At the 62th annual meeting of the National Dairy Shrine, Erick Metzger, Manager of National All Jersey from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, was elected President of the organization. Meanwhile, Dale Olver, a Penn State University Professor from University Park, PA., was chosen as President-elect. Elected to the executive committee along with Metzger and Olver were: Ken Crandall, Provo, UT.; Dr. Katharine Knowlton, Blacksburg, VA.; Maggie Murphy, Summerfield, FL.; and immediate past president Mary Shank Creek, Hagerstown, MD. The National Dairy Shrine board of directors consists of 21 members. This year, four new directors were elected to the board. They included Keith Engel, Madison, WI. James Krahn, Portland, OR.; Alicia Lamb, Oakfield, NY.; and Jenny Mills, Canastota, NY. During the past year, the organization also added 321 new members to bring the membership roles to 17,900 members from across the U.S. and Canada.

During this week of activities the National Dairy Shrine awarded over $42,000 in scholarships and awards to 40 outstanding young people. National Dairy Shrine had one of the largest awards banquets ever, with attendance of over 360 dairy friends and relatives as the Dairy Hall of Fame grew by naming 5 new Pioneers, William Peck as the distinguished dairy cattle breeder and Steven Larson as the Guest of Honor.

The National Dairy Shrine board of directors approved the last major renovation for the museum, the refurbishing the Joe Eves Library. If you would like to contribute to the Joe Eves Library Fund, please mail a donation to National Dairy Shrine, David Selner, Executive Director, P.O. Box 725, Denmark, WI. 54208, e-mail at, or go to

2011-2012 National Dairy Shrine officers and directors

The National Dairy Shrine officer team includes, sitting in the front row: Executive Director David Selner, Denmark, WI. Ken Crandall, Provo, UT., Maggie Murphy, Summerfield, FL., President-elect Dale Olver, University Park, PA., past president Mary Shank Creek, Hagerstown, MD., and President Erick Metzger, Reynoldsburg, OH. The back row: Nancy Feeney, Davenport. IA., Coleen Jones, Craigsville, VA., Stan Erwine, Overland Park, KS., Fred Hendricks, Bucyrus, OH., James Krahn, Portland, OR., David Jones, Stillwater, OK., Alicia Lamb, Oakfield, NY., Jenny Mills, Canastota, NY., David Pierson, Lake City, MN. and Roger Neitzel, Beloit, WI.

Missing from the photo are David Darr, Kansa City MO., Katharine Knowlton, Blacksburg, VA., Keith Engel, Madison, WI. Marion Seifert, Orwell, VT., Steve Strickler, Iola, KS., and Dr. Robert Rowe, Verona, WI.