President's Message

"Life is about using the whole box of crayons."

Do you see in color? Of course! I liken people to colors as well, more in personality than skin color. Bright sunny yellow, tempered green, loyal blue or take charge red. What color do you exude? What "colors" do you surround yourself with?

As I take the reigns of an organization set on a great course by the hands of many "colors", I'm looking forward to a very fulfilling year. My color analysis called me "Uniquely Blue, a "sainted pit-bull" who never lets go once committed." Committed is a good word for the Auxiliary as well.

Commitment to the Association-
While Auxiliary activities at the Angus Convention this past November offered opportunity to reconnect, our flag-ship program, Miss American Angus, was a highlight of the event. From a year in review by Keegan Cassidy speaking throughout the event, to crowning Kallie Knott, Laotto, IN, our 2018 Miss American Angus, on the last day. This program represents commitment to members and breeders by serving in the public eye, promoting the Angus breed.

Commitment to Youth-
Offering $17,000 in High School scholarships; hosting the Certified Angus Beef Cook-off contest; offering NJAS awards for extemporaneous speaking, showmanship, Silver Pitcher and Crystal Awards, Grote LEAD grants, Black Kettle; and Certificates of Achievement.

Commitment to Members-
Hosting our third biennial Women Connected Conference April 18-20 at The Elms, Excelsior, MO. This three-day program of workshops and networking for women in the agriculture industry, supported by the Angus Foundation, offers opportunities for professional growth. (see sidebar) Following on April 20-21, our spring meeting of the Executive Board will be held in Saint Joseph, MO at the Angus Association headquarters.

Our mentor program matches professional women to young ladies with a career focus who are aging out of NJAA. Offering a sounding board and guidance for the next steps to success, this program rewards both partners. A one year commitment for monthly communication is the only sign on requirement. Contact your Regional Director (found on our website) for more information.

Working for more than twenty-five years with Angus youth, parents, friends, and nationally with the American Angus Auxiliary, my box of crayons is full of colors. It's easy to take a color test that slots you as red, blue, yellow, or green. But I've found we all blend into beautiful shades. And with each year I am blessed to add another few "colors" to my box. Make sure to live richly each day and "use the whole box of crayons."

Leslie Mindemann
January 2018

Past Presidents



2016-17
Julie Murnin
Montana

2015-16
Shally Rogen
South Dakota

2014-15
Lynne Hinrichsen
Kansas

2013-14
Cortney Holshouser
North Carolina

2012-13
Cortney Hill Dukehart Cates
Indiana

2011-12
Anne Lampe
Kansas

2010-11
Barbara Ettredge
Texas

2009-10
Kathi Creamer
Colorado

2008-09
Michelle Rieff
Arkansas

2007-08
Nancy Thelen
Michigan

2006-07
Mary Greiman
Iowa

2005-06
Sharee Sankey
Kansas

2004-05
Shirley Williams
Arkansas

2003-04
Amy Inman Bellis
Missouri

2002-03
Nancy Sullivan
Iowa

2001-02
Pat Grote
Oklahoma

2000-01
Jane Ebert
North Carolina

1999-00
Yvonne Hinman
Montana

1998-99
Mary McCurry
Kansas

1997-98
Renee Driscoll
Iowa

1996-97
Susan Quam
Wisconsin

1995-96
Erma Pascalar
Oregon

1994-95
Karen Eikmeier
Minnesota

1993-94
Linda Brost
Illinois

1992-93
Bette Votaw
Nebraska

1991-92
Carol Bloom
Indiana

1990-91
Ardyce O'Neill
Iowa

1989-90
Lois Foster
Michigan

1988-89
Janiece Mydland
Montana

1987-88
Irene Smith
Kentucky

1986-87
Dessie Moxley
Maryland

1985-86
Sharon Burrows
Texas

1984-85
Nellie Meinders
Iowa

1983-84
June Hagenbuch
Kansas

1982-83
Anne Patton Schubert
Kentucky

1980-82
Patti Rae
Michigan

1979-80
Nan Howell
Texas

1978-79
Jeanette Stevenson
Montana

1977-78
Gyra Wagner
Kansas

1976-77
Eddie Lou Halsey
Oklahoma

1975-76
Jeanette Thompson
Indiana

1974-75
Becky Bradley
Illinois

1973-74
Anita Becky
Colorado

1972-73
Lorraine Hagerman
Alabama

1971-72
Ardyie Skolas
Wisconsin

1970-71
Frances Etter
Maryland

1969-70
Agnes Hjort
North Dakota

1968-69
Joan Brack
Indiana

1967-68
Evelyn Smith
Oregon

1966-67
Madelyn Priebe
Iowa

1965-66
Esther Harrer
Montana

1964-65
Lois Blades
Missouri

1963-64
Effie Hartley
Texas

1962-63
Janet Castle
Illinois

1961-62
Nellie West
Maryland

1960-61
Lillian Branscombe
Alabama

1959-60
Mary Holbert
Iowa

1958-59
Bea Fuerst
New York

1957-58
Mae Austin
Arizona

1956-57
Dorothy Wall
Indiana

1955-56
Mary Mallory
Iowa

1954-55
Rowena Lemons
Illinois

1952-54
Willie Volkmann
California