Jingle Jangle

New Mexico Cowbells Jingle Jangle

by Dalene Hodnett & Members

Making a difference. That’s what the New Mexico CowBelles have been doing since Pat Nowlin started the first local in our state in 1957. For 58 years, dedicated and passionate BEEF supporters have been participating in Ag Days, doing Father’s Day promotions, and hosting booths at health fairs.

Countless women spending infinite hours, tirelessly talking about the nutrition of beef and how well ranchers take care of their cattle and land.

What a storied tradition we have as an organization that “makes a difference.”

And the tradition continues. When you talk to a CowBelle about the activities of their local you can hear the passion in their voice. You can feel the enthusiasm they have for teaching about beef and sharing our way of life. We are still a very much engaged membership. More than ever we have so many ways to promote our message. Whether it’s through youtube videos, blogs, or Facebook posts, we can utilize new methods to “bridge the gap” between the producer and the consumer. “Bridging the Gap” was the mission of my predecessor, Madalynn Lee, and she did a great job of achieving this through her representation of NMCB on both the state and national level.

Also a big thank you goes out to all of our local presidents, committee chairmen, and last year[‘s officers for their time and efforts. In particular Lyn Greene deserves a huge measure of gratitude for serving as our treasurer for the last five years. I hope to do as well as those that have come before me and I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your president. Do you have an idea, suggestion, or activity you would like to propose? Give me call, or drop me a line – I’d like to hear from you.

Our next opportunity to make a difference comes on February 17 with AgFest in Santa Fe. We will have a booth and would love your help. If you’re free on that evening, please join us to spread awareness of BEEF during this legislative reception.  Contact Anita, she’s coordinating our out-reach efforts this year.

Together let’s continue to make a


Thank you, Dalene



Jan. 20 – N.M. Legislature Opens

Feb. 17 – Ag Fest / Santa Fe

Feb. 4-7 – ANCW Winter Meeting / San Antonio

Mar. 19 – Roundhouse Feed/Santa Fe

May 27-28 – Women in Ag Leadership Conference / Albuquerque

June 14-16 – NMCGA, NMWGI, NMFLC, NMCB Mid-Year Meeting / Ruidoso


The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at the home of Toni Barrow in Belen, on December 9, 2015, with 15 members and two precious, little bitty CowBelles present. Bec Campbell graced the meeting with lovely Christmas piano music. Toni Barrow called the meeting to order at 10:50 a.m.  The CowBelle Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and the CowBelle Creed were recited. Toni gave a report on the NMBC meeting. She shared other business. Toni said that dues are now past due. She mentioned the program idea list that is being passed around. Mark Barrow joined our meeting. He is looking good and healing up. Carolyn Chance presented a banner that educates the public on the everyday products that come from beef steers. The price is $120. It was decided to purchase the banner. The group is praying for Anna Sanchez and decided to donate to the Pat Nowlin fund in her mother’s honor. Lindsey reported that the funeral was moving and beautiful and that Anna’s mother was a special gift to the agricultural industry. Toni adjourned the meeting at 12:20 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Babbi Baker

The Frisco CowBelle’s held their Nov. meeting on Nov. 17, 2014. The following items were discussed: Correspondence – received a Thank You note from Ronnie Cheryl about the Gayle Moore memorial. Update on member Nita’s condition. The group wishes her the best. Update on the Charmayne James Barrel Racing workshop was tabled, discussion will continue in January. Christmas Party invites will be in the mail with all of the information.  The party will be held on Dec. 12, 2014 at the Alma Grill in Alma, NM. New Business Members were told of the Reserve FFA’s fundraiser. It is a dinner and dance with many drawings. This will be held on Sat. Dec. 13, 2014 at the Catron County Fair Barn. Profits will go to support the local youth and agriculture. Respectfully submitted by Martha A Stewart, Frisco CowBelle Reporter

The December meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order at 11:05 a.m. by President Gloria Petersen at the Elephant Butte Inn. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Wanda Taylor led us in the CowBelle Prayer and CowBelle Creed.  Both the November minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved as read. Gloria reported she had tallied and turned in the volunteer sheets. She also attended the 2014 Joint Stockmen Convention in Albuquerque and presented highlights from her trip. The upcoming district meeting will be held in April rather than in March.  The Beef Ambassador contest will be held in April and applicants aren’t required to be a 4-H or FFA member. The NM Beef Council’s only project now is Kids, Kows and More. The state fair booth became too expensive to support. The State CowBelle dues will increase in 2016 from $15 to $20. The Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference will be held May 27 and 28.  Gloria encouraged all to attend. It was decided for the group to purchase an ANCW Associate Membership at a cost of $150. Jacqueline reported the facebook page she set up is becoming quite popular.  She intends to post photos of some of the merchandise for sale as well as group photos. In preparation for the upcoming district meeting, it was decided to purchase tote bags and begin collecting “goodies” for them.  Meeting adjourned at 12:05 p.m. followed by lunch and a gift exchange. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

The Otero CowBelles held their Christmas Party and 2015 officer installation at Margo’s Restaurant in Alamogordo Dec 11. There were 22 members present. The white gift elephant proved to be a fun time, lots of laughs. Yvonne Oliver installed the officers: Linda Lee, Pres.; Susan Rodgers, 1st VP; Debi Rube, 2nd VP; Kelly Knight, sec and Estelle Bond, treas.  Yvonne presented the CowBelle “Bell Ringer” of the year award to Estelle Bond for all of her efforts in 2014. Debi Rube was named 2014 New Mexico CowBelle of the Year. It was a very emotional time for Debi, she said she couldn’t even think of what to say and was so surprised that her husband, Jary, and her brother, Jim and grand-nieces, Devon and Sara were there to congratulate her. Otero CowBelles additionally received the 2014 membership award. The push is on as Estelle and Debi are presenting BEEF nutrition/education program for the Rotary Club on the 18th of December and a group is planning to hand out bags for 500 students at local health fairs in January. The group is fortunate to be able to use the conference room at Nancy Cookson’s office to pack the information bags. The local grocery store, Lowe’s, keeps beef information and CowBelle membership forms on the butcher counter and Debi sees that the displays are stocked at all times. The group’s sympathy goes out to Patty Posey whose husband R.L. passed away on December 10. The Otero CowBelles wish all of you a healthy and Happy New Year! 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