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.
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.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met August 19th. President Annette George conducted the meeting. Hostess prizes were provided by Kim Clark and Pat Hunt.
Guest Justin Billings made a presentation about his week at the NM Youth Ranch Management Camp at which Copper helped him financially to attend. He was very pleased with the event and feels it will really help him in future years. Kathy Davis distributed the personalized Copper CowBelles aprons and displayed the ones that will be donated to local chefs that specialize in beef dishes. It was approved to send an apron (I “heart” USA Beef) to President Trump who recently stated that “American Beef is the Best”, along with a request to require COOR on meats.
It was approved to purchase two heavy duty shelving units for the storage room which has been moved to the new location. The Fall Shindig is still on track. Annette called for volunteers for the Grant County Fair which is September 18-21st. It was approved to again pay the processing fees for the steer that will be purchased by the Grant County Cattlegrowers at the Fair. This steer is divided among local Home Economics teachers for classes on beef preparation. Copper has been asked to participate in a project to display brands on a wall at the Visitors Center. Bobbie Neal Little has also offered a wall on one of her business properties in town. This decision was tabled until more information can be gathered.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on June 18th at the El Grito Headstart school building. Lunch was provided by the El Grito staff. President Annette George conducted the meeting. She provided a cake to celebrate Bobbie Neal Little’s birthday, hostess prizes were provided by Joyce Biebelle.
Pat reported that the “June is Beef Month” advertisement was placed with Grantcountybeat.com and submitted an invoice. The rodeo event at the Silver City Museum received good coverage on the front page of the Silver City Press with credit going to Copper for their contributions to the event. It was voted to make a donation to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship in memory of Arley Howard, a former member. Several Get Well cards were passed around for signatures.
Kathy Davis took final orders for personalized aprons and showed the designs that will be on the ones donated to local chefs that specialize in beef dishes. Copper has received a $500 donation from the NM Gas Company. We thank member Lori Nell Reed for nominating us for this award. Some of this money will be used for ordering supplies for the Grant County Fair in September. It was approved to donate a buckle to the 4H Livestock Judging event at the Fair. Donations will also be made to two local FFA chapters.
As there is no July meeting, the group will meet again in August.