The Meat Science Club at Iowa State University is currently comprised of 5 undergraduate and 12 graduate members, whose goal is to find opportunities to further their knowledge in meat science. The club has been in existence for at least 30 years. In addition to assisting with ISU Meat Lab’s processed meat short courses throughout the semester, the club hosted its annual Appreciation Dinner in November, getting together with the faculty, staff, and employees who work in or help the meat science section for a time of fellowship and thanks for all the hard work they do. Also in November, several members volunteered in the Iowa BBQ Society’s RIBS for Kids program, which brings in inner city children to teach them about food safety and barbecuing.
More recently, the Meat Science Club had its annual Holiday Ham fundraiser. The club purchases green hams from a local packer and processes the hams over the next three weeks. The hams are then sold to customers throughout the area for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The profits from the Holiday Ham sales and other club activities directly benefit the club members, allowing opportunities for travel to conferences and covering other educational costs. This year the ISU News Service covered the club’s Holiday Ham activities. The story can be found online.