the Prez Sez

I hope that everybody is doing well and making it alright with these times we are in. We want to thank all of our Sponsors, Vendors, Members, and

Visitors that made our 2020 Educational Conference a success. We had more vendors this year than we’ve had in the past and we had many students turn in scholarship applications this year; I believe we had 22 applications. I want to thank everybody that worked on the committee for putting on the conference along with everybody that helped us throughout the three days of the event. We will begin planning for the 2021 Educational Conference in the next few months. As we move into the future, we hope everybody stays safe and that we can get back to our normal lives. Be safe! Kevin Beauchamp, MPBA President

from your Publicity Director

These are probably the hardest comments that I have written over the last few years.

A big thank you to the 47 volunteers who made this year’s conference a success, to the 100 (plus) vendors, the scholarship sponsors, FFA sponsors, 15 speakers, FREE banquet, and live auction. A special thank you to Kathleen Monks for taking pictures. You will see her work in this magazine. New to helping everywhere was Santos Mondragon. Sue Swanigan kept plenty of coffee and donuts. The registration desk was manned by Debra Allen, Lynn Sartin, and Linda Buck. The education was great! Stacy Jones made the coupons for your CEUs, and Debbie McGinnis handed them out. The virus kept some people away, but I am happy to report that we have no complaint of anyone getting sick from attending the conference. For the people that never attend anything, you had a better excuse this year. When are you going to wake up and participate? I hope you don’t wait too long. We sent out 1,350 4th quarter (2019) magazines to every licensed breeder in Missouri. What does it take to get most of these breeders at an educational conference? I am open to suggestions and to volunteers that want to work in our industry. Thanks to Sue for coordinating the 127 clock radios for the veteran’s home. She and Beverly Simmons coordinated a presentation to some veterans that would bring tears to your eyes. For those of you that did not come to the 2020 educational conference , you missed a great opportunity. Ann Quinn, MPBA Publicity Director


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