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of members that were ingrained in the manner the other
breed o ces did business. Robin, the professional she is, set
the standard high, and it did not take long for the mem-
bers to see this new partnership was going to be better for
all members of the purebred swine industry. Overseeing
the pedigree department, one of Robin’s goals was to get
as many pedigrees out in a 24-hour turnaround as pos-
sible. Visiting other breed o ces, they are always amazed
by this time table and ask how that is accomplished.
Robin became more involved in the accounting activi-
ties at NSR, over the years, and was instrumental in the
conversion from the DOS nancial system to the Quick-
Books program, a few years ago. is was a huge under-
taking, and there were many days I wouldn’t have blamed
Robin for saying, “ at’s it; I am out of here.” But, she
realized the importance of a better nancial system for
the NSR and its members. e bene ts from this sys-
tem are contributing to the success of your association.
On a personal note, Robin, I am going to miss
our discussions over lunch. I appreciated your input
and sound advice you shared with me during a few
tough times. Most of all, thanks for being a friend.
Enjoy your time with your family, and always re-
member, you are loved by your other family, the pure-
bred swine industry. You are truly one of a kind.
Mike Paul
CEO, National Swine Registry
Open Mike
NJSA board member Bryan Rodibaugh titled an
article he contributed for the January 2002
stock EDGE
“One of a kind.” is article was cor-
rectly titled, as it described Robin Lucas and all she
has contributed to the purebred swine industry.
As many of you know, and for those who don’t, Robin
Lucas will be leaving the National Swine Registry (NSR) at
the end of the year. Early this summer, Robin said, “Hey, we
need to do lunch.” is statement was not uncommon here
as Robin and I have met over lunch many times to
discuss di erent ideas and issues that come to us on
a regular basis at the NSR o ce. However, I was
not expecting to hear that Robin made the decision
to leave NSR. Oh sure, we have all discussed di er-
ent plans for our future, but when she told me of
her decision, reality hit home. Her decision got me
reminiscing about changes in the way business is done
at the NSR and her contributions to our industry.
Robin started in 1975 with the American
Yorkshire Club (AYC). She started out as a l-
ing clerk, and as she gained more experience, she became
more involved in the show and sale process, along with
becoming a valued employee in the pedigree department.
With the introduction of a computer system into the
association business, Robin became a self-taught opera-
tor in the processing of pedigrees and the Swine Testing
and Genetic Evaluation System (STAGES)
In the summer of 1994, the AYC, the Hampshire Swine
Registry (HSR) and the United Duroc Swine Registry
(UDSR) came together to form the NSR, and in 1998, the
American Landrace Association (ALA) became the fourth
member of the NSR. I am not sure if anyone outside the
o ce would realize what a huge achievement this was and
the role Robin played in making this a smooth transition.
Folks, there was no magic switch to ip to get the di er-
ent breeds and the members entered into the computer
system. Many extra hours – after o ce hours and week-
ends – were put in to get all the information entered. Plus,
there was the added challenge of interacting with a new set
One of a kind
“Always remember, you
are loved by your other
family, the purebred
swine industry.”
To contact Mike, use your smartphone to
scan the code to the right or email him
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