Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Juniors Kick Off 2012 - 2013 Year

This week kicks off another exciting year for Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association. The association achieved many goals during 2011 to 2012, including that of reaching 500 members, a feat everyone is very proud of!

GJCA ended the 2011 to 2012 year with its annual Field Day on July 12 -- PERRY 2012 Cattlemen's Olympics -- which was a wonderfully successful event! Dozens of junior members, friends and volunteers came to Perry to enjoy a day of agriculture-themed games: Corn hole, full-noodle jousting, hula hoop contest, an AG-ility course, stockman's quiz and more. At each station, participants received a stamp on their passport. Prizes were given out for winning certain stations as well as for completing the "Meat Up" ice breaker sheet!

There were also little bits of education mingled in as well. Ronnie Silcox of the University of Georgia did an animal handling demonstration with some help from "cow" Katherine Throne, demonstrating cattle senses, point of balance and movement to the crowd.

Tim Marshall of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Brice Nelson of UGA hosted a seminar on collegiate experiences in agriculture, talking about majors, classes, social opportunities and Greek life. The third seminar was taught by Rebekah Bowen, a graduate of ABAC, UGA and University of Tennessee. She shared ways students (and parents!) can get involved in social media AG-vocacy.

GJCA would like to thank all of its sponsors, volunteers, guest speakers and participants for helping to make Field Day 2012 such a successful event. We hope everyone wears their Field Day shirts, designed by Merritt Daniels, proudly!

Field Day culminated with revealing the 2012 to 2013 GJCA officer team. Congratulations to Callie Akins, chairwoman; Merritt Daniels, field day coordinator; Jordan Harrison, Convention/Summer Conference coordinator; Gibson Priest, chapter relations officer; Walt Lipham, chapter relations officer; and Ben Hicks, chapter relations officer. We look forward to working with you this coming year!

From left: Akins, Daniels, Dallas Duncan (GJCA advisor), Priest, Lipham and Harrison.

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