June CCB News

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


May CowBelle News

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.  


Bunkhouse Bash

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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

Join us for an evening of dancing, making new friends and renewing old acquaintances!



Shindig Tickets


Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door — or reserve a party table of 8 for $280 (tables are limited).

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. 

For more information call Pat Hunt at 534-7649.


February CCB Meeting Recap

The Grant County Copper CowBelles met February 21st for a brown bag luncheon meeting.  There were two guests, Deborah Van Tellingen and Mary Hudson.  The Pledge, Creed and Prayer were read and members spent a moment catching up on personal news.  The revised minutes for August 23, 2016 and October 25, 2016 will be sent out by email requesting any further corrections and will be formally approved at the March meeting.  President Pat Hunt urged everyone to check their emails more often for current news as Pat and Linda send out updates frequently.  Correspondence was a note from Kim Clark for her thank you gift for her Presidency last year.

There was much discussion about the upcoming Shindig, April 22nd.  Projected income and expenses were discussed as well as the catered meal, decorations, auction items, advertising and an item for the scholarship fund.  March 11th was set to meet at the storeroom to inventory decorating items.

Joan Woodward, Bobbie Neal-Little and Rosella Escobedo agreed to head the scholarship committee this year, Pat will forward all the materials they will need.  Pat reminded everyone of upcoming events:  District III meeting, March 25; McKeen Ranch Days (volunteers needed!) April 25-26; WALC, May 30-June 1 and Midyear in Ruidoso, June 19-21.  Kim Clark was thanked for her work on the yearbooks which will be sent out very soon.

Kathy Davis, Vivian Myers and Tammy Ogilvie were thanked for helping Pat with Chocolate Fantasia held February 11th in downtown Silver City.  A note was sent to Charmeine, manager of the Silver City Food Coop, thanking her for inviting us to participant at their table.  We sold 4 cookbooks at the event and handed out beef information.


Great Press

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Copper CowBelles keep ringing their bells for beef

Don’t be fooled by the adorable name, the Copper CowBelles are a powerful group of Grant County women busy with the task of convincing the community to love beef as much as they do.

They have ads promoting beef on the radio, give out certificates for free beef, have three different Copper CowBelle signs welcoming visitors to Grant County, have adopted the median on U.S. 180 across from Western Bank, and maintain a presence each year at the Grant County Fair and this past year, at the Tamal Fiesta.

And although this extremely active organization, made up of 30 Grant County women, turned 40 last year, its members say that it has largely stayed the same throughout the years because of an unfaltering belief in its strong values — beef promotion and the protection of western ranching heritage.

Read full article here.



Year End

President’s Message

Thanksgiving is a time for families, fellowship and gratitude. I’m thankful that I count all of you among my friends!

I want to thank each and every one of you for the time and effort that you have given to the CowBelle organization. This working group of women work hard to support the livestock industry. We support it with our labor and finances. We support it through information and publicity. We encourage the producers. And, we do all in our power to instill in the coming generations the love of the land and life. We are stewards of American agriculture and our western heritage.

I would like to invite you to our annual Christmas luncheon. It will be at the Extension Service on Tuesday, December 13th – gather at 11:30. Bring a potluck dish and come and join your fellow Belles in friendship.

I thank you for allowing me to lead you for another year. I am happy to pass the reins once again over to Pat Hunt. She will do an excellent job in 2017. Let’s do all we can to assist her, our organization and industry.

All the best,

Kim Clark