FFA Alumni award winners

Mike and Connie Maass were named Seymour’s 2018 FFA Alumni Distinguished Agricultural Service Award winners at the annual FFA Alumni banquet on Feb. 20. This award is presented by the alumni each year to an individual or group for positively promoting agriculture, agribusiness, and the FFA Alumni in the Seymour community.
Mike, a fourth generation farmer, and his wife, Connie, who was raised on a dairy farm in West DePere, have been active alumni for many years. When there is an Ag event in the community such as the April FFA Alumni Auction you don’t have to look very hard to find them helping out. When someone is in need of an extra hand, part, or tool, Mike and Connie are happy to help out when possible.
Mike has been renting and farming land since a young age of 11 when he started out with just four acres that his parents, Warren and Gloria Maass, talked him into renting with his responsibility to plant and harvest this land. From then on Mike has grown his operation adding more land and bigger equipment. He eventually took over the family farm and hasn’t stopped chasing his dreams of building up the farm.
Mike and Connie have raised four children, Joe, Melissa, Brandon, and Jacob who each work on the farm.
The main speaker at Seymour FFA Alumni annual banquet was Ted Eisenreich, Director of Facility Operations for the Green Bay Packer organization. His presentation was entitled “Taking Care of Lambeau” but he soon showed us it was much more than just Lambeau field.
Ted is a local boy, the son of Carl and Rosalie Eisenreich. Ted graduated from Seymour High School on a Sunday afternoon in 1981 and started his “summer” job at Lambeau on Monday morning. Seeing his great farm boy work attitude he was asked if he would like to have a full-time job at Lambeau. June 1 will conclude his 37th year with this position.
A power point presentation started with the construction of the original New City Stadium completed in 1957. It had a seating capacity of 32,132 with the first game played on Sep. 29, 1957 defeating the Chicago Bears. In Aug. 1965 it became Lambeau Field honoring its great coach Curly Lambeau.
Ted walked us through the many additions and remodeling that have been made so that it now seats 81,441, the 5th largest in the NFL. All other areas such as restrooms, concession facilities, inside seating, player training and locker areas, and offices have followed the same growth pattern. He is in charge of not only the field but Nitschke practice field, the Pro Shop warehouses, other buildings nearby, and most recently, the Titletown entertainment area west of the field. He oversees 30 full-time and 100 part-time employees.
He described the construction of the field with the materials used and its irrigation system. He brought sample of the tubing used and the lines treaded into the field which were available for viewing following his presentation. Many stopped by to see this display. His presentation was very interesting and well received by those present.
Other speakers on the program were Morgan Seitz, Samantha Leisgang, and Zach Stingle, Seymour FFA Chapter officers; Elisha Riley, Wisconsin State FFA Treasurer; and Ken Natzke, State FFA Alumni Representative for Section 8.

Connie and Mike Maass were presented the Seymour’s FFA Alumni Agricultural Distinguished Service Award on Feb. 20. – Submitted photo