The second annual State Training and Angus Retreat (STAR) Conference was held on Feb. 28–March 3 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The STAR Conference focuses on building strong leadership skills, creating networking opportunities and strengthening communications between state Angus associations.

“The National Junior Angus Board developed STAR Conference to help initiate and enhance leadership skills, as well as build relationships between state associations,” said Caitlyn Brandt, event coordinator. “The conference had a packed schedule of events ranging from personal development workshops to getting to know the Angus Association.”

Funded by the Angus Foundation, the three-day schedule was jam-packed with activities, workshops and presentations to promote state junior officer and advisor growth. Only state presidents, vice presidents, secretaries and treasures are invited to attend. The weekend offered the opportunity for participants to recognize personal goals and then build a plan for success.

“STAR is different because it provides a unique opportunity for participants to interact and learn from their peers who hold roles of significance in different state associations,” Brandt said. “Attendees also got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on here at the American Angus Association office in St. Joe.”

To see photos from this year’s STAR Conference, visit the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) website. For more information, contact the events and education department at 816.383.5100 or

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