Wow... Can you believe it? Our coveted National Show & Convention is only weeks away.
The past couple of months have been a whirlwind and they give new meaning to, 'time flies when you are having fun!" For many graduating seniors, they are preparing for their next chapter in life. Congratulations to all and best wishes as you embark on this new journey. Go do amazing things in this great big world of ours. Dream big! Find something you love so you'll never truly have to work a day in your life. Reach for the moon... Even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars and who can go wrong with landing on the stars!
A few big things that are happening in JBBA land: we initiated our first ever gun raffle and it has proved to be a big success. We have sold almost all 1,000 available tickets. It was a heck of a deal, $30 a ticket with 30 chances to win a gun and the possibility of winning more than once. I'd like to thank the youth for their efforts in pushing ticket sales as well as everyone who supported the cause and purchased tickets. We have a limited amount of tickets left so if you are interested in purchasing some, please contact me at the BBU office. It's not too late to get in on the raffle fun. Our very own Lance Bauer and Darrell Glaser were two of the lucky winners to date. How about those odds!
We are also working hard behind the scenes gearing up for Nationals and are beyond excited about some of the new and improved contests and social activities we have planned for everyone. I am pleased with the Junior board's work and efforts.
I encourage everyone to read the Nationals Packet and Rules and Guidelines in its entirety before heading to Belton. They are available at www.beefmasters.org
. Please note that entries end July 1. No entries will be allowed after that date. We have a new video contest that awards participation points as well as points to the top placing winners that count towards the sought-after All Around award. I can't wait to see the creativity behind all the video submissions. Also new this year is points being awarded to the Photography contest. Photos are worth a thousand words and I'm just as excited to see all the awesome photos submitted. Let your imagination run wild, let those creative juices flow when submitting your entries. Don't forget the deadlines. Review each contest information and details to make sure your entries are eligible.
Everybody loves ice cream, right? I know I do! Well it so happens that the day we get to Nationals is National Ice Cream Day. So how could we pass up doing a little ice cream social to welcome everyone in honor of National Ice Cream day. I'm pleased to announce that Blue Bell will generously be donating ice cream for our "celebration." A huge shout out to our friends at Blue Bell for their donation.
There are still three scholarship programs that are accepting applications. I strongly encourage any eligible JBBA member to take full advantage of applying for these generous scholarships. See links below for more information.
I am pleased to introduce to you Miss Kaley Kelley, our JBBA/BBU summer intern. She started at the end of May and already has been a huge help with JBBA tasks. You all will get to meet her at Nationals. Read more about Kaley below.
Nationals will be a fun filled week of education, fellowship, friendly competition, and camaraderie. See you all down the "cattle trail" at our Beef in the Heart of Texas National Show & Convention. It's going to be one for the books.
I wish you MUCH.. Much learning, growth, greatness, happiness, dreams and goals!