New Mexico Cowbells Jingle Jangle
by Madalynn Lee and Members
Hello again Stockman Readers,,
hope everyone has received something in the way of rain in this “El Nino”. It’s time once again for school to start. I swear it seems like I just told you guys “get your graduation gifts right here.”
I have recently returned from Denver with whom my darling Dalton was available to attend. We heard again the importance of getting into that classroom and helping young ones and even a few older ones hear “where does that food come from”? I feel like New Mexico really rates high in the ranks. Thanks to T1 and T2 (Traci and Tracey) with Ag in the Classroom.
Tricia Downing was our keynote speaker. Tricia survived a near fatal accident and was hospitalized for four months while recovering. She was a competitive athlete that was hit by a car on her bicycle during a race. Tricia is paralyzed from the waist down but with the help of an incredibly strong will her advice to us was this: Work hard. Continue to try harder. Be patient. And never give up! She was indeed inspiring.
Consumption is actually down by one percent while demand remains strong as recent studies reveal that more beef is being sold. So continue to promote our most amazing product as it is the most delicious, nutritious and tasty protein ever.
September 12 - 21, New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque
September 29 - October 4, Eastern New Mexico State Fair
October 1, 40th Annual Five States Round-Up, Clayton
October 1 - 5, Southern New Mexico State Fair, Las Cruces
Dec 4 - 7, Joint Stockmen’s Convention, Albuquerque
Feb 4 - 7, ANCW Winter Meeting, San Antonio
The August meeting of the Chamiza CowBelles was called to order by President Gloria Petersen in the atrium of the Elephant Butte Inn with six members and one guest present. Myra led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and recited the CowBelle Prayer and CowBelle Creed. Both the minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved as read. OLD BUSINESS: Gloria is trying to pinpoint a date for next year’s district meeting so the Inn can be reserved. Myra has contacted Michelle who will donate to the goody bags. Dolores will contact Sierra Electric. Beef ticket sales are going well. NEW BUSINESS: Cathy reported on prices for printing the size A-2 envelopes. The treasurer uses these to mail out dues notices. After hearing the prices, Robbie and our guest, Mary Gomez, said they would print out 50 to see if they meet with approval. Mary agreed to purchase a box of envelopes in Las Cruces and will be reimbursed for the envelopes and ink. Gloria received a letter from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club requesting donations to send kids to camp. The cost per child is $40 and there are 60 kids eligible to go to camp. After discussion, it was decided to donate $200 to sponsor five kids. Gloria also suggested the possibility of making a field trip next March or April down to the greenhouses at NMSU because you can purchase six-packs of garden plants. Everyone agreed to keep this in mind. Next meeting will be held at Nancy Phelps’ home between Winston and Dusty. Meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m. Submitted by Cathy Pierce
The Otero CowBelles met in August at Stella Vita in Alamogordo. There were 13 members and one guest, Betty Stokes, who recently moved back to Alamogordo from Utah. Betty paid her dues and is the newest member. The Otero CowBelles had a float in the Otero County Fair parade with several CowBelles, children, etc. riding on the 1966 Chevrolet truck provided and driven by Jim Wagner. It was reported that the 2014 parade was the longest parade of record with over 85 entries. The Otero CowBelle booth was manned by members for four days. Debi W. Rupe, Estelle Bond and Barbara Wagner helped with the Buyers’ dinner served Saturday evening. Invitations for the CowBelles to participate at various educational projects continue to come. September 5, 2014 we are to explain the Branding Station to the Children at Kids Night Out at Grace Methodist Church. It seems that the audiences that are hearing and seeing the “BEEF” story are growing and very diverse. We are doing our best to help New Mexico CowBelle President Maddy Lee, “BRIDGE THE GAP.” Submitted by Barbara Wagner
The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at the home of Mercedes Cravens in Encino, on August 12, 2014 with 15 members and four guests present. Toni Barrow called the meeting to order at 10:45 a.m. The invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and the CowBelle creed were recited. Kayle Miller, FFA State Vice-president was introduced. “On the Road Again” seemed to be the theme for many of the CowBelles as each spoke on monthly activities. Kayle spoke briefly on his future plans. He starts college at CNM soon and will be studying welding technology. His former AG teacher will be teaching some of his classes so he will have more flexibility in keeping up with his FFA duties. The group learned that Kayle presides over District 3 and presented him with a check to help offset some of his FFA related expenses. There were no July minutes to approve. Treasurer’s report was given. Toni thanked everyone for the donation to the Pat Nowlin Fund in memory of her mother. Lyn Greene gave balance of the Pat Nowlin Fund. Five-States will be October 1. Reservations and $25 need to be in by September 15. Please send your checks to: Marianne Rose, 421 Washington Street, Clayton, NM 88415. Annual Stockmen’s meeting will be December 4 – 7 at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque. Anita Hand will be in charge of the Pumpkin Patch in Rio Rancho. CowBelles will be working the last two weekends in October – 18 and 19, and 25 and 26 from 9:00 – 5:00 each day. Carolyn, Cindy, and Toni will be working at the Valencia County fair on August 16. The 2015 Mid-year meeting will be June 14 – 16 at the Lodge in Ruidoso. Chuckwagon will continue to sell raffle tickets for $1 or 6 for $5. Proceeds will benefit the Pat Nowlin Fund. The winner of the raffle will be announced at the Mid-year meeting in 2015. As tickets are sold, please give the ticket stubs to Carolyn Chance, and the money to Vera Gibson. Caren Cowan brought group up to date on the many events going on in the AG community. Livestock Auction: Farm Credit, 4-H and FFA with help from Cattle Growers will be handling the auction and it will be held on Friday rather than on Saturday this year. Hot Topics: *There was a Mexican Wolf hearing in T or C on August 13 to discuss the proposal for captive-bred wolves to be released in the Gila National Forest and other suitable habitats.
• Meadow Jumping Mouse comments are due by August 18. • Wolves: please watch the following youtube video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4g-rB2UXk • Written comments on the proposed rule can be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov. • Clean Water Act comments are due by October 20.
Next Meeting: Bring your own salsa and taco bar accompaniments to Margaret McKinley’s childhood ranch home in Gran Quivira on September 9, 2014, at 10 a.m. Welda Grider will provide the basics for the taco bar. If you get a chance, check out YouTube: the Peterson Brothers talking about Chipotle’s. Meeting adjourned at 1:48 p.m. Respectfully submitted by Bec Campbell, acting Secretary
Jiffy Microwave Recipe: 1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, 1 egg, 1/3 C + 2 Tbsp milk. Grease an 8” or 9” round microwave safe dish. Mix ingredients until well blended. Pour into prepared dish. Microwave 8 minutes on medium. Rotate every 2 minutes if microwave does not have a turntable. Submitted by Chuckwagon CowBelle Phyllis Hawley from a “Jiffy” Cookbook.
40th Annual Five States Round-Up - The Challenge - The Lariat CowBelles invite you to join them on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at the Clayton Air Park in Clayton, New Mexico for a great educational opportunity focusing on challenging all of us to learn how to get our beef story across to the consumer and the coming generations. Late registration from September 15 through September 20 will be $30. To insure a correct number of meals for the luncheon, you must register no later than September 20. There will be no registrations accepted at the door.
For our out-of-town guests, Clayton Motels: Best Western Kokopelli Lodge 575/374-2589; Holiday Motel 575/374-2558; Super 8 of Clayton 575/374-8127; Days Inn & Suites 575/374-0133; Eklund Hotel 575/374-2551
Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarships Winners
Courtney Lane Hurt is from Deming and a BorderBelle CowBelle. She attends New Mexico State University beginning in the fall of 2012 to the present. Courtney plans to finish her degree in Agricultural Business Management then attend Law School at Texas Tech University. She will pursue a practice as a Water Rights Attorney advocating for agriculture. Courtney served as the New Mexico Beef Ambassador; she is a member of the Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA and a delegate on the ACES Council. She has accepted the difficult challenge of becoming a lawyer and will see it through.
Janna Elizabeth Mills is from Eagle Nest and her mother is Jackie Mills, a Silver Spur CowBelle. Janna attended Cimarron High School graduating in May 2014. Janna was very active in school offices and special activities from Student Council President to FFA Secretary. She played the flute and French horn in the band, played basketball for the Cimarron Lady Rams and student assistant to several teachers in the elementary and high school. Janna plans to attend University of New Mexico achieving a degree in education. She has a passion for helping kids and looks forward to teaching hands on experiences so her students can learn planting, horse riding and making a fish hatchery.
Lillian Maria Woodall is from Mesilla Valley CowBelles and is the daughter of Melissa Woodall. Lillian attended Woodall Academy from August 2010 to May 2014. Community service has been a big part of Lillian’s life and includes activities such as Operation Christmas Child, Soldiers Boxes, and Christmas Caroling in Senior Centers and Doña Ana 4-H service. Lillian plans to continue her education at New Mexico State University, Majoring in Animal Science. This major will help in her future plans to become a Physician, or a Veterinarian. Whatever career she chooses, Lillian plans to continue helping kids through the 4-H program and to educate people about agriculture.
The New Mexico CowBelles through the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship are proud to be able to help CowBelle members and their children to further their education. The Scholarship fund is available through donations from CowBelle members and locals in memory or in honor of loved one, friends or anyone they want to recognize as special people. Thank you to everyone for continuing to support the Pat Nowlin Scholarship Memorial Fund.
– Anne Ferguson, Chairman