Vice President’s Ruminations – January 2014

I hope all of you had a great holiday season as we did at Half Creek Farm.

As you know we’re starting the year with big plans, one being our acceptance into the ADGA. You have all heard from Sara and know she needs your information on the animals you have in your herd. Sara is the chair of the database committee for the Guernsey Goat Breeders of America, and I think we all realize how important that database is to our acceptance in ADGA. Please send her the information she is requesting as soon as possible, and don’t forget to keep her up to date on kids you are adding to your herds with this year’s kidding.

We are exploring the development of several additional committees including a promotional committee and a committee to aid in recruiting new members. One of our promotional activities is the development of a seller’s packet. This includes a brochure from GGBoA and your personal farm brochure and business card, Info on how to join the BGS, a gift certificate for a one year membership in GGBoA (paid for by the seller), a transfer form for BGS transfers, a list of the benefits of joining, and an article with an explanation of the breeding up program. This comes in a white envelope with a GGBoA label on the front. This is of course not mandatory but if any of you would like more info, please feel free to contact me and I’ll help you assemble a packet. Our hope is that those given free membership for a year will choose to remain members after the first year.

Another project the promotional committee is working on is the development of a Guernsey goat calendar. We are currently short several pictures to complete this project so if any of you are able, please promptly send your photos as attachments in an email to and I will add them into this project. The calendars will be made available to members at cost when they are complete. Right now there is a special running with VistaPrint and we can purchase wall calendars for $5 each, so speed is important.

Please be aware that any feedback, ideas, etc., that you can offer are always appreciated. We are all trying for the same goal and working together will help make it happen.

Happy New Year,
Mary Wilson, Vice President

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