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

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

7:00 - 8:00 am

Chapter Awards Feedback Session

Missouri Room. For those volunteers interested, staff will be available to review the feedback and scoring of a respective chapter’s 2016 Assessment of Excellence and Chapter Programming Awards feedback.

8:00 - 8:50 am


Dining Room, W. K. Kellogg Hall

9:00 - 10:00 am

"The Future of Public Higher Education" Peter McPherson

Understanding the campus climate is crucial in assisting our FH members. This session focuses on helping share information on the challenges and opportunities facing public higher education today and into the future and what this means for alumni, students and campus professionals.

10:00 - 11:00 am

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson Room & Clover A. The Role of the NIC at the Campus Level to Ensure a Positive Fraternal Experience – Jud Horras

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, W. K. Kellogg Hall

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson Room & Clover A. FH Chapter Policy, Accountability and Prevention Response Practices – TBD

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Association Officers Breakout

J.C. Penney Hall. Chapter Housing: Financial Operations and the Feasibility of Funding Future Needs – Patrick Alderdice and Allison Rickels

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Chapter Advisors Breakout

Anderson Room & Clover A. Winning the Recruitment Game: Team-Based Recruitment Success Through a 10-Step Model – Dustin Page

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Association Officers Breakout

J.C. Penney Hall. The FarmHouse Brand – New Look, Same Values. – Jared Horman

3:00 - 4:00 pm

"The Campus Climate" Higher Education Professional Panel

Missouri Room, J.C. Penney Hall. 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, W.K. Kellogg Hall

9:00 - 10:30 am

"Putting Knowledge to Action" Greg Melia

Missouri Room, J.C. Penney Hall.

10:30 - 11:00 am

Closing Rite and Adjournment

Missouri Room, J.C. Penney Hall. Using case study examples, the session is oriented on future planning, summarizing key learning outcomes, applying new knowledge gained and helping share insights/information with fellow volunteers once back on campus.

11:00 am

Checkout and Departure

Thanks for a great weekend of development and fraternalism!