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September President’s Message

Many of us think that Fall is the best season of the year.  I love the oranges and browns that decorate the stores and putting the garden to bed for the winter.  I hate to lose my tomatoes and zinneas to that first frost but I admit it is nice to have my evenings transition back to inside activities.   And in the Fall we always have the Grant County Fair, one of my favorite activities.  It is wonderful to see the kids show off their year of hard work with their projects and to visit with their parents, some whom you only see once a year…at the Fair.  Come join us this year, put in a shift at the Cowbelle booth and see for yourself what a positive experience it is for us Cowbelles and the Community.

We need to put together a nominating committee so that we can have a slate of officers to vote on at our October meeting.  Please, please, please if you are willing to be on this committee or better yet an officer next year, let us know! We are doing elections earlier this year as we are supposed to list our new slate of officers in the President’s report which has a due date of November 15th.

Gale Moore gave us a two page centerfold picture gallery of the Centennial Shindig in her  September Glenwood Gazette.  Thank you Gale!

–Pat Hunt

A big thank you to our August hostesses Neline Dominquez and Joyce Biebelle.

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Well, the Shindig is fast approaching…hope you are all out there selling tickets and encouraging your friends to attend.

We were a huge success at the Rodeo Parade even if the parade wasn’t what I would call a huge success. Thank you to Beverly and her family and my husband for all their help.  And thanks to Bobbie and new member, Lucinda Billings (and her 2 boys) for being there and to Joan for sending all her grandkids to ride the float.  WARNING:  Bobbie and Bev want to put our float in the July 4th parade!

I have asked myself what to say when someone blasts the Forest Service for letting the Whitewater Baldy fire get out of control.  I don’t blame the Forest Service for this mess, I blame 20 years of mis-management that is the result of this agency being micro-managed by politicians buckling under to environmental groups that had lots of opinions and no experience.  My husband says, “this was inevitable” and unfortunately he is right.  We haven’t seen the last of wildfires in the West and it certainly is going to affect us all.  Hard to sleep at night sometimes.

A big thank you to our May hostesses, Arley Howard and Wanda MacInnis

Pat Hunt

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I am very proud of how our beef community handled the recent case of BSE.  It seemed to be noted, explained and taken care of in a matter of hours.  I wish I could say the same for the finely textured beef (FTB) episode.  It has been interesting to see the advertising campaigns of places like Burger King and McDonalds trying to distance themselves from the controversy.  31 years ago Eldon Roth’s Beef Products Inc (BPI) bought tons of fatty scraps left over after cattle were carved into steaks and roasts.  He found a way to use centrifuges to spin the fat away and quick-freeze the meat into pink pulp that made ground beef leaner when mixed in. Last Fall he was inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.  Then last month a news article referring to FTB as “pink slime” caught the eye of a food blogger and due to her online campaign to have it banned from school lunches, the rest is history.  Roth’s customers began abandoning him, he was forced to start laying employees off..…we have always been told that words, like a stone, cannot be brought back once thrown.  In this day and age of internet super speeds, we are advised to be careful what we say.

A big thank you to our April hostesses Gale Moore and Marcia Carlson (sorry you were sick, Marcia!).  We had a wonderful roast beef dinner at Eat Your Heart Out Catering.

Pat Hunt

PS: May Meeting, Tuesday, May 8th, Red Barn, Hostess: Arley Howard.