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Hi All.

As you know the New Mexico Legislature started on January 18 and this began a new session with many new people. We have the first female Governor in New Mexico, as well as a change in the voting statues among all levels of our state…

 

We have the first female Governor in New Mexico, as well as a change in the voting statues among all levels of our state. I am working on gathering the new list of state and national people whom many of you will be wanting to contact as you work on things which involve agriculture.
Due to the many changes taking place since Governor Susana Martinez took office, you again have a chance to be a voice and make a difference. This is a great time to get to know your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think about the different topics and also to let them know you will be watching to see how they vote. It is important to remember that CowBelles can voice their opinion as individuals. With heated discussions and debates having begun with our new legislative session, we as CowBelles need to review our policies and procedures. We are passionate about our industry as individuals, but we need to be careful that we don’t violate our own by-laws or the New Mexico CowBelle Purpose which is to educate and promote.
Our NMCB Legislative Chair is Genora Moore Canon and she will be sending out information in the form of an Alert, or a Call to Action, which is an issue that needs our attention and action. Genora receives information from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), American National CattleWomen (ANCW), and New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA). These different groups send information to our Legislative chair, who in turn sends the information to the NMCB District Representatives; District I – Carolyn Chance, District II – Barbara Shaw, District III – Anita Gutierrez, District IV – Ruth Wold. After the District Representatives receive the Alert or Call to Action they will then pass the information on to the local presidents of their districts, who will present these topics to their members. We need to remember that many of our members do not communicate by email, so we need to call them.
There are three pages in the CIA Red Book, located in Section 2, which can be helpful concerning legislation and actions.  “Guidelines for NMCB Legislative Action”, “Structure of the New Mexico CowBelles Legislative Committee” and the “New Mexico CowBelle Statement of Policy” are guidelines and information needed to address legislature issues and actions according to our policies. A “Glossary of Legislative and Regulatory Key Terms” is a good source of information as well. Please look for these and if you don’t find them in your Red Book let me know.
If you are interested in being more informed about what happens in Santa Fe, and at the Roundhouse, there are options.  You can contact Rex Wilson who is the legislative represtetive and President-Elect of New Mexico Cattle Growers. There is a New Mexico Leadership Program, offered through New Mexico State University, which develops awareness of the social, political, economic and cultural issues which affect the agricultural industry.  Individuals can also go to Santa Fe and be the face of agriculture and help to lobby for us all.
Several of the NMCB state officers and members went to the Cattle Industry Convention in Denver recently. This was a joint meeting, of ANCW and NCBA, where we hear about issues that were being address on a national level. There was also a President Council, general members meetings, workshops and committees for ANCW members.
Several of our state members have been or are currently on American National Cattlewomen committees: Kathryn Malcolm-Callis has chaired the Consumer Education Committee; Lyn Greene has worked on the ANCW Printed Newsletter; Owaissa Heimann has served as Region VI Membership & Communication Committee; Karen Kelling has joined the Legislative & Issues Committee for Region VI and the Funding Development Committee; Fita Witte serves on the ANCW Foundation, Outstanding Cattlemen of the Year, National Beef Cook-Off Program, NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee; Margie McKeen served NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee, and I have joined the Beef Promotion Committee and serve as our state connection with the Animal Welfare Committee. Rachel Richlefs, Dist. VI 2011 Chair, continues to represent NMCB at ANCW meetings”. We all work to represent our state on the national level and bring information back to our members to share.
Something that each local can do to help inspire ideas around the state is to turn in your monthly secretary’s report each month, so we all can read what is happening in your local. Each secretary is responsible for sending reports of local meetings to the state president and the Editor of the “Jingle Jangle”, Janet Witte.  These reports then appear in the Stockman each month and this is a great way for others to see what you do to promote you agriculture. I hope to see many more local reports appearing in the Stockman. I do know you are proud of your locals and the work you do, so let us all hear about it.
Thank you for all you do for the industry.
– Linda Lee, NMCB President

I am working on gathering the new list of state and national people whom many of you will be wanting to contact as you work on things which involve agriculture.  

Due to the many changes taking place since Governor Susana Martinez took office, you again have a chance to be a voice and make a difference. This is a great time to get to know your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think about the different topics and also to let them know you will be watching to see how they vote. It is important to remember that CowBelles can voice their opinion as individuals. With heated discussions and debates having begun with our new legislative session, we as CowBelles need to review our policies and procedures. We are passionate about our industry as individuals, but we need to be careful that we don’t violate our own by-laws or the New Mexico CowBelle Purpose which is to educate and promote.

Our NMCB Legislative Chair is Genora Moore Canon and she will be sending out information in the form of an Alert, or a Call to Action, which is an issue that needs our attention and action. Genora receives information from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), American National CattleWomen (ANCW), and New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA). These different groups send information to our Legislative chair, who in turn sends the information to the NMCB District Representatives; District I – Carolyn Chance, District II – Barbara Shaw, District III – Anita Gutierrez, District IV – Ruth Wold. After the District Representatives receive the Alert or Call to Action they will then pass the information on to the local presidents of their districts, who will present these topics to their members. We need to remember that many of our members do not communicate by email, so we need to call them.

There are three pages in the CIA Red Book, located in Section 2, which can be helpful concerning legislation and actions.  “Guidelines for NMCB Legislative Action”, “Structure of the New Mexico CowBelles Legislative Committee” and the “New Mexico CowBelle Statement of Policy” are guidelines and information needed to address legislature issues and actions according to our policies. A “Glossary of Legislative and Regulatory Key Terms” is a good source of information as well. Please look for these and if you don’t find them in your Red Book let me know.  

If you are interested in being more informed about what happens in Santa Fe, and at the Roundhouse, there are options.  You can contact Rex Wilson who is the legislative represtetive and President-Elect of New Mexico Cattle Growers. There is a New Mexico Leadership Program, offered through New Mexico State University, which develops awareness of the social, political, economic and cultural issues which affect the agricultural industry.  Individuals can also go to Santa Fe and be the face of agriculture and help to lobby for us all.

Several of the NMCB state officers and members went to the Cattle Industry Convention in Denver recently. This was a joint meeting, of ANCW and NCBA, where we hear about issues that were being address on a national level. There was also a President Council, general members meetings, workshops and committees for ANCW members.  

Several of our state members have been or are currently on American National Cattlewomen committees: Kathryn Malcolm-Callis has chaired the Consumer Education Committee; Lyn Greene has worked on the ANCW Printed Newsletter; Owaissa Heimann has served as Region VI Membership & Communication Committee; Karen Kelling has joined the Legislative & Issues Committee for Region VI and the Funding Development Committee; Fita Witte serves on the ANCW Foundation, Outstanding Cattlemen of the Year, National Beef Cook-Off Program, NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee; Margie McKeen served NCBA Cattlemen’s Beef Board Committee, and I have joined the Beef Promotion Committee and serve as our state connection with the Animal Welfare Committee. Rachel Richlefs, Dist. VI 2011 Chair, continues to represent NMCB at ANCW meetings”. We all work to represent our state on the national level and bring information back to our members to share.

Something that each local can do to help inspire ideas around the state is to turn in your monthly secretary’s report each month, so we all can read what is happening in your local. Each secretary is responsible for sending reports of local meetings to the state president and the Editor of the “Jingle Jangle”, Janet Witte.  These reports then appear in the Stockman each month and this is a great way for others to see what you do to promote you agriculture. I hope to see many more local reports appearing in the Stockman. I do know you are proud of your locals and the work you do, so let us all hear about it.Thank you for all you do for the industry.– Linda Lee, NMCB President

 

–  Linda Lee,
    New Mexico CowBelle President 2011


UPCOMING EVENTS

New Mexico CowBelles Workshop Tour

February 28, 2011 – Capitan / Corriente CowBelles

March 1, 2011 – Deming / Border Belles

March 1, 2011 – Executive Meeting in T or C in the evening

March 2, 2011 – T or C / Chamiza CowBelles

March 3, 2011 – Roy / Piñon CowBelles

 

MINUTES

 The Canyon CowBelles’ January 5th meeting was called to order by out-going president, Jane Shafer where she installed officers as follows: President – Martha Bond, First Vice-President – Wilna Mead, Second Vice President – Cherri Goad, Secretary – Deborah Geary and The Treasurer – Ann Ferguson, who was unable to attend.  The meeting was then called to order by Martha Bond with eight members present.  The Treasurer’s Report was given with 40 paid members. Three raffled items donated by Zane Mead were drawn for. Zane, Wilna’s son is an excellent southwest artist who has been generous in providing fund-raisers for Canyon CowBelles. Appreciation for Wilna’s time in her efforts was acknowledged by all present. The group decided to provide a donation of beef to the newly designed commercial kitchen for the Culinary Class at the Carrizozo School in the department of Consumer Sciences. The beef will be presented to CowBelle member, Rosemary Shafer who heads the program at school and is the Consumer Science teacher. President Martha Bond set a tentative date of May for annual “Ag Day” at the school. She will confirm this by next meeting in February. The February’s meeting will be an Italian theme luncheon. Deborah Geary will provide cheese and meat manicotti, Cherri Goad will bring the dessert, “Italian Love Cake.”  Other members will bring garlic bread and side dishes. A discussion about February’s agenda centered around membership and community service for our older members. There were suggestions to deliver flowers, plants, or cookies to local members unable to attend meetings. Another suggestion was to keep members birthdays on record for cards or visits. The idea of up-dating members was agreed upon by all in attendance, and secretary, Deborah Geary will put together a mailer about February’s theme luncheon, as well as a reminder for members to bring cookies to ice on February 2. These will be frozen and ready to deliver to members. The goal is to reach more members with a mini-newsletter three or four times a year and update email addresses of members.

Submitted, Deborah Geary

 

The November 11, 2010 Christmas party meeting of the Berrendo CowBelles was held at Chews West and there were 12 members and seven guests present. The group was entertained by the Roswell High School Choir with Christmas songs; this great group of young men and women directed by Mary Gonzales were wonderful. The President Betty Solt called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. The Secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved as read. The group signed a get-well card for long time member Carmen Barbee and a sympathy card for another long time member Vivian Yriart following the death of her husband. Genora Moore Canon was presented with the Berrendo CowBelle of the Year award. Several members of her family were present for the presentation of this award. The membership enjoyed a tree ornament gift exchange and everyone received a poinsettia as a door prize. Meeting adjourned. Submitted by Genora Canon
Powderhorn CowBelles met at the home of President Sandy McKenna west of Ft. Sumner on January 11, 2011. Fifteen members and one guest were present.  Becky Harris, the guest, became our newest member. The secretary read correspondence from Pippin Ranch, Ty Earl Powell and Lyn Green. Courtesy cards were sent to Frances Speight, Geri Huston, Kay Payne, Dick & Judy Byrd and Lib Cortese who celebrated her 90th birthday.   Dorothy Vaughan reported that the year book would be published before the February meeting. Sandy McKenna has appointed Renee Grant to the Education Committee. Grant has several great ideas about beef education for the schools. Kyra Grant, the New Mexico Beef Ambassador, will help her mother with these projects.  Other committee member changes or additions were to add Dorie Tucker to the Fund Raiser Committee. The 2011 program and hostess locations were discussed at length. These will all be published in the upcoming yearbook. The board presented the budget for 2011 which was approved unanimously. The club will need to have a fund raiser in addition to the Old Fort Sumner Days Barbecue. An updated email list was distributed to members. Submitted,
Carolyn Bedford, Secretary
Lariat CowBelles met Wednesday, January 12, at the Wild Horse Café with 15 members present. This year livestock businesses have to give tax form 1099 to each unincorporated person who performed labor for them in 2010. Updates were given on members and family members with health issues. The 2011 Lariat yearbook was distributed. The Union County Health Fair will be held April 27. Kathryn Malcolm-Callis gave a report on the Beef Ambassador program. In the month of September, the state fair dates have not yet been set. The Extension national meeting will be held September 26-30. Due to these conflicting dates, this year the Five States Roundup will be held Wednesday, October 5. District Workshop will be held Thursday, March 3, in Roy. The Pat Nowlin Scholarship Fund forms are available. A memorial will be sent in memory of the late Marjorie McLaughlin. The Women in Agriculture Leadership and Region 6 conferences will be combined this year with one registration. They will be held April 27-29 in Albuquerque. Nominations for Man of the Year are due March 15. Owaissa distributed copies of the New Mexico CowBelles Strategic Plan, Lariat CowBelles 2010 Report, and the volunteer timesheet.  All members are reminded at the end of the year to total their hours and mileage. Research will be done regarding having silver pins made for Lariat CowBelles. An informative program was given by Kelly Dobbs, Conservation Officer for New Mexico Game and Fish Department. She discussed the Open Door plan where Game and Fish works with ranchers to allow the public to access private land for hunting or fishing. Game and Fish will then provide some compensation to the land owner.  The State takes the liability, not the landowner. Leases are yearly. Open Gate brochures were made available. Monies are also available for habitat improvements to help wildlife. Antelope seasons are all three days long across the state. The A+ antelope system will now follow the Northeast New Mexico plan throughout the state.  Landowner antelope permits can be for any three consecutive days within the season. The next meeting of Lariat CowBelles will be Wednesday, February 9, at Mary’s Back Door. Hostesses will be Sharon and Mindy King.
Submitted by Marianne Rose Reporter, Lariat CowBelles
The Chuckwagon CowBelles met at the Alpine Alley Café on January 11, 2011 with 17 members present. The minutes were amended: the donation to the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship Fund made in group’s name was added. Babbi reported she received an email message from an Army sergeant stationed in Afghanistan thanking group for the goodies shipped in December. He said the soldiers appreciate very much our support and that they are focused on the task at hand, but look forward to coming home soon. It was decided to use the $185 that was left over after shipping to buy and ship beef jerky to the them for Valentine’s Day. New programs and meeting places for 2011 are: February 8 – Alpine Alley in Mountainair. Program: Laura Bittner on Colors. March 8 – Toni Barrow’s house in Belen. Program: Ruth Romero’s trip to Europe. April 12 – Alpine Alley in Mountainair. Program: Jo Ann Sefton on CowBelle History. May 10 – Alpine Alley in Mountainair. Program: Kenny Ashbacher on Beef as a niche market. June 14 – Cookie Conant’s ranch. July 12 – TBA. August 9 – Mercedes Cravens’ ranch. September 13 – Ronda Thompson’s ranch. October 11 – TBA. November 8 – Babbi Baker’s house. December 13 – Toni Barrow’s house, Christmas party. Toni mentioned the WALC and ANCW Region VI meeting on April 27 – 29 at the Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. It was suggested members ask local businesses to contribute to offset the cost of the meeting.  Patty Waid requested 250 items to go into the ditty bags. Lyn Greene announced that she has quilt raffle tickets for sale to benefit the Farm and Livestock Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. She also called for any corrections that need to be made to the membership book to be given to her. Babbi Baker relayed the thank you from Beck’s platoon for the Christmas goodies that we shipped to them in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He said they were delicious and very quickly gone! Toni Barrow adjourned the meeting at 12:10 p.m. After the meeting a presentation on grandparents raising their grandchildren and about a group called, “Outcome, Inc.”  
Submitted by Babbi Baker.
The Otero CowBelles installed the 2011 officers at the December party: Debi W. Rupe, President; Pat Jone, 1st V.P.; Tena Beanblossom, 2nd VP; Barbara Wagner, Sec. and Jean Lee, Treasurer. The January 6th meeting hosted by Jeane Crockett, was held at El Parador. Fifteen members and four guests were in attendance. Three of the guests joined Otero CowBelles that day! They are Janet White, Estelle Moser and Diana Martwick. President Rupe gave us her motto for 2011— “Success comes in CANS not CAN’Ts.” She feels certain that CowBelles can do anything that they set out to do. The Otero CowBelles are looking forward to a busy, productive year with health fairs, the ANCW/WALC meeting in April and food demonstrations in the schools.
Submitted by Barbara Wagner, Secretary

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