National Committees Letter
It is no secret that our National Organization is amidst some great changes that will better serve our region associations and our individual members. A large component of these changes will ultimately lead to our evolution into a grassroots organizations composed of committees (which will contain a voting member from each region) that will make formal recommendations to the national board of directors. This restructure will essentially be changing us from a “top down” organization to a “bottom up” organization, in which individual members and regions will have more control of how our organization is run and decisions that will be made. Many of the committees will now be responsible for the tasks the Board of Directors formally ran. An example of this would be the Nominating Committee. This committee will now be in charge of nominations for the board directors. The committees will meet (via Zoom, phone or other means) and create resolutions, motions or advisements. If these are approved by the five voting committee members, they will be presented to the national board for discussion and formal voting for approval. Each committee will be composed of one voting member from each region, for a total of five votes. The five regions are the Eastern Aberdeen Association, the Midwest Aberdeen Association, the Northeast Aberdeen Association, the Southern Aberdeen Breeders Association, and the Western Aberdeen Breeder’s Association. Others are encouraged to participate and attend the regional meeting, but only those five members will vote when a need occurs. As a direct result of this change, the board members of Northeast Aberdeen Association will be working on our Regional/Awards representative to create these committees. Below you will find some details of the eleven committees.
Breeder Services– This is a very action-oriented committee. Helping the registration process, possible facilitating the creation of how-to videos, a new breed office, webinars, creating short courses like at Texas A & M or Washington.
BOD Neil Effertz, Wade Coffey
Bylaws/Rules/Resolutions– Helping to facilitate the evolution of the National Aberdeen Association, make sure bylaws/rules, and resolutions are in compliance, and help come to resolution for any problems that may occur.
BOD Gary Gilbert, Darwin Engelkes, Allen Sieverkropp
Finance– Give financial quarterly reports, build budgets, and plan for the future.
BOD Neil Effertz
International – This committee will try to repair some of divide that has occurred with other international associations that breed Australian Lowline/American Aberdeens. This committee will also work on creating new guidelines to avoid further fissures on the international scale concerning the breed and promote friendships.
Juniors– To help structure and oversee Juniors for Junior events and shows (Youth up to age 21). This will also include helping with Junior Nationals and helping with new Junior Board Members.
BOD Allen Sieverkropp, Shane Goss, Darwin Engelkes
Ledger– Helping to both manage and formulate the Ledger and helping make sure it is done well to represent the Aberdeen breeders. This committee will also nominate a “Meet the Rancher” on a rotating schedule, one rancher from each of the five regions.
BOD Neil Effertz
Nomination– Work on restructuring and improving how are national elections were done historically. This will also include work on the nominations process, to ensure it is more clearly understood and practiced moving forward.
BOD Rob Fanning
Promotion– This group will evaluate current programs in place and create new ones to help promote the Aberdeen breed. This will include if there is a need to change with Ag-Town or any other avenues to productively promote the breed. This would also include banners, beef programs, international room, and similar elements relating to promotion.
BOD Wade Coffey
Sales – Helping to structure, oversee, and approve both sales and sale managers. Help keep up to date calendar for sales.
BOD Rob Fanning
Show – Helping to structure, oversee, and implement shows all around the country, establish new ones, and generate a plan for old and new shows alike. This committee will help with Judges and production of the shows.
BOD Wade Coffey
Strategic Planning/Marketing– Focusing on direction and long range goals for the Aberdeen Breed/Breeders. Ex Bull Tests, Fullbloods, Moderators, Aberdeen Plus, Beef programs and so on.
BOD Neil Effertz, Darwin Engelkes
There is also a 12thcommittee which has already been composed and met. This committee is composed of the regional presidents and is helping to facilitate our current progress into a grassroots organization. Details on this committee can be found below.
Regional/Awards– This committee is already composed of each regional president. They have already met and will help guide and appoint regional members to these committees. The Regional/Awards committee will also decide future awards given out at the National meetings, and help nominate breeders from each region.
BOD Gary Gilbert
In the event the designated representative of a committee is unable to attend a Committee Meeting, there will be an alternate in place to not delay any voting matter. The resolutions made will be sent to the Board of Director’s via the liaison of each committee (who will be a Board of Director). The liaison will bring the action to the Board of Directors, and then things will go back to the Committee. The Board of Directors on each committee will not have voting ability. The regional committee representative will report back to the Northeast Aberdeen Association Board with a written report following each committee meeting. These meeting minutes will be available on our website. As with the Regional Committees and Board of Directors meetings, they will be available in Zoom or another similar format and all AAA members in good standing will be able to view these meetings.
If anyone has any interest in becoming a regional representative for any of these committees, or has any questions, please reach out to us at the Northeast Aberdeen Association with a brief email stating who you are and what committee you have interest in joining.
I also would like to say that these committees are a new and on going process, which means, we may make changes over time if something is not working. However, we are trying our best to strengthen our organization by getting the local members and regions more involved in the entire process and giving them a voice. This is an opportunity for the breeders of our region to collectively let their voice be heard to bring positive improvement to our breed.
I also want to remind everyone to pay your dues to our region as well as the national association. Only members in good standing will be applicable to become a regional committee member. We are waiving our first-year fees, and our fees for 2019 are: $25 for an active membership, $20 for an associate membership, and $10 for a junior membership. I will include a message from our treasurer below on how to get your dues in.
“We've officially got a new bank account set up with our new name- Northeast Aberdeen Association. Which means that we can start accepting membership dues! Checks can be sent to the Northeast Aberdeen Association 1414 Wheelock Road Danville, VT 05828. Please make sure that checks are written out to Northeast Aberdeen Association. Member Dues can also be paid via the NEAA Paypal Account, this can be found on the NEAA website under the Membership page. “
The Board of the Northeast Aberdeen Association
President: Vice President:
Rebecca Miller Jim Barbour
Lime Kiln Farm Barbour Farms
Adrienne Card Jake Boudreau
New England Lowlines Four Town Lowlines