Billings, Mont. – R-CALF USA Directors recently elected a new president and vice president of the board, as the organization’s bylaws provide that officers shall serve 2-year terms. The immediate past president of the board, R-CALF USA Region VI Director Max Thornsberry, DVM, MBA, began his term in February 2007, so he is ineligible to be president for another term.
“I thank the R-CALF USA Board of Directors for the faith and trust they placed in my leadership for the last four years,” said Thornsberry. “It has been an awesome responsibility to lead as President of the Board, and I am humbled by the responsibility. The Board elects its own officers, and I am confident the new officers will provide leadership and new direction to move R-CALF USA into the next few years as the most prominent and respected independent cattle producer organization in the United States.”
The board elected R-CALF USA Region IX Director George Chambers as president, and R-CALF USA Region XII Director Joel Gill as vice president. Today’s release will feature a Q&A with George Chambers, and a separate news release in the near future will highlight Joel Gill. R-CALF USA Region IX includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia. R-CALF USA Region XII includes Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. For biographical information and/or a photo, please contact R-CALF USA Communications Coordinator Shae Dodson-Chambers (no relation to George Chambers).
Chambers said after he was elected that he is very humbled and honored to serve as the board president, and because R-CALF USA is all that independent producers have to secure their futures in the cattle industry, he is willing to do all he can to make certain that R-CALF USA remains strong, with the help, guidance and support of the other directors.
1) Why did you get involved with R-CALF USA?
“I had become fed up with the lack of grassroots foundational representation that the traditional industry groups offered. It appeared they were more concerned with aligning and positioning themselves with the very entities that want to consolidate and vertically integrate our U.S. cattle industry. I feel the purpose of a group that purports to represent producers should, in fact, do just that, and not be so concerned with being “corporate cowboys,” but rather, they should be “conscientious cowboys.” I served as a regional vice president of my state affiliation of one of the traditional industry groups and saw firsthand the trail they were headed down. The old saying goes, ‘When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,’ so I stopped digging and left that group. I went ‘unaffiliated’ for a period of time, and fortunately for the U.S. cattle industry, R-CALF USA was formed and evolved into the ONE and ONLY true voice of independent U.S. cattlemen and women. R-CALF USA is beholden to no one except our member-derived and member-driven policies.”