I have been told that I am a type A personality and I don’t disagree. I like to be a leader and take charge and tend to be leery of group work. Anyone who has ever worked in a group knows it can be frustrating. After I was hired as the American Hereford Association intern, I found out that the AHA was hiring a second intern for more help with the Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). This meant group work. I was excited that I would have a roommate and a new friend to explore Kansas City with, but was worried about spending so much time at home and at work with one person. It turns out I was worried for nothing. My co-worker and roommate, Klaire Jorgensen, is amazing and we are having a great time together. Klaire and I have split the JNHE responsibilities based on our strengths. She is an agriculture economics major and loves to deal with numbers and spreadsheets and does not care to write and plan events. I get to do the all of the communications work for JNHE and feel very blessed to have Klaire take care of the parts of the job I dislike! We make a great team.
The last two weeks at the office have been very busy. I have been helping process JNHE entries, writing news releases and am making a lot of progress organizing the 22 JNHE contests. I got the chance to work with Christy last week. She does all of the editorial layout for the Hereford World magazine and she taught me a lot! Yesterday I met with the Livestock Publications Council board members and four of the women helped me judge the JNHE photography contest entries. I really appreciated their help. I also recently had the chance to spend some time with the American Hereford Association historian, Bud Snidow. Some of you may know him as the man that does the “magic trick” with the acorn at the American Royal. This weekend I am traveling to Salem, Ill., for the Illinois Junior Hereford Preview Show. I will post photos soon!