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.
Ready to UNLEASH YOUR INNER COWGIRL? Check out the tentative agenda. It is time to celebrate 20 years! We are calling on women passionate about agriculture to come EARN YOUR SPURS.
The focus will be on personal development leadership. Participants will sharpen their rowels on etiquette, selling yourself, time management, organization, a great tour and so much more. Attendees will leave with tangible tools and resources to help them be the best version of themselves.
Grant County Cooperative Extension is proud to present Agriculture Listening Session with Dr. Rolando A. Flores Dean of College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences New Mexico State University And Jeff Witte New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture. Please come and voice your agriculture related concerns!
From left are Bobbie Neal-Little, 2015 Cowbelle of the Year, and 2015 Copper Cowbelles President Jo Ann Miller. (Courtesy Photo)
This annual award is bestowed on a member for outstanding service to the organization and to the promotion of the ranching way of life. Bobbie Neal-Little exemplifies this honor. She has served over 15 years as a Copper CowBelle and although she stays quite busy with her family, she always makes time to help a neighbor and support local youth.
Bobbie has been instrumental in assisting the Silver City Museum with “Trunk lessons” on ranching as well as collecting artifacts and histories for an upcoming ranching exhibit. She works hard to promote the fundraising efforts for the Copper CowBelles with the annual Shindig, coming up April 30, as well as the annual Grant County Fair booth and other venues which fund scholarships for Grant County students majoring in Agricultural fields.
The local chapter of the New Mexico CowBelles organization, Copper CowBelles, began September 1976. The Copper CowBelles, with members from all walks of life, have made themselves known as a group of women who want everyone to know the importance of the beef industry to Grant County and The State of New Mexico.