Jessica Rose Spangler
<.000>LANCASTER, Pa. — At the April 5 annual meeting of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association, president Darin Mann delivered his last address before naming the new officers and awards were handed out.
In that address, Mann discussed the organization reconstruction that happened in the fall of 2012, including the goals that they have set. Those goals include increasing membership, increasing annual conference attendance, completing their best management practices and Gold Standards for calf and heifer raising, and establishing a rainy day fund.
Mann then concluded he tenure as the 2012-2013 board president by naming the newly elected officers — Jack Banker, Black Creek, Wis., president; Lane Sollenberger, Newburg, Pa., first vice president; Amy Shiplett, Chilton, Wis., second vice president; Vicki Franken, Sutherland, Iowa, secretary/treasurer; and Darin Mann, Parma, Idaho, past president.
Once new president Jack Banker took the podium, his first order of business was to award the organization’s annual $1,000 scholarship. The recipient, Taylor Holterman, was not in attendance, but Banker said that she attends the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is majoring in life sciences communication, and plans to graduate in May 2015.
The annual meeting concluded with the announcement of the Cady Award winner. An award that is only handed out as a deserving recipient emerges, Dr. John Bernard was this year’s winner.
Bernard “has dedicated countless hours to DCHA without compensation,” Banker said, adding that while not a founding member, Bernard became involved early and is responsible for bringing a lot of DCHAs current leaders into the organization.
Bernard is a professor, and works in dairy research and Extension at The University of Georgia.