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition will take place on March 11, 2022. If you are interested in going to Mercer County Community College to view all of the floral arrangements, compete in the floral design competition, or exhibit your own floral arrangements, please pick up a permission slip from the Ag building. If you are interested in constructing a floral arrangement for the contest, please sign up on Google Classroom. We can’t wait to see the beautiful arrangements our chapter will create!


For fundraisers, donations, and sales, February was a busy month. This month, the Allentown FFA pre-sold candy grams and floral packages during all lunches from Wednesday, February 9 to Thursday, February 10 and on Valentine’s Day. Thank you to everyone who sold during lunches and helped construct the floral bouquets, and we hope the flowers made your day. This year the Allentown alumni would also like to donate some jackets to active members who would like to have their blue jackets before the end of the year. The application is still active, and will likely extend till March. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors, but we still encourage everyone to apply.


In terms of competitions, Spring CDEs are a wonderful opportunity to compete in agriculture-related competitions. This season, the CDEs that are being offered are Agriculture Business Management, Mechanics, Horse Judging, and more. Students prepare for these competitions by meeting at the Ag building once a week and practising their specialized CDEs. Competitions for Winter CDEs will occur on March 23, 2022. Continuing with CDEs, Spring CDEs will be starting soon, so join all the teams that have available spots. Practices have started and we wish all the luck for our competing members.


Attention Greenhands, the Allentown FFA Chapters Chapter Degree will be available for application. Any Greenhand interested in pursuing an ag-related project is encouraged to apply! See an officer or advisor if interested in applying and to see if you are eligible!


Lastly, The monthly challenge for the month of March is to bring a non-FFA friend to the next chapter meeting! Bringing new people to the chapter meeting is an excellent way to recruit members and meet new students! Every member who brings a new person to the meeting will receive a ticket to be entered into the monthly prize drawing!


For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck for all members for the month of March. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the March Chapter Meeting that will be held on March 17th 2022, We would love to see you at the St Patrick Days themed meeting. For all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



January 2022 Newsletter


For January, The Allentown FFA Chapter is excited to welcome the New Year in stride, bringing new goals and perspectives for a new chapter.


Concerning FFA leadership development and conferences, the Allentown FFA will attend the Delaware Valley conference will be held on March 5th at Delaware Valley University. This conference focuses on CDEs and members can choose to attend a workshop for Floriculture, Dairy cattle evaluation, horse evaluation, milk quality, vet science and forestry. This conference is a great way to try out a CDE you are interested in! This will happen in conjunction with SOCS, the state officer candidate school which will take place on the same day. At SOCs, FFA members learn what skills are needed to serve as an NJ state officer and how to be on the nominating committee for this election. Coming more soon, the chapter will also attend Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day (ALLD) will be held on February 24, 2022; a one-day long leadership conference for all FFA members ALLD is focused on the importance of advocacy and how to be a good advocate.


For fundraisers, donations, and sales, January is a busy month. This year the Allentown alumni would like to donate some jackets to active members who would like to have their blue jackets before the end of the year. The application is still active, and will likely extend till March. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors, but we still encourage everyone to apply. As Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, the Allentown FFA will be pre-selling candy grams and floral packages during all lunches from Wednesday, February 9 to Thursday, February 10. Surprise someone you love with a candy gram or a floral bouquet from our chapter! If you have any questions or are interested in selling during lunch, please see an officer or advisor.



In terms of competitions, Winter CDEs are a wonderful opportunity to compete in agriculture-related competitions. This season, the CDEs that are being offered are Agriculture Business Management. Students prepare for these competitions by meeting at the Ag building once a week and practising their specialized CDEs. Competitions for Winter CDEs will occur on March 23, 2022. Continuing with CDEs, Spring CDEs will be starting in the new semester. We will hold a spring CDE interest meeting on Thursday, January 20th. Practising will start at the beginning of February.


For upcoming events, new and existing FFA members are invited to Greenhand Day 2! To welcome the new Ag students in the 2nd semester, the Allentown FFA Chapter will be holding a second Greenhand Day to interest potential new members on Thursday, February 17. Existing members are welcome to attend, as there will be fun ag-related activities, games, and snacks! The Allentown FFA Chapter will also hold Science Night Live in March at the Elementary school. At this event, we create a fun science presentation and experiment for the students of the elementary school to learn more about ag. Talk to an officer or advisor to learn more. Any volunteers will be greatly appreciated. The Allentown FFA will also be holding events from Tuesday, February 22 to Friday, February 25 in honour of FFA week. We will be holding a craft night, trivia night, and an open house. More information is to come!


For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck to all members for February. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the February Chapter Meeting that will be held on February 17th 2022, We would love to see you at the Valentine-themed meeting. For all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



December 2021 Newsletter

For the month of December, The Allentown FFA Chapter is excited to reflect on the cheery festivities and events that occurred over the preceding weeks ahead of the holidays.

In regards to leadership, on December 4th, the Allentown FFA attended the Mission conference at Rutgers University. We learned a lot about our own individual strengths and learned how to use our strengths to make our chapter better! For those interested in future leadership opportunities within the FFA, the State Officer Candidate School will be held on January 29th at Stonebridge Middle School. This conference is for anyone interested in learning what it takes to be a state officer or anyone who is interested in learning about the nominating committee.

The Allentown FFA’s Popcorn Park Refuge Supply Drive has officially been extended into the new year! Please donate any new or gently used pet supplies. Some supplies the shelter is in constant need of is detergent, dog beds, towels, leashes, and dog and cat food. The Allentown FFA Chapter and Popcorn Park Refuge greatly appreciate your contributions! The Allentown FFA also conducted a Winter Floral Arrangements sale consisting of candle or mason jars centrepieces which were constructed by members on December 20th and 21st. It was a great success and many FFA members learned a great deal about floral design.

The Allentown FFA Chapter is also participating in Winter CDEs. Our chapter is currently searching for members to be a part of the Agribusiness Management team. This CDE explores the vast field of agriculture on an economic level and develops students’ business skills. If you are interested in signing up, please reach out to an officer or advisor. Whether you’re spectating a light show, wrapping gifts, or spending time with family and friends, the Allentown FFA would love to see how you celebrate the holidays, so be welcome to share your experience with the January Monthly Challenge.

For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck for all members for the month of January. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the January Chapter Meeting that will be held on January 20th 2022, We would love to see you for the first meeting of the new year. For all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



November Newsletter


For the month of November. The Allentown FFA Chapter is delighted to recap this month of family, history and wonderful Thanksgiving festivities that occurred over the preceding weeks.


On November 18th, the Allentown FFA Chapter competed in fall Career Development Events at Rutgers University. This year, our teams participated in Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Milk Quality and Products, Turf Management, and Land Evaluation competitions. In honour of Kathryn Giovalli winning 1st place in Turf Management and Kylie Byrne winning 2nd in Milk Quality and Products, and all the teams that competed, Congratulations on your achievements and ambition!


The Allentown FFA is happy to announce that the annual Popcorn Park Zoo Pet Supply Drive has returned! Starting November 15th, a labelled donation bin has been placed in the school’s main office atrium to collect new or gently used pet supplies until the third week of December. Some popular items the shelter is frequently in need of include cat and dog food, leashes, cat and dog toys, disinfecting products, and animal beds. The Allentown FFA and Popcorn Park Zoo would like to thank you in advance for your supportive donations.


In terms of sales, the Allentown FFA Chapter apparel sale which began on October 20th and will end on November 18th: consisting of FFA T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, hooded sweatshirts, crewneck sweatshirts, zip-up jackets, and sweatpants. We sold an outstanding 30+ articles of clothing. The Allentown FFA Chapter has also kicked off its annual fruit sale which will continue until November 22. As usual, the sale will offer various fruit packages, in addition to chocolate, fruit, and plain cheesecakes. The Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement sale was held till November 19th as well. Members spent November 22nd and 23rd crafting beautiful candle and flower arrangements which sold a staggering 70 arrangements. Great job for all the members involved. For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck to all members for the month of December. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the December Chapter Meeting that will be held on December 16th 2021 and for all questions regarding anything FFA.


P.S Don’t hesitate to contact any officers or advisors for any questions on upcoming events like Winter CDEs and the Mission Conference held on December 4th, ongoing events like sales, or anything in general. See you soon.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter.



October 2021 Newsletter


For the month of October. The Allentown FFA Chapter is excited to reflect on the various spooky and spectacular festivities and events that occurred over the preceding weeks.


We are happy to announce that the Allentown FFA Chapter participated in its first sponsored leadership event for the 2021-2022 academic year through the LEAD leadership conference held on October 1st at Rutgers University. The chapter saw many people attend the conference that encompassed COLT (chapter officer leadership training) , LOC (leadership and opportunities conference) and SGC (State Greenhand Conference), and then meeting at the Ag building the next day to virtually complete the conference conducted with the New Jersey State Officer Team. In regards to development activities, the members of the FFA continue practicing for Fall CDEs in Fruit & Vegetable Identification, Milk Quality and Products, Turf Management, and Land Evaluation competitions. Competitions will be held in November at Rutgers University. The Allentown FFA Chapter would like to wish good luck to all the teams competing!


The Allentown FFA team also is pleased to announce the success of the Flower Bulb Sale that concluded on Wednesday October 20th, and the successive annual fruits sale that kicked off on October 15th that will continue until November 22nd 2021; so get your fruit and cheesecake while they're still in stock. If you have any questions or would like to pick up an order form, please see an officer or advisor.


The Allentown FFA Chapter conducted it’s Halloween Poster Contest at Newell Elementary School with the objective of informing kids on how to be safe during Halloween which finished successfully with many enthusiastic participants from the elementary school. Starting with Halloween, the October chapter meeting say many people dress and have lots of fun with the activities such as pumpkin painting and the haunted escape room that was made in the Agricultural building. For staying informed on FFA events and activities, continue to view the FFA website for the monthly newsletter for all updates on the Allentown FFA Chapter and we wish luck for all members for the month of November. We would love to invite anyone who wishes to come to the November Chapter Meeting that will be held on November 18th 2021 and for all questions regarding anything FFA, don't hesitate to contact an FFA officer or advisor.


Regards,

The Allentown FFA Chapter


Archived Newsletters

2021 Happenings

March 2021

The NJ State FFA 2021 Horticulture Exposition will be a virtual competition. To promote social distancing, the Allentown FFA will be holding designated construction dates to ensure the safety of everyone participating. Flowers and other materials are provided by the FFA. We will also have photographs taken and pricing done virtually this year through the New Jersey FFA website.


February 2021

FFA Week is a time to recognize everyone involved in FFA in many different ways for chapters all across the country. Chapters take the time to recognize the SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experiences) of their members and to do fun and engaging activities to get members involved. Our chapter goes to visit Leslie Applegate's grave, the first president of the National FFA Organization back in 1928 from Freehold, NJ, to pay our respects and acknowledge all he has done for this organization. In addition we have activities like movie nights, trivia, bowling, and more! Due to the pandemic this year, we have had to alter some of our activities to be able to be virtual, but we still wanted to keep everyone involved and lift people up in these hard times. Lastly, we conclude our week with our Annual Sponsors Breakfast to recognize and thank our sponsors and everyone who has helped our chapter get to the point we have, because we most definitely would not have been able to do it without them!! We would like to take FFA Week as a time to reconnect, revive and keep members involved and help them remember why they are a part of this wonderful organization.


December 2020

Coming up in 2021, we have many exciting activities planned for people to safely participate in. Our annual Popcorn Park Zoo donation collection is starting to occur and there are buckets for you to put donations in the following locations:

  • Animals and Garden Unlimited

  • New Egypt Marketplace

  • Allentown High School

  • Tractor Supply in Allentown

  • Tractor Supply in Monroe

  • Rick’s Saddle Shop

  • Stonebridge Middle School

  • Newell Elementary School

  • Hemlock Hill Farms

Continuing on, we have our monthly chapter meetings that will feature many virtual activities and games! Don’t forget to sign up for Winter Career Development Events (CDE's) as practices have begun. The three CDEs include Forestry, Agri-Business and Meat Evaluation. State Officer Candidates School (SOCS) is January 25-30 with online workshops and virtual meetings. This is a great opportunity to learn more after furthering your involvement in FFA as well as learning how to become a part of nominating committee or running for state office.

There are even more activities in the planning stages and will be upcoming and its a good idea to start thinking about them now! These include the NJ State FFA sponsored ALLD, or Advocacy And Legislative Leadership Day, which is all about empowering yourself and others to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. This conference teaches you how to take charge of your actions and lead your own agenda as well as be a leader for others.

The Valentine’s Day Floral Sale will be a little different (like everything else) this year. We will be pre-selling flowers for you to purchase to celebrate your special someone!

The NJ FFA Horticulture Exposition is still happening, virtually that is! Throughout the months of February and March members will have the opportunity to create and submit beautiful floral arrangements in pre-selected categories. The dates to build and categorizes to select from will be announced on the Allentown FFA Google Classroom.

Don’t forget about National FFA week is the 20th through the 27th! We have lots of virtual activities but we have many exciting activities planned to get everyone involved and sharing the joy of FFA!



2020 Happenings

January 2020

This month Jennifer Healey of the Allentown FFA was named the January State Member of the Month for New Jersey. Anyone who wishes to become a member of the month for the state has to complete an application which then gets sent to the State. Many members apply for this award every month.

Our apparel sale came to an end this month. It was a huge success and everyone loved the design for the apparel. It was so popular that we decided to do another order due January 17th.

January 16th was our monthly chapter meeting. We had the opportunity to welcome Mrs Pribell to come and speak to us. We learned a lot about the Farm Bureau and how we can be involved. Mrs Pribell also spoke to us about her and her husband's beekeeping business. It was very interesting to learn about the different types of honey and what it takes to be a beekeeper. We would like to thank Mrs Pribell for this amazing opportunity. After the meeting was adjourned we held a cupcake decorating competition.

Coming up in February we have FFA Week. FFA week is held the last week of February which is February 23rd to the 29th. FFA week is a time for chapters all around the country to celebrate FFA and how it has affected each member. During this week we plan to do many fun activities and attend a leadership conference. We are also preparing for our Valentine's Day fundraiser.


December 2019

By Kylie Byrne

In December of 2019 Allentown FFA participated in many fun events and held many fundraisers. This month we held our annual Poinsettia sale and Holiday Centerpiece Sale. Members stayed after school on December 16th and 17th to construct the holiday centerpieces. The event was very enjoyable and members learned a lot about floral design. We would also like to thank everyone who helped support the Allentown FFA by purchasing a poinsettia or one of our holiday floral arrangements.

On December 6th some members attended Science Night Live at Newell Elementary School. A presentation was given to the students which taught them about the many different pigments within a leaf. The Students were able to do a fun activity to understand this topic and had the opportunity to interact with one of our bunnies, Snowball. December 19th was our monthly chapter meeting. We talked about the various past and upcoming events and afterwards we made graham cracker houses and an ugly sweater contest.

December 20th was the end of our annual Pet Supply Drive. Throughout the month buckets where placed at various locations around town and pet supplies for Popcorn Park Zoo where collected. After school members helped take all of the items to the Popcorn Park Zoo where they were collected to be used in the animal shelter. Members then had the opportunity to tour the animal shelter and the zoo. The collection was a huge success and the trip was a lot of fun.