A strategic plan, per the request of the American Guernsey Association board of directors, was developed and presented to the AGA board at the annual meeting. A committee has been formed to further develop the needs of the Association and breed from this strategic plan. This committee, called the Strategic Plan Committee will, over the next several months, develop a recommendation to be presented at the winter board meetings for the future of the Association and breed. The Strategic Plan Committee is comprised of Gloria Basse, Emily Hartmann, Tom Ripley, Blaine Crosser, Dan Basse and AGA board representative and liason David Coon.
In light of the recent resignation of the executive secretary, the board has had several conference calls and discussions regarding the filling of that position as well as the planning committee. Currently there is no immediate hiring planned to fill the executive secretary position. The current staff and board will temporarily fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Based on the strategic plan committee’s recommendations at the winter board meeting and board’s review, further actions to move forward with hiring the proper personnel to advance the Association’s future will be determined.
During this interim time David Trotter will be available if needed, however, the three- member management team will be comprised of the current two members, Deb Hoffman, treasurer and office manager and Cheri Oechsle, Purebred Publishing managing editor and the nine-member board of directors. Any questions can be directed to Deb, Cheri or AGA President David Trotter, Purebred Publishing President Chris Lang, or any member of the board.
The AGA membership and Guernsey fraternity can be assured that the Association staff and board of directors will continue to conduct day to day operations, sales, publications, shows, the young sire programs, genomics and other services, as well as continue to maintain the records of the herd registry throughout this time.
Thoughts and suggestions are welcomed. Passionate employees are hard to replace, however, the interim time will be used to be diligent and patient to make the correct hiring moves and move our golden breed and membership forward.