March 2016 – Meeting

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met March 22, 2016.  President Kim Clark opened the meeting.  The Pledge, creed and cowbelle prayer were read by hostesses Kathy Davis and Judy de Pedro.  Guests were introduced as FSA County Executive Director, Mackey Irwin and trainee Shelby Johnson.  There was discussion about partnering with the local rodeo association to sponsor Penny Conway who runs a program called Cowboys and Kids.  She visits schools and shares information about rodeo animals and how well they are treated.  She also provides booklets about rodeos.  The decision was tabled until the next meeting.  Our cowbelle sign at the rodeo arena has been displayed for several years with no fees being charged.  All signs are coming down this year to be redone and only put back up if box seats are purchased at a minimum of $800.  It was decided that this was cost prohibitive unless enough members wanted to go together and buy the tickets for personal use.  

Bobbie Neal Little announced that the ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum has been postponed again due to the retirement of the director.  She is certain that it will eventually be opened.  A tally was made of the members who intend to go to Margie McKeen’s Ranch Days April 19th and 20th.  Pat Hunt will call her to say who is volunteering to help.  Pat Hunt made a report about attending the District III meeting held in Las Cruces on March 17th.  

The upcoming Shindig was discussed for the remainder of the meeting.  Committee chairs are making progress but the biggest concern is obtaining items for the silent auction.  Tickets were distributed to the members for them to sell.


Copper CowBelle Shindig Information

Fiesta de Mayo – Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Flame Convention Center, Piños Altos Road, Silver City, NM.

Doors open at 6 pm. Beef Brisket dinner will be served from 6 pm to 7 pm. The Silent Auction will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm, past silent auction items have included western prints and furniture, wildlife décor, Iron work, handmade crafts and gift baskets.

Kick up your heels to the western music of the Yarbrough Band. The band starts at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm.

Tickets: $30 advance purchase and $35 at the door. Get them at Aunt Judy’s Attic, Western Bank, Farm Bureau Insurance–Susan Sumrall, or from a Copper CowBelle member.

No host bar – No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. Seating is limited! Reserved seating is open to the public at 6:45 pm.

Proceeds from this event help fund scholarships, beef education and promotion. More info at

“Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, making new friends
and renewing old acquaintances!”