American Angus Auxiliary celebrates 65 years

Farm Forum

This year, the American Angus Auxiliary celebrated 65 years of bringing together likeminded women, and fostering connections through a love and passion for the Angus business. The Auxiliary women pour their hearts into the breed’s future by connecting women, providing opportunities and guidance to Angus youth through scholarships, and educating consumers about the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand.

Women from across the country and Angus breed gathered for the Auxiliary’s annual events, held in conjunction with the Angus Convention Nov. 4-7 in Indianapolis, Ind. The organization hosted its Annual Meeting, Annual Auxiliary Breakfast, Miss American Angus competition, executive meeting, exclusive brunch and other social events.

The Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 6 saw the election of the organization’s 2016-2017 officers and regional directors. Members of the newly elected officer team are: President Julie Murnin, Huntley, Mont.; President-elect Leslie Mindemann, Sullivan, Wis.; Secretary/Treasurer Cindy Ahearn, Wills Point, Texas; and Advisor Shally Rogen, Brandon, S.D.

Auxiliary members welcomed Julie Murnin of Huntley, Mont. as their new president. She is a past regional director for the Auxiliary and vice president of the Montana Angus Auxiliary. She and her husband, Jared, who serves as general manager for ORIgen Genetic Services, are advisors for the Montana Junior Angus Association.

“This year, I’m looking forward to working with the team we have,” Murnin said. “It’s a great bunch of ladies.”

Elected to serve as secretary/treasurer was Cindy Ahearn of Wills Point, Texas. She is a member of the Texas Angus Association and Texas Angus Auxiliary, and previously served as Region 2 director for the American Angus Auxiliary. Ahearn and her husband, Mark, own and operate Turner Meadow Ranch in Wills Point.

Leslie Mindemann, Sullivan, Wis., will serve as the organization’s president-elect. Mindemann previously served as secretary/treasurer and has been a junior advisor, Region 5 director, leader in both the Wisconsin Angus Association and the Wisconsin Auxiliary Association and chair for the 2002 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Milwaukee.

Retiring President Shally Rogen, Brandon, S.D., has been active in the American Angus Auxiliary for nearly 20 years. Rogen and her family raise registered-Angus cattle in southeastern South Dakota. She has served as an Auxiliary regional director for five years, and has been an advisor to the South Dakota Junior Angus Association for 17 years.

The Auxiliary’s 2016-2017 Regional Directors are: Region 1, Cara Ayres, Oregon; Region 2, Vivian Wolf, Texas; Region 3, Karla Knapp, Iowa; Region 4, Melanie Kiani, Mississippi; Region 5, Deanna Hofing, Indiana; and Region 6, Gina Hope, Virginia. Regional Directors are a source of information for interested members throughout the country. Regions 1, 2 and 3 were voted on this year and will serve a three-year term.

Annual traditions

The Auxiliary hosted their Annual Auxiliary Breakfast Nov. 6 at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, preceding the Angus Convention’s Angus University. Jeff Gore, cowboy minister and musician, and his wife, Donna, provided uplifting entertainment.

Anne Lampe of Scott City, Kan., received the Distinguished Woman Award in recognition of her dedication and service to the Auxiliary. Miss American Angus Jera Pipkin gave an emotional address to the audience as she recounted her year as ambassador to the breed.

Angus Convention attendees enjoyed the Angus Gift Barn, perhaps the Auxiliary’s most favored fundraiser. Angus-inspired clothing, jewelry, household items, framed prints and much more were available for purchase in the trade show. To shop online, visit