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MI Angus Auxiliary turns 50

ST. JOHNS, MI -- The Michigan Angus Auxiliary will be celebrating “50 Years of Continuous Success” at the annual Michigan Angus banquet on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The meetings and banquet will be held at the Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters, 3055 W. M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879. The day includes tours of the IQ Hub which is a unique center of agricultural history, innovation and exploration for all ages. Tours will be held at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Michigan Jr. Angus Association will meet at 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. the annual of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary will be held.  The Michigan Angus Association board will also meet at 3:30 p.m. and it is an open meeting. A social hour celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary will begin at 5 p.m.  Scrapbooks compiled since 1967 will be on display as well as other memorabilia. The dinner and program will follow at 5:30 p.m. Ginette Gotswiller, Director of Commerical Programs for the American Angus Association, will be the featured speaker. Reservations are due February 27 to Grace and Evan Boehmer (517-652-3065) and more details are available at

The Michigan Angus Auxiliary was organized on March 10, 1967. During the past fifty years, the purpose of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has not changed. The auxiliary continues to assist Michigan Angus Breeders and Angus youth in educational and promotional activities, sponsor the Miss Michigan Angus Contest, provide scholarships for graduating seniors, assist with the annual banquet, provide hospitality for various activities, sponsor the showmanship contest at the Preview Show, award certificates of achievement to outstanding juniors, as well as support American Angus Auxiliary programs and activities.

The first Michigan Angus Auxiliary scholarship was presented in the summer of 1967 and since that time 71 Michigan juniors have received scholarships from the Michigan Angus Auxiliary and 21 of the Michigan winners have been selected to receive national scholarships from the American Angus Auxiliary.

The first Michigan Angus Queen was crowned on July 30, 1967. Since then, 46 young women have represented Michigan Angus breeders in this capacity. Dozens more have served as Michigan Angus Ebonettes and more recently Michigan Angus Ambassadors. Two of the Michigan juniors have also served as Miss American Angus.

Since 1967, the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has been proud to sponsor a total of 87 Michigan juniors who have participated in the National Junior Showmanship Contest. Michigan juniors have done very well over the years, with 3 national winners, 12 more in the top five, 12 finalists and 16 receiving honorable mention.

Each year the Auxiliary is excited to award American Angus Auxiliary Certificates of Achievement to outstanding Michigan juniors who have achieved major accomplishments at the state, regional and national levels.

The certificates are presented at the banquet. A new show halter award program began in 2014 for Michigan juniors who exhibited Champion Angus heifers and steers at county, district, regional, state or national shows.

Over the years, many women have given numerous hours to the Auxiliary serving as officers, committee members and chairpersons, as well as helping out wherever needed. Twenty-six ladies have served as president of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary. Several members have also been active in the American Angus Auxiliary, serving on various committees and as officers. The Michigan Angus Auxiliary extends their appreciation to everyone who has helped them achieve their mission over the past 50 years.