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The Amazingly True Story of
Lulu the Snow Goat


Lulu the Snow Goat is the remarkable true story of a Nubian goat living on a farm in North Carolina who always knows when snow is coming. Even when meteorologists fail to predict it, without fail Lulu heads to the barn and snuggles up in the hay…and a few hours later, snow begins to fall.

Soon Lulu’s owner Earl realizes that the only time she goes to the barn is when it is going to snow. And so, the next time he sees Lulu head to the barn, Earl alerts school superintendent Joe Sinclair so he can close the schools in time to keep kids safe at home.

But when Lulu’s “prediction” doesn’t match the local meteorologist’s, Dr. Joe decides to ignore Earl’s advice. A few hours later, the buses are struggling to stay on the road due to the ice and snow that has fallen.

Dr. Joe decides to trust Lulu’s instincts from then on, no matter how foolish he might look taking advice from a goat!

Lulu the Snow Goat becomes a local hero. And not only does she help keep kids safe, but her fame also helps raise scholarship money to send kids to college.

Never has a Nubian goat contributed so much in her own way to so many people. Her entire legacy helped to bring joy to the hearts of thousands throughout America in need of a "feel-good", inspirational story.

The following appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Goat Does a Snow Job on School System

January 08, 1988|Associated Press

SNOW CAMP, N. C. — Lulu the goat trotted into her barn a few hours before dawn Thursday--and Burlington City Schools Supt. Joe Sinclair knew he would have to close the schools.

The goat, famed throughout North Carolina for remarkable accuracy in predicting snow, was on target again Thursday.

In normal weather, Lulu's turf is the porch of a home in southern Alamance County. But, when there is a hint of snow in the air, she makes for the barn.

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Queenie & Little Joe
by Joe Sinclair

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Putting Life on the Finish Line

(A book written by Joe Sinclair, Executive Director of Northwest RESA
Joe is donating a portion of proceeds toward professional development needs*)

Putting Life on the Finish Line
Running to Victory

When author Joe Sinclair turned sixty-two years old, he began his quest to run as many marathons as possible. Less than five years later, he has logged more than four thousand miles, participating in more than 165 marathons. In his memoir, Putting Life on the Finish Line, he tells his life story from his early years through his late sixties and details how he achieved his running goals.

Sinclair shares running's rewards and challenges-crossing the finish line at the toughest marathon in America run entirely on asphalt; completing three marathons in three days in the hot July weather; fighting off attacks by vicious dogs during a lonely, rural, mountain marathon; and helping a struggling young marathoner achieve his very first marathon finish.

Offering personal secrets for success, tips and tricks, nutritional and fitness plans, pre-race plans, and inspiring stories, Putting Life on the Finish Line provides encouragement for those who believe they are too old to accomplish a dream. It shows that personal health and fitness is attainable at any age.
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Joe Sinclair is so authentic. His story is very helpful. His accomplishments are impressive!                       
                               Linda O'Neal




The Marathon Called Educational Leadership


I am so busy this time of year that I don't normally do a lot of reading.  However, I read about 80 pages yesterday.  Very entertaining and easy to read.  Good writing style.  I especially enjoyed reading about Lulu.  Carol asked me why I was laughing, and I read a portion to her.  We both sat there laughing.  I think the book is excellent.  My son is a teacher/coach and aspires to get into administration.  When I finish, I will pass it to him.  

                Jerry Stokes, SC

The Marathon Called Educational Leadership
The 26 Commandments of Success

Lifelong educator, marathon runner and author Joe Sinclair provides real-life, practical advice for educational leaders in his new book “The Marathon Called Educational Leadership: The Twenty-Six Commandments of Success” (published by iUniverse).  

A memoir of his educational successes, “The Marathon Called Educational Leadership” recalls Sinclair’s more than 40 years of district-level leadership experience and provides guidance for aspiring educational leaders striving to make a positive difference.  

The leadership situations and decision-making processes Sinclair presents in his book lead to his 26 commandments of educational leadership. Sinclair attributes the success he experienced in his life-long educational career to these tenets. 

“‘The Marathon Called Educational Leadership’ has a unique blend of actual leadership experiences combined with effective decision-making capabilities to produce the most favorable results in some unusual situations,” says Dr. Sinclair

It is Sinclair’s sincere hope that, through his book, readers will gain a new understanding of the time, commitment and challenges associated with effective leadership.



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*During Dr. Sinclair's tenure as Executive Director, he is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his books,
"Putting Life on the Finish Line", and "The Marathon Called Educational Leadership", toward regional staff development for educators.

The following article appeared in the Burlington Times-News on Sunday, March 2, 2003 and was written by Don Bolden.




When I listened to the weather forecast Tuesday night, I thought to myself, "this is a situation made for Lulu."

There was a forecast of bad winter weather Wednesday, and that could pose a problem for the schools.  The most difficult call for the schools is when nothing is happening at 6 a.m. but bad weather is forecast later in the day.  Do you go to school and get hit with a snowstorm, or do you call off classes early, and perhaps have nothing happen?  That's when we need Lulu.

Lulu was a white goat who lived on a farm in Snow Campo in the late 1980's.  She belonged to my sister-in-law Peggy, and my brother, Earl.

Lulu, to put it simply, predicted snow.  And the school superintendent consulted her, through Earl, to decide about school on snowy days.

Nine times through the years he consulted Lulu, and she was on the money every time.

When snow threatened, Superintendent Joe Sinclair would call my brother and ask about Lulu.

When snow was coming, Lulu would leave her little sleeping area on the porch of an old house on the farm and go into the barn and make a warm bed there.  She would do this four hours or so before snow began.  If Lulu went to the barn, Joe would call off school. 

On one occasion, there was a threat of  snow up in the day, just as on this past Wednesday.  At 6 a.m., however, when Joe had to make a decision, not a flake was falling.  But he checked with Lulu.  At 4 a.m. she had gone to the barn.

Joe cancelled classes.  Many thought he had made a poor decision.  But by 7 a.m., snow was falling, and 8 inches fell during the day.

Lulu became quite famous.  Stories we wrote about her went all over the nation on the Associated Press wire -- and to England as well -- and she became something of a folk legend.

Every television station in the area visited Snow Camp for film and interviews.  National Public Radio did a piece on her, and Star Magazine, one of the supermarket tabloids, sent a reporter.  There was a photo of Lulu on the front of that publication.

When snow was forecast locally, residents would listen to the weathermen make their predictions, but then would ask, "Has Lulu gone to the barn yet?"

There were Lulu sweaters, caps, golf towels and such, and the proceeds were used to finance scholarships for local students.

Lulu met an untimely death just when her fame was about to grow even more.  A pack of wild dogs attacked and killed her on the farm one night, just when she had been invited to California to appear on a television program entitled "That's Incredible."

With all the snow this winter, Lulu would have really been in her element.  But on the other hand, this winter might have worked her to death.

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