The Pennsylvania Llama and Alpaca Association is a cooperative group of llama and alpaca breeders and enthusiasts from Pennsylvania and neighboring states. The membership is diverse in size of herds, vocations and backgrounds. A primary purpose of the organization is to promote awareness of camelids. It also serves to educate the membership and provides opportunities for various camelid activities, socializing and supporting new llama owners.
SOME HISTORY OF THE PLAA
is established to promote llamas and alpacas and serve the needs of the owners.
The founding Board of Directors are: Terry Duespohl, Dan Goodyear, Mindy
Gardner, Carol Hicks, Chuck Leach, Karen O'Neill, Joyce Schenck, Richard
Snyder and Gail Stewart.
The first PLAA Newsletter is published by Mindy Gardner, Editor and T. Audean Duespohl and Carol Hick, Assistant Editors.
Articles of Incorporation for PLAA as a nonprofit corporation are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
for PLAA are adopted with the stated purpose "to educate the members and
the public as to the breeding, raising and caring of llamas and alpacas
and to promote and advance the interests of the llama and alpaca industry
as a whole".
The first election of officers is held: Chuck Leach, President; Gail Stewart, Vice-President; Carol Hicks, Treasurer; Terry Duespohl, Secretary.
PLAA creates committees to promote lama interests: Government Affairs, Marketing Committee, Membership Committee and Activities Committee.
With Carol Hicks as editor, the newsletter is renamed "The Lama Letter".
PLAA sponsors its first event - The Autumn Leaf Llama and Alpaca Festival.
its first annual spring membership meeting at the Radisson Hotel,
Harrisburg, PA. Speakers are Jack & Donna Moore.
T. Audean and Terry Duespohl become newsletter editors and an official PLAA logo is adopted.
Duespohl is elected President of PLAA.
PLAA membership grows to over 140 members.
is elected President of PLAA.
PLAA sponsors a booth at the 31st Annual Ag Progress Days for the purpose of educating the public about llamas.
PLAA Government Affairs Committee under the leadership of Dan Goodyear
result in new Pennsylvania camelid travel regulations that no longer
require health testing for travel within the state.
Terry and Audean Duespohl are given lifetime membership to PLAA for all their dedicated work, especially being editors of the newsletter and annual directory.
Goodyear is elected President of PLAA.
PLAA donates $1000 to International Camelid Institute for medical research from funds raised by silent auction at annual meeting.
meeting enjoys record attendance of 67 members and silent auction raises
record amount of which $1000 is given to Morris Animal Foundation for camelid
Carol Reigh is elected President of PLAA.
Four veterinarians are awarded stipends to participate in the Vet's Only Seminar at the next GALA conference.
sponsors booth at annual meeting of the PA Veterinary Medicine Association
in Hershey, PA.
|2004||PLAA website goes on-line at
Bob Swartwout is elected president of PLAA.
The first PLAA Llama & Alpaca Fun Festival held at Nockamixson State Park is a huge success with nearly 2000 people attending.
|2005||Linda Dellmyer is elected president of PLAA.
The Partners With Vets awards program is initiated.
|2007||Audean Duespohl is elected president of PLAA.
|2008||PLAA Lama Festival held at Penn State
|2009||Lori Mason is elected president of PLAA.
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