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  • 08/18/2017 5:16 PM | Sue King (Administrator)

    With a successful 2017 Symposium behind us, we have set the date for the 2018 Suri Symposium on August 3-4, 2018 in Loveland, CO.  We are moving from a three day event to two days to better accommodate our members.  Two full days of internationally acclaimed experts speaking on topics relevant to your alpaca farm business; networking opportunities with other suri breeders, fiber mills and fiber related businesses; Plus the famous ALL Suri Fleece Show, judged by top senior AOA certified judges-- the largest suri fleece show in the country!

    Save the date now.  If you can only attend one alpaca conference next year, this is THE ONE!!

  • 08/18/2017 5:11 PM | Sue King (Administrator)

    Suri Network members voted the following new trustees onto the board in the recent 2017 election:  Jennifer Hack, Nancy Lindemood, Deb Christner and Michael Alpert.  These individuals will serve a three year term.  Congratulations to our new board members!

  • 07/26/2016 4:26 PM | Britt & Patty Hasselbring

    This year we had eight candidates for the Board of Trustees. Three vacancies were created due to terms ending for Jill McElderry-Maxwell, Randy Coleman, and Patty Hasselbring.


    To fill those three terms, the three candidates with the highest number of votes were:

    • Kristie Smoker
    • Jill McElderry-Maxwell
    • Sue King

    These three individuals are now elected for two-year terms ending in 2018.


    In addition, Alvina Maynard and Andrew Reed are resigning from the board. The Board has approved appointment of the two candidates with the next highest number of votes. To fill the final year of those positions, which end in 2017, are:

    • Michael Alpert
    • Deb Christner

    Congratulations to all incoming members of the Suri Network Board of Trustees, and a special thank you to all who agreed to run for a position on the Board.


    New Board of Trustees members will be officially installed at the Suri Network Annual Meeting August 6 at the Suri Symposium.

  • 04/20/2016 7:28 PM | Britt & Patty Hasselbring

    Proposed Breed Standard for Review

    The Suri Network's Breed Standard Review Committee has prepared their recommended revisions! The Board of Trustees has approved the revisions and we are now in the phase of soliciting input on the proposed revisions.

    Comments are being solicited from Suri Network members through a special forum, at Suri Network rallies at various shows, and via social media.

    Non-members are also invited to provide comment. The revised Suri Breed Standard may be read here, and comments provided directly to Patty Hasselbring at 

    Deadline for all comments is May 6, 2016. Comments and suggestions will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees and the final proposed Breed Standard will be submitted for vote of the membership in June 2016.

  • 01/13/2016 10:54 AM | Britt & Patty Hasselbring

    Continuing to break ground as your Suri Breed Association!

    The current Suri Breed Standard was adopted by the Suri Network membership in 2006. You can find this document along with some background information here.

    This standard was written with input from any Suri breeder who wanted to contribute. The Suri Network realized from the beginning that for this process to be effective that an all-inclusive approach was crucial. There were at least three surveys that went out to all Suri breeders, members and non-members alike, regarding breed standards. There were open large group discussions at two Suri Network Symposiums in 2005 and 2006.
    At the Suri Symposium in 2005 a rough draft was written with the participation of over 100 Suri breeders. At many of the regional AOBA Affiliate-type conferences, which were open to any Suri breeders, there were Suri Network representatives facilitating input by interested Suri breeders. There were therefore many opportunities for breeders to participate if they chose to do so. Every attempt was made to make this as open and as inclusive as possible. Recognizing the need to include the opinion of other stakeholders such as fiber processors, designers, other fiber industry experts, veterinarians and judges, there were opportunities for their input as well.
    At the same time the standard was adopted, the Suri Network membership also agreed that a review of the breed standard should take place every few years.  This review would determine if any changes should be suggested to the membership. 

    It’s now been almost 10 years since the Breed Standard was implemented.  Many trait improvements in the Suri breed have been made in this period of time and the Suri Network Board believes that a formal review of the standard is warranted. 

    A core committee has been formed consisting of the following stakeholders:

    • Tim Sheets – SHIP Committee Chair, Suri breeder & past Suri Network President
    • Linda Kondris – SHIP Program Director, Suri breeder & past Suri Network President
    • Randy Coleman – SN Board Member & Suri breeder
    • Gail Campbell, DVM – SHIP Classifier Trainer & Suri breeder
    • Karl Heinrich – Fiber processor, fashion manufacturer & Suri Breeder
    • Cheryl Gehly – SHIP Classifier, Senior AOA Judge
    • Amanda Vandenbosch – Senior AOA Judge & Suri breeder

    The core committee will organize early this and will create a plan for the Breed Standard review.  Then, 4-6 additional Suri Network members will be invited to join the committee.  Ideally, the additional members will represent different regions of the country. The entire committee will then begin the review process and solicit input from the Suri Network membership and fiber/textile experts.  Input will be welcomed at various Suri Network rallies to be held at the spring alpaca shows.
    Once a review has taking place and input gathered from the SN membership, a new draft breed standard will be presented to the membership for approval.  It is planned that the new Suri Network Breed Standard will appear for adoption on the same ballot as the election of new BOT officers in the summer of 2016.

    We are excited about this undertaking, and look forward to input from Suri members as we continue to break ground for Suri breeders everywhere!

  • 07/07/2015 9:41 AM | Suri Network (Administrator)

    The 2015 Suri Network Summer Symposium is only a few weeks away!  This is the premier Suri event of the year and we hope you are planning to attend and/or enter Suri fleeces in the fleece show.  Here are a few comments from past attendees:  

       "This is a great event where members can meet, socialize and learn together. Like that it is not associated with a halter show so that members can focus on learning and having fun. The themes and topics have been very valuable the past few years. I always take away several things I can apply to my business. Love that it is in Colorado. We usually tie a vacation to it and enjoy the Rockies a few days!"

    "I attended last year for the first time and plan to attend every year from now on. It renewed my excitement in the Suri industry."

    "Have only missed one since they started. I learn more at summer symposium than any other alpaca educational opportunity overall."

    Don't miss the deadlines!  For your convenience, here are some important dates to remember and links to take action:

  • 06/29/2015 5:34 AM | Suri Network (Administrator)
    All eligible voting members of Suri Network will be receiving by mail a revised copy of the candidate's statements and bios for Board of Trustees.  Inadvertently a bio was left out for one of the candidates.  The new statements and bios will be mailed Monday, June 29th.

    For your convenience you may read the revised candidate statements and bios now by clicking on this link: election Info updated.pdf

  • 06/18/2015 9:52 PM | Suri Network (Administrator)

    The Suri Network Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 candidates for Board of Trustees as follows:

    Jason Brehm 

    Rogue Suri Alpacas 

    Medford, Oregon 


    Laurie Findlay

    Alpacas of El Dorado

    Somerset, California


    Alvina Maynard 

    River Hill Ranch 

    Richmond, Kentucky 


    Andrew Reed

    Over Home Alpacas LLC

    Bethel, Pennsylvania

    Eligible Suri Network members in good standing will receive a ballot within a few days.  Ballots must be received at the Suri Network office no later than July 13, 2015.  Results will be announced on or about July 21, 2015.  The 2 candidates with the most votes will become Trustees at the conclusion of the 2015 Summer Symposium which is being held in Loveland, Colorado August 13-15, 2015.

    Many thanks to the following Nominating Committee for their volunteer work:

    Tim Sheets, Chair

    Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas


    Cindy Harris

    Alpacas at Windy Hill


    Karl Heinrich

    Long Hollow Suri Alpacas


    Kristie Smoker

    Sweet Valley Suris


    Jill McElderry-Maxwell

    Bag End Suri Alpacas of Maine, LLC

  • 06/14/2015 10:18 AM | Suri Network (Administrator)
    This year the Suri Network's 'Suri Strut' and AOA's Student Design are teaming up to offer you a great deal on two alpaca fashion events for one sponsorship fee. There are fourteen students working with Suri this year and we would like to get each and every one of them a sponsor.

    Sponsor both a Student Design competitor and the 'Suri Strut' for only $300. Your name will be paired with a participating student and the student's design board will be presented at this year's Suri Symposium. Of course you will also be recognized in the program and on the fashion banner for the Suri Strut. Please support our two great fashion programs!

    You also have the option of sponsoring a Design Student for $100.00 or the Suri Strut for $250.00 Please contact the office if you have any questions. Click the link for mailable sponsorship forms or you can sign up online here.

    The Student Design Competition was created by the Alpaca Owners Association to promote the use of alpaca fiber in fashion, textile, and interior design at the fundamental level of educational institutions. More information can be found here.

    The first ever “Suri Strut” Fashion Show was held during the Suri Network Summer Symposium in August 2014. The lineup featured the latest in high end Suri alpaca apparel from 7 North American designers. All garments featured on the runway were made in North America from at least 50% Suri fiber. The second annual Suri Strut will be held during the 2015 Suri Network Summer Symposium in August 2015.  More info here.

  • 04/29/2015 7:00 AM | Suri Network (Administrator)

    In the past, membership renewal for the Suri Network has occurred on the anniversary date of when a member first joined.  This made it easy for a member to join at any time of the year and pay the full membership fee.  It also made it easier for the office staff since they did not have to calculate prorated membership fees.  The disadvantage of this method is that membership renewal dates are scattered throughout the year and is is difficult for the office to track renewals.

    With the implementation of our new membership management software and website last year, features within the software make it much easier to establish a common membership renewal date.  The new date will be June 1 beginning in 2015.  We chose this date to keep it further from many membership organizations that renew at the beginning of the year.  New members will be able to join at anytime of the year and their membership fee will be prorated to the common date of June 1.  

    What do you have to do?

    Nothing!  If you have already renewed in 2015, you paid your normal yearly dues of $100 ($125 for international).  You will receive another invoice to renew by June 1st.  Your account will be credited for the amount of your membership period remaining after June 1, 2015.  For example, if your current renewal was in March 2015, you will be given a $75 credit on the remaining value of your membership from June 2015 - February 2016. You will receive an invoice before June 1st for the new membership period (June 2015 - May 2016) for $25 ($100 minus the $75 credit).

    If your renewal date last year was between July 2014 and December 2014, your invoice on June 1st will be prorated to discount the amount still remaining on your membership.  For example, if you renewed in September 2014, your invoice will be $76.  

    We realize that this may sound complicated, but the process should work smoothly.  If you have any questions, please contact the Suri Network office at (970) 586-5876.

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