There were 29 members and guests in attendance. Guests included Cheryl Whitworth, Cindi Houdmann, Andi Estes, Sherry Helmer, and guest speaker, Karen Provost. October hostesses were Rosalee Coleman, Pat Looney, Mary Ann Pawlik, and Charlotte Shroeder.
After morning treats, President Earlyn Tompkins called the meeting to order. Officers gave their reports with highlights as follows:
Treasurer, Alexis Bennett, gave the treasurer’s report, and was congratulated for receiving almost $800 dollars in State Cattlewomen re-imbursements for beef educational and promotional expenses. At Fall convention in Sept., it was strongly stressed that all locals should turn in their expenses for re-imbursements. Otherwise, the funds from Texas Beef Council may see budget cuts for the next year. Well you know they say, “What you don’t use, you lose!”, so I guess that goes for state funding, too.
Next, our Corresponding Secretary, Sandy Jones, was applauded for the great job she does writing our monthly newsletters and annual BCCW directory. By the way, members, if you haven’t done so already, please pay your dues by the Nov. 6 meeting, or you may not get included in our 2009 directory. Sandy plans to hand out our new directory at the Christmas party, so don’t be late!
Also, Sandy spoke about a new Junior Cattlewoman’s membership that was discussed last month. It was decided and voted on that membership dues for juniors would be only $15 dollars annually, for junior members aged birth to 17 years of age.
President Tompkins reported that member, Marjorie Bledsoe, had surgery on Wednesday and is recovering very well from it. We will continue to pray for a speedy recovery for Marjorie.
Rosalee Coleman gave her Legislative Report. She reported that the new animal ID labeling program, COOL, started on Oct. 1, so be sure to look for U.S. grown beef packaging at your super market. Rosalee also reports that a test is being developed that will make it possible to test live animals for BSE, rather than the current test, which can only be done on dead animals.
In addition, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board had to cut three programs that Cattlewomen have supported. The Beef Ambassador, Beefmobile, and Youth Education Programs have been eliminated, for now, due to decreased funding. Inflation and less cattle in the United States have resulted in less spending power and less dollars collected.
Carole Jambers and Naida Davis reported on a successful State Fall Convention, held Sept. 19-20, in Alpine. Both members remain for another year as State Officers. Naida is Recording Secretary for TCW, and Carole is Member-at-Large and State Ag Day Chairman.
It was also reported that TCW’s Third Annual Steak Dinner in College Station netted $4000. State Officer, Liz Austin, from Wheeler, was awarded Cattlewomen of the Year. Also, a new Lifetime Achievement Award is in the makings, and will be voted on at TCW’s Spring Convention in Fort Worth.
Storyfest Chairman, Donna Wallace, reported on our Chopped Beef Burger Booth plans for Storyfest. Donna, along with Co-Chairmen, Pat Looney and Sherry Vollmering, are working hard to coordinate things. A discussion ensued about whether to raise our price from $3 dollars, but it was finally decided and voted on, to keep the price the same. Especially during these uncertain times, we are more interested in promoting our fine product and making it easy for families to afford, rather than making much of a profit. Also ladies, don’t forget to bring your apron and wear your BCCW shirt, if you have one, for working the booth.
After business was completed, we adjourned to listen to Karen Provost, who owns a lavender farm in Wimberly. She told us about growing lavender, the many products that can be made from lavender, and how she came to go into the business of lavender farming. We all enjoyed her program, and bought lots of her products. Karen traveled to Cuba with Rosalee last May to explore opportunities there for her products, however, the recent hurricanes that hit Cuba have prevented her from following up for now.
To attend our next Nov. 6 meeting, or for more information about BCCW, TCW, or the programs sponsored, contact Earlyn Tompkins, (361)566-2503, or Carole Jambers, (830)579-4455.