Celebrate 2019 National Ag Week

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CCB February Report

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.


Copper Cowbelles distribute beef to local schools

On Nov. 7, 2018, the Copper Cowbelles distributed beef to local schools.

The Grant County Cattlegrowers’ Association each year buys a steer at the Grant County Fair. The Copper Cowbelles pay for the processing by Wilcox Processing. The meat then gets donated to various schools for their home economics departments.

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Cliff School – Pictured left to right is Deborah van Tellingen(President of Copper CowBelles), Samantha Jones (Student at cliff schools) and Laura Frost ( Sec/Treasurer for Grant county cattle growers).


October Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met October 16, 2018.  President Deborah Van Tellingen announced there will be no meeting in November and the annual Christmas party will be at her house on December 15th.  The 2019 Officers will be installed at this event. Candidate for District 2 County Commissioner, Ty Bays gave a short speech outlining his plans if elected in November.  A wrap-up of the Grant County Fair was given and Vivian Myers was applauded for her over-the-top efforts in selling cookbooks and license plates. The booth and BEEF giveaways were considered a big success.

Everyone was encouraged to attend the Annual meeting in Albuquerque, December 6-7.  Deborah asked for volunteers for the 2019 committees and requested that everyone update their memberships and information for the yearbook which will be printed in January.  There was discussion about resurrecting the Shindig dinner dance event next year and/or participating with a silent auction at the spring cash party put on by the Fair Buyers Board.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


September Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on September 18, 2018.  President Deborah van Tellingen opened the meeting with the Pledge, prayer and creed.  New member Cherry Fe was introduced and guest speakers Joe Bryce and Bart Roselli of the Silver City Museum gave a presentation about next year’s ranching exhibit.  They are requesting individual family histories of Grant County ranchers and any other information we can give them for the planned exhibit.

A letter from former Bar Wilson was passed around.  It was noted that several members have new addresses and it was requested that our lists be updated.  Deborah encouraged everyone to come out and help with our fair booth and the marketing committee displayed the new banners developed for display at the fair.

A motion was passed to approve a donation to the Grant County Cattlegrowers to help with the processing costs for the steer they will buy at the fair.  A motion was also made and the 2019 slate of officers:  Deborah van Tellingen, President; Linda Pecotte, Vice President; Annette George, Secretary and Mary Hudson, Treasurer was approved.  They will be installed at the December meeting.

Deborah announced that the Grant County Commissioners signed a proclamation this week making October 1-5 “New Mexico Grown Week” in honor of the partnership between New Mexico Farmers, Ranchers and Public Schools.  This proclamation for Grant County is “to honor New Mexico’s vibrant food, farming and ranching culture that is significant to the rural economy and provides employment opportunities on farms”.  The Copper CowBelles were invited to be at the Commission meeting for the presentation.

Submitted by Pat Hunt


Annual Scholarship

Copper CowBelles Award Annual Scholarship

The Copper CowBelles award $1000 to Miss Lindsey Ashinhurst, a Silver High graduate, former student at University of Arizona and enrolled at Oklahoma State University now to pursue her degree in Agricultural Business.

“My primary goal in my career is to stand up for the values of cattle ranchers, and use my education to expand the market for cattle”, states Ashinhurst in her application.

“In the two years of undergraduate studies I have remaining, I am eager to continue to develop career-ready skills and knowledge that will allow me to contribute to the agriculture industry in New Mexico.”

Copper CowBelles award a scholarship annually to local youths pursuing Agriculture Careers. These funds are a primary mission of the CowBelles who actively promote the beef industry and educate consumers. Be sure to visit the Copper CowBelles booth at the Grant County Fair.

This years award was given in memory of Lori Nell Glenn, Brenda Bays and Jo Bounds.


August Report

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met August 21st. President Deborah van Tellingen led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Creed and Prayer were read.  Guests Cyndi Donovan and FSA CED Mackey Irwin were introduced. Mackey gave a short presentation on upcoming FSA County Committee Elections and current programs.  The minutes of the June meeting were approved. Deborah provided information about the Wild Apricot Software that the State has rolled out and explained that Copper will also be using it to send out emails and newsletters.  Deborah will chair the County Fair booth in September and is looking for volunteers. She will do the decorating and Pat will get the items needed for the beef and candy drawings.

The Nominating Committee presented the proposed slate of officers for 2019.  This will be published in the next newsletter and voted on at the September meeting.  The Scholarship Committee presented an application from Lindsey Ashinhurst who is majoring in Ag Business at Oklahoma State and an award was approved.  It was also decided to continue our buckle donation to the local 4-H for the Livestock Contest at the County Fair.

Bobbie Neal Little announced that the ranching exhibit at the Silver City Museum is back on the docket and is scheduled to open early in 2019.  She needs more local ranch family histories.

Submitted by Pat Hunt