Three individuals were inducted into the Honorary Angus Foundation during the 2014 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Indianapolis, IN.
Bill and Betty Werner of Werner Angus, Cordova, IL, are known for a positive legacy of gift giving to Angus youth. Most recently, the couple donated $50,000 to the Angus Foundation to establish a permanent endowment fund that will provide a $2,500 scholarship to the recipient of the NJAA Outstanding Leadership Award, in memory of Jim Baldridge.
The Werners dedication to Angus youth and the Angus Foundation is displayed year after year through multiple contributions, including general donations, golf tournament sponsorships and silent auction contributions. Their support of the NJAA Outstanding Leadership Award will impact Angus youth for generations to come, as the award is given to a deserving NJAA member each year at the NJAS.
The recognition will now be known as the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award. Becky Tiedemann, Baldridge's daughter, says the family is proud, pleased and humbled by the Werners' donation.
"Bill and Betty's passion for helping Angus youth is unparalleled," says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. "Through their encouraging words and financial support, the Werners are deserving of this recognition for all they have done for the Angus breed and youth over the years."
Bill was raised in northeast Iowa where he started showing cattle and hogs at the age of 10. When looking to expand his herd, Werner looked for cattle with the traits he wanted and Angus were the answer. He became a lifetime member of the American Angus Association in 1975 and has raised Angus cattle ever since.
Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, NE, have generously supported Angus youth by purchasing the Angus Foundation Heifer Package in Denver, CO, for two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014. Thanks to their investment in the future, the Angus Foundation has been better equipped to fund scholarships and other leadership programs for Angus youth.
"The Herbsters' enthusiasm has helped pave the way into the future for the next generation," Jenkins said. "This is what makes them worthy inductees for this year's Honorary Angus Foundation."
The Herbster Family has been in agriculture for over 160 years. When Charles was 11 years old, his grandmother bought him 65 Angus cows, which began what is known today as Herbster Angus Farms. Besides the cattle, Charles W. and Judy own the Conklin Company, a national manufacturer and distributor of animal and agricultural products.
In 2013, the Herbsters were recognized as Lifetime Angus Builder at the Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition Event in Louisville, KY.
"It is an honor to be an example for the Angus youth," said Herbster, after purchasing the 2014 Angus Foundation Heifer Package. "It is a privilege for us to pass this on to the next generation.
Murl and Lucian Richardson of Richardson McClung Ranch, Fort Worth, TX, have been supporters of Angus youth for many years through the Angus Foundation and their home state of Texas. Through their generous contributions to the Texas Challenge and major gifts each year, the Richardsons have been role models for other Angus breeders in Texas and across the nation with their charitable giving.
"Recognized this past November for achieving the Lifetime Angus Patron giving level, Murl and Lucian's unrestricted giving to the Angus Foundation has played a crucial role in our ability to award general undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year," Jenkins said.
Murl became involved in the Angus breed when he and Lucian started dating more than 60 years ago. He learned the business through Lucian's father at the McClung Ranch, which operated at the time in southern Oklahoma and central Texas. The ranch, just west of Fort Worth in Rising Star, TX, is currently home to 400 Angus cows.
"Murl and Lucian are, without a doubt, two of the nicest, most genuine people I've had the privilege of getting to know," said Radale Tiner, American Angus Association regional manager for Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. "Since becoming the regional manager, I've had the opportunity to get to know them better. After meeting them, you soon realize they are passionate about family, friends and Angus cattle."
In 1985, the NJAA Board of Directors established the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and thank those who have shown incredible support of Angus youth. Seven Angus breeders were honored as the first inductees, and each year the NJAA honors a maximum of three individuals. Any member of the American Angus Association is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation.