NM Cowbelles

As I get older I have learned to respect the wisdom of our elders, to learn from what they have to say. Several times my mom would look out the window and say “the snow is coming, not today, not tomorrow but it’s coming”. She would go on to tell me about the big snow when “Marvin broke his arm” and the drifts were 6 feet tall.

We got snow, not like the one mom talked of but we got snow. Snow and cold temperatures provided a mecca for the beauty provided by nature. It was cold, the ice was thick but if you looked, beauty was everywhere. I can’t wait to see the beauty this spring, and until then I am taking note of the wisdom of the elders, especially when they say that February and March will bring record snow fall.

The 2016 American National CattleWomen’s Region VI meeting will be held in Las Cruces on April 29 and 30. CattleWomen and CowBelles from Hawaii, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico will convene to learn about issues in the ranching community. We continue to face challenges that effect and many times threaten the viability and economic strength of our businesses. Join us in April to Meat…The Future through educational speakers and carefully planned workshops and tours. New Mexico CowBelles look forward to providing participants with awareness, enthusiasm, leadership, education, and networking opportunities. Lots of hard work has been put into organizing this meeting and I sure appreciate their hard work and look forward to the meeting.

Watch your emails for legislative updates and opportunities to help the Ag group when they need calls to legislators. Stay strong ladies.

– Anita A. Hand, President
Datil, New Mexico

The January meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order by President Nancy Phelps in Hodges Restaurant, Elephant Butte with eleven members and three guests present. The minutes were read and accepted with following correction: the December lunches were paid for by Ellie Nordgren and not by the cancer assistance group.  The treasurer’s report was given noting 27 paid members with three of those having paid local dues only; report was accepted. Jodell brought the brand throw blanket that was displayed at both H & O Tires and Feed as well as Horsin’ Around Feed Store. Both have closed and suggest selling throw at a cheaper rate because it was slightly faded. The group decided to sell the throw for $20. The new brand project was discussed. It was agreed to charge $50 per brand to have brands woven on the new throw, but tabled until more details are finalized. The committee plans to meet soon to compose articles and ads for both local newspapers. For a delivery date of May 10, final design must be submitted no later than end of March.  February 29 is the deadline for submitting brands. Any further discussion was tabled until February meeting. Cowbelles donated a total of $105 for the food pantry from December meeting and all were thanked for their generosity. Gloria and Jacqueline attended the Joint Stockmen’s Convention in Albuquerque. The local donated a brand throw to the silent auction which sold for over $100. Gloria accepted a memorial plaque for deceased member, Cookie Goad.  At the meeting, much emphasis was placed on social media as a way of communicating the CowBelles’ message. Everything contained in the current Red Book will now be available on Facebook/website. Gloria is now the representative for the district. It was decided to reimburse Jacqueline’s gas as well as Gloria’s. Nancy has been in touch with the Terranova family who own the cheese factory in Las Cruces and hopes to firm up a date in March for local to tour the factory. Meeting adjourned at 12 noon. Sioux won the door prize. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

The December, 2015, meeting of the Powderhorn CowBelles consisted of a Christmas party at the home of Nick and Karen Cortese. In attendance were 17 members plus husbands and children. Nick grilled steaks and members brought side dishes. The group had a Christmas ornament exchange with a flair to it – members could steal one from someone else and they had to find another one. Lots of laughter and good fellowship! The group looks forward to promoting beef in 2016. Submitted by Joan Key

The Mesilla Valley CowBelles met on January 18, 2016. District workshop, will be in Las Cruces on Thursday, March 17. MVCB will be hosting and was the primary topic of the meeting. Details were ironed out and items were assigned to individuals to make it happen. Fita and Janet gave an update on the ANCW Region VI meeting which will be held in Las Cruces April 29-30, 2016. More information forthcoming; watch Facebook, Wrangler and the NMCB Website. Submitted by Janet Witte

The Corriente Cowbelles November meeting was called to order by President Ashley Ivins at 6:30 p.m. Willa working on getting all memberships renewed to win the Membership Bell for 2016. Last year Corriente had 84 points and the winner at the state had 98 points. Cheryl presented the Treasurers report. Report will be filed for audit. The minutes were read and approved. Janet Todd has asked Ashley to do installation of officers for Canyon Cowbelles. Martha Bond declined to provide Corriente with a list of members to invite them to the Christmas Party, she will get the information out to them herself. Crown Cowbelles has not responded to the party invite. Old Business: Kim and JulieAnne are gathering information to host St. Patrick’s Day Dance. Kim and Ashley will get information about putting together a cookbook – discussed having a letter ready to hand out during fair so people can submit a recipe. Quilt Committee has 60 paid brands.  Ashley will purchase fabric. In January brands will be cut out and appliquéd onto squares. Ashley and JulieAnne are working on a cooking project at ENMU focused on the millennials and also kids cooking. Sharon is working on getting more Jr. Cowbelles and writing a skit to present to Rotary, Lions, and other service clubs. Invitations have been sent for the Christmas Party at the home of JulieAnne. Each member needs to pay $5 per person to cover beef cost, and a side dish or dessert. Chinese gift exchange will take place $20 or less – western themed item. Willa will send an email to nominate the CowBelle’s Man of the Year. It was decided to not to pay ANCW dues this year from the club account. Individuals are not discouraged from paying their dues individually. Ashley adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Sharon Young

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  the 14th of each month.