Jingle Jangle

by Madalynn Lee and Members

Dear Cowbelles,

As I was preparing this letter for May I ran across this quote by Og Mandino. I love it and it is so appropriate for achieving and maintaining positive attitudes in our day to day lives. “Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.”

Our March workshops were a great success. I would like to compliment my team members Dalene, Anita, Carolyn and Lyn for their dedication of time and efforts in making this achievement possible. I fully understand that the travel time is a real challenge. I would also like to give kudos to each local that hosted the meetings as well to thank all who attended. A special shout out to the Sacaton and Chuckwagon for their combined efforts. They certainly “Bridged the Gap” as attendance was phenomenal.

Be sure to greet each day with a smile.  Continue to “Bridge the Gap” in everything you do and you’ll be amazed at the results.

– Madalynn


May 12 – 14 / AgriFuture Educational Institute, Albuquerque

May 14 – 16 / Indian Livestock Days, Rt. 66 Casino

June 8 – 10 / Mid-Year, Las Cruces

July 30 – Aug 2 / ANCW Summer Meeting, Denver

Dec 4 – 7 / Joint Stockmen’s Convention, Albuquerque

Feb 4 -7 / ANCW Winter Meeting, San Antonio

The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at the Old Mill restaurant in Estancia on April 8, 2014 with 13 members and guest in attendance. Toni Barrow called for a reading of the February minutes. Vera Gibson gave the treasurer’s report. There was discussion about finances concerning the district workshop. Toni reported that there was an added charge of $200 by the facility. There was discussion about this. Toni then read thank you notes from the NMCB officers.  She also read a thank you from Camino Retirement Apartments thanking Chuckwagon for the donation. She informed the group of an article in the paper that misrepresents how much water it takes to produce a hamburger. It was decided to donate $50 to help send a student to the 2014 AgriFuture School. There was discussion about the All-Indian Livestock conference May 14-16, 2014 at the Route 66 Casino. Chuckwagon will have a table there. Toni announced that Babbi has finished the next book and will bring copies to the May meeting. She also said that the next meeting will be at Tommie Aber’s in Jarales. Vera has Jr. Livestock fund raiser tickets for sale. Lyn said that the July meeting date should read “the 8th” and not “the 9th.” Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Babbi Baker

BorderBelles met March 26, 2014 and will be raffling a Shoofly limited edition print for a fundraising raffle. The print will be 1st place, a $100 beef gift certificate for 2nd and a $50 beef gift certificate for 3rd.  The tickets will be $2 each or three for $5. Kim Allen is the chair for beef for father’s day. The group will have a booth at Pepper’s Supermarket and will be giving out the prizes that day in feed bags. The group rejoined the Deming Luna County Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship recipient has been chosen and will be presented to Brannick Sweetser by the McSherry Siblings in honor of their father, GX McSherry. From the February Meeting: it was decided to have a booth at the fair and there was discussion of setting up a permanent display at Pepper’s Supermarket. Respectfully submitted, Tamara Hurt, Reporter

The meeting of Chamiza Cowbelles was called to order at on April 3, 2014 by President Gloria Petersen in the atrium at Elephant Butte Inn with five members present. Minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasurer was absent from this meeting. A report was given regarding the district meeting from those present who attended. Jodell presented an inventory of saleable items on hand and suggested ordering additional license plates. Gloria announced that Ag Day will be held on April 25 and volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve lunches. The local purchased a case of the new brand napkins. Gloria and Jodell will re-package them for selling to individuals. All agreed that the paper quality has improved on the new napkins. A representative from Elephant Butte Inn spoke briefly regarding catering the meal for district meeting next year. Chamiza Cowbelles will host the district meeting in 2015. Gloria will contact the Inn with a definite date later. Gloria brought a receiver hitch cover to the meeting to show group and to ask if we should order some for resale. The cover shows the State of New Mexico with the word “beef” written across the front. However, because the cover is rather hefty, shipping may be quite expensive. It was decided to place this receiver hitch cover on display at fair booth and take orders from anyone wanting to purchase one. The Truth or Consequences annual fiesta will be held the first weekend in May. One of the Cowbelles requested beef tickets be printed early in order to sell some at this fiesta. Gloria suggested a workday soon to print, number, staple, and perforate enough tickets for this event. Scholarship applications will be arriving soon and a decision will be made next month. Gloria emphasized the importance of volunteer time sheets and encouraged everyone to keep track of volunteer hours. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

The Copper CowBelles of Silver City met at noon on March 11, 2014 at the Red Barn; hostess Pat Hunt and Kim Clark with 23 in attendance. Guest Speaker Tammy Ogilvie spoke on the beef industry’s long range plan to improve the domestic consumer preference for beef, capitalized on global growth opportunities, strengthen the image of beef and the beef industry, protect and enhance the freedom to operate, improve industry trust and openness, relationships and position the U.S. cow herd for growth. Group decided to donate $100 to Agri-Future; if the group has a member interested in attending it was decided to cover the $200 registration fee. Shindig; theme “Spring Round Up”; caterer will be Lorraine Angle, tickets for reserved table will be $240 a table with eight seats, general admission is $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Outlets to sell on Saturday only will be Aunt Judy’s Attic and Western Bank. Auction items can be dropped off at Aunt Judy’s Attic. The plan is to have one table dedicated to the Scholarship art and others for jewelry, baskets, homemade goodies, etc. Decorations work day at Beverly Medford’s on Saturday, March 29 to make straw bales for center pieces. Dessert Table: Rosella chairperson requested finger foods such as cookies, cupcakes, candies, and brownies, also to keep Easter and spring in mind for treats. April 5 Dutch Oven Cook-off at Glenwood, April 22 and 23 Ranch Days at McKeens ranch at Alma, NM volunteers are welcome. Saturday, May 31 Wild Wild West Rodeo kick off would like the CCB to help out at the Farmers Market along with the 4-H and other Ag related persons. The group decided to give a donation of $50 to the Pat Knowlin Scholarship Fund in the name of Mary Sweetser. Respectfully submitted by Kathy Davis

The Otero CowBelles met at Pepper’s Grill April 3. There were 16 members and one guest in attendance. Dr. Jodi Bennett, a native of Otero County returned to her home after being away for 71 years. This 89-year-old lady holds a doctorate in archaeology and has served in the armed forces, traveled to many different countries, been an interpreter for the military. The CowBelles hope to have Dr. Jodi present a more elaborate program on her exciting life at the June meeting. Otero CowBelles have been busy promoting BEEF in the school system. In March Traci Curry presented “Steak for Supper” program at Oregon Elementary. The program included the Dr. Seuss story of the same name, and teaches students about ranchers, conservation, types of cattle and where they live, cuts of beef and the myriad of beef by-products such as adhesives, medicines, cosmetics and many more. With the Otero CB cooking and serving the beef stew to the fourth grade classes and to teachers. Debi Rube VP of Otero CB, presented Ms. Dorsey, the principal, with books and lesson plans that can be used by the school to expose the students to ranching and agriculture. Pres. Linda Mitchum, Estelle Bond and Debi Rube worked at the Chaparral Middle School Health Fair where they presented different aspects of beef using the WOW That Cow theme and nutritional value of the 29 cuts of beef.  Even the teachers were in awe of all of the many things that cows do for everyone.  Coming up in the immediate future is the Culinary Class demonstration featuring “Hamburger: Versatile, Nutritious and Budget Friendly”. Rancher Pat Jones, is scheduled to speak at Oregon School for career day. May will find the group working at the Kids Kows and More event at the fairgrounds in addition to cooking beef brisket and beans for the Old Timer’s Day in Cloudcroft. The news of CowBelles being willing to participate in almost any event that gives the group the opportunity to tout the value of beef and agriculture seems to be spreading rapidly. Estelle brought four packages of the new napkins and they were sold immediately. Submitted by Barbara Wagner

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