Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ballots Are Out

Hello, Everyone!

Thanks to the hard work of our secretary, John James, ballots have been mailed out for next year's Board of Directors. Please exercise your rights as members by completing and returning them by October 31st. Along with the ballots, you will find a list of candidates and a brief introduction of each person. There is also a space for write-in candidates for each position, and we welcome any interested members to join the race and campaign for a position!

If you can't run now, but think you might want to next year, please contact us any time - we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we'll keep you informed when election time roles around again.

You will also notice a space at the bottom of the ballots for comments. Please take time to include any comments, suggestions or concerns. These anonymous comments will be compiled and discussed by the board at upcoming meetings. Where necessary, resolutions or responses will be posted on the communique.

Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm and support - we couldn't do it without you!

Meet The Candidates

Sue Beck:
Hello everyone! My name is Sue, and I have a small farm in Southeastern Wisconsin, where I spend my time working at a small animal veterinary clinic, raising 3 children and juggling what some say is way too many animals and activities. But seriously – is there any such thing as too many Kinder goats??
I have been on the KGBA board for six years now, and have enjoyed the opportunity to help promote our great goats and get to know so many of our wonderful members. Our association is unlike any other that I have been a part of, and I feel honored to be a part of it. Thank you all for giving me the chance to serve for the last six years. If re-elected, I will continue working hard to ensure the continued growth and success of our wonderful association. 

Ashley Kennedy:
Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy, owner of Still Meadow Kinders in Colorado. I have been raising Kinder goats since 2002, and after 15 years I can say I'm more committed than ever! I have served on the KGBA BOD in the capacity of Vice President for 4 years, the last 3 consecutive. We have an incredible member base, and it's a pleasure to serve them in their goals to pursue all that the Kinder goat has to offer! Moving forward I'd like to assist in accomplishing breed improvement programs. Between getting more Kinders on Milk Test, establishing an Evaluation/Appraisal program, further documenting their efficient meat capabilities, etc. We have the best breed in the world, and one of the most committed and enthusiastic breeder bases! So I'd love nothing more than to enable our members to prove these awesome goats are just as good as we say they are :)
I look forward to hopefully serving you all again next year!

John James:
I have been raising goats for almost  30 years and have had Kinder Goats  for five of those. My wife and I have fallen in love with this breed and enjoyed representing the Association and Breed at the recent Mother Earth News Fair.  
My passion for working with  4H youth has led me to work with  other KGBA  members  to develop a youth program for the Kinder Goat Breeders Association that should  be ready to implement on a trial basis in 2018. 
I have two  goals within the Association: 1. Make sure I am providing thorough and timely communications with the Board minutes and briefs. 2.  Develop a youth program we can use to encourage youth  to develop and promote the breed. 

Lisa LaRose:
Hello. My name is Lisa LaRose. I live in Southern Illinois with my husband of 24 years, and I have a Kinder Herd with my daughter Kelsee Gibbs. We have about 28 does and 8 bucks. We have been raising Kinders for about 7 years and mutt goats before that. We work hard to improve our herd each year and advance the reputation of the Kinder breed. We have sold goats coast to coast and enjoy having people visit our farm to see what they are about. We even have Kinders at the St Louis Zoo in the Children’s Petting Zoo. I am running for Treasurer for 2016 and I have been doing this job for a year now. I am happy to continue serving the KGBA in whatever capacity you, as the members need me to. Thank you.

Julie Snider:
Hello, my name is Julie Snider and I am co-owner with my husband, Tim Snider, of Mount Vernon Kinders in north central Oklahoma. I am running for the position of Member-at-Large.
A little bit about me, I am currently a part-time early-childhood substitute teacher and stay-at-home mom. We have three teenage children that test my sanity on a daily basis. Our 110 acre farm is approximately thirty miles northeast of Stillwater, Oklahoma where my husband is a professor at Oklahoma State University in the Veterinary College. We share our farm with a small herd of cattle, horses, 2 show sheep, 17 head of Kinder goats, free-ranging chickens, four large and odorous farm dogs, and three kittens. I enjoy hiking our land with our dogs, gardening, photography, pursuing quality time with my family, and of course nurturing my goat herd. 
My original desire to go with Kinders stems from my own personal belief to make the most of what you have. And since the Kinder offers so much regarding its dual purpose, durability, mid-size, and fantastic feed efficiency it seemed the right choice for us as a family. 
Our journey with the Kinder breed started a little over five years ago after purchasing a doeling and buckling. Since then, we have learned so much about goat husbandry in general and become more educated in what to look for and achieve regarding Kinder breed standards. Our herd currently consists of eleven does, four bucks, and two wethers. 
Over these past five years I've gotten to know so many wonderful people involved in the KGBA as well as received valuable advice, educated information, and welcomed encouragement in bettering our herd. The KGBA community is a wonderfully unique and supportive group that I am so proud to be a part. 
Lastly, the Kinder breed speaks for itself and is truly a well-rounded goat. I can honestly say there is no other breed of goat that I feel this strongly about. My future goals are to help establish a new line of Kinders and the promotion of the Kinder breed. I hope to help make the Kinder breed a known breed among the agricultural community locally, statewide, and beyond.  I would appreciate your vote for the position of Member-at-Large.  Thank you!

Stephanie Lounsbury Griffin:
I live in Central Washington state in a small town called Ellensburg.   Rural ag in character, it was our chance to escape from the city.  Seattle had outgrown its charm and the country was calling.  We started with a huge garden, then chickens and turkeys.  Life was good.
And then I drank the koolaid, goat's milk!  "We're getting goats!"  I proclaimed.  "Great," she said.  Drunk on baby goats and the delicious milk, I dismissed her lack of enthusiasm and moved forward with my plans.  
What kind of goats do I want?  What breed?  How many?  I need to build a barn and fencing and buy all kinds of goat gear!  Oh, the possibilities!  This was ideal for a person who LOVES research once an idea gets under my skin.  And so I did.... research, that is.  It was an exciting time, indeed!  
Then I met a woman at a housewarming party.  She had to excuse herself early because, she explained, "I need to go home and milk my goats."  What?!?!  "Milk your goats?"  I asked.  Of course I had to know everything, including what kind of goats she had.  "Kinder goats," she said.  And the rest is history.  Debbie Young, this is all your fault!  
I brought my first two Kinder doelings home from Zederkamm Farm in the fall of 2012.  My herd has grown (shocker!) since then.  I have eight does/doelings, two bucks and two companion wethers.  In addition to everything they provide, these wonderful goats are my friends.  I promote our breed at every opportunity and I look forward to doing more of that in the future.  As a member at large, I would like to help the KGBA and its members grow as an organization.   This growth should be thoughtful and build on the foundation already in place.  We have the best goats in the world and it's time to share our secret!  I would be honored to be a member at large.  Thank You!

Kim Moff:
My name is Kimberly Moff from Rustic Acres Farm in Berlin Center, Ohio.  My husband, Duane, and I,have been breeding and developing the Kinder Goats on our farm for 28 years.  We are both Charter members of the Kinder Goat Association. On our 100 acre farm, we have also raised Boer Goats, Registered Pygmy Goats, Peidmontese Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Horses and Mini Horses and our one llama, Doolittle.  I am the Manager for the Mahoning County Junior Fair in Canfield, Ohio for over 20 years and have worked as an Agricultural Educator at Mill Creek MetroParks teaching school children about agriculture for over 15 years.  28 years ago, I decided I wanted a dual purpose goat that could be used for milk and provide meat on our farm that I could raise with my family.  With much research, I found this newly developed breed know as the Kinder Goat and fell in love.  With my husband's experience as a Dairy Specialist for Coba/Select Sires, we developed several lines of our own as our foundation herd and worked diligently to improve our herd as we bred and moved through the generations each year.  Over 20 years ago,  I established a Kinder Goat Junior Fair Show at our county fair.  I have worked with others to help establish new herds and to promote the Kinder Goats in Ohio, as well as other states.  I have worked with local youth members who have expressed interest in the Kinder Goats and have started them off by purchasing their first youth memberships and registering their Kinder Goats purchased at my farm.  My children have had the opportunity to show, raise and fall in love with the Kinder Goats on our farm, and now are all in college.  Now, I would like to offer my experience,knowledge, talents and new found empty nest time to help with the promotion of the Kinder Goats and the Association.  I would like to be a part of making a great future for this wonderful, dual purpose breed.

Derek Eddy:
Hello my name is Derek Eddy and I’m running in the kgba elections. I have been raising and breeding kinder goats since 2000 starting in 4-h/ffa and sticking with this wonderful breed into my adult life. I operate Derek’s Kinders with my partner in central Wisconsin. We are currently participating in dhi (milk testing) and would like to continue with appraisals and showing. If elected to the board I hope to make dhi (milk testing) and appraisals more easily accessible and continue to improve the wonderful kinder goat breed. Thanks for your consideration of your vote. I am very passionate about the kinder breed and would like to see them as a proven true dual purpose animal. As a fellow breeder I look forward to working with everyone to make the best breed better. For I believe that Kinders are the best breed. I am currently breeding my herd with emphasis on milk production as well as maintaining the dual purpose ability that makes the kinder breed great. Thanks for your consideration.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Calling All Members!!!

Have you ever considered running for a position on the KGBA board? If so, now is the time!

The KGBA nominating committee is currently accepting volunteers and recommendations for the annual election.  Any person holding an individual membership effective as of March 1st is eligible to be a candidate or recommend another for a position.


Thinking about running? Please consider your decision carefully - becoming a board member is a wonderful way to help our Association grow and improve and we want all the help we can get, but it takes time and commitment to make things happen! Directors serve without compensation. The elected term is 1-3 years, with directors spending an average of 5-10 hours a month managing the affairs of the association.

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

If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone else for a position, please contact us via email at frankenmonk@gmail.com prior to September 20th. Please consider submitting a half-page bio (to be included with ballots) when you express your interest in becoming a candidate. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sanctioned Kinder Show This November!

The North Carolina Pygmy Goat Club would like to invite you to the Festival of Kinders show at The Windmill
Lakes Event Center in Liberty, NC on November 11, 2017. We are excited to offer KGBA Sanctioned classes
for those that would like to participate. We welcome spectators as well as exhibitors to join with us in the
show. Pens will be provided for a small fee.

This is an exciting opportunity to show your goats under 3 different judges in 3 separate sanctioned shows. We hope that you will consider attending this year's show with your Kinder goats. Shows are a wonderful way to meet other breeders, market your goats and make great memories. This year the KGBA is also offering some exciting new incentives - premiums of $100 to Grand Champion and $50 to Reserve Grand Champion winners at all sanctioned Kinder shows. 

Have a question or concern? Please don't hesitate to contact Kim Shunney for more information.

The show bill for all three shows can be found at the link below:


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's Show Time!

The Missouri State Fair has one of the few shows currently sanctioned by the Kinder Goat Breeders Association. It took years of hard work and dedication to make this show a reality, and it has become the longest running annual Kinder show in the world. Unfortunately, we now risk losing this show for lack of participation. 

If you have the time and ability, we ask that you consider attending this year's show with your Kinder goats. Shows are a wonderful way to meet other breeders, market your goats and make great memories. This year the KGBA is also offering some exciting new incentives - premiums of $100 to Grand Champion and $50 to Reserve Grand Champion winners at all sanctioned Kinder shows. 
 
At this point, entries for all classes will be considered late and incur an additional late fee, but in order to encourage more entries the KGBA is also offering to reimburse breeders for any late entry fees, and assist our members in any other ways that we can. Have a question or concern? Please don't hesitate to contact Leah Rennick, Lisa LaRose or myself. 

Late entries will only be accepted until the end of this month, so please register quickly if you would like to help us make this show a success. 

Below are links to the show bill and entry forms for the MO State Fair. The show will take place on Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th. Goats must be at the fair grounds on Friday evening. 

Thank you and good luck!
Sue Beck
KGBA President


Friday, March 31, 2017

Association Disciplinary Procedures

Occasionally issues arise within an association that warrant address by the Board of Directors. When issues do occur, it is important that all parties be treated equitably and without prejudice. By clearly outlining the policies and procedures used to address issues, we hope to ensure the fair treatment of all of our members. 

The KGBA Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures have been created and unanimously accepted by the KGBA Board of Directors. While most votes by the BOD simply require a quorum majority in order to pass, modifications of these documents require the unanimous support of the entire BOD.


KGBA Disciplinary Procedures

Complaints
A complaint may relate to a personal grievance, a collective grievance or an alleged breach of the KGBA Code of Conduct or other serious matter.

Raising an issue informally
It is anticipated that most issues can be resolved at local level between the parties involved, ie between members themselves, or with the assistance of another member, Chapter Leader or individual Board member. For individuals uncomfortable addressing an issue directly, a complaint can also be sent to any Board member and addressed informally while maintaining complainant’s anonymity. The sooner an issue is raised informally the better as it can often be resolved quickly and in a low key manner. 
Where this is not possible/appropriate or where such an approach fails to address the matter satisfactorily, the formal complaints procedure should be followed.

Formal Complaints
This procedure is intended to be used only where issues cannot be resolved at local level with other members or local leaders. The aim of this procedure is to ensure that all association members and affiliates act in a manner designed to protect the good name of the KGBA.

Disciplinary Procedure
Formal complaints must be submitted in writing to the KGBA’s primary address, clearly stating the issue and relevant details and signed by the Complaining Party. The complaint should identify any efforts (where applicable) that were made to try and resolve the matter personally or at a local level. Complaints relating to the misrepresentation as to the pedigree of any animal bred or owned by him/her; the willful misrepresentation of facts concerning any animal owned or bred by him/her; the use of fraud, deception or misrepresentation in securing any membership offered by the Association; or any conduct detrimental to the Association will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure. Conduct detrimental to the Association is defined as any conduct which tends to injure the good name of the Association, disturb its well-being, hampers it in its work or violates its Code of Conduct.

All complaints will be submitted to the Board of Directors. If the Board determines the complaint justified, the Association will send a copy of the complaint to the Respondent by certified mail at the Respondent’s last known address as reflected in the Association records. Within twenty-one (21) days of Respondent’s receipt of the complaint from the Board of Directors, the Respondent may file an answer to the complaint setting forth any defense to the charges in the complaint or any other matter Respondent believes helpful to the resolution of the Complaint. The answer shall be sent to the current address of the Association’s principal place of business. Once the board has received the complaint and response, or the time for receiving a response has expired, the Board of Directors shall address the complaint and response. If the complaint is deemed justified, a hearing will be conducted within sixty (60) days. At least a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members of the Board of Directors voting shall be required for the acceptance of any disciplinary action taken against a member. If a complaint is brought against a Board member, he shall recuse himself from taking part in any aspect of the complaint procedure, investigation of misconduct or hearing process. If a Board member becomes a Complainant, he shall strictly limit his participation in the complaint process to that of a Complainant and shall recuse himself from otherwise participating in any other aspect of the complaint procedure, investigation of misconduct or hearing process. Any issue, procedural or otherwise, that arises during the complaint process that is not specifically covered by this Article, shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

The disciplinary action available to the Board as to both members and non-members includes, but is not limited to any one or more of the following (in order, based on severity of misconduct):

·         An informal warning as to future conduct
·         A formal (recorded) warning as to future conduct
·         Require a letter or apology within a specified time
·         Denial of privilege to advertise in KGBA official publications
·         Revocation of participation privileges in all KGBA approved events (including sanctioned shows) for a definite or indefinite period
·         Denial of privilege to judge or evaluate Kinder goats for a definite or indefinite period
·         Revocation of participation in KGBA board, groups or committees for a definite or indefinite period
·         Revocation or denial of membership privileges or access to KGBA services for a definite or indefinite period of time
·         Permanently terminated membership privileges
·         Suspension of the use of any registered herd names
·         Terminating in whole or in part a participating non-member’s access to KGBA services
·         Taking any other lawful action the Board deems appropriate
·         Registration certificates may be corrected or cancelled and registration applications denied if deemed false or fraudulent

Appeal
The member or members have the right to appeal the outcome of the KGBA Board/Disciplinary Committee’s decision. An appeals Board will be established by the President, consisting of one Board member and at least two independent club members from outside the Committee. This decision shall be final and binding.

No Duty: Nothing in the KGBA bylaws or disciplinary procedures shall impose any duty or obligation on the KGBA to either initially investigate or continue to investigate any complaint, or to enforce any purported contract or agreement between the parties to any transactions. In the event any court action is commenced which relates, mentions or pertains, in any manner, to a complaint, KGBA, in its sole discretion, may either temporarily or permanently terminate its investigation.

Animal Abuse - Upon review by the Board of Directors, a member found guilty of animal abuse in a civil or criminal court will automatically be reviewed by the Board of Directors and, if deemed appropriate, expelled from membership and denied use of the registry and its services. If the individual is not a member, he/she may be denied future membership and use of the registry and its services.


**No Director or member shall serve as a hearing officer or member of a hearing committee who has a financial interest in the outcome of the proceeding. 

KGBA Code of Conduct

The Kinder Goat Breeders Association, its directors and members strive to always reflect the highest standards of honesty, good will and integrity. The KGBA and its members have a responsibility to do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable acts. Our moral values must be certain and positive so that others will be influenced by our example. This code applies to all members that breed and sell Kinder goats as well as those attending KGBA events, discussions, meetings, and using social media. Violating our Code of Conduct demeans the integrity of our Association and devalues our goats and our purpose. Violating the KGBA Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary actions as described in the KGBA Disciplinary Procedures.

Members of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association, and its public forums and events, subscribe to the following Code of Ethics. They are committed to conducting themselves in a manner that:

  1. Reflects the goals, philosophy, and procedures as set forth by the KGBA.
  2. Honors the core values of integrity, respect, and accountability, as this is at the heart of everything that we do.
  3. Maintains a high level of ethical behavior.
  4. Refrains from creating disharmony in the Association by attacking the good will of other members or the organization; the flaming of a member or officer on the web or in public constitutes creating disharmony.
  5. Reflects stateliness and integrity at any breed organization function in such a manner as to enhance the image of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association over oneself; to refrain from misrepresenting the organization; to respect the Officers of the Association.
  6. Expresses good sportsmanship in all activities.
  7. Refrains from a conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
  8. Refrains from threatening actions, poor language, or unnecessary criticism of other breeders or their goats.


In addition, they commit to:
  1. Maintain accurate individual records so that the Kinder Goat Breeders Association and Registry is accurate overall.
  2. Provide accurate and appropriate registration documents to purchasers of one's breeding stock.
  3. Utilize safe animal husbandry practices to insure the health and well being of one’s Kinder herd.
  4. Treat our animals kindly and humanely.
  5. Be candid and forthright in dealing with the public and potential purchasers of one's stock.
  6. Be knowledgeable about the Kinder Goat Breed Standard and thoroughly familiar with the various faults one may encounter in a breeding program in order to preserve and protect the authenticity of the gene pool.
  7. Always maintain integrity in dealings and make every effort to maintain a good breed standard.
  8. To help educate the general public as well as to assist the novice breeder.

**KGBA does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, economic status, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

***This Code of Conduct passed by vote of officers of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association February 13, 2017.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

KGBA Proposes By-Law Changes

If you are a current member of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association, you have recently received a Bylaw Amendment Proposal in the mail. If changes to the KGBA bylaws are made, they will affect the Association for years to come and should not be taken lightly. The Board of Directors has carefully considered whether or not these changes are truly needed, and and we unanimously agree that they are necessary and beneficial to the association. We ask that you consider them as carefully as we have, - ask questions, have discussions and consider how they will affect the entire association now and in the future. Once you have made your decision, please vote! The success of our association depends on the interest and involvement of our membership.


  

KGBA BYLAW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

To remain a vital and relevant non-profit organization, the KGBA must be adaptable, exchanging practices that don’t work for ones that do.  At times, it becomes necessary to amend or change the bylaws to reflect working precedents set by past administrations, and to allow the association to run more smoothly and effectively in years to come.


Accordingly, the Board is advancing several bylaw proposals this year.  What follows are the existing bylaws in question and the changes that are being proposed. The KGBA Board of Directors has approved the proposed bylaw changes, and is presenting them for consideration by the general membership of the Kinder Goat Breeders Association. Please note that any changes to the bylaws require a majority vote of members. 

1) ARTICLE XV - AMMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS - AMENDMENTS BY MEMBERSHIP -
Proposal – To allow for future amendments to the Kinder Goat Breeders Bylaws even in cases of low voter turnout, by changing the requirement for amendment to require a “simple majority vote” rather than a “majority of the eligible voting membership.”
(Currently, if we have 1000 members who are eligible to vote, at least 501 of them must vote for the bylaw change in order for it to pass.)

EXISTING BYLAW: These by-laws may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting or special meeting of the membership, provided that the majority of the eligible voting membership vote in favor of such amendment or repeal, and provided further that copies of the proposed by-law changes have been furnished to each voting member by mail or hand delivered NOT LESS THAN TEN (10) DAYS preceding the meeting at which such proposed changes are adopted or rejected.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT: These by-laws may be amended or repealed at any regular meeting or special meeting of the membership, provided that the simple majority vote in favor of such amendment or repeal, and provided further that copies of the proposed by-law changes have been furnished to each voting member by mail or hand delivered NOT LESS THAN TEN (10) DAYS preceding the meeting at which such proposed changes are adopted or rejected.

2) ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Proposal – to implement a standard of behavior by which all members are expected to adhere, (and allow the Association to hold members accountable for their actions) by adding the following Article Sections to existing Bylaws:

PROPOSED AMENDMENT: Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
Membership in the Association is a privilege, not a right. Any member or non-member who violates in any manner the Code of Conduct or any other rule or regulation duly adopted by the Board of Directors; commits any act of deception to the Association or any attempt to deceive the Association, a member or nonmember in regards to the ownership or pedigree of any KGBA registered animal, or in supplying information for the Association’s records; whose behavior is deemed to be detrimental or counter to the interests of the Association, its programs, policies, objectives, or its members; or whose conduct has or will endanger the welfare, good name or credit of the Association, may be sanctioned, censured, suspended or expelled from membership in the Association and denied all privileges of the Association, including, without limitation of the generality of the foregoing, the privilege of registrations or change in ownership of Kinder goats on the records of the Association by the process as outlined in the KGBA Disciplinary Procedures. Any changes to the Code of Conduct and/or Disciplinary Procedures must be approved by unanimous vote of the entire Board of Directors.

3) ESTABLISHMENT OF CHAPTERS, CLUBS AND GROUPS (REGIONAL, LOCAL OR SOCIAL MEDIA) 
Proposal – to implement a standard procedure for the establishment and dissolution of Chapters, Clubs and Groups affiliated with the Kinder Goat Breeders Association.
PROPOSED – establishment of KGBA (affiliated) chapters, groups, and clubs must be requested in writing as described in “Chapter, Club and Group Establishment,” and must be approved by a majority vote of the KGBA Board of Directors. Once established, will be considered official affiliates of the KGBA, and receive all associated benefits. Affiliates must follow all rules and procedures as described in “Chapter, Club and Group Establishment” documents. The Board of Directors may terminate the Association’s affiliation with any Chapter that does not adhere to Association Bylaws, Code of Conduct or engages in activities detrimental to the Association.