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It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce the passing of Pat Showalter.
The first registered Kinder goats were bred by Pat, and she has been an active breeder and member of the KGBA every since. Pat was always very generous with her time and knowledge, and was integral to the creation and success of our the Kinder goat and the association.
Pat was more than just her goats, though… she was an accomplished artist. She saw beauty in everything and represented it in a wide range of media, including everything from textiles to soap. She was a woman with strong feelings about the world around her, and she stood up for what she believed in. She will be dearly missed by the many people who’s lives she has touched.
Our hearts go out to Pat and all of her friends and family.
Over the past week, ballots were sent out to all current members. Unfortunately, there was a mistake on them. We have two members running for our open Member at Large position. Their bios were included in the most recent newsletter, as were the ballots. The bio accurately reflects the names of both candidates, but the ballot does not. Please note the Travis Johnson was incorrectly listed as Travis Durham on the ballot. These are the same person. Our deepest apologies to Travis and our members for any confusion this may have caused.
With the continued expansion of our member base, and Kinder goats becoming more popular by the day, we realized the need for an updated Region Map. It’s not too different from the old one, but should be a great way to help members develop community with other Kinder owners and breeders in their area! To further this goal, we are also rolling out KGBA sanctioned Facebook groups in order to facilitate growth and networking among members and members-to-be! Each group will adopt the same group rules and guidelines as the main umbrella group, Kinder Goat Folks, in order to maintain a civil and upbeat group where all are welcome! Each group will also have at least one Board member as an Admin in case of emergency, but will be primarily admin’d by someone local to that region. Additional intent for these groups is to ensure that information about Kinder goats, opportunities for Kinder owners and breeders, communications from the KGBA BOD, etc, will be accurate and reliable. There may be other unofficial groups that claim to encourage growth and development of Kinders, but those not run or monitored by the association may not be accurate or credible. Please do not assume that claims, comments, or advice, made in other groups reflect the views of the KGBA, or discussions in unofficial groups will be seen or addressed by Board members.
Here is the updated Region Map
Hello KGBA Members!!
If you have been an active member since March 1st of this year and are interested in helping the association, please consider volunteering for a board position.
Board members attend monthly board meetings via conference call, take part in various committees and work to promote the Kinder goat in accordance to our bylaws. Specific descriptions of each position can be found at www.kindergoatbreeders.com/bylaws.html
The elected term is 1-3 years, with directors spending an average of 5-10 hours a month managing the affairs of the association. All positions are volunteer and therefor unpaid positions. If interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before September 24th. Please include a short (no more than half-page) bio to be included with ballots when expressing interest in candidacy. Hopefully we will see new faces with new ideas on the upcoming ballots!
We have had a number of people recently request that their paperwork be rushed for shows or sales. While we try to honor all of these requests and do everything we can to assist our breeders in selling and showing their Kinders, we can’t always do so.
Spring and summer are busy times of year for everyone including the volunteers that handle KGBA paperwork. As an association made up entirely of volunteers, we do not offer rushing paperwork as a service because we cannot always guarantee that we will be able to fill these rush requests. All paperwork goes through a two-step process in order to ensure accuracy, and this process takes time as well as manpower. With our limited volunteer base, things can be delayed by the illness or vacation of one volunteer. This is why we recommend getting paperwork in as soon as possible. If for some reason you do need paperwork rushed, we ask that you contact the KGBA directly PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR PAPERWORK to find out if your request can be filled. Requests are handled on a case by case basis, depending on many factors. Even when we agree to try to return your paperwork quickly, getting things back to you by a specific day is never guaranteed.
Normally, paperwork is processed in the order in which it is received, so asking for things to be rushed inevitably slows down the process for other people’s paperwork. Please keep this in mind and be considerate when making special requests.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary, John James, Kinders have made the news again!
John has been working tirelessly to create a youth program for the KGBA. The program will include many fun and educational opportunities for youth members of the association, one being the doe chain described in the article. For more information about the Doe Chain or the Yourh Program in general, please contact John James at email@example.com.
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