Jingle Jangle

by Beverly Butler and Members.


Here we are in September and I’m asking for your help. First, I want to give you a little history of our organization. The first chapter of New Mexico CowBelles was founded in 1957 when Pat Nowlin, an Arizona CowBelle, moved to New Mexico with her family. She was instrumental in getting a group of like-minded women together and she served as the first president of New Mexico CowBelles. In 1998 NM CowBelles created a scholarship in her name. This year we are celebrating our 55th year as a CowBelle organization and New Mexico is celebrating its 100th year of statehood.

Over the years our organization has grown and changed, but the principals we adhere to have remained the same. What better way to honor our founder, our state organization, and our principals than to contribute to the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship Fund, keeping it viable for years to come. We constantly talk about the importance of educating the public about the benefits of beef but without the next generation following in our footsteps this mission will fade away.

This scholarship is open to any New Mexico CowBelle or the child of a CowBelle and gives us an opportunity to encourage those who are involved with CowBelles to continue their education and to stay involved with the beef family. Take a look at this year’s winners and past winners and you will find that many of these are longtime CowBelles. They are women who are continuing their education while supporting our locals and they are our future! Our ability to support them in their endeavors depends on keeping this scholarship funded and that depends on YOU.

Some locals make donations in memory of deceased members, some donate to honor a friend or family member, and some make a donation on a yearly basis. I am asking every local to consider the importance of this program and look for ways you can help. Many of our winners tell us how much this money means when it comes to buying books, especially for upper classmen. Since the availability of scholarships dwindles as college students reach their junior and senior years this program is a real help.

On average the state receives applications from seven locals every year. I would guess that more locals have deserving members or their children who should be nominated for this scholarship. I encourage you to take advantage of this great program and send in your nominees. I challenge each local to find a way to support this program with a financial donation! Could it be an item in your budget for an annual commitment? Do you have a member or friend you want to honor? Any amount is needed and appreciated from $10 to ?. This is a wonderful program for NMCB and one which should not be lost due to apathy. PLEASE HELP KEEP IT GOING.

                          – Beverly Butler, NMCB President



  • September 12-23 – NM State Fair Beef Booth
  • September 15 – Deadline for Membership Award
  • September 25 –ExecutiveBoard/Budget Committee, Clayton
  • September 26 – 5 States Roundup, Clayton
  • September 28-30 – National Beef Ambassador Contest, California
  • October 1 – Membership Drive Begins
  • October 15 – CowBelle of the Year Nominations Due
  • November 15 – Annual Reports due to President-Elect (50 copies)Volunteer Time Sheets due to President
  • December 6-9 – Joint Stockmen’s Meeting, NMCB Board of Directors & General Membership Meeting

Congratulations to the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship Winners!

The Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship had three very deserving applicants for 2012. Thank you to all the CowBelles and New Mexico CowBelle Locals for their generosity in donating contributions in honor and memory of people they wanted to remember.

Aubri Allen is a member of Border Belles and her home is Deming. Aubri is currently attending Western New Mexico State University as a nursing student. She works part time at Gila Regional Medical Center as a certified nursing assistant. Aubri plans to graduate with an associate degree in Nursing in 2012 and continue her education towards a Masters in Nursing. She plans to be a Pre-Operative or Home Health Nurse. Rural Health care is very important to her as she comes from an Agricultural background.

Kyra Grant is a Powderhorn CowBelle from Ft. Sumner. Kyra is currently attending New Mexico State University. She is a Crimson Scholar, active in Collegiate 4-H, an ambassador for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and a past New Mexico CowBelles Beef Ambassador. Kyra is preparing to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in Journalism. She enjoys writing and working with the public, hoping to work for the beef industry in some capacity.

J.W. Lindsay is the son of Gary and Gretchen Lindsay. Gretchen is president of Mesilla Valley CowBelles. J.W. attended Las Cruces High School and graduated from Dora Consolidated Schools in 2012. He was active in the Las Cruces High School FFA, the Doña Ana 4-H Program, the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association, New Mexico Cattle Growers and American Angus Association. J.W. plans to major in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Finance at New Mexico State University. He hopes to rodeo and live the Cowboy way of life.


The August 2 meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order by President Gloria Petersen with eight members and two guests present. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read and the treasurer’s report was given. Elephant Days in September was discussed. Elephant Days officials notified the group they could share their table for free this year, yet for future events, the group will need to purchase a space for $50 to sell beef tickets and other CowBelle merchandise. At the next meeting group will determine if anyone is available to work the table this year. However, the group will forego renting a table in future years because merchandise sold does not warrant paying the $50 fee. Gloria also reported that Myra is still not feeling well and encouraged members to send her cards. As in past years, CowBelles will donate money to purchase a “beef” buckle for a county fair winner. This year, the buckle will cost $125. The Bank of the Southwest contacted Gloria to advise her that the beef certificate account will be closed in six months because of inactivity. She had no idea there was a separate account for this and intended to go to the bank after the meeting. If need be, she will deposit $1 to keep the account open and active. The CowBelle sign on the south side of the old Sierra Feed store was apparently partly removable — at least the brands were. Gloria received a phone call after 10 p.m. one night asking what to do with the brand signs. Gloria advised the caller to drop them off at her son’s construction yard just outside TorC. A decision will be made at a later date as to what to do with them. It was asked if group had been contacted to work at the State Fair in ABQ. As of this date, Gloria has not heard anything but she will check further to find out if help is still needed. Jean has contacted Walmart and received permission to set up a table outside the store on August 15, 16, and 17 to sell beef tickets. If anyone is available to assist her, she will appreciate it. Meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m. Next meeting will be held at the new Bank Café in Chloride. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

The Powderhorn CowBelles met at the home of Joan Key for the August 14 meeting with Sandy McKenna serving as co-hostess. There were nine members present with three guests, Jean Hamill, Ginger Howe and Fita Witte. Ginger and Jean are potential members, but decided to wait until the new year starts in October rather than joining now. Thank you notes were received from Janie Maestas and her mother and also from Talen Crist. Powderhorn had given Janie money when she was attempting to be chosen a 4-H ambassador. She was not successful but later was elected to the State 4-H Officer Council so it became a positive experience for her and she wrote thanking the group for helping her and returned the money. Talen Crist had been asked to attend the first US Beef Academy and CowBelles furnished half the money he needed. He stated that it was a very intense week of learning and participating in activities about all phases of the beef cattle industry. The local was proud to learn that he was an exceptional participant in the program and glad that to help him. Discussion of the June Barbecue brought out suggestions for the coming year. The 4-H youth helped a great deal this year and a donation to the De Baca County 4-H Council was sent to show appreciation. Karen Kelling reported on the Mid-Year meeting and actions taken at that time. The group was gratified to learn that Kyra Grant was one of the recipients of the Pat Nowlin Scholarships. Notice was given that there are still vacant spots on the new Brand Napkins — if interested send $50 to Lyn Greene and two copies of brand registration to Genora Canon. September 16 and Sept. 22 are the days open for Powderhorn to help at the State Fair. Powderhorn nominated and elected Sandy McKenna, Karen Kelling and Nancy Schade to be the Nominating Committee for the coming year. After a delicious luncheon Fita Witte gave a summary of how the cook-off has changed since the early first one in Denver, Colorado in 1974 with a total budget of about $500 to the present with the professional presentations in major cities. One thing that hasn’t changed is the reason, which is an opportunity to reach the consumer with tasty recipes and a better understanding of our product and the plain ordinary people we producers are. Dorothy Vaughan, Secretary

Five States Round-Up – “Advocacy in Agriculture” — The Lariat CowBelles invite you to join them on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at the Clayton Air Park in Clayton, New Mexico for a great educational opportunity focusing on advocating for the beef industry. Topics for this event include Beef Check-Off Update and Advocacy Alliances and ANCW. The day will be filled with information, fun, friends, and good food. You will be treated to a style show by Espe’s/3 West and a catered lunch by Bert Ancell. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and will include a continental breakfast. You are invited to visit the vendor booths and to submit your bids on the items in the silent auction, at this time. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. The speakers scheduled for this informative session are Polly Rhuland, CEO for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board; Tammie Didlot, President of ANCW & President of Oklahoma Cattlewomen; Dalene Hodnett, New Mexico CowBelles Secretary and Director of Communications and Media Relations, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. Please return the bottom of this pre-registration form with your $25 registration fee on or before September 12, 2012. Late registration from September 13 through September 15 will be $30. To insure a correct number of meals for the luncheon, you must register no later than September 15. There will be no registrations accepted at the door. This may be the most reasonably priced day of education that you will have the opportunity to attend. So invite husbands, neighbors, friends and family to come and attend with you.

For out-of-town guests, Clayton Motels: Best Western Kokopelli Lodge 575/374-2589; Holiday Motel 575/374-2558; Super 8 of Clayton 575/374-8127; Days Inn & Suites 575/374-0133; Eklund Hotel 575/374-2551.

For Pre-Registration please send your name, address, city, state, zip, and yourLocal’s name to: Marianne Rose

421 Washington St., Clayton, New Mexico 88415, manatee@plateautel.net

We look forward to seeing you on September 26!

Otero CowBelles met at Casa de Sueños restaurant in Tularosa August 2. There were 17 members present and one guest, Debra Phillips. Debra was a former member who had moved away some time ago, and the group is hoping to bring her back into the fold. The local has made over 1,000 sample packets of brisket spice rub to distribute at the Otero county fair August 15-18. Lowe’s Grocery donated 25 pounds of spice rub. Estelle Bond, who coordinated the Kids, Kows and More activity, donated the $239.10 paid to her by the Beef Council back into the Otero CowBelle general fund. President Rupe urged everyone to make an effort to assist at the local fair booth and the state fair booth. Madalynn is in charge of the state fair booth and will welcome any and all assistance. Nancy Cookson showed the group the “I Love Beef” items that will be for sale at our local fair to raise money for Otero CowBelle branded items. The barbeque Firewires will also be for sale. The 600+ brand projects that were completed by the students at the ‘Building A Brand’ station at Kids, Kows, and More will be on display at fair booth and the group is looking forward to having the parents stop by just to see them so members will be able to talk to them about BEEF! Everyone needs to adopt President Rupe’s “CAN DO” motto to keep agriculture, with the emphasis on BEEF, before the general public. Barbara Wagner, Secretary

The Chuckwagon CowBelles met in Mountainair on August 14 with 19 members and six guests present with Toni Barrow presiding. The CowBelle Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and CowBelle Creed were recited. Carolyn Chance then introduced Matt Page, Assistant District Attorney and Kathy Ness-Reyes, Kent Ballard, and John Stocum all with local law enforcement. They gave an enlightening program on Methamphetamine abuse. Torrance County ranks third in deaths caused by drug over-dose in children. There was discussion about the Junior Deputy program. For more information on it call the office at 246-4773. Anhydrous Ammonia is used to produce Meth, which is widely used in fertilizer production, so it is ubiquitous in rural farming areas. Meth is highly addictive and fairly inexpensive to produce, so its abuse tends to be pervasive. The group was informed about what to look for and what to avoid should a Meth lab “dump” be spotted in remote areas where our cows might graze. If plastic containers labeled “Heet,” “acetone,” “drain cleaner,” “paint thinner,” or “starter fluid” are seen – particularly if there is supple plastic tubing attached to them – stay away! It is best to call law enforcement so they can send out a Hazardous Materials team. Look for propane tanks that have been altered and have bluish corrosion on the valve, these have likely been used for storing Anhydrous Ammonia and should only be removed by officials. Red-stained coffee filters, matches without the heads on them, and batteries that have been twisted and broken are sure signs of a Meth lab dump. For more information on this topic please go to www.facesofmeth.us/. The officers also admonished the group to lock up any prescription medicines. They are seeing a rise in abuse of pain killers among the youth in Torrance County right now. After lunch, Toni Barrow reconvened the meeting at 1:00 p.m. She then introduced two more guests – Nancy and Jim Lambert. The minutes were accepted as amended. Phyllis announced that the International Order of Rainbow Girls is selling snacks at the fair. Marilyn Mignery read an invitation from the Methodist Church in Estancia to attend its grand opening on August 25. It was decided to donate $125 to the Torrance County beef buckle and to give a $100 donation to the Bosque Farms Junior Rodeo Association. Toni mentioned the State Fair and requested volunteers. Toni then read a letter of thanks for Chuckwagon’s donation to the ad for Agriculture in the newspaper. Next month’s meeting will be at the Shaffer Hotel in Mountainair. The program will be announced. Hostesses will be Toni and Lyn. Meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Babbi Baker


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: janetwitte@msn.com