Happy New Year Cowbelles.
As I write this letter I am reflecting on all we have been through in 2011. Fires, drought, and many producers who have had to sell out or find lease pasture, and the list goes on. I am also thinking about how we came together to help,
support and pray for each other. This is what sets us apart; we are always there for each other. It is my hope that we never forget how important this is. Now I pray for a new year with healthy, happy families, plenty of moisture, lots of grass, fat calves and low fire danger.
I am looking forward to serving as your president this year and doing all that is in my power to serve you and the beef industry. A number of us are getting ready for Ag Fest followed closely by ANCW annual convention in Nashville. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones while attending our meetings. We are also planning to gather as much information as possible to bring back to you so that we can all be prepared for what our industry will face this year.
During this year we will be supporting the All American Beef Battalion serving steak meals to our troops. This is such a rewarding project and I encourage all who can help, to get involved. We will be starting a new brand napkin project. Genora Canon will have a big job as chair of this committee and will need all of us to do our share to make this project a success. Be sure to watch your email for legislative issues facing the industry and get involved where you can. The Gate to Plate tour will take place this year and the Beef Council is looking at following the Santa Fe Trail for this year’s tour. It will be a busy year promoting the benefits of BEEF and every one of us has something to offer to make the year successful. Find your passion and GET INVOLVED!
Your CowBelle officers for this year are here to help you with anything you may need, so do not hesitate to call on us: Sharon King, president-elect; Madalynn Lee, vice-president; Dalene Hodnett, Secretary; Lyn Greene, Treasurer.
– Beverly Butler, NMCB President
The Chamiza CowBelles met on December 1 with President, Gloria Petersen presiding. The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read and the Treasurer’s report was presented. The group approved reimbursement for Gloria’s travels with additional reimbursement for postage to mail out beef raffle tickets, and for having beef posters laminated. It was reported that shoe boxes of “necessities” and money were collected for needy children for Christmas. Last year even though 500 boxes were donated there was still a shortage. The CowBelles received a thank you note from Marty Novak for the $100 sent to purchase beef jerky for the troops. The group received confirmation of Cort Smith’s enrollment in college, a check will be sent for his scholarship. The Boys and Girls Club, in conjunction with the Rotary Club, are now in charge of the Toys for Tots campaign. Everything donated remains in the local area. It was decided to donate $200. It was suggested that next year the group enlist the help of young people enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club to sell our beef raffle tickets. At the next meeting, Katy Goetz will possibly attend as a guest speaker and the meeting will be at Jane’s house in TorC. Tommie passed out membership renewal forms for those who hadn’t as yet paid their dues. Meeting was adjourned at 11:40 followed by good “eats and treats” and a gift exchange.
Copper CowBelles – The December meeting will include Installation of Officers for 2012 and planning for the District III meeting to be hosted in March. Judy Billings has promised to be there to help and to offer suggestions on items to purchase. She is willing to help cut costs on some of these items! 2011 has been a wonderful year for Copper. The group should be proud of a job well done! There is still a lot of enthusiasm for another cookbook. So while planning Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners start copying favorite recipes for the new cookbook. 2012 is already promising to be a busy year but wouldn’t it be cool to have the cookbook hot off the presses. These recipes do not have to be complicated masterpieces! Simple ones are great, and in busy lives, preferred. Just send in basic and simple. If you don’t want to type or write it out, call Pat Bennett 575-7208. The hospital foundation has RJ Vandygriff “the cowboy aint dead yet” act coming to Silver City April 13. Cowbelles might want to get in on the sponsorship for the school kids? At the NM Farm & Livestock Bureau Annual Meeting two CowBelles received prestigious awards. Jim and Earlene Ellett were named Farm Bureau Family of the Year. Earlene is the NMCB’s District IV Rep and a member of Yucca CowBelles. Shacey Sullivan received the Excellence in Agriculture Award and a Trip to Hawaii to the National Convention. Shacey is the NMCB’s Wrangler Editor and a member of Chuckwagon CowBelles.
Lariat CowBelles December Christmas News 2011 – With 8 members and one visitor, the group met Dec. 7, at the Rabbit Ear Café for the annual Christmas party. There was a fun gift exchange. The First National Bank of New Mexico in Clayton still has beef certificates available for purchase. These may be given as gifts. The certificates are good for beef only purchases at any grocery store in the United States. They may be purchased by anyone. There was a discussion on the new slate of officers for New Mexico CowBelles. Sharon King is President Elect and Marianne Rose accepted the appointed position of Historian. Both are Lariat CowBelles. Updates were given on Lariat members and family members who are ill or have received injuries. As a result of the membership meeting last month, there are two new members of Lariat CowBelles. Ag Fest will be held Jan. 24, 2012 with CowBelles manning the beef booth. Two new Ag in the Classroom representatives have been hired for New Mexico. Patty Posey is the New Mexico CowBelle of the Year for 2012. It was noted that Governor Suzanna Martinez is now an honorary New Mexico CowBelle. The 2012 District Workshops will begin on March 22 at Fort Sumner. The large CowBelle Brand napkins are being revised and reprinted. To be included, a copy of the brand card must be submitted with $50. The napkin will hold 150 brands. The next regular meeting on Lariat CowBelles will be on Wednesday, January 11, at the Wild Horse. Respectfully submitted by, Marianne Rose Reporter, Lariat CowBelles
The Otero CowBelles met at Margo’s Restaurant in Alamogordo for their Christmas Party. Hostesses provided a gift of note cards and a refrigerator magnet for each attendee. After lunch, the white elephant gift exchange was enjoyed by all. The members were delighted to receive the NMCB 2011 Volunteer Hours award for all their hard work. Otero also placed second in membership. The 2011 New Mexico CowBelle of the Year honoree, Patty Posey brought her plaque to show those who were not at annual and thank the members for honoring her. We are so proud of Patty! And no one deserves this honor more than she. She was very surprised when her daughter, Gail, from Phoenix attended the annual meeting in time to see her receive the plaque. Pat Jones presented the first Annual Otero CowBelle “Bell Ringer” award to Nancy Cookson for her untiring work for the local. Dues for 2012 are rolling in and we are hoping to stir up lots of interest in our BEEF promotion/education so that more ladies will join in our efforts. Our health fair lady, Linda Mitchum, is forging ahead with getting Beefbags ready to distribute any place CowBelles are called upon to participate in health fairs. She says we have to get our message to the youngsters so that they can influence the parents on the value of beef in their diets. Can’t start too young! Submitted by: Barbara Wagner, Sec. Otero CowBelles
The Powderhorn CowBelles met on December 13, 2011 for their annual Christmas party in Ft. Sumner, with 12 members present and President Sandy McKenna presiding. The treasurer reminded members that dues are due. Courtesy cards were sent to Vickie Evans, Neal Vaughan, Judy Byrd and Heather McConnell. A note was read from the NMDOT thanking CowBelles for their generous “beef” meal served during their meeting at Ft. Sumner in November. The meal consisted of Cowboy roast, salad, a side dish, and peach cobbler and had cost the club less than $135. All members felt that this was a good “beef” promotion. The happenings at NM CowBelle annual meeting in Albuquerque were discussed. The “Embrace Your Plate” boards that the group ordered from Debi Rupe were on display and all members thought they would be very useful. It was suggested that the club have a luncheon for the Ft. Sumner Professional Women’s Association and use these boards for education. President McKenna reported the Pippin Ranch in Clovis has been closed and is up for sale however young adults from that ranch have been moved to the Boys and Girls Ranch. Club members had baked goods to give the Pippin Ranch students; however Sandy McKenna will now drive them to the Boys & Girls Ranch along with any donations for the Ranch. After much discussion it was decided that the club would donate $500 each to the Boys & Girls Club and the Beef Council. Both these groups have been hurt by the hard economic times this year. Karen Kelling reported that she had attended Leigh Ann Marez, the Guadalupe County Agent’s, program on cooking different recipes using “beef.” She said the program was really good and suggested that Powderhorn CowBelles help her next year. Carolyn Bedford Secretary
The Dec. 10, 2011 meeting of the Berrendo CowBelles was held at Chews West. The President Betty Solt called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon. There were 10 members and two guests present. The minutes of the November meeting were read and approved as read. A Thank You note was read for “Add-ons” at the County Fair. Treasurer’s report was read, approved and will be filed. Genora Canon gave a report on the Annual Meeting in Albuquerque. At that meeting the State voted to redo the large brand napkins, the brands will sell for $50 per brand. One of the other major issues learned at the State meeting was that the New Mexico Game and Fish Department will no longer manage the Wolf program in New Mexico. The Roswell High School Singers entertained the group during the luncheon. They were wonderful as usual. President Betty Solt read a letter written by her Mother in the 1950s concerning the Beef Industry and its history. She also handed out little daily poems her Mother had written for each day of the week for the membership to read. President Solt did a beautiful and unusual installation of new Officers. 2012 Berrendo CowBelle Officers: President – Genora Canon, Vice President – Joyce Darrough, Secretary – Robin Moore, Treasurer – Carmen Barbe, Meeting adjourned 12:35 p.m. Submitted by Genora Canon
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