The 2018 Thomas Foods International Angus Youth Roundup Special Dinner Dance and Auction was held on January 13 at the Albury Commercial Club with 340 people attending.
An important part of the special dinner dance was to award the Cornell Shield, the Stewart Award, and the prestigious Trans-Tasman Exchange Scholarship.
The Cornell Shield, in memory of the tireless work done by David and Kathleen Cornell to set up the Australian Angus Youth movement, was awarded to Murk Schoen, Coordinator of the 2018 Roundup.
Angus Australia’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Diana Wood commended Murk for the outstanding job he did in the organisation of the 2018 event.
‘To see someone like Murk, backed by his wife Kate and his committee run such a successful event was fantastic. Having watched both Murk and Kate start their Angus Youth journey a number of years ago as Roundup participants, to now coordinating the event is great to see and should provide today’s participants to stay involved,’ she said.
The Stewart award recognising someone who has contributed a large amount of time to the Angus Youth program was awarded to Jasmin Nixon.
Jasmin has many number of years, having been a participant and then becoming a committee member.
‘Jasmin’s wealth of knowledge and passion for the program have been an asset to Angus Youth and for the Angus Youth program to be able to help shape young leaders in the industry like Jasmin is a credit to the program,’ said Angus Australia, Director, Dean Fredericksen upon presenting Jasmin with this award.
The final presentation of the night was the Trans – Tasman Exchange Scholarship, which enables its recipient the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and experience their beef industry, with this year’s award going to Steph Frankham.
Steph was recognised by Angus Youth Consultative Committee member, James Knight as ‘A commendable young woman who is certainly going places with her career’.
A highlight of the night was the Auction which raises funds to support the continual growth of Angus Youth. The auction comprised of 13 live auctioned lots making a combined total of $18,670 and then 19 Lots in the Silent Auction generating $2,330 making a total $21,000 raised in support of Angus Youth.