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!
Paulette Forman and her husband Mike moved to the west side of the Kittitas Valley in 1970 with their two sons, Robb and Randy. In 1972, they began a commercial beef cattle operation. They moved their Trinity Farms operation to No. 81 Road in the Fairview area east of Ellensburg in 1990 and formed a partnership with their son Robb and daughter-in-law
Debbie. They raise purebred Angus, Sim-Angus and Simmental registered bulls, bred females and open replacement heifers. Trinity Farms also raises high-quality Kittitas Valley Timothy and Alfalfa hay. A true family operation, Robb and Debbie's four children grew up on the ranch and through the years have been involved in the operation. In 2005, the Foreman family was honored as Cattleman of the Year for Kittitas County. Their Annual Bull Sale the first week-end in March is a real event in the Valley. For the past several years, Trinity farms has proudly hosted the Northwest Explore Beef event where chefs, dietitians and retailers learn more about ranching operations.
Paulette is an active member of the Kittitas County CattleWomen and has served as their president twice - 2008-2010 and 2017-2018! In 2011, Paulette was named Kittitas County CattleWoman of the Year for her years of service to the local ranching community. The same year she was named Washington State CattleWoman of the Year at the annual State Cattlemen's Convention in honor of her contributions to the beef cattle industry statewide. She has served on many county and state committees and the County CattleWomen are lucky to have her living in the Valley. Paulette also served as President of the Washington Angus Association Auxiliary for several years.
Paulette loves working in her garden and she and Mike enjoy the fruits of her labor. An avid recipe collector, Paulette always has a good recipe to share with everyone. She enjoys traveling with Mike on their many road trips and to Bozeman, MT where Mike sits on the Board of the American Simmental Association.