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Nov 19, 2015

Bucky Gwartney, AMSA President

Greetings from Washington, DC. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those who don’t know me and talk a bit about what AMSA and your Board are up to. I’ve been a part of AMSA since 1987, when I attended my first RMC at the University of Minnesota. Having just finished a successful meat judging year at Oklahoma State and graduation, I was fortunate to be able to continue my education and coach a judging team, boy, I didn’t know what I was getting into! But traveling from Stillwater Ok that year with a few friends and professors, and a stop off at the University of Nebraska to see where I would be studying for my M.S. degree, we set off for the University Campus in Minnesota. I didn’t know what to expect and was overwhelmed when meeting and seeing some of the professors and researchers I had only read about. Needless to say it was a great experience and one I have fond memories of. I’m sure many of you can share similar stories from past RMC events. Over the years, the organization has changed, evolved, and become something a little different than in 1987. However, our purpose remains the same.

Fast forward to now and it’s hard to believe I’ve already been in the presidential role at AMSA for almost 5 months, but time flies when you are having fun! Your association is currently very strong, has a great financial foundation, and a great staff. The foundation is also growing and we are excited with our Century Club initiative. And I intend to keep that momentum going. Your board has also been hard at it, from our most recent meeting in Kansas City in September to now, we are moving forward with several big initiatives and have made decisions about where our future meetings will be held. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks regarding the 2020 ICoMST. One of the biggest potential initiatives we are hard at work on is the potential for the development of a new scientific journal. Our long relationship with the Meat Science Journal has ended due to several factors that could not be rectified. So it’s time to move on and find or develop something even better. Many of you may be called on to provide input into this effort or to even become a part of an inaugural journal should it come to fruition. That in itself makes for an exciting future for AMSA and could provide us with more international members and exposure.

This time of year the weather is fantastic here in Washington D.C., with the transition into fall. As AMSA transitions into a larger organization, we find ourselves in the middle between standard services and potential new services our growing membership might want. We must continue providing those core services and value that our members expect from our association. But we also must keep an eye to the future, and develop those new services and programs for the next generation members. Change will happen, and I challenge each of you to become an active participant in AMSA, to be a part of not only maintaining our core services but also being a part of the evolvement of our association. There is a role for everyone, so get involved. Until next time…


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