In tribute to the late Jim Baldridge and his devotion to helping the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and Angus youth succeed, close friends Bill and Betty Werner of Werner Angus, Cordova, Illinois, donated $50,000 to the Angus Foundation in 2013 to establish a permanent endowment fund that will provide for a $2,500 scholarship in Jim’s memory to the winner of the NJAA’s prestigious Outstanding Leadership Award. Renamed the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award, this award will continue to recognize one outstanding NJAA member each year to be announced at the National Junior Angus Show with the formal presentation of this award made at the American Angus Association Annual Banquet as designed when the award was started in 1998. The award is based on leadership exhibited by the member in Angus and other activities.
Nomination form and eligibility requirements for this award can be found at www.njaa.info. Application deadline is May 1.
With a long-standing commitment to the Angus breed, Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Briarwood Angus Farms of Butler, Mo., generously funded a permanent endowment in the Angus Foundation. The Longs have always placed significance on the value of pertinent carcass information within their own herd, so it is only appropriate that their endowment will permanently support the National Junior Angus Association’s (NJAA) Carcass Steer Contest awards at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS). The 2008 Carcass Steer Contest awards at the National Junior Angus Show in Des Moines, Iowa, was the first year the Longs' gift was used to provide cash awards to the top 10 entries as well as other premiums to all other qualifying entries. All carcasses that met CAB standards received an additional 25 percent in premiums. It is the Longs' hope that by providing this permanent endowment, Angus youth will develop an understanding of the additional economic benefits from producing outstanding beef carcasses.
In honor of his accomplishments in the Angus breed, friends and family of the late Gary Brost of Harrodsburg, Ind., have created the Gary Brost Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Award Endowment Fund. Gary, an Angus breeder for many years, was a pioneer in the Angus business. In addition to raising two national champion Angus bulls, he was named a Master Breeder at the All-American Angus Breeders’ Futurity. This Fund will annually award two NJAA members with funds necessary to defray registration costs to attend the LEAD conference. Preference will be given to applicants with a farm/ranch background from the states of Indiana and Illinois. The Angus Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program application will be used to select the Gary Brost (LEAD) Award Endowment Fund recipients. Recipients may also receive other scholarships from the Angus Foundation or local, state, regional and national Angus-related entities.
In 1996, Thomas and Catherine Chambers of Chambers Angus, Ontario, Ore., informed the American Angus Association their intentions to donate their entire estate to the Angus Foundation. Becoming members of the organization’s planned giving program Angus Legacy Society in 2006, the Chambers formalized their estate plans in their will documents naming the Angus Foundation as the sole charitable beneficiary. During the Angus breed’s Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus, the couple began funding their Chambers Angus Endowment Fund that when combined with their estate proceeds, totaled more than $800,000. Only the investment earnings from this permanent endowment will be used to support Angus youth activities conducted by the National Junior Angus Association. Additionally, two $500 cash awards will be given to attendees of the LEAD Conference to cover registration fees and travel. Preference will be given to applicants from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Selection of the Chambers LEAD Award recipients will be made by the Angus Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee. Interested applicants must submit a one page typed essay that includes the following information: why attending LEAD conference is important to me, what I hope to gain by attending LEAD, and explanation of financial need.
Pat Grote was dedicated to the members of the Texas Junior Angus Association (TJAA) and National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). She encouraged not only her own children, but all juniors to get involved in the NJAA and even gave them rides to the National Junior Angus Show. After a fatal heart attack in February 2002, the Pat Grote Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was established to pay the registration fee for the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) Conference to the overall winners in the intermediate steak division of the Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-Off.
The Hamilton James Memorial Endowment Fund was established by friends of Hamilton James to pay tribute to his years of dedication to the Angus industry. Beginning with the 1983 National Junior Angus Show, this fund carries Hamilton James' legacy through an annual scholarship award that is given to the winner of the showmanship contest at the National Junior Angus Show.
Robert "Bob" Laflin was a consummate salesman and marketer. He sold Angus cattle throughout the United States and believed that to be successful as an Angus breeder you had to be willing to sell some of your best ones. Bob believed in family and investing in youth. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to be involved in the junior Angus programs and was always willing to help other youth who were interested in Angus cattle. Bob encouraged his grandchildren to participate in the Team Sales contest and was always at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) to cheer them on in the competition. It is in his honor that the Laflin family sponsors a special award for the champion senior salesmanship team in the Team Sales contest held each year during the NJAS. Each member of the team will be presented with a limited print of a specially commissioned artwork done in memory of Bob. This artwork commemorates Bob's enthusiasm for sales and depicts an Angus breeder looking at show heifer prospects in the field with two young Angus exhibitors as he helps them select the next great one.
In 1948, Robert (Bob) Schlutz bought his first registered Angus heifer as a 4-H project. Not long after, in 1953, Bob and his parents, Dale and Esther, formed a partnership that soon become known as Da-Es-Ro (Dale, Esther and Robert). Over the past 50 years, the herd has emerged into the current 125-cow purebred operation that focuses on producing seedstock that excel in economically important traits. The Schlutz family has pledged to continue the family tradition of producing cattle that meet the demands of their customers. But the Schlutzs not only focus on producing excellent cattle, they also hold a place in their hearts for the members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA). Because of their love for the youth of the NJAA, the Schlutzs donated $25,000 in 2006 to establish the Robert and Marillyn Schlutz Angus Scholarship Endowment Fund to annually provide a $1,000 scholarship to the exhibitor of the Champion Bred and Owned Heifer at the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).
The Texas Junior Showmanship Endowment Fund was established to fund costs for the top two Texas State Showmanship finalists to attend the National Showmanship Contest. The Endowment was established by J. V. and Helen Heyser of Cisco, Texas, and Jerry and Kay Williams of Lockney, Texas, who are the original founders and sponsors of the Texas Junior Angus Association.
Disclaimer: Depending on level of funds available, respective awards referenced above may or may not be awarded each year.