Who We Are

The Great Lakes Alpaca Association (GLAA) represents alpaca owners and breeders in 5 states in the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). With over 50 members, GLAA is one of the largest AOA affiliates in the nation. GLAA members offer the nation's largest collection of huacaya and suri alpacas. Our herds represent some of the finest bloodlines in North America.

The primary goals of GLAA are to promote public awareness of, and interest in, alpacas and their fiber and related business interests. We're also committed to providing marketing and educational resources to our members to help them succeed and grow as alpaca breeders.

In addition, GLAA helps sponsor regional alpaca shows and events, including The Wisconsin Alpaca and Fiber Fest West Bend in April.

We conduct or co-sponsor ongoing education and marketing activities to benefit our members and are committed to providing our members with up-to-date information and news about the alpaca industry. We also act as a liaison to the national Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) so that our members can have a voice there as well. In all ways, we want to be partners in your success.

If you're interested in alpacas, or in becoming involved in raising them or working with their fiber, GLAA and its member farms can provide you with information, resources, and a community of like-minded people to work with.

Key Benefits of Joining GLAA

We're always looking for new ways to serve the alpaca community. Some key benefits of GLAA membership are:

  • Farm listing on this site
  • Access to inquiries in your area generated by the website
  • Access to sponsorship funds for farm events
  • Opportunity to participate in alpaca-related events
  • Monthly newsbits and calendar updates
  • GLAA event sponsorship opportunities
  • Your vote in GLAA elections
  • Marketing and public outreach on our members' behalf
  • Access to educational and marketing materials
  • Monitoring of industry news, trends, and governmental issues
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GLAA Board of Directors

  • Jim Konyn, President
  • Leslie Herzog, Vice-President
  • Chris Rogers, Secretary
  • Jan Clingman, Treasurer
  • Kevin Stoer, Member at Large

GLAA Directors usually meet each month by phone conference. If you have issues you would like discussed, please contact any of the directors to have it brought before the board. If you email, please put GLAA in the subject line.

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Why Alpacas are for You

Learn more about alpacas and farming.  Beautiful, valuable, and companionable, alpacas are a great addition to any rural life or the perfect antidote to a too-hectic urban or suburban one.  Learn more about these easy-to-love animals and what it takes to raise them.  

GLAA is a community of other alpaca owners and lovers.  Together we help each other succeed in the alpaca business by providing educational resources and marketing activities.

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