As you know the New Mexico Legislature started on January 18 and this began a new session with many new people. We have the first female Governor in New Mexico, as well as a change in the voting statues among all levels of our state…
I am working on gathering the new list of state and national people whom many of you will be wanting to contact as you work on things which involve agriculture.
Due to the many changes taking place since Governor Susana Martinez took office, you again have a chance to be a voice and make a difference. This is a great time to get to know your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think about the different topics and also to let them know you will be watching to see how they vote. It is important to remember that CowBelles can voice their opinion as individuals. With heated discussions and debates having begun with our new legislative session, we as CowBelles need to review our policies and procedures. We are passionate about our industry as individuals, but we need to be careful that we don’t violate our own by-laws or the New Mexico CowBelle Purpose which is to educate and promote.
Our NMCB Legislative Chair is Genora Moore Canon and she will be sending out information in the form of an Alert, or a Call to Action, which is an issue that needs our attention and action. Genora receives information from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), American National CattleWomen (ANCW), and New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA). These different groups send information to our Legislative chair, who in turn sends the information to the NMCB District Representatives; District I – Carolyn Chance, District II – Barbara Shaw, District III – Anita Gutierrez, District IV – Ruth Wold. After the District Representatives receive the Alert or Call to Action they will then pass the information on to the local presidents of their districts, who will present these topics to their members. We need to remember that many of our members do not communicate by email, so we need to call them.
There are three pages in the CIA Red Book, located in Section 2, which can be helpful concerning legislation and actions. “Guidelines for NMCB Legislative Action”, “Structure of the New Mexico CowBelles Legislative Committee” and the “New Mexico CowBelle Statement of Policy” are guidelines and information needed to address legislature issues and actions according to our policies. A “Glossary of Legislative and Regulatory Key Terms” is a good source of information as well. Please look for these and if you don’t find them in your Red Book let me know.
If you are interested in being more informed about what happens in Santa Fe, and at the Roundhouse, there are options. You can contact Rex Wilson who is the legislative represtetive and President-Elect of New Mexico Cattle Growers. There is a New Mexico Leadership Program, offered through New Mexico State University, which develops awareness of the social, political, economic and cultural issues which affect the agricultural industry. Individuals can also go to Santa Fe and be the face of agriculture and help to lobby for us all.
Several of the NMCB state officers and members went to the Cattle Industry Convention in Denver recently. This was a joint meeting, of ANCW and NCBA, where we hear about issues that were being address on a national level. There was also a President Council, general members meetings, workshops and committees for ANCW members.
Several of our state members have been or are currently on American National Cattlewomen committees: Kathryn Malcolm-Callis has chaired the Consumer Education Committee; Lyn Greene has worked on the ANCW Printed Newsletter; Owaissa Heimann has served as Region VI Membership & Communication Committee; Karen Kelling has joined the Legislative & Issues Committee for Region VI and the Funding Development Committee; Fita Witte serves on the ANCW Foundation, Outstanding Cattlemen of the Year, National Beef Cook-Off Program, NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee; Margie McKeen served NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee, and I have joined the Beef Promotion Committee and serve as our state connection with the Animal Welfare Committee. Rachel Richlefs, Dist. VI 2011 Chair, continues to represent NMCB at ANCW meetings”. We all work to represent our state on the national level and bring information back to our members to share.
Something that each local can do to help inspire ideas around the state is to turn in your monthly secretary’s report each month, so we all can read what is happening in your local. Each secretary is responsible for sending reports of local meetings to the state president and the Editor of the “Jingle Jangle”, Janet Witte. These reports then appear in the Stockman each month and this is a great way for others to see what you do to promote you agriculture. I hope to see many more local reports appearing in the Stockman. I do know you are proud of your locals and the work you do, so let us all hear about it.Thank you for all you do for the industry.– Linda Lee, NMCB President
– Linda Lee,
New Mexico CowBelle President 2011
New Mexico CowBelles Workshop Tour
February 28, 2011 – Capitan / Corriente CowBelles
March 1, 2011 – Deming / Border Belles
March 1, 2011 – Executive Meeting in T or C in the evening
March 2, 2011 – T or C / Chamiza CowBelles
March 3, 2011 – Roy / Piñon CowBelles
The Canyon CowBelles’ January 5th meeting was called to order by out-going president, Jane Shafer where she installed officers as follows: President – Martha Bond, First Vice-President – Wilna Mead, Second Vice President – Cherri Goad, Secretary – Deborah Geary and The Treasurer – Ann Ferguson, who was unable to attend. The meeting was then called to order by Martha Bond with eight members present. The Treasurer’s Report was given with 40 paid members. Three raffled items donated by Zane Mead were drawn for. Zane, Wilna’s son is an excellent southwest artist who has been generous in providing fund-raisers for Canyon CowBelles. Appreciation for Wilna’s time in her efforts was acknowledged by all present. The group decided to provide a donation of beef to the newly designed commercial kitchen for the Culinary Class at the Carrizozo School in the department of Consumer Sciences. The beef will be presented to CowBelle member, Rosemary Shafer who heads the program at school and is the Consumer Science teacher. President Martha Bond set a tentative date of May for annual “Ag Day” at the school. She will confirm this by next meeting in February. The February’s meeting will be an Italian theme luncheon. Deborah Geary will provide cheese and meat manicotti, Cherri Goad will bring the dessert, “Italian Love Cake.” Other members will bring garlic bread and side dishes. A discussion about February’s agenda centered around membership and community service for our older members. There were suggestions to deliver flowers, plants, or cookies to local members unable to attend meetings. Another suggestion was to keep members birthdays on record for cards or visits. The idea of up-dating members was agreed upon by all in attendance, and secretary, Deborah Geary will put together a mailer about February’s theme luncheon, as well as a reminder for members to bring cookies to ice on February 2. These will be frozen and ready to deliver to members. The goal is to reach more members with a mini-newsletter three or four times a year and update email addresses of members.
Submitted, Deborah Geary
New Mexico CowBelles: Thank you to all who have submitted their news to “Jingle Jangle.” Please send minutes and/or newsletters to:
Jingle Jangle, Janet Witte, 1860 Foxboro Ct., Las Cruces, NM 88007 or email: email@example.com