Loyal Breed Supporters
The American Angus Auxiliary gathers for annual events this year in Kansas City.
SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2014) — The American Angus Auxiliary is a network of like-minded women with shared enthusiasm for the Angus breed and its future generations. Members are scattered across the country and reflect nearly every demographic in the cattle business.
Recently, the group of volunteer leaders gathered for annual activities, hosted in conjunction with the first-ever Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show Nov. 4-6 in Kansas City, Mo. The Auxiliary hosted its Annual Meeting, Annual Breakfast, the Miss American Angus competition and many other social events.
“The week of the Annual Meeting is always a special time,” says Lynne Hinrichsen, incoming president of the American Angus Auxiliary. “Not only do we have our Annual Meeting, where the membership comes in and takes care of our business for the last year and the coming year, but we also get to visit and get to know each other better through receptions and other activities.”
During the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting Nov. 4, the group elected the 2014-2015 officers and regional directors. Members of the newly elected officer team are: President Lynne Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan.; President-elect Carla Malson, Parma, Idaho; Secretary-Treasurer Julie Murnin, Huntley, Mont.; and Advisor Cortney Holshouser, Castalia, N.C.
Lynne Hinrichsen, has served as president of the Kansas Angus Auxiliary, regional director for the American Angus Auxiliary, and is a member of the American Angus Association and Kansas Angus Association. Along with her husband, Ron, and children, Cale and Eva, the Hinrichsen family raises Angus cattle on R&L Angus in Westmoreland, Kan.
The upcoming president-elect is Carla Malson. Together with her husband, Mark, their family manages the Malson Angus and Herefords operation. Malson has served as advisor for the Idaho and Western States Junior Angus associations, and she has been president of the Western States Angus Auxiliary.
Members welcome Secretary-Treasurer Julie Murnin of Huntley, Mont., to the officer team. Murnin is a past regional director for the Auxiliary and a member of the Montana Angus Auxiliary, serving as the vice president. She and her husband, Jared, are advisors for the Montana Junior Angus Association. They have two children, Claire and Cooper.
Retiring President Cortney Holshouser hails from Castalia, N.C. She has served as an officer of the North Carolina Angus Auxiliary, and she and her husband, Karl, have been advisors to the North Carolina Junior Angus Association. Together, they manage Castalia Cattle Co., where they offer custom flush and embryo transfer work.
The Auxiliary’s 2014 Regional Directors are:
- Region 1, Kathy Dubs, Montana;
- Region 2, Cindy Ahearn, Texas;
- Region 3, Shally Rogen, South Dakota;
- Region 4, Melanie Kiani, Mississippi;
- Region 5, Rachel Frost, Illinois; and
- Region 6, Marlene Dukehart, Maryland.
Regional Directors are a source for information for interested members throughout the country.
“We come from all different types of backgrounds. Anyone who has a passion for the Angus breed, helping youth and just being involved with a great organization that showcases the camaraderie of women is welcome to join our group,” Hinrichsen says.
Continuing an annual tradition
The Auxiliary hosted its Annual Breakfast Nov. 5 in the KCI Expo Center, just prior to the day’s National Angus Convention events. Nearly 300 people enjoyed the meal, which featured the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand, followed by entertainment by the BassLine Quartet of Saint Joseph, Mo.
North Carolina was in the spotlight during the event, as the Auxiliary paid tribute to its retiring president, Cortney Holshouser, and her home state. Attendees were given a handmade plate that was made in North Carolina and etched with an Angus calf. Even the table decorations offered a hint of North Carolina. Cotton balls and tobacco roses made from cured tobacco leaves were included in the flower arrangements to represent the state’s agricultural background.
In addition, the 2014 Miss American Angus, Catherine Harward, addressed the crowd on her year of service to the Angus breed.
A jump-start on holiday shopping
The Angus Gift Barn is also a popular fundraiser for the Auxiliary each year, and National Angus Convention participants enjoy shopping their newest items for sale. Angus clothing, jewelry, household items, framed prints and much more were available for purchase in Kansas City.
“The Angus Gift Barn is really our largest fundraiser for the Auxiliary,” Hinrichsen says. “That money goes toward scholarships, awards and the programs we support for junior Angus members. Here in Kansas City, we’ve had a very successful week for Gift Barn sales.”
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About the American Angus Auxiliary: The American Angus Auxiliary consists of individuals interested in the welfare of the Angus breed. Its members work to provide educational activities for junior Angus members, such as scholarship programs, awards and competitions. For more information about the American Angus Auxiliary, visit www.angusauxiliary.com.
ANGUS MEANS BUSINESS. The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving nearly 25,000 members across the United States and Canada. It provides programs and services to farmers, ranchers and others who rely on the power of Angus to produce quality genetics for the beef industry and quality beef for consumers. For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association’s programs and services, visit www.angus.org.