After morning treats and fellowship, President Sandy Jones called the meeting to order. Unbeknownst to President Jones, it took a little while getting this busy group settled down, though, because secret preparations for a birthday surprise were still being made.
Led by mastermind member, Andi Estes, all members started singing “Happy Birthday!”, as Andi presented Sandy with a beautiful set of Amber glasses and group signed card for her birthday. And, yes, we did manage to surprise and delight Sandy, but she still wouldn’t tell us her age!
Storyfest Committee member, Earlyn Tompkins, reported for Chairman Donna Wallace, that our BBQ Beef food booth was a huge success. We sold out, as always, and our decorated booth won the People’s Choice booth contest. In addition, Little Red Wagon Chairman, Marcy Brink, won our group first place for her decorated wagon in the non-commercial division. Attaway, BCCW!!!
Many thanks goes to our December Christmas Party Hostesses, Marjorie Bledsoe, Pat Mitchell, Evelyn Seals, and Joyce Warren. It was held on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Swinney Switch Café in Swinney Switch. We had a whopping 65 members and spouses in attendance, the food was great, and the evening was memorable for all!
Second V.P. of Education, Andi Estes, organized an Executive Meeting for Officers, to be held at her home in Mathis, Thursday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, for interested members, Andi will lead our cattlewomen through a newly formed computer course called the “Masters of Beef Advocacy” (MBA), put on by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). To date, there are already more than 500 MBA graduates, and another 1,000 farmers/ranchers and beef industry allies signed up to complete this online course, geared to give its’ graduates a better working knowledge of the beef industry .
Jan. is a very busy and exciting month for BCCW. On Jan. 16, Carole Jambers and Naida Davis will travel to Austin to attend Texas Cattlewomen’s (TCW) Executive and Board of Director’s meetings to be held at the Texas Beef Council (TBC), in order to set up another exciting year of beef promotion. TCW’s Spring Convention will be held in Fort Worth, and the Fall Convention will be held in Fredericksburg this year.
Then, the last week in Jan., the American National Cattlewomen (ANCW) and the NCBA will hold their Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Jan. 26-30, 2010. Several of our members will attend the meetings, and four members, Naida Davis, Andi Estes, Carole Jambers, and Mary Ann Pawlik will judge and do the time-keeping for NCBA’s Youth Speech Contest, being held on Thursday, Jan. 28.
For Feb., in addition to our regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 4, BCCW will visit the South Texas Cattlewomen, for their Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. meeting at the Frontier Club, on the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Fairgrounds in San Antonio.
We passed around a signup sheet to see how many members were interested in going and we already have 15 ladies signed up to go. Details and plans will be discussed at our next meeting on Feb. 4.
After the meeting, our speaker and very own member, Rosalee Coleman, gave a talk on cattle ranching basics. And let me tell you, when it comes to cattle ranching, Rosalee really knows her stuff! Rosalee commented that she often learned things the hard way, as everyone does. Rosalee said that, over the years, when she seeked advice, she would usually ask at least three ranchers. Then, if at least two people had the same answer, she would know to take that advice.
After Rosalee’s very informative program, lunch was served, White Elephant gifts were dispersed, and bundled up members left - all warm, full, happy and ready for beef promoting action!
To attend our Feb. 4 meeting, or for more information about BCCW, TCW, or the programs sponsored, call Sandy Jones, 361 362-0430, or Carole Jambers, 830 579-4455.