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January 2023 CCB Report

The January 6 meeting was called to order immediately following our Installation Potluck Dinner at 6:00 PM.  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag and Leslie Crumbly read the CowBelle Creed.  24 people attended, including families and guests of members.

President Kim Clark proceeded in dismissing the outgoing officers and then swore in new officers for the 2023 year: Pat Hunt as President, Michelle Greeman as Vice President, Cyndi Donovan as Treasurer and Carol Crosley as Secretary.  Pat Hunt was chosen as our 2022 CowBelle of the Year.  This was a popular decision, given Pat’s continuing work on behalf of the club throughout some difficult years.

Michelle Greeman gave a brief but informative report on NM CowBelles, highlighting NM AgFest 2023 to be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on February 16th. The Southern Region District Meeting and Workshops will be held on February 25, 2023 in Alamogordo NM. Specifics on time and location soon to follow.  She filled us in on 2023 NMCB officers and what we can be watching for in the coming year.  There is also good news that Margie McKeen will again host Ranch Days at their place this year and volunteers are sought.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM.  

*President’s Note:  Though we discussed a CCB meeting in February, I realize that many members will be attending the Southern District Meeting in Alamogordo on February 25th.  Consequently, our next meeting is scheduled for March 21st at 11:30 am at Grant County Extension Office.        

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October CCB Report

The Copper CowBelles met on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The meeting was opened by President Kim Clark and the Pledge, CowBelle Creed and Prayer were read. Three guests were introduced: Julie Mehan, Mary Beth Juarez and Lauren Baker.

Michelle, State Vice President, gave a report on the Beef Council booth at the State Fair that many CowBelles assisted with and the monthly meetings held by zoom.  These meetings are very informative and are well attended.  She encouraged everyone to attend the annual meeting in December which will include a reception to honor Past State Presidents.  NM CowBelles is celebrating its 65th year anniversary and this will be noted at the December meeting.

Pat Hunt reported that our booth at the Grant County Fair was very busy and she thanked all her volunteers.  License plate and cookbook sales were successful.  Erica Garcia, Miss Agriculture USA, attended the fair and helped with our booth, Copper will donate $250 to her to help cover travel expenses. Pat also announced that the “challenge” advertisement approved in August is in the current NM Stockman magazine.  This is our challenge to our locals to support the NM Ag in the Classroom programs monetarily.

Kim thanked the nominating committee for presenting the slate of officers for 2023.  Hearing no nominations from the floor, a motion passed to approve the nominations as presented.  The newly elected officers are: Pat Hunt, President; Michelle Greeman, Vice President; Cyndi Donovan, Treasurer and Carol Crosley, Secretary. The officers will be installed at the January 6, 2023 meeting.

A donation to the Pat Nowlin Scholarship Fund (NMCB) will be made in memory of Evelyn Yates. Kathy Davis also made a donation to the Copper CowBelle scholarship in her memory.

This being the last meeting for the year everyone was wished a Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

Submitted by Pat Hunt for Carol Crosley

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Grant County Fair Booth

I would like to thank Alena and Kursten Johnson, Joan Dewbre, Carol Crosley,
JoAnn Miller, LJ Lundy, Cyndi Donovan, Vicki McCauley, Leslie Crumbley and the amazing license plate seller, Vivian Myers for assisting with the booth this year.

Miss America Agriculture Pageant winner, Erica Yvette Garcia graciously flew out from Kansas where she attends school to help at our booth on Saturday. Michelle and I met her in Ruidoso this summer when she attended the Midyear CowBelles meeting.

Raffle Winners: There was approximately 30-35 entries for the meat drawing each day (adults only). Candy: Paiglee Donaldson, Gavin Finley, and Samuel Donaldson. Meat: Debbie Ivins, Eileen Berry, and Shasta Walker

Watch your next issue of NM Stockman for our advertisement where we challenge our fellow CowBelles to support NM Ag in the Classroom.  I hope it works, I am so proud that we support this wonderful program.

We have Copper CowBelle cookbooks to sell! Think Christmas!

PAT HUNT

Cyndi and Kathy have submitted the following proposed slate of officers for 2023:  President, Pat Hunt; Vice President, Michelle Greeman; Secretary, Carol Crosley; Treasurer, Cyndi Donovan. Voting will take place at the October meeting.

We were a success!
Pat Hunt, ChairBelle

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August CCB Report

The meeting was called to order at noon on August 16 by President Kim Clark. There were 8 members present.

Treasurer, Tenisha Fell suggested that membership forms go out as soon as possible so that members can complete and return them by October.

Michelle Greeman delivered a report on NMCB business. They’ve utilized online meetings to promote “CowBelles: Who are we and what do we do?” They’ve gained good forward momentum focusing on beef promotion and outreach. There is great excitement about the success of the “Ag in the Classroom” program. Cooper CowBelles will place a $250 ad in the NM Stockman, challenging other local CowBelle groups to make an annual donation of $250 to “Ag in the Classroom” as we are doing. Volunteers are welcome to assist the Beef Council in presenting the Ag Happy Hour at the NM State Fair, Sept. 10th and 17th. The annual NM Cattle Growers/NM CowBelles joint meeting will be held December 15th & 16th at the Hotel Albuquerque.

Pat Hunt will chair the Grant County Fair Booth this year and is asking for volunteers. Miss Agriculture New Mexico, Erica Garcia, will be on hand in the CowBelle booth on Saturday.

A thank you letter was received from Brye Baptiste, who was the recipient of our scholarship. Brye was grateful for our help in reaching his goals. Membership agreed to accept scholarship applications year-round per Pat Hunt’s recommendation.

Cyndi Donovan agrees to chair the nominating committee and Kathy Davis will help.

The Grant County Cattle Growers are raising funds to purchase a beef at the Cliff-Gila Grant County Fair livestock sale. We will donate the cost of processing the above beef, not to exceed $1,200.

The Blue and Gold Club membership within Silver FFA Alumni is an effort to provide funds to support the Silver FFA Chapter. Its funds will be used to support the students and chapter needs. Copper CowBelles will purchase a Silver membership.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM.

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June CCB Report

The June 28 meeting was called to order at noon by President Kim Clark with the Pledge of Allegiance, Prayer and our CowBelle Creed.  There were 8 members present, minutes were approved, and the treasurer’s report reviewed.

President Clark read the NMCB mid-year report mailed by Vonda Frost. The NMCB annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the Stockmen meeting on December 14-17 at the Hotel Albuquerque.

Thanks to Michelle Greeman, the new Copper CowBelles sign is in place at Southwest Horseman’s Park!   

We received a scholarship application from Brye Baptiste, a sophomore at NMSU, who is studying Ag Business.  The application, was reviewed, and Brye was awarded a $500 scholarship from Copper.

The Silver City Musuem has asked to have a Copper CowBelle representative on their Board. We received and awarded a donation to the Southwest Horsemans Youth Rodeo Association. The Grant County Cattlegrowers will have a booth in the Park for 4th of July and are seeking sale items from Copper as well as asking for ranching photos to include in a looped slideshow.

Discussed a joint fundraiser like the cash party or Shindig with the Fair Board and Cattlegrowers in the Fall. We will reach out to these organizations and see if they are willing.

Thanks to our meeting host, Leslie Crumbley, for a great 4th of July setup! Our next meeting will be on August 16.

Submitted by Kim Clark, President

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Silver City Museum Honors Bobbie Neal-Little

From the Silver City Museum event post:

At the memorial service on June 14, 2022 we will unveil a plaque in the museum honoring Bobbie, we will launch our Voices of the Range virtual exhibit with a dedication to Bobbie, be giving her family a scrapbook of our memories of Bobbie at the museum and having a formal dedication of the mural on the west side of the museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Throughout her life, Bobbie showed a love and passion for the Silver City Museum, the preservation of local history, and community involvement that will never be forgotten. From her position as a board member of the Museum Society, to her time spent as a volunteer helping to promote the museum, Bobbie was an endearing and tireless volunteer.

Bobbie went to great lengths to help the community, in addition to her dedication to the Silver City Museum. She also volunteered with the Copper CowBelles, a group dedicated to education about the beef industry, and “keeping the western heritage alive and active in our community.” She was an active board member of the Southwest Horsemen, and for some 20 years was key to the production of the Wild Wild PRCA Rodeo. She was also an active board member of the White Signal Community Center, as well as the Border Security Task Force in Deming. She served as a youth Sunday School teacher for First United Methodist Church and committed herself to the community in many other ways.

Bobbie’s passion for spreading awareness of local history was ever present. In 2017, for the museum’s 50th Anniversary, Bobbie was part of a panel discussion, titled “Local Policing in the 1960s .” She shared memories of the curfew bell, and staying out after curfew. Her admiration for area ranchers took shape in the a recent museum exhibit, Ranching in Grant County.

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Copper Cowbelles Make a Donation to Ag in the Classroom

New Mexico Ag in the Classroom

From NM Ag in the Classroom – Facebook – June 3, 2022

Such a great day to get to spend with members of the Grant and Doña Ana County Farm & Livestock Bureaus in Silver City today. We received special donation blessings from both the Copper CowBelles and the Grant County Farm & Livestock Bureau during our visit! We cannot thank each of these great organizations enough for their support of agricultural literacy. Tenisha Fell also provided great classroom vermicomposting and recycling activity tips and ideas that we can’t wait to share with teachers! Our members are inspiring!

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April CCB Report

Meeting on April 19, 2022

The meeting was called to order at noon by Vice President Michelle Greeman with the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.  Lori Nell Reed led us in prayer and the members in attendance read the CowBelle Creed together.  There were 11 members present. 

Michelle Greeman updated us on NM State CowBelles business.  The State District Workshops will probably be completed in two meetings.  The Wrangler will be out on May 1st and will include registration forms for the Mid-Year Meeting.  The New Mexico CowBelles will participate in Ag Day at the Isotopes baseball game on May 15.

Ranch Days will happen at the McKeen Ranch near Glenwood on April 26th and 27th.  Volunteers are needed and welcome. 

Scholarship Committee volunteers are needed to help Pat Hunt with getting the information out to students.  This is a rewarding endeavor and a good way to support our western way of life in the future.

June is Beef Month.  There was a discussion on how best to promote it in our community. Pat Hunt moved that we form a Beef Promotion Committee and earmark funds for this purpose.  Jessica Massengill added that her Beef Ambassador can assist in these promotions.

We will make a recurring annual donation to “Ag in the Classroom.” They do a wonderful job imbedding important Ag information into a classroom presentation. 

Michelle Greeman noted that Carolyn Nelson has done an excellent slide show re: USFS History and Land Use that is very informative.  She also suggested that we thank Yvette Harrell for keeping up with the feral cow issue and voicing her concerns. 

Pat Hunt announced that New Mexico Gas Co had made a donation to Copper CowBelles in support of the positive work we have accomplished in the community.  Our thanks to them and to Lori Nell Reed!

A reminder that early voting in Grant County begins on May 10th.  Please vote early and in person. 

Our FFA youth who competed at State did very well, earning wins and high placings.  Our congratulations! 

Meeting was adjourned at 1pm. Our thanks to Lori Nell Reed and Mary Jo Hooker, who hosted this meeting.

Submitted by Carol Crosley