UF Block & Bridle Club hosts national convention in Kissimmee


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 9:46 a.m.

What do chickens, cows, oranges and University of Florida students all have in common?

They will all be represented at the Block & Bridle Clubs' National Convention in Kissimmee Thursday.

Block & Bridle is a club for all majors that introduces students to the animal science industry and helps students make connections with professionals. The convention, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, has taken two years to plan, according to past Vice President Allie Munch.

The national convention is a time for students from Block & Bridle clubs all over the country to get together.

“There's at least one Block & Bridle Club in every state,” Munch said, “so there will be over 50 clubs represented.”

The club members will meet with national officers for the club and get to experience Florida's agriculture. The members will get to taste foods from all of Florida's different agriculture industries, including beef, chicken and oranges, in a dinner called “Taste of Florida,” Munch said.

Representatives from their clubs will also get an opportunity to take tours of local agricultural industries in Florida.

Much has gone into planning the convention. Committees were established for location, transportation, sponsorships, itinerary making and lining up guest speakers, Munch said.

Several people were involved in planning the convention as well, including multiple past and present Block & Bridle members and UF advisers. There were also several donations from businesses in Florida.

There are things to learn from planning such a big event, said Lauren Dillard, an environmental management in agriculture major and club member for six semesters. Dillard learned how to rely on others and recognized that organization is key while preparing for the national convention.

“I am very excited because we have been working really hard and it will be good to see our efforts in the final event,” Dillard said.

Dillard has attended the convention before, when it was held at Ohio State University, and is thrilled that it has been brought to Florida.

“This is a big deal,” Dillard said. “It rarely comes to Florida, so it was a great opportunity to learn.”

The convention is just one thing that Block & Bridle has been working on this semester. The club also hosts skeet shooting later in the semester to raise money for scholarships and hosts a banquet in honor of their officers and families. Nothing beats the convention, though, according to members.

“I am very excited about attending,” Munch said. “There will be over 600 students from all over the country and I will get to meet with them and learn about what they do in their part of the country and what their interests are in the animal science industry.

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