July 11, 2017

A message from the ASAS Foundation Chair

A message from ASAS Foundation Chair, Dr. Todd Armstrong:

To take on a new challenge, I must say good bye to an old favorite.

I was honored to be elected as the incoming ASAS President in the 2017 elections.  However, as President-Elect, I must turn over my duties as ASAS Foundation Chair, a position I have been privileged to hold for the last 4 years.

As Foundation Chair, I watched the ASAS Foundation grow both financially and functionally. Recently, Dr. David Anderson and a sub-committee of Foundation Trustees reorganized management of our Appreciation Clubs, assuring a nimble and transparent process. We have completed fundraising and are now actively using funds for eight clubs and ready to move forward with fundraising for five new clubs. We also have grown a foundation that provides more than $100,000 of direct support to our membership every year.  

In 2017 alone, the Foundation has accomplished a great deal:

  • Supported six summer Capitol Hill Interns
  • Provided six international travel scholarships
  • Provided three sectional travel scholarships
  • Funded speakers for nine top-notch symposia and three keynote lectures
  • Funded 13 of the most prestigious awards given by ASAS
  • Continue to help fund Animal Frontiers and the Jr. Animal Scientist program.

In addition, the ASAS Foundation has the following planned for 2017:

  • Complete fundraising for the following Appreciation Clubs:
    • Randel
    • Grandin
    • Galyean
    • Preston
  • Help ASAS with the $20 in 17 campaign, to maintain the leading voice for animal science and agriculture in D.C.
  • Work with the Midwest Section of ASAS to endow the Midwest AQ.

I am excited to be able to watch the Foundation continue to grow from the position of ASAS President-Elect, and I am happy to announce that the ASAS Foundation Chair position will be filled by Dr. Debra Aaron. I have every confidence that Dr. Aaron will help the Foundation meet our 2017 goals while establishing new goals for the future.