American Angus Association -

July 21, 2015




For more information contact:
Carrie Horsley, Angus Foundation director of marketing and public relations, at 816-383-5100 or; or

Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president, at 816-383-5100 or


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Inspiring Youth, Chambers Angus

Thomas and Catherine Chambers acknowledged as 2015 Honorary Angus Foundation inductees for incredible support to Angus youth.


The late Thomas and Catherine Chambers of Chambers Angus, Ontario, Ore., were long-time Angus breeders passionate about the cattle and their Angus family.

Because of their dedication to the breed, it was always their intention to help others within the Angus industry. With no children of their own, in 1996 the couple chose the Angus Foundation as the sole charitable beneficiary of their estate — a generous gift to the future of Angus youth.

To recognize their dedication, the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) posthumously inducted Thomas and Catherine into the Honorary Angus Foundation during the 2015 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Tulsa, Okla.

“Thomas and Catherine were very modest, unpretentious and quiet individuals who were always thinking of the well-being of others before their own,” said Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “When visiting with the Chambers about Angus youth, their enthusiasm was evident when they smiled.”

The legacy of Thomas and Catherine Chambers will live on through their endowment fund to support Angus youth activities. The first awards presented through the Chambers Angus Endowment Fund will be scholarships to attend the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development (LEAD) conference. Selected award winners were named at the 2015 NJAS.

Thomas and Catherine were both Kansas City, Mo., natives. They married in Nevada and then made their way to eastern Oregon, where they established their registered A ngus herd. Through the experience they gained building their cattle operation, the couple was able to pass that knowledge along to others getting started in the beef business and the Angus breed.

At the 2015 NJAS awards ceremony, the Chambers were honored along with fellow 2015 inductees Gordon and Robin Keys, Beaver Dam Farm, Middleburg, Va.; and Ed and Wilma Minix, Black Witch Farms, Athens, Ga.

In 1985, the NJAA Board of Directors established the Honorary Angus Foundation to recognize and thank those who have shown incredible support of Angus youth. Seven Angus breeders were honored as the first inductees, and each year the NJAA honors up to three individuals.

Any member of the American Angus Association® is eligible to nominate individuals or organizations for the Honorary Angus Foundation. A complete list of members can be found online.

For more news and information from the 2015 NJAS, visit to find contest results, awards, scholarships and show photos. Backdrop and candid photos will also be available for purchase online at

Also, plan to tune in to a special episode of The Angus Report at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday, July 27 on RFD-TV.


About Angus Foundation

Established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, call the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or go to


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