Broad based support for the dairy industry
National Dairy Shrine brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, marketers and others who share a desire to preserve our dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949 by a small group of visionary dairy leaders, National Dairy Shrine now has nearly 18,000 members encompassing virtually every facet of the industry.
National Dairy Shrine missions
- To Honor Past and Present Leaders of the Dairy Industry
- To Inspire Future Dairy Leaders with scholarships & educational encouragements
- To Record the Significant Events and Achievements in the Dairy Industry
- To Operate a Museum to display the History of the Dairy Industry, Educate all Visitors and, showcase the Dairy Hall of Fame.
- To Promote the Image of the Dairy Industry.
How National Dairy Shrine helps our industry
National Dairy Shrine annually provides more than $40,000 in awards and scholarships for 2 year and 4 year college students and leading young dairy producers. We recognize both current and past industry leaders in the National Dairy Hall of Fame. Funds for these activities come from lifetime membership fees, sales of dairy related articles, investment income from our endowment fund and voluntary contributions from members and leading industry companies. National Dairy Shrine also provides financial support for the National 4-H Dairy conference, meetings of the Student Affiliate section of ADSA and the National Dairy Quiz Bowl.
Social events sponsored by National Dairy Shrine include an annual reception and awards banquet at the site of our annual meeting. There are also receptions at other industry events. These activities provide networking opportunities for students as well as active dairy industry participants.
The National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson , Wisconsin showcases the past, present and future of the dairy industry. By utilizing a short video and multi-media display of the past and the future of the dairy industry you can see the impact of the dairy industry. The extensive collection of dairy artifacts, memorabilia, national champion cow photos, dairy timeline and trophies all highlight and preserve significant events in the dairy industry. The well stocked library of dairy related books and video archives is a real treasure. Finally this is the home of the “National Dairy Hall of Fame”, a listing of the most significant leaders and innovators in our industry.
A 21-member Board of Directors directs National Dairy Shrine policies and activities. Directors are elected from all over the United States and represent every facet of the dairy industry. Each Director can serve up to two, three year terms on the Board. An Executive Director with the help of part time aides handles the day-to-day operations from the National Office in Wisconsin . The most important people to the National Dairy Shrine organization are the hundreds of NDS members who provide thousands of hours of time by volunteering to help screen award and scholarship applications, writing news releases and newsletter articles, organizing the annual meeting and awards banquet and leading tours and providing help at the Museum. If you would like to join this volunteer effort please inform the office or any of the Board of Directors about your willingness to give back to the industry that has given us all so much.
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