Photo caption: A total of 45 members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association and the North American Limousin Junior Association participated in the first-ever POWER (Peers Organizing Winning Effective Results) Conference held August 7-10, 2014 in Denver, Colo. Photo taken at Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, Colo., by Jennifer Scharpe, American Gelbvieh Association.
The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) and North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) joined together to host the first POWER (Peers Organizing Winning Effective Results) Conference in Denver, Colo., August 7-10.
Board members from both junior associations partnered up to plan and host the event. Twenty-two members of the AGJA and 23 members of the NALJA took part in the four-day conference. While in Denver, participants were able to connect with other AGJA and NALJA members, learn more about the beef industry, and enhance their leadership skills.
“The first POWER conference was an incredible experience for the junior members who attended,” says Grace Hammer, AGJA president from Wallace, Kan. “Each activity allowed junior members to network and make connections with other juniors and industry leaders, while acquiring valuable knowledge that will position these young leaders to be successful in the agriculture industry,” she added. Grace not only was able to attend the four days of activities but also played a major role in helping to plan the event.
The conference featured many speakers including Kevin Ochsner, a Limousin breeder in Kersey, Colo., and host of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s “Cattlemen to Cattlemen.” Motivational speakers Eddie Slowikowski and Cole Smith engaged the participants in different team building and leadership activities. Former AGJA president, Travis Arp, also spoke. He is currently a technical services manager at the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Also during the conference, participants made several industry visits including Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., where they participated in a ropes course team building activity, and toured campus and the agriculture research facility. Magness Land & Cattle, a Limousin operation in Platteville, Colo., gave the POWER participants a tour of their facilities and put on a mini judging contest. A visit to the Denver Aquarium, and tours of Rocky Mountain Sire Services in Bennett, Colo., and Jumping Cow Gelbvieh in Ramah, Colo., rounded out the weekend activities.
“The POWER conference was a great success and we look forward to making this a permanent part of both junior associations’ program activities by hosting the conference every other year,” says Carrie Tilghman, junior activities coordinator for the American Gelbvieh Association.
For more information about the American Gelbvieh Junior Association contact Carrie Tilghman at firstname.lastname@example.org.