The American Angus Auxiliary honored Jane Ebert, Sparta, N.C., and Yvonne Hinman, Malta, Mont., with Distinguished Women Awards during the Auxiliary breakfast Nov. 11, 2007 in conjunction with the organization's annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. The Distinguished Woman Award honors members of the Auxiliary who have demonstrated noteworthy service and support for the Auxiliary and the Angus breed. An award recipient is recommended by the Auxiliary's Distinguished Women Committee; recipients of this prestigious award are honorary members of the American Angus Auxiliary.
Ebert and Hinman were honored for their leadership and service to the Auxiliary, specifically for their creative contributions. Both women established the Auxiliary's “Excellence, No Exception” Conference and guided the expansion of scholarship support and opportunities for Angus youth. Their leadership also created new opportunities for the online “Angus Sale Barn” and the Holiday Room. Both the Angus Sale Barn and Holiday Room sell unique Angus-themed merchandise, including Angus China and Harvey Rattey bronzes, that help fund the Auxiliary and Auxiliary-sponsored events.
In addition to their involvement with the Auxiliary, Ebert and Hinman are active in their local Auxiliaries and the Angus industry. Ebert has been involved with the American Angus Auxiliary since 1988 and has served on various committees of the Auxiliary, including the Auxiliary-sponsored, All-American Certified
Angus Beef® Cook-off. She also organized the North Carolina Angus Auxiliary. Ebert and her husband, Bill, own Eberlee Farms located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They have one daughter, Betsie Ebert Michael, who operates Coldwater Creek Farm, Staunton, Va., with her husband, Jason.
Hinman has served both the American and Montana Angus Auxiliaries. She is currently the Harvey Rattey chairperson for the American Angus Auxiliary, and a past president of the Montana Angus Auxiliary. Hinman and her husband, Dave, operate Hinman Angus, located in north central Montana. They have two daughters—Heidi Lulloff who resides in Malta, Mont., with her husband and two children, and Jill Hamilton who resides in Three Forks, Mont., with her husband and two children.
The American Angus Auxiliary consists of individuals interested in the welfare of the Angus breed. Its members work to provide educational activities for junior Angus members, such as scholarship programs, awards and competitions. For more information about the American Angus Auxiliary, visit www.angusauxiliary.com.