COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Livestock Improvement Association held their annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11, at the 4-H building in Columbus. The dinner consisted of pork loin, brisket, cheesy potatoes, green beans and many dessert choices was enjoyed by approximately 35 members.

The meeting was opened by President Serena Brown recognizing major sponsors in attendance: Ron Holmes with Labette Bank, and Eddy and Elita Alford with Alford Farms. She also read the list of sponsors for the 2016 year. Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Herrenbruck read the minutes from the 2016 meeting and went over the Treasures report with the club. Officers elected for 2017 were Serena Brown, President; Bob Shanks, Vice President; Nancy Herrenbruck, Secretary/Treasurer; and David Holmes as Public Relations Officer. New Board Members were elected to a two year term, they were: Dale Helwig, Jackie Coltrane, Trevor Gum, Charlie Herrenbruck and KC Youngblood.

If you were a member in the past and were not able to make the meeting or would like to become a member of the Livestock association you can still join by contacting Nancy Herrenbruck at 620-249-2322 and paying your dues. The officers and board members held a short meeting after the annual meeting to discuss the 2017 Expo. During the Expo there will be a show for beef cattle, goats and sheep. The Expo will take place on May 13 at the Fair and Livestock barns in Columbus.