Josie Wilkins Earns AJCA Overall High Point Exhibitor – Jason Bertschy Memorial Award
Congratulations to Josie Wilkins of Lamar on winning the highest honor an AJCA member can receive. Josie is the 31st recipient of the honor. With three of Josie’s uncles having previously won the award this is a family tradition. Look for Josie and her new stock trailer at all the upcoming AJCA shows. Pictured with Josie is Michelle Rieff, a member of the Bertschy family.
J & R Farms Awards $1,000 to AJCA Members
Thank you J&R Farms – Jim & Rhonda Usery – for awarding $500 each to Laynee Prater-Gann and Mallory Hobson for Excellence in Brahman Genetics at the recent AJCA Awards Program & Reception.
THANK YOU VENTURE EQUIPMENT FOR SPONSORING AJCA SUPER SATURDAY T-SHIRTS!
AJCA Names New State Director – CLEVE CLARK
At the August AJCA Board of Directors meeting, Michelle Rieff stepped down as the State Director. She recommended Cleve Clark to take the position. Cleve has a long time association with AJCA. He has served several terms as the adult advisory chair on the AJCA Board of Directors. Cleve’s son, Will Clark, just aged out of the AJCA having won numerous awards in and out of the show ring. Will was an active part of the AJCA Board for many years as well as holding a state FFA office. AJCA will continue to grow and thrive under the leadership of Cleve Clark. Cleve and his wife Cheli live in Rogers.
August 1, 2018
Dear AJCA Members & Parents,
As the Director of the Arkansas Jr. Cattlemen’s Association, I am proud of all the youth I’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with on your board of directors. You, the members, have given more to me than most of you realize. I want to thank you and your parents for allowing me to be part of your livestock experience. Eight years ago when I stepped into this position I had no idea how rewarding and meaningful this experience would be to me and my family. I thank you for that.
Arkansas Jr. Cattlemen’s has held a special place in my life because of my brother’s involvement and my daughter’s involvement. Haley served on the Board of Directors for many years and moved through all the officer positions. AJCA and livestock shows and events were the glue that held my family together. Working with livestock, making plans and breeding decisions was a family project. Kevin, Haley and I were a team. AJCA played a big part in my family’s livestock success. I thank you for that.
With my involvement in AJCA I had the opportunity to make many, many good friends. Many are now my best friends. I thank you for that.
It is my desire for AJCA to continue to grow, develop and flourish. It has become apparent to me that this great organization needs someone who can devote more time and energy to growing its programs that I can provide at this time. For that reason, I am officially resigning as the Director of AJCA. This has been a most difficult decision. I care deeply for this organization and its members.
My resignation is effective immediately. I will work with whoever the Association appoints to help them through the upcoming Thanksgiving Classic. The AJCA Board and members can continue to count on me to help and support the Association as needed. I thank you for allowing me to be a part of AJCA.
The BILL DOROUGH MEMORIAL SHOW – to honor AJCA friend and longtime supporter, the second ring at the annual Thanksgiving Classic is now called “The Bill Dorough Memorial Show”. This past November over $4,000 was raised for the BEEF BRIGADE. Thank you to all participants. This cause was very important to Mr. Bill. During the Beef Brigade Bonanza Cattle Show held recently, an additional $700 was raised for Arkansas youth!
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