Please join me in congratulating Michigan State University (MSU) Extension 4-H program coordinator Glenda Weiss who received the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) Distinguished Service Award Nov. 27. Glenda received the award because of her years of service and outstanding impact on rabbit and cavy programs as well as the industry.
Glenda has been a member of the ARBA for 20 years and has used many of her skills and abilities to serve. She has:
- Served 13 years as the Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Youth Association adviser.
- Served on the State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show committee, organizing the scholarship auction for over 10 years, where she raised more than $25,000.
- Worked with more than 100 youth over 16 years to coach and train them to be ARBA judges and registrars.
- Served 21 years as a club leader for Lapeer County’s Busy Beavers 4-H Club for which she was the founding leader.
- Served as the Lapeer County fair’s rabbit superintendent for 19 years.
Josh Humphries, ARBA president, presented the award to Glenda at the Michigan State Rabbit Breeders Association fall show at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Glenda was delighted that joining him was David Moll, ARBA district director, who was a member of her judging and breed identification teams as a youth. Isn’t it so fulfilling when our work comes full circle?
I’ve only listed a few contributions that she has made – so make sure you congratulate Glenda and take a moment to hear about all the other ways she’s had an impact on youth and the rabbit industry.