We had a really good meeting last Saturday. Thanks to all who came and I hope to see more of you soon!
The minutes have not been recorded as of yet but we talked about lots of good things.
Here are some short term goals:
There was buzz about being available for the National Show in March of 2016. For all of you who would be willing to participate in volunteering for whatever needs to be done or manning a booth, start checking your calendars! We want to have a good showing for Indiana at the National Show! The show dates are March 17-20, 2016 and will be in Fort Wayne at the War Memorial Coliseum. Hopefully, we will have more of an idea of what will be needed from us by our next meeting.
We discussed the availability of agritourism signs. These have been available in the past but it has been about three years ago. By Indiana state law, those who participate in agritourism should have one of these signs posted. Here is the link to the actual House bill with all of the requirements listed. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2011/EH/EH1133.1.html
This sign meets all of the Indiana posting requirements. If you would like to order one (or more) please contact me. I will be talking to the company in Brazil who originally created these signs. Three years ago the cost was $35 and some change, including postage from Brazil, IN. I would plan on at least that much as I'm sure that costs have increased, although, the more signs purchased, the better the discount! There is a picture of the sign on the Facebook feed for Indiana Alpaca Association for those who want a look at it.
We also had a discussion on hosting a fiber workshop focusing on processing/blending. We will be trying to utilize as many experts from Indiana, for this and other future events, as possible. Our member at large, Jana Melton, will be doing some research on this for us. Thanks Jana!
We discussed the possibility of a "farm tour schedule" for Indiana Alpaca farms so we can meet some of our own alpaca farms and get to know one another better.
Here is one long term goal:
The FFA will be back in Indiana in October of 2016. We are working on being in contact with the FFA to see where they can use our help and to have a presence during the convention. Although this is a year away, please consider looking at your calendars now to see if you are available.
We have a new member as of last Sunday. Thank you to the Vance family for joining forces with the IAA! We did some sharing of how to get involved with local 4-H groups.
We also had a short discussion on working toward being mentors to those around us. Not only as individuals but as an Association.
As soon as we have the meeting minutes recorded, we will post them for availability. Thank you Tom Rearick for taking care of the details here.
Thank you to all those who took time out of their busy schedules for the meeting this last Saturday! We can't be of use to anyone without TEAMWORK!! Hope to see you all with more great new ideas soon!
Lastly, we will be looking at Sunday, October 18, 2015 for our next meeting. 2:00p.m. Location to be announced.