There were 29 members and guests in attendance, including Diane Ormand, guest of Marilyn Bramblett, Ann Hunter, guest of Sherri Vollmering, Jenny Sanders and baby son Nate, guest of Andi Estes, Myrtle Custer, guest and sister of Evelyn Johnson, and Go Texan guests Earlene Dyer and Rip Wallace, speaker and husband of Donna Wallace.
Carole Jambers, Andi Estes and Marjorie Bledsoe reported on attending Texas Cattlewomen’s (TCW) Spring Convention in Fort Worth March 18-21.
In addition to conducting state business, the American National Cattlewomen’s (ANCW) Region IV meetings were also hosted on Saturday and Masters of Beef Advocacy Graduation and Workshop was given on Sunday, so it was quite a long but fun and successful weekend.
Highlights include Marjorie winning TCW’s first Lifetime Achievement Award; and Carole and Andi receiving their MBA diplomas and pins.
The following week was Live Oak County Fair time. Parade float chairman Earlyn Tompkins reported that the Cattlewomen’s “I Heart Beef!” theme float entry won first place in the non-commercial division.
Promoting the beef industry’s national beef campaign, Earlyn designed a huge red heart (with the word ‘Beef’ on it and lots of balloons) to sit in the middle of the float, with all of the float-riding ladies sitting on hay bales around the big heart, dressed in black, wearing cow hats, mooing, throwing bubble gum, and ringing big, red cowbells in a fenced-in pasture aboard the float.
The fair booth got a new “look” this year. Fair booth chairman Marion Fulbright reported that the new cowhide looking backdrop and tablecloth really brightened up the booth and brought a lot of fair attendees over to see the booth. Given out were five $20 gift certificates. The winners came from all over the South Texas area. In addition, Ag Day chairman Marilyn Bramblett displayed several Ag Day posters in celebration of National Ag Day, one of which showed many other uses of beef byproducts, such as toothpaste, pills and gummie bears.
Marilyn’s Ag Day plans didn’t stop there, either. In George West, the Pizzarriffic Restaurant displayed Marilyn’s 500 labels, telling various Ag Day facts on all their pizza boxes sold. The Super S stores in George West and Three Rivers, and Elder’s Country Market in Beeville displayed dozens of Ag Day facts on signs in their stores. Also, the George West, Three Rivers and Beeville libraries and the North Side Laundry in Three Rivers displayed Ag Day facts posters.
Andi Estes reported that she held another MBA online course in her home Monday, March 15, and member Peggy Skoruppa finished the course, bringing the total of those who finished now to four MBA graduates from BCCW. Andi plans to hold a few more course dates in the future, and can be contacted for more information.
Beef gift certificate (BGC) chairman Glynda Matthews and state promotion chairman Carole Jambers reported that they are working on getting a listing of participating businesses that accept the Cattlewomen’s gift certificates, to be included on the list with future beef gift certificates that are sold.
After the meeting, speaker Rip Wallace, gave an interesting and informative talk on the Go Texan Scholarship program.
Rip also gave a year-by-year history of the Houston Stock Shows, having started in 1937, and histories and information on 4-H and FFA programs as well.
After Wallace’s program, it was moved that BCCW should give $100 annually to the Go Texan program. The vote was unanimous.