The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on February 20, 2018. New member Jeannette Hamilton was introduced. President Deborah van Tellingen gave a report on the NM CowBelles Legislative Action Day in Santa Fe which she participated in with the State Officers. This is a new annual event and she is excited about the positive interaction with other Grant County officials and the State Legislators, including the Governor. More details were announced about the upcoming District III meeting which Copper will host on March 23rd. Two additional speakers will be added to the State Officers’ program including Connie Rooks of the Grant County Farm Bureau Women in Ag group and Jeannette Hamilton, who will discuss the new CDL laws which affect livestock transportation.
Copper will participate in a fundraising cash party event put on by the Grant County Fair Buyers Pool. Copper will arrange a silent and live auction as a fundraiser for the scholarship fund. This event will replace The Shindig this year. Past President Pat Hunt made a presentation to her 2017 CowBelle of the Year, Linda Pecotte and thanked her for always volunteering to help with last minute details for various agenda items. A motion was passed to pay for part of Deborah’s travel expenses to Santa Fe and to donate $300 to the El Grito Head Start program in Grant County and also to the CYFD Strengthening Families Program. Both of these groups need assistance in feeding program participants.
Submitted by Pat Hunt
Here’s past Copper Cowbelles President Patricia Elliott Hunt presenting current Secretary Linda Pecotte a handmade cutting board for being awarded the 2017 Copper Cowbelle of the year. Presentation was held yesterday at our general meeting. Pat thanked Linda for all of her support during her tenure as Cowbelles President. Linda was, and still is, first to volunteer and do whatever it takes to make the Cowbelles a success . Congrats Linda, and thank you Pat for honoring her!
The Copper CowBelles held our annual Christmas potluck today.
2017 President Pat Hunt conducted the installation of our 2018 Officers: Vice President Annette George, Treasurer Mary Hudson, President Deborah van Tellingen, and not pictured Secretary Linda Pecotte.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles started the year with Patricia E. Hunt as President, Judy O’Loughlin, Vice President, Rosella Escobedo, Secretary and Beverly Medford as Treasurer.
Downtown Silver City has a February event known as Chocolate Fantasia and this year the theme was “Wild Wild West”. Copper was invited to set up a display inside the Market Café. We distributed beef educational information and sold some of our new cookbooks. During our February meeting we began planning for our annual fundraiser Shindig dinner dance.
In March we had a work day at our storeroom to inventory supplies and decorations for the Shindig. Five members attended the District III meeting held in Deming. The Shindig was held April 22nd with a silent auction and the Yarbrough Band playing great country music. Attendance was good and the Shoofly print created a bidding war between local business people and finally brought $1000 for our scholarship fund! Several of us helped with McKeen Ranch Days in Alma for two days the last of the month.
In May we helped Farm Bureau celebrate 100 years in New Mexico by helping with a BBQ held at Tractor Supply Company and in June with a pancake breakfast held by the rodeo group. This was two opportunities to sell cookbooks.
June is Beef month and we gave money to grocery shoppers who were purchasing beef at the local store. President Pat attended the Mid-Year Meeting in Ruidoso.
September brought the Grant County Fair and we had our usual booth and beef giveaway. We sold “NM Beef is Great” license plates and sold enough cookbooks to pay the printing charges and start making a profit. The Grant County Cattlegrowers purchased a steer at the Junior Livestock Sale. This was processed with money provided by Copper. The meat is distributed to home economic teachers in our local schools. Copper also donated to the San Lorenzo School Backpack program. Children from certain families are sent home with food for the weekend. Our donation was for the purchase of beef jerky.
In October we elected our 2018 officers:
- President: Deborah van Tellingen
- VP: Annette George
- Secretary: Linda Pecotte
- Treasurer: Mary Hudson
Submitted: by Pat Hunt, President
Congratulations and thank you to our new slate of officers for 2018. We are excited and looking forward to a great year!
Mark your calendars for November 4th. If you can come help empty our storeroom at U Store It and take it out to our new room at Mangas Springs we would love the help. Meet at 9 at U Store It, bring a sack lunch and we will eat a bite when we finish!
Mark your calendars for December 12th. That is the day of our annual Christmas luncheon. It will be a potluck at the Extension offices. 11:30 to 1:00. If anyone wants to organize the dishes or a white elephant gift exchange or anything to make it fun, let us know! By the way, Judy did contact Wranglers for us but they are already committed to Kiwaniis every Tuesday. We could have picked another day of the week but they wanted a minimum of 15 people that would order off the menu. Tuesday’s meeting only had 10 attendees so I was afraid to commit to more.
Remember there is no November meeting scheduled except storeroom moving day on the 4th.
The September meeting of the Copper CowBelles was conducted by Vice-President Judy O’Loughlin. Linda Pecotte, Nominating committee chair presented the proposed slate of officers for 2018. The slate was accepted, will be published in the next newsletter and voted on at the October meeting. Deborah Van Tellingen, chair, announced everything is ready for the Grant County Fair and had a sign-up sheet for volunteers to work shifts. The meat for the daily beef giveaway was purchased at Food Basket. Bobbie announced that the long-awaited ranch exhibit at the Silver City Museum has been postponed indefinitely much to everyone’s disappointment. Joan Woodward, chair of the scholarship committee recommended that Tanah Lowe be awarded $500 for the 2017-18 school year and received approval. It was also decided to increase the donation to the Grant County Cattlegrowers from $500 to $750 for the cut and packing charges of the steer to be purchased at the Fair. The meat will be donated to El Grito Headstart and the Home Ec teachers at Snell and Cliff schools. It was voted to close the rented storage unit and move everything to a building on the Hunt Ranch. This will save the group almost $1000 a year and relieve fundraising issues. Kathy Davis gave a report on the brand sign on the Cliff Hwy. It can be repaired but it will be a temporary fix as the wood is rapidly deteriorating. Linda distributed the new personalized aprons in time for the Fair and a picture was taken. JoAnn Miller is working with the Grant County Fair Board on a fundraiser “Cash Party”. Copper would set up and receive the proceeds from a silent auction. After everyone was reminded that annual dues are due October 1st, the meeting adjourned.
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on June 13th at the newly rehabilitated Grant County Veterans Memorial Conference Center. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the CowBelles Creed and Prayer were read. Guest speaker, Scott Terry, President of the Grant County Silver City Chamber of Commerce then conducted a tour of the Center. The members were very interested to see if the new rooms would be big enough to hold the annual Shindig. After the tour, committee reports were made and minutes from May were approved. The treasurer’s report was not available. The June is Beef month event at Farmers Market has been cancelled however Rosella will hand out $25 checks to customers purchasing beef at Albertsons and Food Basket. 8 checks for a total of $200 were approved. $50 will again be donated to the Silver City Museum for the 4th of July Ice Cream Social. Bobbie stated the ranch exhibit at the Museum has been pushed back again to this fall. $100 will be donated to the Grant County 4H Shooting Team which will be traveling to the national competition. Farm Bureau is hosting an Ag in the Classroom workshop in Silver City the end of July. Members voted to sponsor the registration of 4 Grant County teachers at $25 each. There was a discussion on the pro and cons of purchasing a storage container instead of continuing to rent a storage unit. It was decided to only pay 3 month’s rent at this time to give a committee time to explore the options. The brand sign on the Cliff Highway is in need of repair. Kathy will look into having it evaluated for repairs needed and preventive maintenance.
Members were reminded about the upcoming Midyear meetings, were encouraged to help at the Farm Bureau’s 4th of July booth at the park and reminded that there is no meeting scheduled for July. Submitted by Pat Hunt
The Grant County Copper CowBelles met on May 16th. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the CowBelles Creed and Prayer were read. Guest speaker, Mackey Irwin, Farm Service Agency County Executive Director spoke about FSA programs for farmers and ranchers. She also explained CoCoRaHs, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. This program needs volunteers to report weather conditions, especially rain (or the lack of!) so that her office can better determine drought conditions in our county. Committee reports were made and minutes from March and April were approved. Treasurer Bev Medford presented the month end balances and reported on the Shindig income and expenses. Pat Hunt reported on the Farm Bureau Centennial BBQ held at Tractor Supply Company and that 3 cookbooks were sold. The next opportunity to sell them will be the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast being held for the PRCA Pro Rodeo in Silver City the end of May. Annette George reported that Wranglers Restaurant is not interested in brand napkins at this time but may purchase them next year for June is Beef month. Members were reminded about the upcoming WALC and Midyear meetings. The June meeting will be held one week earlier than usual due to the scheduling conflict with the Midyear meeting.
Join us for our Annual Copper CowBelles Shindig on Saturday, April 22. Our theme this year is “Bunkhouse Bash”.
Doors open at 6 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm, the dance starts at 7:30 and ends at 11:30 pm. The Shindig will be held at the Flame Convention Center on Pinos Altos Rd, Silver City, NM.
**Kick up your heels to the western music of the Yarbrough Band!**
Silent Auction will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm. Past auction items have included western prints and furniture, wildlife decor, ironwork, numerous handmade items and gift baskets.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door — or reserve a party table of 8 for $280 (tables are limited).
TICKETS ARE AT THE OUTLETS! Tickets can be purchased at Aunt Judy’s Attic, Western Bank, Farm Bureau Insurance – Susan Sumrall, Circle S Western Emporium in Deming and Copper CowBelle members.
Seating is limited! No host bar – No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.
Proceeds from this event help fund Beef education and promotion. For more information call Pat Hunt at 534-7649.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/581070902090432/
Join us for an evening of dancing, making new friends and renewing old acquaintances!