NM Cowbelles

by Anita Hand, NM Cowbelles President, & others

When I was younger I used to be told to appreciate the little things in life to hold on to each victory as each victory leads to the next one.  I never really appreciated the little things back when I was younger and I knew everything, but today I am learning.

Lauren Schlothauer, New Mexico’s 2016 Beef Ambassador and 2016 National Beef Ambassador team member provided a workshop for the New Mexico CowBelles during the Annual Joint Stockmen’s meeting in December. Lauren did a fantastic job demonstrating the ins and outs of social media.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter offer unique ways to tell our story either through articles of interest or photographs. After Lauren’s presentation I started paying closer attention to beef articles.

Remember the Terminator “I’ll be back” line? Well, he is back, but he is back with misinformation. “Come with me if you want to live” Schwarzenegger pleads. “People should cut down on meat consumption, doing so will help curb the world’s greenhouse gas emissions” “You can get your protein from vegetable”?? The funniest quote “I don’t give a damn if they believe it or not, I don’t care who is right or wrong on climate change” He doesn’t care who is right or wrong and urges people to avoid eating meat to save the planet?  This is coming from the same man who once uttered “you hit like a vegetarian”.

A few days later this headline caught my attention, “The scary mental health risks of going meatless”.  Whoa, I’ve got to read this one.

The article profiles a woman who went meat free because she read of all the health benefits of vegetarianism. But, giving up meat caused her energy level to flatline, frequent anxiety attacks, on the verge of tears and trouble getting out of bed. Her physician prescribed beef. Six weeks later, with beef back in her diet, the mental deterioration ceased.

Again, the other day this headline crossed my Facebook feed, “Eating lettuce is more than three times worse for the environment”.   Eating vegetables has been found to be worse that eating meat?  USDA recommendation to eat more fruits and vegetables is more harmful to the environment than eating meat cited in the recent study out of Carnegie Mellon University. These foods require high resource use and create high greenhouse gas emissions.   

Vegetables release methane? This explains the strange sounds outside during those long summer nights. It’s the little things right, those little articles that offer the truth about beef and the health benefits.

We should consider these as small victories.  Speaking of victories, we had a few in 2015, although small, they were still victories.  The NM Game and Fish Department did not sign off on the Statewide Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP), the Turner Ranch was refused a permit to house more wolves, and NMGFD denied permits to release more wolves due to the outdated recovery plan, and as I read about other counties and some Tribes taking the “no wolf” stance I cling to those as little victories for they give me hope and I hope that 2016 has more little things, more little victories for us to appreciate.

I welcome 2016 with all its challenges and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your  2016 New Mexico CowBelles’ State President. May the Lord bless each and every one of you in 2016 and buckle up, it’s gonna be a fun ride.

–Anita Hand

New Mexico CowBelle President

Datil, New Mexico       


risco CowBelle’s Christmas Party was held on Dec. 10 at The Alma Grill in Alma, NM. Many CowBelles and their families were present and were served a delicious steak dinner with a wonderful carrot cake for dessert. There were several games that were played and enjoyed by the group. Spending time with family and friends greatly added to the evening. As always, The Alma Grill is a great place to eat. The Frisco CowBelles hope everyone had a great Christmas and a marvelous New Year. Submitted by Martha Stewart

Chuckwagon CowBelle’s met at Pete’s Restaurant in Belen on December 8, 2015. All enjoyed a wonderful Mexican dinner and fellowship with other members. After dinner the group walked across the street to the Harvey House and took the tour of the beautiful light display furnished by “The Bugg Family”. The Harvey House in Belen is full of history of that area. President Carolyn Chance thanked the members for all of their support this last year, especially the officers and all of the ladies that stepped up to the plate and volunteered to take the club’s minutes at each meeting. The slate of new officer’s for year 2016 were welcomed and look forward to all of the new programs that are scheduled. On January 12, 2016 Chuckwagon Club will meet at the Cooperative Extension Office located in Los Lunas for the first meeting of the year.  Vera Gibson will present a program on “Kids and Kows”.  After meeting all club members will join together and have lunch at Henrietta’s Café. Submitted by Carolyn Chance

The Copper CowBelles met for the annual Christmas Luncheon on December 10. Several guests were in attendance including Representative Dona Irwin who is member Bobbie Neal-Little’s sister. There was no formal business meeting but the 2016 officers were installed:  Kim Clark, President; Courtney Sewell, First Vice President; JoAnn Miller, Second Vice President; Rosella Escobedo, Secretary and Patricia Hunt, Treasurer. Out-going President JoAnn Miller announced the Copper CowBelle of the Year as Bobbie Neal-Little and Katie Lee Donaldson.  Bobbie was thanked for her continuous and on-going service to the club and Katie was honored for her two years of hard work and dedication to the CowBelles booth at the Grant County Fair.  Thank you gifts were presented to JoAnn Miller for her service as President in 2014 and 2015, and also to Judy dePedro who served as Co-President with JoAnn in 2014. The meeting concluded with everyone sharing what they were thankful for in 2015 and President Kim Clark announced her plans and mission statement for 2016.  Submitted by Pat Hunt

The December meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order by out-going President Gloria Petersen in the Chloride Bank Café, with 12 members and two guests present on December 3, 2015. The secretary’s minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted with one correction.  Omitted from the previous minutes was a motion made by Sioux and seconded by Anita to have the Chamiza Cowbelles reimburse Gloria for her expenses to attend the meeting in ABQ on December 4 and 5.  There was no treasurer’s report because the books had been audited by Anita and Cathy, and had not yet been transferred to the incoming treasurer. Gloria again mentioned moving accounts to another bank to avoid the service charges, but Nancy stated there would be no service charge once Robbie establishes her email address with the current bank. The group decided to require any two of the four officers sign on the accounts. Robbie and Nancy will meet at the bank tomorrow to establish the new signators for both accounts. Gloria summarized the volunteer hours and feels there were probably many more than were reported.  She urged all to do a better job of keeping track for the upcoming year. Discussion then began concerning new brand throws. Cathy reported that the same company who made current brand throws is still in business and prices remain the same as before. Most of the group liked the current design, which may be kept, and just change the brands, because there are numerous people who missed getting their brand woven onto the first throws. Many ideas were tossed around until it was suggested a committee be appointed to oversee this project. Volunteering for the project were: Anita, Sioux, Cathy, Sherry, Marie, and Nancy. At the upcoming state meeting, Gloria intends to suggest changes to the headings on our volunteer sheets and minor changes on the district maps. Then Tommie handed out sacks of her delicious English toffee candy to those in the group who had sold at least 150 beef raffle tickets. Gloria turned over the meeting to the new president, Nancy Phelps.  Nancy thanked Gloria and Dolores for their many years of service to our organization, and in turn, welcomed in the new officers. One of Nancy’s goals is to increase our membership even if it means the possibility of changing our meeting day and/or meeting time. She also intends to stay on track with the main goal of promoting beef and agriculture. Ellie gave a brief recap of the accomplishments of the cancer assistance group and again thanked the Cowbelles for their monetary donation to establish this organization. As an additional thank you, the cancer assistance group paid for all the lunches!         Tommie is also a member of the Chuckwagon Cowbelles in the Belen area. Their December meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, Dec. 8.  Their program will include dinner at Pete’s in Belen followed by a tour of the Bugg lights at the Harvey House.  Tommie took the tour last year and highly recommends it. She has accommodations for as many as five people to stay overnight with her as well as additional accommodations in Los Lunas, but she will need to have a firm count by December 5. Anita announced a dinner and dance taking place at the fair barn on Saturday, December 5 to benefit the FFA. Tickets are $15 per person or $10 for those under the age of 18. Meeting adjourned at 12:05 p.m. after a motion made by Sherry and seconded by Ellie. Submitted by Cathy Pierce

New Mexico CowBelles: Thank you to all who have submitted their news to Jingle Jangle.  Please send minutes and/or newsletters by the 15th of each month to Jingle Jangle, Janet Witte, 1860 Foxboro Ct.,
Las Cruces, NM  88007 or email: janetwitte@msn.com