As always, it was great to get together again, after having taken a two month vacation break. I think everyone instinctively arrived early, too, so they would have plenty of time for visiting and catching up.
There were 26 members and guests in attendance, including Shelley Forrester, guest of Evelyn Johnson, speakers, Selma Glasscock, Mandy Corso and Ashley Whaley.
Many thanks to Sept. hostesses, Kat Bisbey, Dorene Elliott, Sandy Jones and Joyce Warren, for providing such a fun and adventurous first meeting of the year.
Upon arrival to the beautiful Welder grounds, our cattlewomen were directed first to the Welder Museum for morning treats and registration. This also gave our ladies time to learn a little history of the ranch and admire Welder’s beautiful and huge bird collection.
After morning treats, we were directed to the auditorium for our meeting. Meeting highlights are as follows:
Publicity Chair, Carole Jambers, showed photos of our BCCW ladies promoting beef on practically every page of our Texas Cattlewomen’s (TCW) Summer Newsletter. Our very own member, Marjorie Bledsoe, was featured in our American National Cattlewomen’s (ANCW) Summer Newsletter, accepting the prestigious first Texas Cattlewomen’s Lifetime Achievement Award, during the ANCW Region IV meeting in Fort Worth. Way to go, Marjorie!
Education Chair, Andi Estes, reported on hosting a successful Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) Class and free steak dinner for 4-H members, parents, and cattlewomen during the summer, July 26, at the Brush Country Cowboy Church (BCCC), with help from many of our BCCW members. The class produced thirteen new MBA graduates, who will now be eligible to attend MBA Graduation Ceremonies on October 10, at the TCW Fall Convention in Fredericksburg.
Speaking of Fall Convention, it’s coming up real soon, Oct. 8-10. And so far, we have about ten BCCW ladies signed up to go, due to the added MBA graduation and the fact that Fredericksburg is so close and so much fun. Not to mention all the great shopping they have there, too. Also, the Texas Mesquite Festival, located in the main square off Main Street, will be there the same weekend, so all the more reason to go!
Naida Davis and Andi Estes reported on helping out with the Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow (TBLT) Contest in College Station, July 31, and were amazed with how personable and knowledgeable all twelve contestants were this year. Four top contestants were chosen (3 boys and 1 girl!), and the high point winner, Austin Joyce, from Pearland, Texas, will go on to represent Texas at the National Beef Ambassador Contest in Rapid City, Dakota, on Oct. 2.
Historian, Kat Bisbey, brought her gorgeous BCCW scrapbook in to show us, as she puts her finishing touches on it, getting it ready to enter the big Scrapbook Contest being held at Fall Convention. The other local scrapbooks are going to be pretty hard pressed to have as much bling as Kat has on hers! Let’s keep our fingers crossed that our local wins this year!
Library Chair, Donna Wallace, reported that our seven county libraries really appreciated the Cattle Kids books we donated this summer. Donna read several ‘Thank You’ letters sent. She said that the Live Oak County Library read it during their Summer Reading Program.
Oct. hostesses announced that our next meeting will be held at the Brush Country Cowboy Church, Oct. 7, and that part of our program will be to watch 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.
After the meeting, the Assistant Director of WWF, Selma Glasscock, gave us a brief history of the Welder Wildlife Foundation and how the foundation has gained national and international recognition through its graduate student research and education programs. They also host a week long camp for the youth, where they learn conservation, habitat and livestock management. This summer, Carole’s son, Troy Jambers, and friend, Colton Ruschapt, both Three Rivers High School students, attended the camp and thoroughly enjoyed the memorable week of learning.
Ashley Whaley, a WWF funded graduate and volunteer, spoke about her research on rangelands and how she is currently very busy working on her thesis.
After all business was taken care of, we were directed to a big round building they called the Rotunda, for an absolutely wonderful lunch of tender steaks with all the fixin’s.
Then, after lunch and White Elephant gifts, for those who could stay, graduate student and WWF volunteer, Mandy Corso, gave us a delightful bus tour of the beautiful 7,800 acre wildlife refuge.
To attend next month’s meeting or for more information about BCCW, TCW, or the programs sponsored, call Sandy Jones, (361) 362-0430, or Carole Jambers, (830) 579-4455.