Indianapolis, Ind. - 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

2016 highlights

The Auxiliary celebrated the inaugural year for its mentorship program, an effort developed to match veteran Auxiliary members with young women or National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members who have aged out of their junior status. The program made more than 20 matches between young women and their mentors in its first year.
Another high point for the Auxiliary was the Full Circle Online Auction, hosted through Nearly 60 bidders participated in the auction, with several bidders participating from outside the Angus business, Rogen noted. The auction helped the organization raise more than $11,000, and Rogen said the Auxiliary plans to host the event again next year.
Interested consignors can contact committee members Julie Murnin at, Cortney Hill-Dukehart Cates at, or Jena Wagner at
For more news from the Angus Convention, tune in for The Angus Report the week of Nov. 21 on RFD-TV. The 30-minute news program airs at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday and 1:30 p.m. CST each Saturday on RFD-TV. Additional coverage will be available in the Angus Journal and online.
Summaries, speaker presentations, photos, videos and much more can be found online at

About the American Angus Auxiliary

The American Angus Auxiliary consists of individuals interested in the welfare of the Angus breed. Its members work to provide educational activities for junior Angus members, such as scholarship programs, awards and competitions.
For more information about the American Angus Auxiliary, visit

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