GOSA HELPLINE Phone Number: 612-207-9771
GOSA Help line has been established. This is primarily intended to provide assistance to new breeders and growing pork producers. We will do our best to field any and all calls. Please call anytime between 8AM and 8PM Central time weekdays. Just ask for the "GOSA HELPLINE".
New Information / GOSA Updates and announcements from the GOSA Board of Directors/Officers:
Posted 29 August 2017: Please mark your calendars! The Annual GOSA Meeting date is set for Sunday 29 October 2017 at 8:00PM Eastern Time. Email notifications and the agenda will be sent to all GOSA members at a later date. ajm
Posted 25July2017: The online herdbook was updated July 11. All registrations as of July 11th should be in the online herdbook. Please use the tech support link on the online herdbook if you are having difficulty finding registrations. ajm
Posted 20Feb2017: All registrations are caught up. Please contact the registrar if you need a registration emailed or mailed. ajm
Posted 31DEC2016: This week, All GOSA members received individual usernames and password for our online herdbook. You can look up animals and do trial matings online just like before, but with your own user credentials. Thanks and a shout out to Andy for setting up the individual logins for all of our members
Posted: 16SEP2016: Good news!!! We have a new volunteer to serve as GOSA registrar!!! We are getting the new Registrar set up with computer, software, and the herdbook now. After a few weeks of Breeders Assistant training, and herdbook true up, we'll be off and running with our new registrar. FINALLY!!! Once our new volunteer is ready to "go live" we'll announce name and contact details.
posted: August 1 2016: Two registration topics. First, we are updating our online registration forms to make them easier to use for our members, and to also to ease the burdern on our registrar who then ports the form info, into our registry. Expected down time is August 1st through August 21st. No new regs will be accepted ruging this time, but those regs that are already in the queue, will be processed during this time.
posted: August 1 2016: Great news, there are LOTS of new registrations coming in. The GOSA herd is doing well:) That also means we need more volunteer help to process all of these registrations. If you are interested to become a registrar for GOSA, please send an email to sally at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of: registrar volunteer position.
posted: April 19 2016 - our website forms and buttons were not working for about a week, due to an "upgrade" that occurred with our website publisher. Thanks to all of you who contacted us to describe the issue, so we could get it resolved quickly. Everything should be working smoothly now.
posted Aug 28, 2015: GOSA Annual General Meeting set to take place Sunday October 25, 2015 at 7PM Central Time.
1. President's opening remarks
2. Treasurer's Report (financials and membership)
3. Secretary's Report
4. Registrar's Report
5. Optional Updates from Chairs/Other Officers
6. Roadmap: Plans and goals for next 12 months
7. Miscellaneous topics (balloting results)
8. General Discussion or Q&A
posted August 19, 2014: Call for Nominations for two expiring Board Seats:
GOSA Secretary - Kris Bell is announcing a "call for nominations" for candidates for the GOSA Board, to serve a three year term as an active volunteer, officer, and leader of Gloucestershire Old Spots of America, Inc.
Today, the Board consists of:
Sally Doherty, GOSA President
David Schmechel, GOSA Vice President
Kris Bell, GOSA Secretary
Pete Gasper, GOSA Genetics officer,
Hilary Craig, GOSA Treasurer,
Sally Doherty, GOSA Registrar (acting)
Two board seats are expiring this year: They are the seats held by Sally Doherty and Kris Bell.
This call for nominations will be open for 10 days.
Nominations must be submitted to email@example.com on or before midnight, US Central Time Zone, on August 29th 2014.
Following the nominations process, there will be an election with official balloting.
Please nominate only people who are willing to accept the nomination, and serve the three year volunteer term.
After elections are complete, the new Board will determine the officer positions among the elected board members.
Click this link for a list of members in good standing, who have been paid members for 60 days or more. All people/farms on this list are elgible to make nominations, and vote (1 per person or farm entity who paid dues).
GOSA Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
posted July 27, 2014: GOSA Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept 28th 2014 (Sunday at 6PM Central time) Agenda. Meeting duration will be up to 90 minutes. Details will be provided once the teleconference platform is reserved. The meeting agenda will also be provided 60 days in advance (click Agenda link above, for the complete agenda). Mark your calendars.
posted July 27, 2014: GOSA bylaws have been drafted and are being reviewed by the board. Once approved, they will be distributed to members. These bylaws were a collaboration by Minnesota law firm that specializes in non-profits, a Paid consultant affiliated with Livestock Conservancy, and GOSA President.
21JUL2013: GOSA Inc BYLAW revisions are underway. Member input is welcome and encouraged. Please send your input on bylaw topics that you request the board to consider. Send your inputs directly to this email address GOSABOARD. The primary driver for the bylaws revision, is to transform the language from a style appropriate for a club to a style more fitting for a non-profit.
In addtion to that, these topics have been raised for consideration: a) clarify membership policy (1 per household vs 1 per human, for example). b) Insert language that permits a formal title and volunteer position for Chair of a Committee(s).
The draft language for the bylaws will be provided from an attorney/lawfirm who specializes in such matters. Additionally, we are reviewing bylaws from like minded (heritage breed) non profits - they may serve as a good guideline for our purposes. Send your inputs this week - as the bylaw revision process has begun and will continue through the end of this week.
19JUL2012: The 2013 GOSA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday evening, September 8th, 2013 at 6:00PM Central time. Meeting duration will be up to 90 minutes. Details will be provided once the teleconference platform is reserved. The meeting agenda will also be provided in advance. Mark your calendars.
GOSA Members - please sign up for our Yahoo Group here: this is a great way to stay in touch with the GOSA Directors and Officers, and your fellow members