The Grant County Copper CowBelles met June 16th, with lots of social distancing, on the back patio of a member’s house. It was, needless to say wonderful to see each other. The scholarship committee submitted the revised applications for our academic and new trade career categories. Copper recognizes the need for welders, electricians, linemen etc in rural communities. Everyone was encouraged to help publicize this new scholarship offering. The Grant County Fair was discussed with the hope that the Exhibit Building will be allowed to be open. Copper always has a booth with Beef giveaways, recipes and information about the nutritional values of beef and how to safely handle and cook it. Kathy Davis reported about heritagewaters.org a local group formed to fight proposed legislation to designate the Gila and San Francisco Rivers as Wild and Scenic. This proposal could devastate the farming community of Gila and impact the mining business in Grant County. Desserts were shared after the Treasurer’s Report was made and the Dear to Our Hearts Committee reported health news on members who have been ill recently.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met January 21st. President Pat Hunt conducted the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance, CowBelles Creed and Prayer were read.
Guest Ty Bays was present to discuss the upcoming Cowboy Cash Party which Copper will again participate in and help to organize. It is scheduled for April 25th.
There was much discussion about this year’s committees such as scholarships and marketing. Emphasis will be placed on funding to students pursuing careers in trades needed in rural areas and the marketing committee will develop several beef promotion giveaways. One of the local high school Home Economic teachers has requested in-class instruction about beef and ranching and a committee was formed for that effort. A budget and audit committee will review the books as soon as possible due to the change in Treasurer.
The Grant County Cattlegrowers is planning a meeting next month and a motion was made to present the new President with a “We love USA Beef” apron along with a check for the county fair steer purchase project this Fall. The steer is processed and the meat is distributed to local Home Ec teachers free of charge for use in the classrooms.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles recently met on April 16th and May 21st. President Annette George conducted the meetings and the March/April minutes were approved. A thank you card with a generous donation was received for the reception luncheon for Alvina Rutherford. A motion was made to make a Pat Nowlin memorial donation in her honor. New membership applications were received from Sherri Bays, L J Lundy and Vicki McCauley.
The Cash Party held with the Cattlegrowers and Fair Committee was a success and resulted in a good deposit to the scholarship account. McKeen’s Ranch Days was well attended. The Shindig Community Dance is scheduled for October 12th. The marketing committee is working on apron designs for CowBelles members and ones to be given to local chefs that specialize in preparing beef entrees. The Scholarship committee will meet to determine guidelines for a new scholarship category for trade school applicants. The academic degree scholarships will still be offered.
The Silver City Museum is hosting a reception for Rodeo week on June 15th. This will highlight the ongoing “Ranching in Grant County” exhibit. Copper has been invited to participate in this event. Grant County is very proud to have two students selected for the NM Youth Ranch Management Camp this summer: Justin Billings and Randi White. Ongoing projects include “June is Beef Month”, the Grant County Fair in September, and a CowBelles exhibit in November at the Silver City Public Library. Everyone was encouraged to attend the Midyear meeting in Ruidoso.
The Grant County Copper Cowbelles are now taking scholarship applications for students pursuing jobs in trade professions. They will continue to offer scholarships for college degrees in agricultural fields but recognize the need to reach a broader field of applicants in rural areas by supporting those individuals that want careers such as welders, plumbers, electricians and lineman.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles held their monthly meeting
on March 19th. Newly installed
President Annette George conducted the meeting and the February minutes were
The Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Days were cancelled due to
weather and will be rescheduled for May.
Planning for the Cash Party is going well but more silent auction items
are needed. It was decided to create a
planning committee for the Fall Shindig, leaving the how, when and where
decisions up to the committee. It has
been simplified to a dance-only event in the hopes of having a fun evening for
the community without all the hard work.
Reminders were made for the District III Workshop in Glenwood and the
McKeen Ranch Days in April.
A vote was made for a thank you gift for out-going President
Deborah van Tellingen and a $250 donation to the NM Ag in the Classroom
Foundation was approved. The Silver City
Public Library has inquired whether Copper would like to make a display for the
public to view this Fall. Use of a display
case for a month would be made available for beef information and CowBelle
The “box” for hosting receptions for memorial
services has been inventoried. Members were asked to provide various
items. The items needed for serving food, coffee,
napkins, plates etc. will be restocked after each event.
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The Grant County Copper CowBelles held their monthly meeting on February 19th. We regretfully accepted the resignation of President Deborah van Telligen who is moving closer to family. She installed Annette George as president and Jeannette Hamilton as secretary (replacing Annette) as her last duty. Guest Sherri Bays was introduced and she announced that she will be joining as a member.
The opening reception for the ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum was a huge success and we were thanked for our participation in gathering information for the displays and for providing the goodies for the reception. The exhibit is open for the entire year. An update was given for the Cash Party happening the end of April and that silent auction items are needed.
A committee will be formed to create and maintain a “box” for hosting receptions for memorial services. Items needed for serving food, coffee, napkins, plates etc. will be restocked after each event.