Dunning receives John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award
Forest Dunning received the John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award for his work establishing the Red Angus Foundation, Inc.
Forest Dunning of Sheridan, WY, was honored with the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16- 17. Greg Comstock, RAAA CEO, presented the award to Dunning.
Dunning envisioned a secure financial future for the Red Angus breed and worked to draft the bylaws of the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. (RAFI). He also drafted a joint investment policy between RAAA and RAFI that the finance committee will oversee.
“Forest has a unique skill set that he brought to Red Angus and through dogged perseverance, molded a very secure financial future for our breed,” said Comstock. “This was a mission of his and because of his work and the generous donations of our breeders, the RAFI will ensure that those monies will not only serve the breed immediately, but will remain and grow to serve our breed for future generations.”
RAFI kicked off its fundraising efforts by acquiring $28,000 at the RAAA national convention through the auction of seven signed and numbered prints of Tim Cox’s limited-edition “Where Change Comes Slowly.”
Dunning also retired from the RAAA board of directors, having served an additional year of his term in order to complete his work establishing the RAFI bylaws.
The John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award is named for a past RAAA president who epitomized service to the industry and the Red Angus breed. Robbins, along with other Red Angus leaders, worked diligently to preserve the financial security of the Red Angus breed. The award is presented to a family or individual who has emulated Robbins’ selfless contributions toward the greater good of the Red Angus breed and its association. — WLJ