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In 1996 events took place that created the arrival of Guernsey goats in the United States. With the importation of kids from frozen embryos and semen, Guernseys were introduced to United States. They have slowly taken hold and a huge milestone was achieved in 2015 with the American Dairy Goat Association granting Guernseys recognized breed status in the US! Many people worked long and hard for this. It is because of this extraordinary work that the GGBOA must accept what needs to be done to secure a continued place for the Guernsey goats and to advance the breed in the US.
I obtained two Guernsey does almost 2 ½ years ago and they have changed my life. I knew the breed’s beginnings, but this was just for my information. Attending the ADGA National Convention was the best thing I have done to learn and to meet many wonderful people. Learning of the status of our organization I became concerned. With that same sentiment voiced at the last meeting of GGBOA in Austin, I felt it was time to do something about it.
*The central theme is the ADVANCEMENT OF THE GUERNSEY GOAT* Only by working together can this task be done. Specific goals that need to be addressed are as follows:
1. We need to ensure the perpetuity of this organization by updating the Constituation and By-laws.
2. We need to be proactive in promoting our breed. This includes updating the logo and advertising.
3. For owners who want to be ambassadors for the Guernseys, we need to help provide literature and information for them to distribute and encourage them .
I appreciate your confindence and look for your continued support so we can achieve our goals. As President, I will be a servant leader. I am a Christian and intend to follow Jesus’ example in everything I do. The greatest explanation of this comes from Paul, in Philippians 2 when he states (NIV) “Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another and working together with one heart and one purpose. Don’t be selfish, don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only of your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ had. Though He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God. He made Himself nothing; He took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form He obediently humbled Himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.”
I am so appreciative of all other Board Members and pray that I can gain much needed knowledge and wisdom from their input. Any members or Guernsey owners, please feel free at any time to contact me; help me learn from your own experiences. Again, thank you and I look forward to this group of Guernsey owners accomplishing great things!
Candidates for President:
I am Gloria Andrews and I am a candidate for president of the GGBoA. I am almost 61 years old, have no attachments-other than my critters and a relative newbie to the dairy goat world, but I have learned so much in the past two years since I got my two Guernsey goats! The goats have brought much into my life –some major problems and tears, but they have taught me so much! Knowing the breed, the excitement with the ADGA acceptance, and seeing the possibilities for the future, there is much work to do and I would like to be there to help!
By profession, I am a small animal veterinarian. I have been practicing as a sole practitioner for almost thirty years in my own practice (15 years at Colbert Animal Hospital). I also help with a small animal rescue organization (Colbert Veterinary Rescue Services). I am a leader by doing. I love what I do and, especially with the Guernseys, they are such an awesome breed. I currently now have four –three does and a little buckling!
I believe in genetics, form and function. Testing is very important and although I had only one milking doe, she was enrolled in DHI just for my benefit to learn. Linear appraisal is an awesome program that everyone needs to take advantage of!
There is much to be done in our organization to promote this wonderful breed. I would like to be a part of that and I look forward to helping this organization work together towards that goal. In this day, we need each other and we need to be supportive and help each other. We must learn to be comrades and communicate well to achieve our goals. If we work together, anything is possible!
Candidates for Vice President
I am a candidate for Vice-President
Kathy and I have raised Nubians in Southern California for over 25 years. We decided that as we aged we wanted a smaller breed. About five years ago we purchased our foundation Guernseys. Last year we added an Alpine from a good milking line and an Obe that comes from a very fine show herd. We are on DHI test and want to focus on production but not ignore structure. I am excited to get to work helping the membership get valuable benefits from being members. I hope that we can all grow closer as partners as we develop our favorite breed.
Candidates for Secretary
I am Sara Dzimianski, candidate for GGBOA Secretary. My interest in Guernsey goats began in 2000 when I first began researching the breed and talking to Christine Ball to learn more about Guernsey goats. In fall 2007 I bred a Saanen doe to Swind Pan to produce Violetvale Pandora, my first SR doe. I have continued breeding Guernseys ever since, using my ADGA Saanen does as the foundation for Guernsey doe lines. I maintain a closed doe herd, which meant my breeding program could only progress as quickly as I could breed up, however it has helped develop consistent productivity and correct structure. I participate in the ADGA Linear Appraisal program with my Saanens, and plan to participate with the Guernseys as well once the herdbook is created.
In 2013 Then-President Randy House appointed me chair of the GGBOA Database Committee. From that point I began creating the GGBOA Guernsey Database, which now contains over 1300 animals, and developed the revised ADGA Breed Recognition Proposal which was approved by the ADGA Board of Directors in October 2015. In late 2016 I took over maintenance of the GGBOA website, and continue to improve and update the website. As chair of the Database Committee, I represent the GGBOA on the ADGA Information Management Committee and will be involved in the development of the ADGA herdbook.
As candidate for Secretary, I bring many things to the table including: breed experience, institutional knowledge, and ADGA knowledge. I also have a strong history of communication both within the GGOBA and with ADGA. The relationships I have built within the ADGA IM Committee and with ADGA leadership will serve the GGBOA well as we develop an ADGA herdbook.
Candidates for Treasurer
I am Joan Stump, candidate for Treasurer. I got my first goats in 1983 and bred championship Alpines for twenty years, which were used as the foundation stock for my Guernsey herd. I entered the Guernsey program in 1997, with the import of the first semen shipment by Linda Campbell. I became totally involved when I arranged for the first purchase of a pure Golden Guernsey male from the Swind herd.. and subsequent purchases for myself and others around the country.
I have maintained a closed herd [other than occasional males purchased] since 1990. All kids are raised on strict pasturized protocols. The herd has been Certified and Accredited for TB and Bruc. since 1983. Stumphollo has been on the USDA Scrapie program since 1997 and is continuing to work at Export Status with that program.
I have been attending the ADGA Annual Meetings since 2003, promoting Guernsey goats to any and all that would listen. I was instrumental in founding the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America and served two terms as President. When I became Treasurer, I set up the Breed Club display table and started our successful Silent Auction fund raiser for the past 10 years. We now have a healthy balance and hope to be able to use it to benefit our membership.
Candidates for Member-at-Large
I am Beth Clappison and I am running for a member at large position. I have had dairy goats for about 10 years and have owned Alpines, Nubians and Saanens. I currently have Saanens, a few Nubians and am starting my Guernsey herd in north east Oklahoma. I am really excited about being a part of this breed and am enjoying the few Guernseys that I have. I am currently the Vice President of the National Saanen Breeders Association, am chair to a few of the volunteer positions through the NSBA and am also apart of the ADGA Genetic Advancement and Registration committees. I am looking forward to promoting and improving the breed in the United States and would love to have the opportunity to be one of your Members at Large.
Hello all! I am Kristy Smith and I’m running for Member-at-Large position. I have been raising goats since 1997. I attended Auburn University where I obtained my B.S. in Animal Sciences Production Management and minor in Agribusiness. I started out with African Pygmy goats and moved up to full-sized true Spanish goats. In 2014, my husband and I purchased 8 Guernsey does and, so far, we have been very impressed with the breed. All the livestock on our farm are endangered, heritage livestock that we are working to preserve. I have been involved with chartering each of their respective breed organizations, though I’ve never held a direct title. I have been a member of the Livestock Breeds Conservancy since 1996 (when it was the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, lol.) While at university, I was Vice President of my agricultural sorority and a charter member. Right now, I am an Environmental Educator Coordinator by day and a dairy farmer/hatchery by night. I look forward to the opportunity to be more involved with the breed and to help promote it and “grow” it as much as possible.
I am Mary Whiteside, candidate for a member-at-large position. This city girl from CA had always wanted to be one to live a holisitc lifestyle which included raising goats for dairy products. I currently live in Kansas and began 14 years ago with Savanna and Boer goats (150 head) with some beautiful oberhasli. Approximately 10 years ago there was a strong desire to be a part of the British Guernsey breeding program, and that dream was realized 4 years ago. There have been great mentors during these caprine years, and the learning process has been hands-on. Currently, there are 2 main herdsires (GG SwindPeacock and BG2 KremBrulay Crispin) and 12 does – all British Guernseys. Maintaining integrity in breeding, especially as we enter into the new journey of ADGA members, is of utmost importance. The preservation of this amazing breed should be the GGBoA’s primary purpose. Many have gone before us and have worked tirelessly to keep the British Guernsey at the forefront of intention, and not money, cornering the market or ego. We must strive to assure proper breed-up practice, begin a more wide-spread practice of recording milk production, and continue our direction of British Guernsey conformation. I have a great appreciation for our BGS roots, and personally, will continue to register my herd through the BGS as well as the ADGA. It would be an honor to be a part of the administrative future for the American British Guernsey.
Christine De Garmo
Kimberly Ann Jackson
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Candidate nomination for the new board is now closed. The Executive Committee candidates are: Gloria Andrews for President, Mike Naumes for Vice President, Sara Dzimianski for Secretary, and Joan Stump for Treasurer. The candidates for member at large are: Beth Clappison,Christine De Garmo, Kimberly Ann Jackson, Katie Morgan, Kristy Smith and Mary Whiteside.
Voting will begin March 16th and end April 15th.
We have six members willing to serve as members at large but only three slots. Voting will start on March 16th when the person who will count the votes will be announced. Members can only vote for two of the six candidates. All candidates are encouraged to submit a bio so that the members can get to know them.
All Officer and Board of Director positions for the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America are up for election/reelection. Candidates must have an active GGBOA membership as of January 15, 2017. Nominations for the board will close on February 28. Anyone interested in serving on the board should email Mike Naumes or Katheryn Cook prior to the February 28 deadline.
Member at Large (3 positions)
Membership renewal is open! Cost is $20 per year payable to treasurer Joan Stump via PayPal at email@example.com
Join or renew by January 15 to be eligible to vote in the upcoming officer elections!
We are coming up on a historic event for our favorite breed—our second presentation of the Guernsey breed to ADGA at the ADGA convention in October. This happened due to the hard work of multiple people, and I would like to especially thank Sara Dzimianski who worked incredibly hard on the database to give us a very usable format that can also be used for future reference!
Make sure if you are in the company of ADGA members that you talk up your breed, explaining why ADGA needs to include yet another breed in their long line up! Show them the qualities of the breed and the number of goats already eligible for registration (I don’t think they will be another “Sable”, personally!)
I wish Diane Gray could be here to see the progress we have made! I think she would be pleased.
It’s been a busy several months for many of our members and there’s been a lot going on with the group as well.
Joan generously wrote a short article on her attendance at the convention and included a picture on her table. Sara sent an update on her data base endeavor, Bailey Hale generously agreed to be our January-March featured farm, and we have the President position open.
I’ll start with the President position. We received one nomination and that nominee accepted. As she is the only one nominated, it seems a waste of the group’s funds to hold an election. I think we should go ahead and appoint Natasha Lovell the position of President for the remainder of Randy’s term. I’ve put the suggestion on our Facebook page to get feedback from the rest of you. If there are no objections she’ll be appointed.
I’d like to encourage all of you to get your registrations in as soon as you can this year so we can get an idea of the numbers by mid summer. We anticipate 2015 being the year we will finally be accepted into the ADGA. We will (hopefully) have the numbers we need. The database will be up and functioning, the constitution/ bylaws will be updated and available on our web site.
Our Facebook page is working well and we have activity on it most of the time. I encourage all of you to try and visit this page at least once a week and let us know what’s going on
with your goats. This keeps the page active so if someone visits it they can see we are
communicating. The website is nice looking and being kept up-to-date by Rebecca and she’s doing a wonderful job.
As I anticipate no problems appointing Natasha as our interim President, please take the time to welcome her to her new position and work with her to promote these wonderful goats.
Lastly. Thanks to those members who worked with me and provided positive guidance and
encouragement while I tried to function in an unanticipated role. I truly am grateful for your uncomplaining assistance and encouragement. Its very hard to be thrust into an office, trying to fill someone else’s shoes, and making mistakes while learning a new role is a constant worry. Thanks much to those who realized this and helped me adjust. You’re the best.