Jingle Jangle

by Madalynn Lee and Members

Happy Healthy Heart Month and yes, we now have 29 lean cuts to choose from. What an amazing thing to have Dr. Barry Ramo endorse our product back in the fall. I had to back up the TV and look again but sure enough I heard it right. He encourages us to include fruits and vegetables as well in a healthy and balanced diet. WOW! What a concept. That is something Cowbelles already does and continues doing Dr. thank you so much again.

The ranchers and farmers all seem to be trying something “different,” to compete with the ongoing and ever still arising problems that threaten our way of life.  Then we throw in the mix groups such as HSUS, PETA, etc. to all the hype about GMO’s to government interference in land use as well as our water use. Ranchers and Farmers deal enough every day with droughts and floods to the freezing sub-zero temperatures as were experienced by our neighbors in the North and East. In my opinion we should stand strong together as an agriculture community with the people that are making a difference in feeding our world.

We need to continue to bridge that gap on issues of misconceptions and untruths. Seize every opportunity to share your personal experience impacting our future with everyone you come into contact with.  Leave this issue at the dentist’s office, doctor’s office or car wash – wherever people have to wait – when you are through with it.

Spread the word to people who don’t normally get the whole agriculture idea.  Social media is riveting however, if you are not quite at this level all ways to spread the story are great. Here’s a great example. A local Cowbelle buys one of the great Rada products New Mexico Cowbelles retail.  She takes the knife sharpener to her church the following week and the gals in the kitchen love it so much they then ask all about the item. The Cowbelle then takes the opportunity to tell all about Cowbelles and sells three more the following year. She has now made many impacts to four more heads in the kitchen about our great product. I know we all do this every day in many ways.

I want you to share some of your bridges with me. Let’s tell people all about it this year and who knows what might happen. Some great things I stole from the beef website on line.

  • In this month of romance, beef is the preferred choice of Americans (62 percent) because nothing says love like a great steak dinner for Valentine’s Day.
  • When it’s time to share that Valentine’s Day meal, beef wins. A ribeye (35 percent) or T-bone steak (32 percent) is chosen as the best meal to share with a significant other.
  • Americans most often associate beef with celebrations (50 percent), compared to chicken (18 percent), pork (17 percent), or fish (15 percent).

Have a great month and e-mail me a story:  madle01@yahoo.com

– Maddy

UPCOMING EVENTS

February

11 – Ag Fest Reception, Santa Fe

18 – Roundhouse Feed, Santa Fe

March

10-12, 2014 / NMCB District Workshop

25 – National Ag Day

With 10 members and one guest, Tana Garnett of Nara Visa, present Lariat Cowbelles met January 8, 2014, at the Rabbit Ears Café. Ms Garnett became a member of Lariat CowBelles.  Mary Bleiker read the November minutes and the treasurer’s report. Correspondence was received from Farm Bureau regarding two children’s beef books purchased for a school in Clayton. A thank you card was received from the family of Pearl Sowers for the Pat Nowlin Memorial made in her name. The yearbook has not been printed yet due to printing issues and dates needed. It will be available by the next regular meeting. New Mexico legislation will be in short session from January 21 to February 20; 139 bills have been pre-filed.  USDA is asking for comments on allowing Brazilian beef into the United States. No link is available yet on the USDA site. Volunteer time sheets and sample sheets were distributed. Advocacy issues are Brazilian beef, horse slaughter, wolf issues and beef promotion using social media. The District 2 Workshop will be held March 10 at the Methodist Church in Clayton. There was discussion of Lariat CowBelles responsibilities as hostess of this event. Members signed up for committees. 5 States Round-Up will be held October 1 this year. Pat Nowlin Scholarship applications are due April 15. It was voted to increase the Lariat CowBelles Scholarship to $500. Discussion was held on opening eligibility to high school students who have enough college credits at graduation to enter college at the sophomore level. Helen Fain of LeRoy’s Tax and Accounting was the guest speaker. She discussed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The next regular meeting of Lariat CowBelles will be February 11 at the Rabbit Ears Café. Respectfully submitted by, Marianne Rose, Lariat CowBelles Reporter

Chamiza Cowbelles Meeting of January 9, 2014. Meeting was called to order by Vice President Jodell Downs at in the Ivory Tusk Restaurant at Elephant Butte Inn with seven members present.  Kaye Diamond led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and read both the Cowbelle Prayer and Cowbelle Creed. Minutes from the November meeting were approved as read. Cathy presented the Treasurer’s report in Dolores’s absence. It was also approved as presented. Jodell reported that 15 people attended the Christmas meeting at her home. Food and money donations to the food bank were most generous. Jodell passed around a thank you card sent to the Cowbelles. No one signed up to host a meeting in 2014. Daisy has resigned from volunteering to call members to remind them of the meeting. Jodell announced that Michelle will conduct a “make up” meeting in March which will be held either at Jodell’s or Myra’s. This will be a potluck meeting. Discussion was held regarding whether or not to have the beef raffle again this year. The group has done it for so many years, people have come to expect it. It was decided to hold the beef raffle again this year. It was suggested to begin selling tickets in July. Tommie reported on a Chuckwagon CowBelle meeting she attended in December. After their business meeting, each member told of some event that happened to her between the November and December meetings. Tommie was very entertained and impressed, so each member told of something they did, or that happened to them in December. Tommie won the door prize—free lunch! Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

The Chuckwagon CowBelles met in Mountainair, at the First Baptist Church on January 14, 2014. The CowBelle Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and creed were recited. Eighteen members were present at the meeting. Toni Barrow discussed ideas and appealed for help concerning the District Workshop on March 12, in Socorro. It was decided to pay for rooms for the officers during the District meeting. Toni also mentioned the brand napkins. There was discussion about this. The group discussed meeting places for the year. It was decided to meet again at the Baptist Church in Mountainair on February 11 with the “mountain” ladies coordinating the meal. It was decided to meet at the Old Mill in Estancia in April. There was more discussion about meeting ideas.  (Expect to receive book pages in February that reflect the meeting schedule for 2014.) In correction to December’s minutes the District Meeting is on March 12, 2014. Vera Gibson gave the Treasurer’s report. Toni read two letters of thanks from Horses for Heroes. Toni also presented the two books on agriculture that were received for placing in the libraries of schools. She appealed to the group for volunteers to take the books to the schools.  Phyllis Hawley and Marilyn Mignery volunteered to visit the Estancia and Moriarty schools. Elaine Aschbacher will go to the Edgewood schools and Marion Shaw volunteered to take the books to the Mountainair schools. There was discussion about liability with cattle wandering onto highways. Toni read the Man-of-the-Year award nomination letter from NMCB. She also read a thank you letter from ANCW.  Fita Witte was given the Beef Backer award! We’re so proud! After a lunch break, Cindy Robison performed the officer confirmation. Toni Barrow was installed as President, Carolyn Chance was installed as Vice-president, Babbi Baker was installed as Secretary, and Vera Gibson was installed as Treasurer. It was decided to buy one case of the 100-wrapped brand napkins as a fund raiser. There was discussion about having a raffle item made by Jack Anderson. There was also discussion about a group project for this year.  Toni took show of hands on all in favor of keeping Horses for Heroes. A majority was noted. Toni read an encouraging phrase.  The group’s program for the month was to share members’ greatest wish. Toni Barrow after the “sharing” opened up for discussion for the monthly donation. It was decided to take collections all year long and at the end of the year divide up the total between local FFA chapters and Horses for Heroes. It was decided to donate $100 to the State Home Economics school with 4-H. $72 was collected for the project donation fund that will be divided between local FFA chapters and Horses for Heroes at the end of the year. Lindsey Hovden graciously donated $10 to help with sponsoring the District Workshop in March. The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m. From the December meeting: The NMCB Annual meeting was discussed, where Barbara Jackson, President of ANCW, and the Junior Beef Ambassador were present. Lesson plans for the Ag book curricula are now online and ready to download to give to local teachers. The new President is Maddie Lee and Carolyn Chance is the new NMCB Secretary for 2014. The date of District meeting will be March 12, 2014 in Socorro. CowBelle of the Year was Laura Nunn. The brand napkins are being printed. 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 by the 14th of each month