October CCB Report

Thw Grant County Copper CowBelles met on October 19, 2021.

The meeting was opened by President Pat Hunt with a moment of silence for member Linda Pecotte who passed in a plane crash on the 15th.

Cyndi Donovan (Committee Chair, Dear to our Hearts) was asked to send a note to Joyce Biebelle whose brother has died and Carol Crosley who recently lost a daughter. Also it was noted that a donation will be sent to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship fund in memory of Linda Pecotte. A donation was also received from Kathy Davis to the Copper scholarship fund in Linda’s memory.

Hazel Donaldson made a presentation for Heritage Waters Coalition on behalf of our AgVo committee. Proposed display ads in the Daily Press were discussed as well as the need to fill out the survey for the Water Trust Board and comment on the 50 Year Water Plan. Copper will be a part of the display ads and the Treasurer was instructed to write a check to HWC to cover our share of the cost. Hazel also showed a new icon called “Copper and Cattle” that will be used to promote Grant County’s two major industries.

Pat announced that Kurstyn Johnson was awarded a $500 scholarship for her continuing studies in a welding career.

The following officers were elected: Kim Clark, President; Michelle Greeman, Vice President; Carol Crosley, Secretary and Tenisha Fell, Treasurer.

Under Old Business the highway “Welcome to Beef Country” sign was discussed.

The upcoming elections were discussed for the Grant Soil and Water Conservation District and the Grant County Cattlegrowers.

Michelle announced that in conjunction with the Joint Stockman Meeting in Albuquerque the second week of December there will be a NM CowBelles breakfast meeting. Emails will go out shortly with details for an in-person meeting and a zoom call alternative.

Jessica Swapp has produced a video promoting “short-term” volunteers. She needs individuals and groups willing to help with learning experiences for 4-H members in fields such as photography, cake decorating, sewing, canning and anything you have an interest in and think that young people might have an interest too.

Pat Hunt


August CCB Report

Copper CowBelles Meeting August 10, 2021

Meeting opened by President Pat Hunt with the Pledge of Allegiance, Creed and Prayer being read. Pat and Kim Clark were hostesses.

It was also decided to send our usual memorial donations of $50 to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship in memory of Bobbie and Carol Baumgartner. We received a check Kathy in memory of Bobbie and Carol as well as a check or $100 from JoAnn Miller in memory of Bobbie.  Pat will let the families know that these donations have been received.

Cyndi Donavan agreed to be the new Chair of the Dear to our Hearts committee.  A motion was made and passed to allow the AgVo Committee to speak on behalf of Copper with a 1st by Tenisha and a second by Cyndi.  Items of particular attention will be joining the Heritage Waters Coalition, fighting the 30-30 Act, wolf populations, lack of diversity in meat packers nationally/the need for local meat processing and the Border Crisis.  Everyone was encouraged to hand out scholarship applications as the deadline is August 27th

Pat requested volunteers for a nominating committee for the upcoming elections but no offers were made.  The Grant County Fair was discussed.  Many expressed a desire to “change things up a bit”.  Pat agreed to co-chair. Need another volunteer. Kathy and Cyndi agreed to help decide what topics we want to highlight this year such as the many beef by-products and a comparison of the components of fake meat vs beef.  (Tenisha will have her sons do an experiment on the ageing process of a beef pattie and a fake meat pattie”-will the fake meat pattie grow mold?”).  We need someone to help with decorating/setup and making phone calls to assure the booth is covered. 

Applications for membership renewals and updating the yearbook information will be mailed.

Pat Hunt


May CCB Report

Copper CowBelles met May 18, 2021

President Pat Hunt opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The CowBelles Creed and Prayer were recited. The hostesses were Linda Pecotte and Jeanette Hamilton. Guest was Kurstyn Johnson, Pat Nowlin scholarship applicant and Salutatorian of the Cliff High School graduating class.

The Dear to our Hears committee report included well wishes to Mary Jo Hooker and Bobbie Neal Little.

Under new business it was decided to share a booth with the Grant County Republican Women at the upcoming Renegade Rodeo. We will sponsor a “June is Beef Month” raffle for two $75 boxes of locally sourced beef (Angus from Mirandas of Mule Creek). Volunteers are needed to help work the booth from 5 to 7:30, June 11 and 12.

Grant County Cattlegrowers are hosting a BBQ meeting on August 14th and everyone was encouraged to attend.

State CowBelles Midyear meeting is June 7th in Ruisdoso, Pat and several others are attending. She reminded that we will be purchasing more license plates, which is our best seller.

Pat attended a virtual Rotary Meeting at which Ty Bays and Buddy Eby talked about ranching in Grant County. After the presentation, President Bart Roselli commended Copper CowBelles in having been instrumental in helping organize the 2019 ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum. He said the materials are being preserved in digital form for the museum website and will be available for viewing from now on. Submissions and additional information will always be accepted.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


CCB April Report

The April membership meeting was opened by President Pat Hunt with the Pledge of Allegiance, Creed and Prayer being read.

Pat reported that 3 applications were sent to State for the Pat Nowlin Memorial Scholarship. We were instructed to send in all 3 rather than evaluating and picking a nominee. Cursten Blanton, Kurstyn Johnson and Emily Gossett submitted applications. It was noted that it is time to get the Copper scholarship notifications out.

Pat reminded everyone that our State Vice President’s (Vonda Frost) husband was seriously hurt and there is an auction and go-fund me account set up for his recovery. Heritage Waters Coalition has a fund-raiser event scheduled at Los Olmos on May 1st . If you are interested in a casino
themed evening of fun, see Kathy Davis who has tickets. Kim is working on the Yearbook so please send any changes to us. A vote was taken to make Neline Dominguez and Shirley Franks honorary members (requiring no dues).

The organizational meeting for the Legislative AgVo Committee was recently held. Kim Clark is the chair as she has been our legislative coordinator for many years. She will work on the process of updating our by-laws to include this new activity as well as reviewing existing by-laws needing changes. These will be duly published and reviewed for voting. Kim emphasized that the AgVo committee is for educational purposes and “does not speak on behalf of the CowBelles unless directed to do so by a vote of the membership under special circumstances”.
There was no update on the “Welcome to Beef county” sign.

Everyone should be watching their mail for the registration for the Mid-year Meeting in Ruidoso June 7th . The next meeting will be May 18th.

Pat Hunt


CCB March Report

Grant County Copper CowBelles met on March 30, 2021.

We had our networking at 11:30 with the meeting starting at Noon. Hostess was Kathy Davis. The Pledge of Allegiance, Creed and Prayer were recited. Linda Pecotte’s guest was Silver High Senior, Emily Gossett. She is a State FFA officer and planning on attending NMSU in Ag education. The February minutes were approved with the addendum that an email vote was taken during the month to sponsor a buckle for the Southwest Horsemen’s Youth Rodeo. We have received a thank you for last year’s scholarship from Seth Neal and a thank you letter from New Mexico Ag in the Classroom for the donation made to this non-profit. We received updated news on Bobbie Neal-Little and it was announced that Neline Dominguez has moved to Las Cruces to be closer to family. Everyone was encouraged to send her a note.

Heritage Waters Coalition is having a Casino Night fundraiser in May. Tickets are limited so get them early it you would enjoy an evening out. Michelle announced that NM CowBelles will be having a meeting in Ruidoso June 6-8 (with the CowBelles probably meeting on the 7th) in conjunction with NM Cattlegrowers’ Mid-Year. Watch for registration forms. The Beef advertisement for the Mimbres Roundup Lodge cookbook is taking shape. There is a regional NM Cattlegrowers meeting in Reserve on April 16th and this information is posted on our Facebook page (Reservations needed for lunch).

The discussion turned to comments about current political happenings locally and nationally and several expressed a desire to form a Committee separate from our monthly meetings. Pat will look for a location and time to hold the first meeting for the as well as the next regular meeting which will probably take place on April 20th.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


CCB February Report

Copper met by zoom meeting on February 27th. There were 9 in attendance including Sandra Lacy, State President. The Pledge of Allegiance, CowBelle Creed and Prayer were repeated. Minutes for the January 2021 meeting were approved.

The Mimbres Roundup Lodge auxiliary is creating a cookbook as a fundraiser and a motion was that a full page advertisement be taken in the book with a Beef Promotion themed page. A discussion of the New Mexico Ag in the Classroom program resulted in a motion to donate to the non-profit. Pat will issue a challenge in The Wrangler to encourage other locals to meet or beat Copper’s donation to this worthwhile Agvocacy project.

New projects were discussed as one member is promoting the idea for a ranching museum to be started in the area. Another suggested a Cowboy/girl Hall of Fame and the brand wall renovation inside the Murray Hotel in downtown Silver City. It was pointed out that the Welcome to Beef Country sign on west Highway 180 was blown down last year and nothing has been done about it. Judy O’Loughlin volunteered to contact the Cliff agricultural teacher about the possibility of having students build a metal sign with laser cut brands.

Pat reminded everyone that we still have many boxes of cookbooks and stated that JoAnn Miller has arranged for cookbooks to be sold at Circle S in Deming and Circle Heart in Silver City with the price dropped to $12. This still represents a profit for the group. JoAnn will check with the winery in Mimbres about selling books when they finally reopen.

The next meeting is planned for late March with the hope that it will be held in person.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


CCB January Report

The Copper CowBelles met by zoom meeting on January 23rd with about 12 members attending. The Pledge of Allegiance, CowBelles Creed and Prayer were recited.

It was noted that the duly elected 2020-21 officers are Pat Hunt, President; Judy
O’Loughlin, Vice President and Tenisha Fell, Treasurer. The group wishes to thank
Jeanette Hamilton for serving as Secretary for the past two years.

Sandra Lacy of Capitan is the 2020-21 NM CowBelles State President and she attended the meeting. She hopes to be able to attend meetings across the state in an effort to keep informed about happenings in the different groups in these unprecedented times. We are honored to have Coppermember, Michelle Greeman as the new State Secretary!

Members gave various reports including Heritage Waters Coalition and the Pro Rodeo this summer. Ranch Days in Alma will not be held this year but the Dutch Oven Cookout is planned for April and the Ranch Rodeo, BBQ, Dance and Auction in Glenwood is planned for July.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 27th by Zoom.—

Pat Hunt


Local Beef for Local School Education

The Grant County Cattlegrowers purchased a “Grant County Bred, locally raised steer” at the 2020 Grant County Junior Livestock sale. The meat was processed and then distributed to local school Home Economics programs for beef preparation lessons. The Grant County Copper CowBelles assisted with the project with some of the monies needed for processing.

Photo one: L to R: Cattlegrowers President Buddy Eby with Cliff High School Home Ec teacher Stephanie Tedford, Grant County Cattle Growers Sec/Treas. Laura Frost, Copper CowBelles Treasurer Tenisha Fell.

Photo two: L to R: Eby, Frost, Silver High Culinary Arts Instructor Emmarie Flores, Fell.

Photo three: L to R: Calvary Chapel student Hayden Smith, Teacher Julie Smith, student Daniel Smith, Frost, Fell, Eby

Photo four: L to R: Eby, Cobre High Culinary Instructor Cheryl Holland, Fell, Frost

Photo five: L to R: Accepting Beef for El Grito Headstart Todd Pugmire for principal Misty Pugmire, Frost, Eby.