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 C/O Sec. Susan Russell
 24614 Road G
 Sugar City, Co 81076-9514
 Phone: 719-469-0020

CSA marks 50th year, with reports and elections

     Colorado Simmental held its 50th annual meeting virtually, as the COVID restrictions cancelled the in-person milestone celebration. 
     During the Nov. 21st Zoom session, Colorado Cattlemen's Executive Vice President Terry Fankhauser gave an update and thanked CSA for contributing to the building fund to purchase the historic Livestock Exchange Building on the National Western Stock Show grounds.
     Dr. Wade Shafer, American Simmental Association's Executive Vice President, gave highlights of ASA's last year and fielded questions from members.
     The membership re-elected Ron Mari to a three-year director term, and CSA's officer team was retained. For 2021, they are: Jay Hill, president; Mitchell Jergensen, vice president; and Susan Russell, secretary/treasurer. Rounding out the 7-member board are Mari, Willie Altenburg, Mick Meiklejohn and Jolynn Midcap.

CSA awards 3 Pioneer Awards

     During the 2020 annual meeting, CSA recognized long-term leadership from its Simmental founders, whose foresight blazed the trail for the association.
     Since CSA was marking its 50th year, three Pioneer Awards were given.

 • Gary Bogott owns and operates Saint Vrain Simmental of Niwot. In addition to his long-time support, Gary continues to be a member of CSA even though many of his pairs now graze Wyoming pastures.
      Gary was a CSA director 1995-2004. He served three terms as CSA president in 2000, 2001 and 2002. He was president when we hosted the 2001 AJSA National Classic in Fort Collins. CSA was fortunate to have Gary’s construction background, as the CSU equine facility rented for the Junior Nationals was new and had limited electrical capability. Gary arranged for huge generators plus he called in many favors to get the building re-wired to handle all the blowers, clippers and fans. The Junior Nationals had no sponsorship backing at the time, and it severely cut into CSA coffers. With no financial reserves, Gary and some of his board paid for many expenses out of their own pocket to pull off the huge youth event.

       • McCormick & Sons of Holly was recognized. The McCormick family was a founding charter member of CSA. They were CSA member #1, and ASA member #352. They were present at the August 22, 1970 meeting in Denver and helped draft the original bylaws and charter the association. They saw the value of Simmental genetics in Colorado.
         M.C. "Chuck" McCormick of Holly was the very first CSA president. Only a few short months later, he and others helped with the American Simmental’s National Convention in Denver in 1971. Chuck’s sons Dick and Junior McCormick’s names also appear in the early files.
         While they have all passed on, CSA recognized the family’s contributions that were so vital to establish CSA. Each of Chuck's four grandchildren received a framed cowhide award.


     • James O’Neal Jr. also was a founding charter member at the 1970 meeting. He has CSA membership #3 and ASA #733, so he was another early adopter of SimGenetics and Jim was elected CSA’s first secretary.
Jim had a long career with ABS, and promoted Simmental genetics through his ranch at Fruita, as well as through his semen sales. He helped coordinate the Western slope bull test and was tapped to serve as second time in 1984 for another round as a CSA director.
Jim has sold his cowherd and moved to Delta, but we know his heart still is in the beef industry, with a strong voice for Simmental. 

      Congratulations to the three new Pioneer Award recipients!

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