Our Membership Drive is underway for 2017! Become a member by visiting this page! http://www.namarchador.org/membership/member/
I will be running the campaign at the start until a chairperson is named for the year. An email from USMMA Secretary Alessandra Deerinck will be sent next week.
If you wish to join us in helping to build and promote the Mangalarga Marchador breed here in North America, please sign up to renew your annual membership. We have lowered dues to make it affordable for everyone to participate.
We are lucky to have so many volunteers, like the USMMA Board that keep the association moving forward. And also our 13 Lifetime Members ($1,000). We are able to do more because of all of them!
Your membership dues cover the website costs, the costs of holding board meetings, USMMA phone calls, legal fees and a few member benefits like printing brochures, 1 advertising campaign and the member show subsidy.
The registry fees cover the costs for the registry office, paper, mailing and DNA tests with UC Davis.
All other programs are funded with additional fund raising or charges for participation like the USMMA clinics or ABCCMM inspection visits.
We had a rebuilding year in 2016 and are ready for 2017 to serve you. I am planning the following for 2017:
- Reinstate our USMMA newsletter as a professional quarterly journal publication.
- Hold a USMMA clinic and horse show.
- Host regional events or get-togethers in 4 -5 regions.
- Help facilitate ABCCMM activities such as ABCCMM inspection visits and other joint activities.
- Hold elections for the new Board for 2018.
We did accomplish some of the goals we set for 2016 including the ABCCMM inspection visit and the 2016 Breyerfest in KY that featured the Mangalarga Marchador. We also are finishing a Registry Survey and Update Project that will ensure our databasee in up-to-date. The registry serves to meet our overall association goals and along with the website, are big and often, unnoticed member benefits.
I would welcome your input on how what additional efforts you would like to see or ideas you have to help us make the Marchador breed more well-known and become more wide-spread.
Jeff Bosley USMMA President