National Junior Angus Association Leaders attend STAR Conference

Katy Holdener Angus Communications
Farm Forum

National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) state association officers and advisors traveled to American Angus Association headquarters March 22-25 in St. Joseph, Missouri for the inaugural State Training and Angus Retreat (STAR) conference.

Twenty-two NJAA members and five adult leaders from 13 states were represented at the conference. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the Association office, network with staff and partake in leadership training exercises. Educational sessions ranged from public speaking, facilitating events, goal setting and brainstorming to social media etiquette, working show rings and resolving conflict.

NJAA Board Member and Membership Director Michaela Clowser crafted the idea for the first ever STAR conference and helped see it to fruition.

“The STAR conference exceeded any and all expectations we had,” said Association Events Coordinator Caitlyn Brandt. “The conference was extremely successful with nothing but good comments from both advisors and the junior members. Not only was the educational content extremely useful, but the networking and brainstorming among juniors from across the country was invaluable.”

For more information about a future STAR conference, visit the NJAA website, or contact the events and education department at 816.383.5100.