It is an honor to represent the NJSGA this year, serving as your National President. If you haven’t been very active in a while, I can tell you, there’s never been a better time to get re-acquainted with the junior association. So many exciting things are happening right now! The “Commit to the Future” campaign is ongoing and donations continue to keep rolling in. (I hope your commitment card is among them!) Our newest cookbook filled with scrumptious recipes from many of our best Santa Gertrudis cooks will be arriving in mid-March. All junior board members will have extra copies for sale or call the SGBI Office to have some mailed out to you. The NJSGHS is right around the corner, June 22-26 in Athens, TX. Dwayne and Sandy Miller are the chairpersons, and they have put together another fantastic lineup of events to keep us on our feet all week (with the exception of our nightly swimming festivities of course.) Junior Director Elections will be held at Nationals and if you have ever considered running, I encourage you to step on up and make it happen. Plans are underway to have our very first Mini-GOALS for the junior division members on Sunday afternoon, June 21. We hope that by having this event at the National Show, more of the younger junior members will be able to attend and, in turn, get pumped up about attending “GOALS” as they move into the intermediate and senior divisions. GOALS 2009 will be held in Boston, MA July 19-23. This promises to be one of our best conferences ever- so don’t be left behind!
We are attempting to use the SGBI website more and more to get information out to everyone. This is going to make it very important that we have your correct e-mail address. You can e-mail Kristi KHeinze.firstname.lastname@example.org to submit any changes to your e-mail address. Please take the time to go to: www.santagertrudis.com to keep up with all the latest information.
As you can tell, a lot is happening in the NJSGA – and we have many “happening” things of which we should be proud. These accomplishments are a tremendous source of pride for me, and I hope they are a source of pride for you too. So many of these things have happened in a large part because of the encouragement the junior board has received from our leader and friend, Ms. Patti Manak. By now you most likely have been made aware that Ms. Patti made the difficult decision to leave SGBI. Her many years of devoted service to SGBI and to us — the juniors — will not soon be forgotten! Mr. Ira Barrow, the current VP of Youth Activities and another of our favorite supporters, will be rotating off the SGBI Board this year. He has appointed Mrs. Nancy Wunderlich to assume the position of Youth Activities Chairman to help ensure a smooth transition for the new VP. As we move forward with our new “partners”, your participation and input will be so important to keeping us moving in the right direction. Your continued support is critical as we work together to build on all the “exciting things taking place”. As always, give any director a call if we can be of any help to you.
Yours in service,
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August 8, 2008
Call for recipes
The NJSGA Cookbook, Second Edition
Leadership conferences, many miles traveled with Santa Gertrudis cattle and most of all friends. That is what most of us think about when we talk about the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association. The NJSGA has meant a lot to each of us that have either been members or supporters. As you look back through our membership we see everything from U.S. Senators, school teachers and lawyers to accountants and ranchers. The NJSGA has molded each one of its members into a better leader in the beef industry, their career and communities. However, in order to train our next leaders and give them the edge they need to succeed it takes funding. That is why this year the NJSGA Board of Directors has set in place many fundraising efforts that will be held throughout the year.
One of these exciting fundraising activities includes collecting recipes and publishing the Second Edition of The NJSGA Cookbook. The initial cookbook that was published by the NJSGA was in 2000. This was a tremendous fundraiser for the association and it was filled with excitement as current and former NJSGA members placed recipes in the cookbook along with family and friends.
So we need your help once again in making the Second Edition Cookbook a success. Send us you favorite recipe (can be more than one, there is no limit as to what you send in), they can be anything from dips and desserts to main courses and casseroles. This cookbook, as was the first, will be a memorable collection of favorite recipes. As well cookbooks make great gifts and conversation pieces.
Cookbooks will be ready to purchase in December just in time for Christmas and can be ordered by calling, faxing or emailing the SGBI office. The Second Edition cookbooks will be priced at $15.00 per cookbook. Proceeds collected will go toward the NJSGA and its many activities which include the NJSGHS, GOALS (the junior leadership conference), the NJSGA Board of Directors Retreat, membership contest, membership socials throughout the year and much more.
If you chose to send in your favorite recipe(s) you can also indicate at the bottom of the recipe form the number of cookbooks you would like to purchase. This will reserve your cookbook. These do not last long so reserve yours early.
Thank you for your support of the NJSGA Second Edition Cookbook as well as the many activities held for the NJSGA members. Without support from yourself and others we would not be the individuals and leaders that we are.
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“Commit to our Future”
Title chosen by the National Junior Board of Directors to be
the rally cry for our five year NJSGA capital fundraising campaign.
$25 WILL HELP KEEP THE JUNIORS ALIVE
Who: Everyone is eligible to participate in this exciting capital campaign, past and present NJSGA members as well as past and present SBGI members. That is exactly what makes this campaign so exciting! This means that every commitment and every gift really does matter. This means that each and all of us are needed to grab the rope and pull together to achieve our goals.
What: The “Commit to our Future” capital campaign is the junior association’s attempt to offer a long-range plan for the funding of the myriad of activities offered but not currently fully funded by the NJSGA. All family and friends will be asked to commit $25.00 per year for the next five years to provide seed money to be used in planning for various activities throughout that year. Proceeds collected could be used for any NJSGA activity; some examples might include GOALS (the junior leadership conference), the NJSGA Board of Directors Retreat, the membership contest, membership socials throughout the year and so much more.
When: The capital campaign information will be mailed out to all past and present Santa Gertrudis families very soon. Everyone will be asked to make their payment for 2008 quickly to allow us to jump start our plans for GOALS for next summer. The following four payments will be due on January 1st 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Where: Payments will be made directly to the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Youth Foundation, designated NJSGA so as to remain separate from actual scholarship funding. The NJSGYF is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation thereby all donations are tax deductible as described by law.
Why: The NJSGA needs help to “beef up our programs” to stay competitive, especially in the area of membership. With over 60 different breeds of cattle in the US today, 12 of which number over 12,000 head, you can see that juniors today have many choices in the breed with which they choose to become associated.
How: The “Commit to our Future” campaign is structured so that everyone is able to participate. The minimum donation of $25.00 per year or $125.00 over a five year period is not insurmountable for most people… simply give up one dinner and a movie, or 2 cds, or walk five miles instead of driving.
Jump on board and make a pledge!
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Greetings GERT lovers of America
Well, another fantastic NJSGHS has come and gone! The Kentucky affiliate really outdid themselves as everything including the atmosphere was perfect — I mean they really know how to put on a “cool” show— much to everyone’s delight. A huge thank you goes out to all of the KY affiliate members for their dedication to the NJSGA, with a very special thank you sent out to the Meredith and Heath families.
Of course this show will forever be a favorite of mine as I was elected to serve as the 28th National Junior Santa Gertrudis President; a position that I have admired and aspired to hold for many years. I look forward to working with some great friends and fellow board members to make this a fun filled and successful year for all the NJSGA members.
Our first official duty will be to participate in a junior board retreat in Potosi, Missouri to plan for the upcoming year and to brainstorm new fundraising ideas. Like many organizations through out America, fuel prices and the economy are having a big influence on how we as junior members can or cannot participate in various Santa Gertrudis activities. We simply cannot let the economy beat us! We need everyone to help keep our junior association alive and kicking. We need each and everyone of you!
The Youth Activities Committee made a difficult decision earlier this year to recommend that GOALS (Gerts Ongoing Advanced Leadership Summit) not be held this year as funds were simply not available. However, they also promised that a fantastic GOALS would be planned for 2009 with plenty of time allowed for junior members to save money and make plans to attend. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this program. I have personally attended eight GOALS leadership retreats and I can honestly say, “I believe I am in this position today because of the friendships made and the skills learned while attending GOALS.” So look for more information on GOALS 2009 coming out soon.
Please accept my sincere thanks for allowing me to serve as your NJSGA President. I am humbled by the opportunity and yet so excited to work with you all. I will do all that a 19 year old Auburn University sophomore student can do to help our organization thrive and be all that it can be. One person can make a difference — but just imagine what kind of difference a couple of hundred people could make. Please join me in my commitment to make a difference in the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association.
Wishing you all the best for a fantastic school year. Go GERTS!