— National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members will congregate at Mississippi State University (MSU) Aug. 2-5 for the 2007 NJHA Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention. Each year, PRIDE travels to college campuses across the country developing leadership among Hereford youth and raising awareness of issues facing the beef industry.
“PRIDE Convention is a fun-filled week of Hereford fellowship, leadership growth and industry knowledge,” Cassie Bacon, NJHA junior director says. “As directors, we hope that after attending PRIDE, NJHA members will be stronger leaders and will continue to be a voice for our association.”
“Home-Cooked Hereford Pride” is the theme for this summer's convention and the NJHA Board of Directors and MSU Department of Animal Sciences are working to harmonize an exciting and educational program for junior Hereford members and state junior association advisors. The convention will kick off in Starkville, Miss., on Aug. 2, with a welcome reception at MSU, followed by a pizza dinner and bowling.
An array of activities has been planned for convention attendees, including tours of three of the southeast's prominent Hereford operations. Activities include visits to Grandview Plantation, Como, Miss.; CMR Herefords, Senatobia, Miss.; the MSU Purebred Beef Center; and a judging contest, tour, steak dinner and dance at EE Hereford Ranch, Winona, Miss.
Along with educational tours, an energetic keynote speaker will address the PRIDE delegation. Heather Schultz, Atlanta, Ga., a professional speaker for more than 16 years, believes in young people and the important role they play in the world. Schultz has worked with HBO and appeared in People magazine, as well as on numerous radio and television specials. She will also host a leadership/team-building workshop on Friday.
“PRIDE is a reward to the members after all the hard work that is put into junior national activities,” Bacon says. “Don't be fooled, we will challenge you at PRIDE, but you will also have a great time! If you are interested in making solid connections in this industry, you should plan to attend PRIDE.”
July 1 is the registration deadline and the cost is $175, which will cover registration fee, lodging and meals. For more information about the 2007 PRIDE Convention, contact Chris Stephens, American Hereford Association director of youth activities, at (816) 842-3757 or visit www.jrhereford.org.
The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA's mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit www.jrhereford.org.