By Lori Eberspacher, American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation Board Chairwoman
Greetings! It is an exciting time for the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation (ASF) team as we prepare for the AJSA National Classic in conjunction with the Simmental Breeders Sweepstakes and the whirlwind schedule. It is our honor and our privilege to be able to award such stellar AJSA youth with the Gold and Silver Merit Awards at the National Classic banquet. This is my 22nd year working to raise funds for the ASF including nine years on the Foundation Board, now as the ASF Chairperson, and I have seen so many youth come through this AJSA program who are pillars in the beef industry today.
I would like to highlight our youth this month for the AJSA Classic. For the past 22 years in Denver, breeders have stepped up to the plate with a donation of a highlighted genetic lot where all proceeds go to the AJSA Scholarship fund for the Gold and Silver Merit Awards. One person can make a difference! Back in 1997, the AJSA had a dynamatic President by the name of Cheyanne Allen. Cheyanne, along with her Silver Towne Farms family donated a part of her heifer that was selling in The One Sale to the AJSA and with that one commitment, 22 years later this program has raised $404,100 for the merit program with this year alone raising $48,000. It is no secret how much our family believes in the AJSA program and the power boost it gives the youth entering the workforce.
The Fall Focus event is another highlight of the ASF, we are ready to head to Manhattan, Kansas, and know the Kansas Simmental Association will roll out the red carpet for us! If you have not ever attended a Fall Focus, please consider it as it is a great time to get together and discuss the Association’s future with your Board of Trustees and fellow breeders.
Your current Foundation Board is a hardworking group with many new members. It is my belief that there will be many new exciting things happening with this group in place, especially with the addition of Darla Aegerter to the ASA team. This Board also knows and believes in the future of our breed and the young people who will be the next leaders. If you will be in attendance at the AJSA National Classic and Breeder Sweepstakes, Fall Focus, Denver Gala or any Simmental event, please feel free to visit with the Foundation Board members as we look to hear your ideas!
The 2019 ASF board members include: Lori Eberspacher, Mark Smith, Tonya Phillips, Bill McDonald, Scott Cowger, Emily Brinkman, Greg Burden, Holli Hatmaker, Aaron Owen, Cathy Eichacker, Bob Mullion, Brandi Karisch, and Mike Stoltey.
New this year at Fall Focus — Spin the Wheel for your Wheel of Fortune!
The Foundation will be hosting a fun event for everyone to be a part of with the chance to spin the wheel for some exciting items. Just purchase a ticket at Fall Focus for your chance to win and support the Foundation at the same time! Double Bonus!