Monday, October 31, 2011

Annual Meetings

Going to a meeting usually isn't at the top of everyone's list of things they want to do.  Often they feel like it isn't a good use of their time.  But meeting can play an important role in the business that you do.  Even if that business is Agriculture.

Annual meetings like the Canadian Simmental Association Annual meeting that is going to be held in Edmonton on November 11, 2011 at 9:00 am is a great place to spend a few hours.  At this AGM you will have the opportunity to:
  • Network with fellow breeders
  • Meet the staff that work hard for us in the office
  • Learn of our associations financial position
  • Learn of the work that has been done in the last year to advance our breed
  • Give direction for the breed for the next year
  • Elect 3 new board members that will represent you
This year the Alberta Simmental Association Board of Directors
has asked me to run for the Canadian Simmental Board.  I have been asked "why would you want to do that?"  In short, I want to give back to an association that has been very good to my family and a breed that plays a significant role in the beef industry.  If elected the areas that I would like to work on are:
  • Promotion
  • Working with and enhancing the great work that the Provincial associations are going
  • Young Canadian Simmental - our Youth program. (YCS)
I was a founding board member of the YCS and feel that with a strong youth program, we strengthen our parent association.  Currently all of the directors on the Alberta Simmental Association were former members of the YCS program.

It would be great to see you out at the AGM on November 11, but if you can't attend you can either fax a proxy vote ( by November 1) to the CSA office or send an originally signed proxy with a member to the meeting.  I understand that there will be an election for the 3 director positions.  Let's get involved in our association.  Hope to see you there.

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