FarmHouse is committed to the success of our chapters through the education and support of volunteers. These vital roles at the local level ensure a positive FarmHouse member experience. The Fraternity invites you—our dedicated local volunteer leaders—to this educational program designed especially for volunteer chapter advisors and association directors, the Volunteer Leadership Summit (VLS), August 18-20, 2017, in Washington, DC!

This Summit is designed for two primary audiences

  1. chapter advisors and
  2. association board directors.

The curriculum and content of VLS is best suited for individuals new in the volunteer role (first or second year advisors) and those assuming a leadership role in the near future, such as an incoming officer of an association (treasurer, vice president, etc.). Any volunteer is invited to attend—including faculty or campus-based advisors who are not members of FarmHouse. One chapter advisor and one association board director from each FarmHouse campus are invited to attend.


The cost to attend VLS is $150 per volunteer. This rate includes meals and two-nights, shared lodging at the host location, the National 4-H Conference Center. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own travel, but use of association, chapter or Foundation Council funds to off-set this expense are permitted. Additional costs are underwritten by the Fraternity and the generous support of donors to the FarmHouse Foundation.

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Registration Opens

Missouri Room Foyer, J.C. Penney Hall

7:30 - 8:15 pm


Missouri Room, J.C. Penney Hall. Includes Opening Rite, introductions and State of FarmHouse.

8:15 - 9:15

"The Future of Fraternity" Jud Horras

Missouri Room, J.C. Penney Hall.Two years in to the NIC 2.0 initiative, where are we today? What are the future plans of the NIC and what is the role of each member organization at the local, regional and national level? How can local volunteers support and advocate the fraternal movements position to protect student rights, while providing a safe, learning environment for student success?

9:30 - 11:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Dansforth Courtyard. This is an opportunity for VLS participants, national volunteer leadership, staff and faculty to network and meet one another.

8:00 - 8:50 am


Dining Room, Clover Cafe

9:00 - 10:00 am

"The Future of FarmHouse" Christian Wiggins

Missouri Room.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson Room, From Science to Solo Cup: Using Alcohol Research in Everyday Advising - Justin Angotti

10:00 - 11:00

Association Officers Breakout

J.C. Penney Hall. Know Your Limits: Insurance Orientation and Risk Management for Associations and Housing Corporation Boards Presenter – Bobbi Larsen

11:00 - 12:00

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson Room & Clover A. Insurance 101: Essential Risk Management Practices for Chapter Advisors – Bobbi Larsen

11:00 - 12:00

Association Officers Breakout

J.C. Penney Hall. Chapter Housing: Home or Hostel? Trends and Proper Property Management of Today – Patrick Alderdice & Allison Rickels

12:00 - 1:00 pm


Dining Room, Clover Cafe

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson, Guide, Don't Decide: How to successfully Coach your Students - Justin Angotti

1:00 - 2:00

Association Officers Breakout

Chapter Housing: Financial Pperations - Patrick Alderdice & Allison Rickels

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Joint Session

Missouri Room. Working with generation Z students - Justin Angotti

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"The Campus Climate" Higher Education Professional Panel

Missouri Room, A panel of higher education professionals share insights on the resources available to help support students today that volunteers should be aware of in helping fulfill their roles toward student success, safety and well-being.

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Free time/Time to Change

5:00 pm

Buses Depart for Dinner and Monument Tour

5:30 - 7:00


On your own. Go explore the city!

7:00 - 10:00

Evening Monument Tour

The National Mall.

10:00 - 10:30

Return to National 4-H Center

10:30 pm

Evening Adjourns

8:00 - 9:00 am


Dining Room, Clover Cafe

9:00 - 10:30 am

"Putting Knowledge to Action" Greg Melia

Missouri Room

10:30 - 11:00 am

Closing Rite and Adjournment

Missouri Room,

11:00 am

Checkout and Departure

Thanks for a great weekend of development and fraternalism!