Friday, August 17, 2012

GCA Wraps Up First Region Roundup in Calhoun

The annual statewide tour for Georgia Cattlemen's Association staff began Aug. 16 in Calhoun at the Gordon County Extension office.

GCA President Chuck Joiner led the meeting, assisted by Jason Johns, a member of the tour committee, Eddie Bradley, Gary Autry and Ben Hicks. Bradley gave an update on the cattle industry investment working group and Autry, a member of the Tri-County association, reviewed his group's Pay it Forward campaign. Hicks, a chapter relations officer on the 2012 to 2013 Georgia Junior Cattlemen's Association officer team, gave a GJCA update and reported excellent discussion on the future of the cattle business and the importance of youth involvement.

Josh White, GCA executive vice president, says participation was solid. Thirteen of the 16 chapters in Regions 1, 2 and 4 were represented.

"The conversation was positive and lively," White said. "I also want to mention that all three regional vice presidents were a big help, attended and did a great job getting their chapters out. GCA Executive Committee member Dean Bagwell also attended, setting a good example for the EC."

The meeting was sponsored by Barenbrug Seed Company's Mike Lee, and Gordon County 4-H's dairy judging team help serve the meal of brisket and creamed corn casserole. The team recently won the state judging contest and is raising money to help with travel to the national competition.

There are several Region Roundup meetings coming up, and GCA hopes to see many of its members at one of them:

  • Aug. 21, Athens
  • Aug. 28, Camilla
  • Sept. 6, Lyons
  • Sept. 11, Macon

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