Jingle Jangle

New Mexico Cowbells Jingle Jangle

by Madalynn Lee and Members

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. 
– Stanley Horowitz

I love autumn best of all. I think of pumpkins as in (Pumpkin Patch). I love the colors; our weather makes our state one of the prettiest of them all. Harvest time for chile, pistachios and some of our other state’s finest crops come to fruition. I hope all has been well for you this fall.

I hope everyone who went to Five States Round-Up in Clayton thought it was as great as I did. Thanks again to Lariat Cowbelles and all the volunteers who make this event possible.

I want to reach out to anyone who thinks that they might want to serve in an executive position for the NMCB. We would love to have you please contact Sharon King chairwoman of our nominating committee.

Have a great month and remember the average hide of one steer makes 14 Footballs — Go Dallas!

– Maddy


October 18 – 19, Galluping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch, Rio Rancho

October 25 – 26, Galluping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch, Rio Rancho

December 4 – 7, Joint Stockmen’s Convention, Albuquerque

February 4 – 7, ANCW Winter Meeting, San Antonio


Mesilla Valley CowBelles met August 19, 2014. Members Present: Janet Witte, Fita Witte, Dalene Hodnett, Mary Sanchez, Melissa Woodall, Traci Curry, Janelda Richardson, Gretchen Lindsay, Lily Woodall (Jr member) Kids of CowBelle:  Annie and Grady Hodnett. Group will be taking up donations to donate to the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship in memory of Dorothy Vaughan. Would like to gather all donations by fair time and send off. Ag Day at NMSU-Cal Poly Football Game:  NMCB will have a booth at the tailgate on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Dalene is in need of volunteers to help handout items.  If you are able to help, please let Dalene know (via email or Facebook). SNMSF – clean up is Saturday, 9 a.m. September 20, 2014. SNMSF this year is October 1-5, 2014. MVC will need to set up for the calendar art contest winners. Mary Esther will bring all of the items to clean up. Beef Sponsorship – It was decided to once again sponsor the beef show. Sponsorship is $250. It was decided to purchase a vendor’s license to sell items (license plates, pins, etc.). The group will not be selling any food/drink items. An ad will be sent to the 4-H office asking for kids to conduct demonstrations at the booth. Traci Curry will be at SNMSF this year – she will utilize the east side of the booth with NM Ag in the Classroom items. Dues are due!  Annual meeting is December 5-7, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. Mesilla Valley is the host this year. Will discuss in-depth once fair is over. The next meeting will be on September 20, 2014, at the SNMSF cleanup. Submitted by Gretchen Lindsay

BorderBelles Report for August 27, 2014. Group will be raffling a Shoofly limited edition print for the 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 3 for $5. The local will be having a booth at the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair and will focus on Rancher – Caretakers of the land. The fair is October 8-14, 2014 and the group will be awarding a belt buckle to the youngest steer exhibitor at the Southwestern New Mexico State Fair.  The BorderBelles Father’s Day promotion was a great success and lots of beef was sold that day. The local served brisket and it was delicious! Respectfully submitted, Tamara Hurt, Reporter

The Chamiza CowBelles’ September 4, 2014 meeting was called to order at 11:25 a.m. by President Gloria Petersen in the atrium of the Elephant Butte Inn, with seven members and two guests present.  After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Nancy Phelps led group in the CowBelle Prayer and CowBelle Creed. Minutes from the previous meeting were approved as read as well as the Treasurer’s report. Gloria reported that all 60 kids from Appletree were able to attend summer camp thanks, in part, to the group’s donation. The A-2 envelopes requested by Dolores were printed by Mary Gomez. Cathy brought one of the envelopes to show everyone.  Because 50 envelopes were printed and this is sufficient for the time being, it was decided to table further discussion or action concerning the envelopes. The county fair is held in October and setting up and manning the booth will be in lieu of an October meeting. Several members volunteered to help at the booth. Jodell said she would be able to open each day as she lives very close to the fairgrounds.  Nancy will help on Friday and Sunday.  Gloria reported there will be 16 steers shown at the fair this year which means there will be no trouble purchasing a beef for the raffle. Both Jean and Nancy have said they’ll purchase the half of beef that is not used for the raffle. It was decided to purchase PVC piping to construct a permanent framework for fair booth. Payment for booth rental is due and Gloria offered to carry the check for payment as she was going that way after the meeting.  It was decided to sponsor a belt buckle award at a cost of $125. Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at the girlhood home of Margaret McKinley in Gran Quivira, on September 9, 2014 with 18 folks present. It was lovely to hear the sound of the windmill cranking in the breeze! It was tirelessly accomplishing its appointed task as it has done for 100 years.    The ranch speaks softly of its rich heritage and history. The CowBelles’ Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and CowBelle Creed were recited. Knollene McDaniel, Janice Higg, Kay Lindsey, Nancy Brinkley and Welda Gaye Grider were introduced.  Bobby Neeley then gave a presentation on Cowboy Poetry. He presented two paintings by Ron Kil featuring cowboys, Jack Thorpe, author of “Little Joe the Wrangler,” and black cowboy, Addison Jones, from the last part of the 19th century. Kay Lindsey gave the group a very wise piece of advice that should be included in all estates, wills and trusts: “If anyone contests this will (trust/estate), he or she will be left out of it completely.” She said this one little sentence might save a lot of future headaches to the heirs. Toni Barrow read a note from Marilyn Mignery. How the group miss her! Toni announced that the 5 States meeting will be on October 1st at the Clayton Airpark. She brought an article that was written about Rick and Nancy Innanucci with Horses for Heroes.  She also mentioned tickets for the raffle and the Pumpkin Patch event in October.  There was discussion about the EPA water issue and possible ways to effect change.  Carolyn admonished all to contact Caren Cowan to get on her email list so that we can contact our legislators. Margaret and Welda Gaye awarded door prizes. Meeting adjourned at 2:22 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 by the 14th of each month