The Grant County Copper CowBelles met June 16th, with lots of social distancing, on the back patio of a member’s house. It was, needless to say wonderful to see each other. The scholarship committee submitted the revised applications for our academic and new trade career categories. Copper recognizes the need for welders, electricians, linemen etc in rural communities. Everyone was encouraged to help publicize this new scholarship offering. The Grant County Fair was discussed with the hope that the Exhibit Building will be allowed to be open. Copper always has a booth with Beef giveaways, recipes and information about the nutritional values of beef and how to safely handle and cook it. Kathy Davis reported about heritagewaters.org a local group formed to fight proposed legislation to designate the Gila and San Francisco Rivers as Wild and Scenic. This proposal could devastate the farming community of Gila and impact the mining business in Grant County. Desserts were shared after the Treasurer’s Report was made and the Dear to Our Hearts Committee reported health news on members who have been ill recently.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met January 21st. President Pat Hunt conducted the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance, CowBelles Creed and Prayer were read.
Guest Ty Bays was present to discuss the upcoming Cowboy Cash Party which Copper will again participate in and help to organize. It is scheduled for April 25th.
There was much discussion about this year’s committees such as scholarships and marketing. Emphasis will be placed on funding to students pursuing careers in trades needed in rural areas and the marketing committee will develop several beef promotion giveaways. One of the local high school Home Economic teachers has requested in-class instruction about beef and ranching and a committee was formed for that effort. A budget and audit committee will review the books as soon as possible due to the change in Treasurer.
The Grant County Cattlegrowers is planning a meeting next month and a motion was made to present the new President with a “We love USA Beef” apron along with a check for the county fair steer purchase project this Fall. The steer is processed and the meat is distributed to local Home Ec teachers free of charge for use in the classrooms.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on December 17th for the annual Christmas luncheon. President Annette George installed the 2020 Officers as the only official business to be conducted: President, Patricia Hunt; Vice President, Judy O’Loughlin; Secretary, Jeannette Hamilton; and Treasurer, Tenisha Fell. Annette announced the CowBelle of the Year with co-winners: Cyndi Donovan and Jeannette Hamilton and thanked them both for all their hard work during the year.
A potluck was held with brisket prepared by the Fells and a Santa gift exchange was held. Decorations for the party were provided by Carlie Gatlin of the Grant County Extension Service. The first meeting of 2020 will be held on January 21st at 11:30 in the conference room of the Extension Service.
The Copper CowBelles held our last meeting of the year yesterday. We installed the 2020 officers: Pat Hunt, President, Judy O’Loughlin, Vice President, Jeanette Hamilton, Secretary and Tenisha Fell as Treasurer. The meeting was a Christmas gathering with brisket smoked by the Fell’s, decorations by Carlie Gatlin, all the Belles took a gift and side dish. We thank those who served this year and look forward to a prosperous 2020!
Congratulations to Cyndi Dunn Donovan and Jeanette Hamilton, our 2019 Copper CowBelles of the Year! President Annette stated that when she thought about the award, two Belles stood out. Cyndi was always ready to get to work when something needed done and Jeanette did a great job with the minutes. Congratulations to both of these deserving CowBelles!
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on November 19th. President Annette George requested the approval of the October minutes which included discussion of National Farm to School Month (designated by Congressional Act H.R. 1655, 2010). The Grant County Commissioners issued a Proclamation to celebrate this declaration and Annette accepted on behalf of Copper. It was announced that Family Shindig dance was a success with good attendance and an excellent band. The Nominating Committee presented a slate of officers to be published and voted on.
The slate of officers was approved for 2020: Pat Hunt, President; Judy O’Loughlin, Vice President; Jeanette Hamilton, Secretary and Tenisha Fell, Treasurer. A motion was passed to make a donation to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship in memory of Lynda Delk Cox.
Guest speaker Erin Griffith of the Silver City Museum gave an update on the exhibit Ranching in Grant County. It is one of the Museum’s best attended and appreciated displays. Copper’s display case at the Silver City Library has also been well received. It will be up for the month of November in the lobby.
The December meeting will be a Christmas luncheon and installation of Officers.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met September 17th. President Annette George conducted the meeting. Hostess prizes were provided by Annette.
Annette encouraged everyone to read the article about “fake meat” in this month’s Stockmen magazine. She announced that volunteer help at the Grant County Fair is still needed and to contact her with times available to help. The Treasurer’s Report was submitted. Scholarship Chair, Pat Hunt stated that two applications had been received but one student will not be eligible until next year. It was approved to award a scholarship for another year to Lindsey Ashinhurst. Advertising was approved for the upcoming Shindig Family Dance on October 12th. Kim Clark has made posters to place around town. It was pointed out that we should have had a slate of officers ready to vote on. Cyndi Donovan agreed to chair a nominating committee to prepare a slate of officers to publish for the November meeting. The exhibit planned for the Silver City Public Library and the Brand Wall proposed for an outdoor building were tabled until after the County Fair.