fle is again $4,000. This year’s scholarship winners are Dal Rae Chavez, Bailey Shivers, Shandee Smith, and Hannah Bradshaw. Each recipient will receive $1000 in scholarship funds. The next Chamiza Cowbelle meeting will be at the home of Ellie Nordgren in Hillsboro on July 2. Members are requested to bring a dish to pass. Submitted by Helen Langham The Copper CowBelles meeting of May 12, 2009 was called to order by President Kim Clark. Guests included Lindsay Latham, recent Agricultural graduate of NMSU and Lola Polley, Executive Director of the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce. Ruth Wold, NMCB Secretary thanked group for the donation to the National Beef Ambassador Program. Kim quoted from Caren Cowan’s “Here’s the Moos” that “From Surviving to Thriving” was the theme of the 8th Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference held recently in Ruidoso. Over 90 women met to discuss current issues and to honor Grace Cain, Engle, N.M. and Michelle Heaveyside, Clovis, N.M. with the Conference’s “Diamond in the Rough” award. Grace, a retired schoolteacher, was the first woman in the state to teach Ag in the Classroom and is a founder and past pres-
ident of the Chamiza CowBelles. Michelle is Chairman of the Milk Lovers’ Ball, a fundraiser for three local children’s homes. She is founder and President of United Dairy Women. It was decided that Copper CowBelles would sponsor a local teacher to attend the Annual Workshop for Teachers for Ag in the Classroom. Kim presented a Call to Action from the NM Cattlegrowers concerning a legislative bill concerning water rights. Ranch Days in Alma at the McKeen Ranch was attended by several CowBelles, including Kim Clark, Pat Hunt, Kathy Davis, Lori Reed, Sally Raphael, Judy DePedro, Pattie Biefeldt and Mary Jo Hooker. Sally gave a report on the success of the two-day event for local middle school children and the 19 stations of information concerning agriculture for them to visit. The Silver High FFA presented group with an engraved plaque of appreciation for continuous support of their programs. Revised guidelines for the scholarship committee were accepted. Kathy Davis reported on the sign progress. The Cliff “Welcome to Beef County” sign has been postponed. The Deming sign will be finished early this summer. She announced that Big Bear (Steve and Pat Bearup) have
generously agreed to provide the crane needed to install the signs. Under New Business, it was decided to send a door prize/donation for the national summer conference and ANCW silent auction of $50 value. Pat discussed Cowboy Days to be held at Gough Park on July 25. She will be contacting members for volunteers to cover the booth to be shared with the Grant County CattleGrowers at the park. Shirley Sova is painting the scholarship bucket and will have it ready by the 25th. Items are needed to fill it! Guest Lola Polley turned in a membership application before the end of the meeting. Welcome! Guest Lindsay Latham who graduated NMSU with a degree in Agricultural Community Development gave a presentation about the new trend for community gardening. The NRCS website will help you determine what type of soil you have and what you need to prepare the soil for optimum plant growth. Lindsay hopes to develop a career helping communities develop gardens, providing nutritious food and helping people understand the benefits of growing their own food and using local farmers markets. Patricia E continued on page 82
Congratulations and Thank You to New Mexico CowBelles’ Man of the Year John King John B. King, third generation rancher from Capulin has lived and ranched in the Capulin area his entire life. He is active in New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, and has been deeply involved in CowBelles for the past 37 years along with his wife, Sharon, a past New Mexico CowBelle of the Year. Each of their three children: Garrett, Charlta and Garland have received the New Mexico Junior Cattleman of the Year award. Garrett’s wife, Mindy, is a new member of the Lariat CowBelles. With the birth of his granddaughter Macy Ann, John enjoys the fact that he is now a proud grandparent to the fifth generation of the King ranching legacy. New Mexico CowBelles are extremely proud to name John B. King our Man of the Year. John is always there for us and has made many personal sacrifices for the benefit of CowBelles and the cattle industry we represent.
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