Jingle Jangle

by Madalynn Lee and Members

Dear Cowbelles,

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope you all had a great Christmas. I would like to thank everyone who has entrusted me with this position and hope that I can do you proud. I would like to thank our Past President, Sharon King for all of her hard work and dedication for these past years. It is indeed an accomplishment to have become a Past President – thanks to all of you.

My mission will be simply stated this year but harder to accomplish and I ask everyone for their help in achieving my goal. “Bridge the Gap” is what I will try to succeed in this year. I have intentions to hopefully bridge the gap in communications with our consumers, communications amongst our fellow producers in all areas of agriculture, and bridge the gap in our voice nationally through our ANCW and other organizations including our neighboring counties. If the nation wants to go “haywire” we can maybe bail up our own state so to speak. Anyways, you’re getting the idea.

How many people do we do business with or in our extended families or friends/co-workers who don’t know a thing about what agriculture does for you on a daily basis? Find at least one person you have communication with and ask them if they knew an average hide can render 12 basketballs or that the tires they drove on here today were made of cow by-products. Wow, is generally their response. It’s amazing now you have a lead in. Go through that door and bridge that gap. Have a great month and looking forward to hearing from you.

– Madalynn Lee, NMCB President

UPCOMING EVENTS

January

21 – New Mexico Legislature Opens, Santa Fe

February

3-7 / American National Cattlewomen’s Meeting, Nashville TX

1 / Ag Fest Reception, Santa Fe

18 / Roundhouse Feed, Santa Fe

20 / New Mexico Legislature Adjourns

March

10-12 / NMCB District Workshop

25 / National Ag Day

Lariat CowBelles met Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at the Rabbit Ear Café for their annual Christmas party. Hostesses were Lariat officers who had a table with a buffet of appetizers, desserts and hot spiced cider. The regular meeting was not held and there were nine members present. President Owaissa Heimann gave an update on the recent Joint Stockman’s and New Mexico CowBelles Convention in Albuquerque, NM. CowBelle of the Year is Lauren Nunn. The Membership Award and the Volunteer Time Award went to Silver Spurs. Cattleman of the Year is Sterling Spencer. The brand napkins are at the printers. The cost to CowBelle Locals is $150 per case. This comes out to $8 per pack of 100 napkins. Lariat CowBelles will host the District Workshop in March.    Kathryn Malcolm-Callis gave a talk on Kids, Kows, and More. She also read The Christmas Eve Gift by Chesna Smith. All present members gave a short history of their backgrounds for the other members.       Gifts were exchanged with a round robin distribution of presents following the instructions of a story read by Kathryn Malcolm-Callis. Respectfully Submitted by Marianne Rose, Lariat Reporter

Mesilla Valley CowBelles met on December 17, 2013 with six members and two juniors present. The New Years Eve dance was discussed: DJ, party favors –Gretchen will order, cookie platters – Janelda, decorations-chile and white lights will decorate the pavilion and provide lightening . . . will need two floor lamps for DJ and one for the food area – Janet and Gretchen will work on the lights. Melissa will bring cups, cocoa packets and two coffee pots, Janet has two as well. Flyers went out to FFAs and published in the Roving Clover. Club will provide cider packets and water bottles. We will meet at the Pavilion at 1:00 to decorate the day of . . . Meanwhile before that sometime . . . Janet or Gretchen will stop by to look at logistics of which doors to open, what signage may be needed and what decorating tools will be needed . . . ladders, wire, nails etc. The Ag Books are in and Janet will pick up from the Farm Bureau office this week and leave a check for them. Annual meeting happenings were discussed and meeting was adjourned. Submitted by Janet Witte

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 by the 14th of each month