We had an impressive attendance of 41 members and guests, all eager to see and enjoy the cowboy church’s countryfied beauty and massive surroundings. Guests included Dottie Traxler, wife of Pastor Pat Traxler, Crystal Farley, guest of Patsy Crocker, and Elaine Bennett, guest of Glynda Matthews. Many thanks go to April hostesses, Marion Fulbright, Kay Hays, Joyce Warren, and Linda Lowman, for a great job of hosting.
After morning treats, President Earlyn Tompkins called the meeting to order and called on Diane Rose to begin the meeting in prayer. Recording secretary, Rosalee Coleman, read the minutes, and treasurer, Alexis Bennett, gave her report.
Carole Jambers reported on Texas Cattlewomen’s (TCW) Spring Convention that she and Naida Davis recently attended on March 19-21, in Fort Worth. Convention topics included TCW’s website conversion, membership concerns, and the details of TCW’s new youth program and contest, our Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow (TBLT), were discussed. The contest will be held in August, right before TCW’s annual Steak Dinner and Silent Auction in College Station. In addition, the steak dinner, held the evening before the Beef Short Course, will be at the larger Texas Hall of Fame building on campus, and will include dancing and alcoholic beverages, which should draw even more people to attend. Carole has volunteer forms and a tentative schedule for anyone interested in attending or volunteering to help.
Naida Davis announced that she had 50 rifle raffle tickets to sell, for an additional TCW fundraiser, and sold out before the end of the meeting. The rifle raffle is for a Marlin Bolt Action 25-06 Caliber- Model XL-7 rifle, and the winner will be drawn August 4 in College Station. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and we will be sure to have more to sell by the next meeting.
Andi Estes discussed plans for a BCCW youth chapter and TBLT recruitment and announced that her committee will meet soon and she will report on their plans at next month’s meeting.
President Tompkins thanked everyone for helping with the Live Oak County float and booth, and showed us the second place ribbon that we won.
Fair booth chairman, Alexis Bennett, announced that we gave away 5 $20 beef gift certificates in a free drawing at our booth. The lucky winners were Pete Saldivar and Tina Cox from George West and Carlos Perez, Ophelia Briseno, and Gwen Norris from Three Rivers.
Legislative chairman, Rosalee Coleman, led a discussion on the recent report on TV that said eating too much beef can cause cancer and shorten your life by ten years. Rosalee said that according to NCBA, this survey report was unprofessional and flawed, consisting mostly of asking people to remember what they ate five years ago and how often. Coincidentally, Rosalee read another report done in England that found that vegetarians were more likely to get colorectal cancer than meat-eaters. These reports must be duly noted, but not accepted as fact until much more research has been done.
In addition, Ms. Coleman asked members to call our senators and ask them to support increased limits to the death tax, which will revert back to old rates in 2010 if we don’t make it permanent now. Current discussions are considering limits of five million per couple, but a better amount would be ten million per couple, or five million per individual.
Beef for Father’s Day Chairman, Pat Mitchell, asked for help with this year’s project, and Glynda Matthews graciously volunteered to help.
President Tompkins appointed Mart Brysch “Chairman of Caring”. Mart will keep track of members that are sick or not present for other reasons, and will let them know they were missed.
Next month’s May 7 meeting will be at the Nueces Grill in George West. Hostesses are Ida Belle Dugger, Cindy Houdmann, Sandy Jones, and Pat Mitchell.
After the meeting, our guest speaker, Kasey King, a retired Texas Ranger from George West, gave a most interesting and entertaining talk about the 1915 invasion of Texas by Mexico and other exciting Texas Ranger stories. Even long after lunch was over, Mr. King was still surrounded by an audience of very interested listeners.