If there ever was a driving force, it's Charlotte Tuttle. The Washington State CattleWoman of the year in 2015, Charlotte is always on the go. Joining the Asotin County CattleWomen (then Cowbelles) in 1985 Charlotte has been an active member for more than thirty years. That same year, she was the Grand Marshall of the Asotin County Fair Parade. She keeps informed about what is going on in the beef industry at the national, state and county levels and tries to educate anyone who will listen. Currently, Charlotte is the
Asotin County CattleWomen's President - again!! She says she puts "Nominating Committee" on the agenda every year and the members just laugh. Charlotte's not going anywhere! She joined the CattleWomen because the members were friendly and outgoing and she instantly liked them. She thinks the cattle industry is a great lifestyle and is wonderful American tradition. Most of her work is aimed at legislative issues rather than spending her time herding cattle.
She and her husband, Bob, raised three daughters and moved to Asotin in 1983 and began enjoying the beautiful country and friendly outgoing people in the Lewiston-Clarkstono Valley. She has served on the scholarship committee, assisted with beef counts on a state level and has conducted membership drives.
Charlotte is known in her community as the "hat lady" and she has an extensive hat collection and always has a hat on her head. She is involved in many activities in Asotin County, but her favorite is the cattle organization and she thinks it's important to keep up with the government issues that affect the industry.
The Asotin County CattleWomen have several fundraisers throughout the year such as their Plant Sale (17 years) on Mother's Day Weekend and the proceeds fund their Memorial Scholarship. They help the County Cattlemen with a Hamburger Booth during the Fair and every year they purchase two beef gift certificates to be delivered to the Asotin and Clarkston High School Family Consumer Science classes to encourage knowledge about buying and preparing beef. And, every year, they participate in the Second Harvest food distribution to show that Beef Counts!!
Through it all, Charlotte wears a hat and a smile! She is a Washington treasure for sure!
Jean Berney was 10 years old when she started in 4-H. As a youngster she was involved in 4-H foods and baking projects. She attended the 4-H Teen Conference at WSU and was honored as WSU Outstanding 4-H Girl. In 2012 the Washington State Extension presented Jean the Washington State 4-H Leader 50-Year Ruby Recognition Award and she is still involved in 4-H in Okanogan County.
Jean and Buzz were married in 1957 and moved to north-central Washington to begin family ranching on a place which was originally started by Buzz’s parents.
In 1963, after obtaining 900 acres of rangeland on the Colville Indian Reservation, Jean began her cattle herd. She became a member of the Okanogan County CowBelles in the early 1970s and a sustaining member of the American National CattleWomen.
In 1984 Jean was recognized as Okanogan County 4-H Leader of the Year and was one of three 4-H leaders from Okanogan County who were honored for 100 Years 4-H Leader Recognition.
An active member and leader at the county level, Jean served on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, the committee for the National Beef Cook-Off and represented ANCW on several committees including Joint Public Relations, Nutrition and Health, and Industry Communications.
In 2003, Jean was awarded the American National CattleWomen’s Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year. She and Buzz have worked with county, State and federal agencies and non-governmental groups to increase their productivity in animals, forage and timber.
At present, Jean is President of the Okanogan County CattleWomen. The young people of Okanogan County involved in 4-H are fortunate to have Jean in their corner as are the CattleWomen of Washington State.