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DBweekly 14 A delegate’s perspective: NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION By Kathleen O’Keefe, National Holstein Convention Delegate The 128th National Holstein Convention took place in Indianapolis, IN this week and in the midst of the social events, cow sales and junior member competitions, the business of the Holstein Association was addressed during the Annual Meeting. Each year, the Annual Meeting extends over two days of the Convention and number of items are tackled by the voting delegate body – from reviewing the past year’s financial statements to electing the next slate of officers and directors. On the first day of each Annual Meeting, anyone (delegate or not) can attend and be recognized to speak on the floor to all of those in attendance. The Holstein Association allows for open segments of time for issues to be brought up from the membership. In some years, when there is a “hot button” issue, this open discussion can result in quite a number of people addressing the group. This year was relatively quiet, unlike past years when the role of the Holstein Association in milk marketing, dairy price legislation and genetic evaluations were hotly debated. After the general session in the morning on day one, the afternoon consists of regional caucuses in which the delegate body breaks down into smaller groups to discuss issues and to hear more extensively from those people running for President, Vice President or Director. Caucus time tends to engender more active discussion on a variety of topics as the smaller room and more informal environment seems to make people more comfortable. Each candidate running for a position is allowed a certain amount of time to speak and to answer questions, which come from the members and cover a wide array of subjects. As a delegate on day one, you can sit where ever you like with whomever you like, but on day two, the delegates sit together grouped by state. As a delegate from Wisconsin, business. As I’ve noted, it was a year without I was a member of the largest group (17 a contentious issue on the floor, so our job as delegates), which for size is followed closely delegates went pretty smoothly as we elected by Pennsylvania (14) and then New York (9). Glen Brown of Utah as President and Gordie The number of delegates for each state is Cook of Massachusetts as Vice President of determined by how many active Holstein Association members it A delegate from has. Every state (and Puerto Rico) California speaks is entitled to one delegate and on the floor to all an additional delegate for each in attendance on 150 active members after that. the first day of Delegates are elected by those Annual Meeting. active members to represent them at each year’s Convention. the Association. As the 128th Annual Meeting In addition to hearing the committee reports adjourned and the 123 members prepared to and acknowledging various National award head back to their farms across the country, winners, the delegate’s main job on day two the talk was already focused on how best to is to participate in the election of officers and move the Holstein Association forward in the directors and to vote for any resolutions, by-law next year leading up to the 129th National amendments or recommendations to the board Convention! that are put together as a result of that year’s