Many thanks go to October hostesses Andi Estes, Sherry Helmer and Evelyn Johnson for providing great eats and a special treat, the HBO movie, “Temple Grandin,” the true story of how an autistic woman used her fine-tuned autistic abilities to communicate with cattle. Ms. Grandin designed most of the cattle pens that are still being used today in feed lots all over the world.
Members were all impressed with the hostesses’ movie decorations, which consisted of yards and yards of movie tickets and real (reel) movie popcorn and candy that everyone enjoyed gobbling up during the show.
Before seeing the movie, a brief meeting was held.George West Storyfest plans were discussed for the yearly chopped barbecue food booth, with several Cattlewomen volunteering to cook the beef and “man” the booth. This year’s Storyfest will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Second Vice President of Education Andi Estes announced that the group now has 15 BCCW members and nine 4-H members and parents who have completed their MBA (Masters of Beef Advocacy) online course for 2010, held by Andi at her home and at Brush Country Cowboy Church. This makes BCCW the number one local in Texas for having the most MBA graduates.
In addition, all state MBA graduates were entered in a drawing to win free convention registration fees ($50). The lucky winner was Brush Country’s own Kat Bisbey, who also made a beautiful scrapbook of BCCW events for the 2009-10 season. Kat brought her scrapbook for all to see, so on every break, a huge crowd surrounded the book until it was time to go.
For the movie intermission, the Brush Country caterers served up a delicious beef steak lunch, with all the fixin’s, and the meat was so tender plastic knives were all the women needed.
Directly after the meeting, Carole Jambers, state officer, left for the Texas Cattlewomen’s Fall Convention in Fredericksburg, due to an early morning executive board meeting. The next day, six more BCCW members, Marjorie Bledsoe, Kat Bisbey, Naida Davis, Dorene Elliott, Andi Estes and Evelyn Seal, left to enjoy the weekend in Fredericksburg with approximately 100 other state members.
The convention kicked off with a Friday evening trip to the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, home of the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The ladies carpooled to the ranch, taking an audio tour of the entire actively working ranch, stocked with cattle, bison, whitetail deer, and even saw a few exotic Ginsbuck deer as well.
Once at the country White House, everyone toured the home, museum and grounds, taking pictures of the Air Force One parked in front and all of LBJ’s automobiles, including the famous aquatic car that drove on land and on water. It was a favorite joke of LBJ’s, to pretend the brakes went out and scare his unsuspecting guests as they plunged into the river flowing in front of their beautiful home.
In addition to the tours, a wonderful evening meal awaited the Cattlewomen on the grounds right next to the White House. They were serenaded by live Bob Wills type music, and park rangers were the waiters and tour guides. It was a truly magical evening.
The next day was filled with meetings, taking a lunch break for a fun awards luncheon held at the popular Crossroads Steak House on Main Street. Current President Tina Loeffler won Cattlewoman of the Year, and State Scrapbook Chair Naida Davis announced that Wichita Falls won the Scrapbook Contest.
At the end of the day, the new state officers were elected and Lana Slaten, ANCW president, performed the installation of officers. Carole Jambers was elected to serve another year as 4th VP of promotion.
Then, bright and early Sunday morning, the BCCW MBA graduates attended a workshop and graduation ceremonies held by Darren Williams from Colorado. Darren is the national MBA director for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.
To attend the Nov. 4 meeting or for more information about BCCW, TCW or the programs sponsored, call Sandy Jones at 362-0430 or Carole Jambers at (830) 579-4455.