Sept 7th 2018

From your A OK Board: A OK year in review and
Alpacas of Oklahoma Activities for 4th Quarter of 2018
Quick summary of activities during first three quarters 2018:
January: membership meeting to elect board members and education event led by Liz Mitchko. Show committee meetings.
March: membership invited to participate in Oklahoma Youth Expo at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Show committee meetings
April: shearing period for most Oklahoma alpaca owners. No formal membership activities scheduled
May: Show committee first promotion meeting for lick-em, stick-em. November show reminder sent to over 2,000 alpaca owners.
June: membership education meeting presented by Dr. Patti Maness. Birthing and cria care.

July-August: show committee meetings and social media promotion for November Blast Off show.
FUTURE STUFF for your calendars
4th Quarter Activities for Board Members, Show Committee and General Membership:

September 2nd: Board and Show Committee Meeting at Magnolia Blossom Alpacas to discuss the show registration website “up and running”. Promotion of show and attraction of vendors as well as public to promote alpacas in Oklahoma. Detail cleanup by board to clarify accessibility to PayPal and A OK Bank accounts.
September 8th: A OK board and show committee presenting Alpacas at McClain County youth event.

September 29th: National Alpaca Open Farm/Ranch Days. Hope all are participating in this annual, national alpaca awareness event. Great support from AOA. Contact: Cindy Berman-Morrow at Cindy@alpacainfo.com. $25 fee.

October 6th: WINGS event in Edmond, OK. (all members of A OK are invited to participate although this is not an A OK sponsored event, this year.) Small fee to participate. Limited space, so first come. Sheila Robinson is coordinating: s2robin@sbcglobal.net .

October 13th: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! Membership Meeting at Land Run Alpacas, Agra, OK. Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pot Luck…everyone please contact Sheila Robinson, s2robin@sbcglobal.net with your “pot luck” contribution. Education at Meeting: Build your own “Fleece Grading” Booklet. How to grade fleeces 1 through 5. Leave with knowledge and a sample fleece grading book for future reference. Fee for the education event: $25 per member ranch (each member bring up to 3 people), $35 per non-member (per person fee). It is expected that each ranch/farm will only need to build one “fleece grading” booklet per ranch. So there may be 2-3 people working together. This is also the last membership meeting before the November Alpaca Show and Holiday Shopping Blastoff. Terri Bates and the show committee will be in charge of leading discussion on how YOU can help. PLEASE VOLUNTEER for the show. Come to the meeting and support your volunteer show committee and board members. More on this in upcoming e-mail and social media communications.

November 10-11. Public Invited- A OK Alpaca Show and Holiday Shopping Blastoff. (November 8-9 are set up and check in days…we need volunteers all 4 days.) This is THE BIG event of each year.
Please enter your animals in one or all of the three areas: Halter, Walking Fleece or (new this year!!) Performance. Bring 4H of FFA youth from your area. Introduce neighboring livestock owners to the alpaca lifestyle. Support your show.
Set up November 8th. Check-in: November 9th. Show November 10-11. 9:00 am to 5 pm Saturday. 9:00 am to Noon on Sunday.
Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Shawnee, OK
www.alpacablastoff.com

January 2019: First Meeting of year for A OK Membership. Board member elections at this meeting. No location selected at this time. We will select a site at October meeting.

2018 Board Members 2018 Show Committee
John (1) Robinson, President Terri Bates, Event Coordinator
John(2) Robinson, Treasurer Gail Stymerski, Halter Show Superintendent
Sheila Robinson, Vice President Sherry Alpert, Performance Superintendent
Al Boyce, Secretary/Web master Sheila Robinson, Walking Fleece Superintendent
Kerry Bates, education, events and show Al Boyce, Kerry Bates, Barn Managers
Greg Summers, education, events and show Michael Alpert, announcer
Karla Moore, events and show John (2) Robinson, volunteer coordinator
Karla Moore, evening banquet coordinator
Therease Dacus, silent auction coordinator
Janice Robinson, show assistant
Submitted September 7th, 2018
If there are additions or corrections needed, please contact John (1) Robinson, jralpacas@aol.com, 405-590-8552. Again, this is your organization and we can all help by sponsoring the show ($250 and up). Membership fees, still only $75 per calendar year. Attending the A OK sponsored education events. Volunteering your time at the show. See you in October!!!