Cattlewomen visit Welder Wildlife Foundation Ranch
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Brush Country Cattlewomen met Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Welder Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Ranch near Sinton, for their first meeting of a new year, for promoting beef in the seven-county area of South Texas brush country.

After having taken a two-month vacation break, everyone arrived early with plenty of time for visiting and catching up.

There were 26 members and guests in attendance, including Shelley Forrester, guest of Evelyn Johnson, and speakers, Selma Glasscock, Mandy Corso and Ashley Whaley.

Upon arrival to the beautiful Welder grounds, the cattlewomen were directed first to the Welder Museum for morning treats and registration. Here the ladies learned a bit of the history of the ranch and admired Welder’s beautiful and huge bird collection.

After morning treats, they were directed to the auditorium for the meeting.

Publicity chair Carole Jambers showed photos of the BCCW ladies promoting beef on practically every page of the Texas Cattlewomen’s (TCW) Summer Newsletter. Member Marjorie Bledsoe was featured in the 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.

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 the BCCW members. The class produced 13 new MBA graduates, who will now be eligible to attend MBA graduation ceremonies on Oct. 10 at the TCW Fall Convention in Fredericksburg.

The Fall Convention will be held Oct. 8-10. So far, about 10 BCCW ladies have signed up to go, due to the added MBA graduation and the fact that Fredericksburg is so close and so much fun and shopping. Also, the Texas Mesquite Festival, located in the main square off Main Street, will be there the same weekend.

Naida Davis and Andi Estes reported on helping out with the Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow (TBLT) Contest in College Station on July 31, and were amazed with how personable and knowledgeable all 12 contestants were this year. Four top contestants were chosen and the high point winner, Austin Joyce, from Pearland, will go on to represent Texas at the National Beef Ambassador Contest in Rapid City, S.D., on Oct. 2.

Historian Kat Bisbey brought her gorgeous BCCW scrapbook to show. She is putting the finishing touches on it, getting it ready to enter the big Scrapbook Contest being held at Fall Convention.

Library chair Donna Wallace reported that the seven county libraries really appreciated the Cattle Kids books were 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.

October hostesses announced that the next meeting will be held at the Brush Country Cowboy Church on Oct. 7, and that part of the 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 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 weeklong 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 busy working on her thesis.

After all business was conducted, members were directed to a big round building called the Rotunda, for a wonderful lunch of tender steaks with all the fixin’s.

Then, after lunch and white elephant gifts, graduate student and WWF volunteer Mandy Corso gave 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 at 362-0430, or Carole Jambers at (830) 579-4455.
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