In addition, besides decorating the tables with hearts and Valentine cows, our hostesses displayed the five new “I Heart Beef!” slogans on posters, promoting Texas Beef Council and NCBA’s lean beef campaign for February Heart Health Month. This campaign is geared to remind consumers how tasty steaks like T-bones and tenderloins are, and to help generate more awareness that lean beef is actually good for your heart. The slogans are, “Feb. is... Beef Lover’s Month!”,”This Valentine’s Day, Unleash the Passion...with Beef!”,”Revealed...America’s Love Affair with Beef!”, “Beef...It’s What’s for Valentine’s Day!”, and “Love Your Heart with Lean Beef!”.
There were 22 members and two guests in attendance, including our speaker, Mr. Don Sachtleben and his wife, Johnnye, from Beeville. After morning treats and visiting, President Sandy Jones called the meeting to order and Mart Brysch opened in prayer.
Carole Jambers and Naida Davis attended TCW’s Executive and Board of Directors meetings in Austin, Jan. 16, at the Texas Beef Council. Report highlights include: In order to cut costs, TCW’s newsletter will now be sent out quarterly. However, to keep members informed, TCW will start a monthly e-news for computer users very soon. New State Corporate Partner Chair, Erin Worrell, is asking each local to commit yearly to three $100. Level Corporate Partner memberships. So, BCCW voted yes and our other two C.P. members agreed to continue, earning a yearly $300 in support for our Texas Cattlewomen’s organization. Way to go, Brush Country ladies!
Jan. was a busy, busy month for BCCW! Just 10 days later, on Jan. 28, four of our members traveled to San Antonio to help out with a youth speech contest, held by NCBA, at the week long national convention for NCBA and ANCW. There were three age levels judged, under 10, 11-14, and 15-20 year olds, with approx.10 contestants in each category. Members, Andi Estes and Mary Ann Pawlik were judges, and Carole and Naida were timekeepers, and the entire event was memorable for all!
Oops, almost forgot! On Jan. 21, members met at Andi Estes’s home in Mathis for an Executive meeting and to start the Masters of Beef Advocacy online program. There were about seven members in attendance, everyone enjoyed learning the first course, and our next date to continue the course is set for Monday, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m., again, meeting at Andi’s house. Oh, and ladies, don’t forget! One of the main things we learned that day, because it was repeated many times, was that “Beef is Safe, Wholesome, and Nutritious!”.
Members going to TCW’s Spring Convention in Fort Worth, March 19-21, need to get their entry fees in by March 8 to Debbie Shelton. In addition to TCW and the TSCRA, our Region IV ANCW ladies will be there, too, so it should prove to be a jam-packed, full of fun weekend!
Next, led by 4th V.P. of Education, Andi Estes, our youth program committee members will attend a 4H council meeting in George West, Feb. 23, to inform our area youths of TCW’s Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow (TBLT) Contest and other scholarship programs that TCW offers, in which college bound youths can earn scholarship and award money towards their college education.
Legislative chair, Rosalee Coleman, gave us updates on several pending bills, such as the CAP bill, which she says is really just another way the government is trying to further tax our farmers and ranchers for gas emissions, rather than any attempt to actually stop the emissions. Rosalee went on to comment on the success of the meat labeling program that was passed last year, and commented that is good to know that HEB sells only 100% pure U.S. beef. And that’s just another good reason to do your shopping at HEB’s!
Plans are in the starting phases now for the Live Oak County Fair parade and booth, and we will finalize those plans at our next March 4 meeting, which will be hosted by Earlyn Tompkins, Kat Bisbey, Rosalee Coleman, Grace Wilson, and Dorene Elliott.
After the meeting, Naida introduced our speaker, Mr. Don Sachtleben, a retired game warden from Beeville, who gave a very informative talk and “show & tell!” with his many amazing fossils, bones and arrowheads he found on ranches in Bee and surrounding counties, throughout his career as game warden.
To attend next month’s meeting on March 4, or for more information about BCCW, TCW, or the programs sponsored, call Sandy Jones, 361 362-0430, or Carole Jambers, 830 579-4455.