Every year brings a unique partnership to the Cliff-Gila Grant County Fair as the Grant County Cattle Growers and the Grant County Copper CowBelles combine finances to purchase a beef during the Junior Livestock Sale.
This year the partnership was expanded to include the 5R Travel Center located in Deming. The Cattle Growers and 5R purchased the market beef from local 4-H student, Samuel McDonald and shipped it to the Wilcox Packing Plant in Arizona. The processing fees are always paid by the CowBelles. The meat is then divided between 5 schools in Grant County to provide students in Home Economic and Culinary Skills type classes the opportunity to cook with beef cuts of meat.
This year the beef was awarded to Stephanie Tedford of Cliff High School, Mrs. Flores of Silver High, Misty Pugmire of the El Grito Head Start, Mrs. Liebhart of Snell Middle School in Bayard and Mrs. Smith at Calvary Christain.
Pat Hunt, Copper Cowbelles
Grant County Copper CowBelles 2021 President’s Report
As was 2020, this year has been very trying for Copper CowBelles. We were careful with in-person meetings but still participated in the Grant County Fair in the Fall with a very successful booth and 3-day beef give away. Also at the Fair, the Grant County Cattlegrowers annually purchases a steer. Copper pays the processing fees (now over $1000!) as our contribution to this worthwhile project. The meat is divided 4/5 ways and given to the local Home Economics/Culinary Skills classes so that they have the opportunity to cook with Beef.
In January we had a Saturday zoom meeting that State President Sandra Lacy participated in. We also had a zoom in late February but it was June before we were together again and it was to host a luncheon in memory of our longtime member Bobbie Neal Little who died June 2nd. Lori Nell Reed was the Chair for this occasion.
I attended the Mid-Year meeting in Ruidoso early in June. Members Kathy Davis, Cyndi Donovan and Alida Burchett also attended. Also in June we had a table at the local rodeo and Joan Dewbre and I sold tickets for a beef drawing in honor of “June is Beef Month”. In August we met in person and were able to plan our booth for the Fair and get started on nominating officers for 2022. We were proud to receive word that our nominee, Emilie Gossett, for the Pat Nowlin Scholarship was a successful candidate. Member Linda Pecotte was instrumental in nominating this student. Linda assisted with our Fair booth the week of September 22nd -25th along with Vivian Myers, Leslie Crumbley, Kathy Davis, Alena Johnson and Cyndi Donovan. Tragically, less than a month later, Linda, an avid pilot, crashed her plane and once again we found ourselves helping to host a funeral luncheon.
Our Thanksgiving/Christmas potluck and installation of officers meeting was canceled due to Grant County having a COVID rate that was one of the highest in the country per capita. Installation will have to be arranged by zoom meeting. Our 2022 officers are Kim Clark, President; Michelle Greeman, Vice President; Tenisha Fell, Treasurer and Carol Crosley, Secretary.
Submitted by Patricia E Hunt President 2020-2021