Angus Auxiliary History

The Michigan Angus Auxiliary was organized on March 10, 1967 and is proud to celebrate “57 years of continuous success” in 2024. During the past fifty-seven years, the purpose of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has never changed. We continue to assist Michigan Angus Breeders and Angus youth in educational and promotional activities, sponsor the Miss Michigan Angus Contest, provide scholarships for graduating seniors, assist with the annual banquet, provide hospitality for various activities, sponsor the showmanship contest at the Preview Show, award certificates of achievement to outstanding juniors, as well as support American Angus Auxiliary programs and activities.

Our first scholarship for graduating seniors was presented in the summer of 1967 and since that time 75 Michigan juniors have received scholarships from the Michigan Angus Auxiliary and 23 of our state winners have been selected to receive national scholarships from the American Angus Auxiliary. In 2021 the Michigan Angus Auxiliary approved a new scholarship to assist more Michigan Junior Angus members with their college education. This scholarship offers up to two Advanced Education Scholarships to upcoming college, university, technical or trade school sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Congratulations to the recipient of our first Advanced Education Scholarship in 2021, John (Jack) Reid, son of Chuck and Linda Reid from Eaton Rapids.

The first Michigan Angus Queen was crowned on July 30, 1967. Since then, 53 young women have represented Michigan Angus breeders in this capacity. Dozens more have served as Michigan Angus Ebonettes and more recently Michigan Angus Ambassadors. Two of our juniors have also served as Miss American Angus. Katelyn Dargus was crowned our 2023 Miss Michigan Angus at the Beef Expo held at MSU. Katelyn is the daughter of Brian and Kelly Dargus from Buchanan.

Since 1967, the Michigan Angus Auxiliary has been proud to sponsor a total of 92 Michigan juniors who have participated in the National Junior Showmanship Contest. Our juniors have done very well over the years, with 3 national winners, 12 more in the top five, 12 finalists and 17 receiving honorable mention. Congratulations to Kris Kosal, son of Jeremy and Michelle Kosal from Deckerville, for being selected to represent Michigan in the 2022 contest in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each year, we are excited to award American Angus Auxiliary Certificates of Achievement to outstanding Michigan juniors who have achieved major accomplishments at the state, regional and national levels. A total of twenty-nine certificates were awarded to Michigan juniors in 2020 and 2021. Beginning in 2022 the certificates will be applied for online and sent directly to the junior member.

Over the years, many women have given numerous hours to the Auxiliary serving as officers, committee members and chairpersons, and helping wherever needed. Twenty-six ladies have served as president of our auxiliary. Several members have also been active in the American Angus Auxiliary, serving on various committees and as officers. Patti Rae, Lois Foster and Nancy Thelen served as president of the American Angus Auxiliary, in 1981, 1990 and 2008 respectively. Michigan has had the’ privilege’ of hosting the National Auxiliary Luncheon or breakfast in 1968, 1981, 1990 and 2008. In 2023, Julie’ Thelen Conover, former Michigan Junior Member and past president of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary served as president of the American Angus Auxiliary.

Thank you to everyone who has helped the Michigan Angus Auxiliary achieve its mission over the past 57 years. We look forward to working with Michigan Angus enthusiasts as we continue to build on our foundation.


Each year, Michigan Junior Angus members, who are seniors in high school, are invited to apply for the Michigan Angus Auxiliary Scholarship. The forms and directions are available to download from the American Angus Auxiliary website. Get the application & directions here. A panel of judges will review the applications. One boy’s and one girl’s applications will be forwarded to the American Angus Auxiliary Chair for consideration. The winners of the Michigan Angus Auxiliary Scholarship(s) will be announced at the summer show each year. If you have questions, please contact Kendra Diekevers at

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