June 14, 2018

Preston Appreciation Club

Fund Purpose

rodney-prestonDr. Preston asked that the funds be used to fund activities that “Keep science in Animal Science."  Dr. Preston has contributed immensely to our knowledge of beef cattle nutrition, growth physiology, and management, and welfare. One of the options under consideration is an annual award given to innovative research presented at the National ASAS meetings bearing Dr. Preston’s name. More information on the Preston Appreciation club can be found here

The fundraising committee: Drs. Steve Bartle; Deana Hancock, Robbi Pritchard, Dave Hutcheson and Dave Anderson are soliciting support for the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Foundation "Appreciation Club" fund established in honor of Dr. Rodney L. Preston.  Although we are very pleased with the donations to the Preston Appreciation Club received to date, we are determined to reach our full funding goal of $50,000.

ASAS Foundation Appreciation Clubs provide a unique opportunity to recognize mentors and/or colleagues who have influenced our careers and businesses and to make a contribution to special activities in the name of the honored person.  As part of the process to establish such a program in Dr. Preston's name, we spoke with Rod and discussed how he envisioned such a fund being used. Dr. Preston asked that the funds be used to fund activities that "Keep science in Animal Science."  One of the options under consideration is an annual award from the Rod L. Preston Appreciation Club for an abstract presenting innovative research at the National ASAS meeting.

A "fully funded" Appreciation Club in the name of Dr. Preston will provide a public acknowledgment of his professional accomplishments, which have been national and international in scope.  Only earnings from the principal balance will be spent. The funds will be managed by the ASAS Foundation Board of Trustees.

A plaque will be presented to Dr. Preston when the club is fully funded.  The plaque will list the names of the Club Founders.  To become a Club Founder, we are asking for individual donations of $500, or a corporate donation of $2,000. Individuals or corporations who have donated at the Club Founder level by June 22, 2018 will be recognized by name at the 2018 ASAS Awards Program, as well as on the ASAS Foundation's web page.

To make a donation, please go the ASAS website/Foundation/Funds/Rodney L. Preston Appreciation Club, and click on Donate or, if you prefer, you can mail a check made out to ASAS Foundation with a note in the memo "Preston Appreciation Club" to ASAS Foundation/
PO Box 7410/Champaign, IL. 61826-7410.

As you are quite aware, Dr. Preston has contributed immensely to our knowledge of beef cattle nutrition, growth physiology, and management, and welfare. I know that all of us have substantially benefitted from the guidance of Dr. Preston over the years.  I hope that you will be willing to provide a financial donation to the ASAS Appreciation Club to recognize Rod and his work.