2018 Kittitas County cattlewomen Report

It has been a busy year for the CattleWomen of Kittitas County.  Our officers, President Paulette Forman, President-Elect Kris Akehurst, Vice President Brenda Hart, Secretary Gail Shelton and Treasurer Barb Weber worked hard to promote the welfare of the livestock industry.

February was the Cattlemen’s Banquet where Gail Shelton was selected as CattleWoman of the Year.  We look forward to serving beef to the folks at Spirit of the West and we had a nice crowd.

The Bull Sale at Trinity Farms kicks off March and the CattleWomen serve dinner on Friday night and lunch before the sale on Saturday.  Ag Day Celebration is an opportunity to provide wonderful books to our county’s eight elementary schools and Judy Ragland does a wonderful job finding meaningful books for the kids.  The cattlewomen served lunch to the buyers at the bull sale at Eltopia.

The Farm Fair at the County Event Center is attended by 4th graders from throughout the County and we prepare sack lunches for the adult volunteers and the many FFA students who help with the event. 

May gives us an opportunity to provide a Mother’s Day basket to the first baby born on Mother’s Day.  The Western Art Show arrives, and the CattleWomen serve beef to artists on Thursday night as they set up and serve them lunch on Friday.  It’s a great community service and appreciated by all the artists.

For the 10th year, the Beef Commission starts the Explore Beef Experience at Trinity Farms.  The CattleWomen serve lunch to the attendees and bake cowboy cookies for them to take on their travels.  Father’s Day is celebrated by surprising a family at a local restaurant who is eating beef and giving them a certificate to purchase their meal.  The WA Beef Commission holds a Beef Brisket, Biscuit and Brew event in the Seattle area each year and several Kittitas Co. CattleWomen drove over to help WBC with this event.

The CattleWomen and Cattlemen partner to provide two County Pride Awards to youngsters who show beef that is born and raised in the County.  September brings the Fair and the Jr. Livestock Buyer’s luncheon where we serve BBQ beef sandwiches, chips and cowboy cookies to all the buyers.  Bite of the ‘Burg is our opportunity to reach out to the students at CWU and we hand out tri-tip bites and beef sausage.  The end of September is the Central WA State Fair and Kittitas County CattleWomen look forward to the opportunity to help with the WCW Beef Promotion.  Kittitas CattleWomen and Jane Lee from Klickitat served Fiesta Bake with Cilantro Cream to fair attendees.

October General Meeting is held at Rodeo City BBQ and we install our officers.  We look forward to Convention 2018 in November and the Second Harvest Beef Handout in December.

 2018 Skagit County Cattlewomen Report

This year the Skagit County Cattlewomen participated in serving 136 people at Avalon Golf Course Scholarship BBQ.  They give scholarships out for contractors and builders. We also served a continental breakfast to the kids at the Puget Sound Junior Livestock Show, which totaled to 125 kids this year. We made close to 20-25 baskets that are auctioned off at our annual Banquet in February.  The money raised from the baskets adds to our funds so we can continue to help not only with the breakfast, but donate to the scholarships also.

2018 Klickitat County Cattlewomen Report

Our year started off with the 2018 County Banquet held at the Elk’s Lodge in White Salmon, WA. The cattlewomen hosted both a live and silent auction.  We auctioned off a Beef Counts Cooler, played Heads or Tails, 2 pieces of furniture from RanchCut Designs and a pair of chaps from Ron Wilson Leather. Proceeds from the items went to support Beef Counts, our scholarship and the Klickitat County Fair. The next event was Cattlemen of the Year, Nate Kayser’s Field Day. The day started in Centerville touring his summer pasture and ending up in Glenwood, WA for lunch. The cattlewomen hosted another Beef Counts Event in June at Goldendale High School.  In July, some of the ladies helped serve lunch at the Public Lands Tour also held in Glenwood. The booth at the Klickitat County Fair was perfectly put together and was Best of Show.

 2018 Thurston County Cattlewomen Report

January 2018: The Thurston County Cattlewomen started off the year with an evening dinner at Pelligrino’s in Tumwater. The group voted to have an auction item at the location Thurston County Fair Foundation Auction which will be held in March. The Ag Day committee will get a cost amount for books to be donated to local public school libraries. The books will be a sequel to “Little Star, Raising Our First Calf”. We welcomed our two new member to the group, Joana Harold and Terry Wilson.

 February: Scholarship application paperwork is completed and ready to send to local high schools and FFA Advisors. We booked a table for folks in the group to attend the Thurston County Fair Foundation Auction. Members, Kay Nelson and Kathy Colvin along with Thurston County Cattlewomen gave two $50 gift certificates for beef at this auction.

 March: Books were delivered to several local school libraries titled “Star Becomes a Mother”. The beef gift certificates were a huge success at the Fair Foundation Auction. Local county fair is scheduled for August 1st-5th this year. Scholarship information has been sent out and waiting for replies. Thurston County will host the April 9th State Cattlewomen’s meeting at Rivers Edge in Tumwater.

 April: Continued working on scholarships, plans begin for contributions at Thurston County Fair, and Beef for Father’s Day ideas. Washington State Cattlewomen had the meeting in Tumwater which was exciting, fun, and a great opportunity to meet folks and learn more!

 May: Contacted the Olympia Thurston County Food Bank to donate $300 to be used for purchasing beef for “Beef for Father’s Day” in June. We also gave money for buckles to be given out at the local county fair for the beef champions and reserve champions.

 June: Scholarship application was awarded to Jordan Hummel who graduated from Yelm High School and was in her first year at WSU. We will sponsor an open class beef show at the Thurston County Fair and purchase a banner thanking donors. Planning began for the Don and Joyce Dalebout memorial display at the Thurston County Fair and the Cattlewomen booth.

 August: There was no meeting in July. Members set up the memorial display at the fair and our Cattlewomen booth. A short meeting discussing “add-on” letters from 4-H members or FFA students at the market sale at the fair.

 September: Plans are beginning for the Harvest Dinner/Auction in November. Date set for Sunday, November 11th beginning at 4:00 pm with social hour. There will be a live auction, silent table auction, and dinner.

 October: Plans continue for the Harvest Dinner and Auction. Gift cards were purchased and sent for the State Conference in November and an auction item basket will be delivered to the conference. A thank you card was sent to Yelm High School FFA students representing Washington at the National FFA Convention.

 November: Officer elections and committee updates for the upcoming year will be on the agenda. We have an ornament exchange to end the year in a fun way. We are ready to start planning for the upcoming year and hopefully add more ideas we can make happen for the area. We have no meeting in December.

 2018 Okanogan County Cattlewomen Report

 The Okanogan County Cattle Women remain active, with about 50 members. We usually meet once each quarter.  We raised enough money selling beef sandwiches ate the Okanogan County Fair in 2017 that we were able to give four $1000 scholarships to county graduating seniors. We also provided funds for a community Christmas giving. The 4-H program now requires an enrollment fee; some club members were not able to afford it.  We donated $225 for this. We will have our annual meeting the first Saturday in December, in conjunction with the county Cattlemen.