August FCW Report

The Convention held during June was a successful event. The return of the Fashion Show during the Welcoming Reception and Ice Cream Social was enjoyed by all members and friends. A huge thank you to Branded B Boutique – Tiffany, Ivy, Misty and Linda for coordinating the show. A special thank you to Heather Hall for arranging some of the Rodeo Queens to serve as models.

Also, thank you to all of the sponsors of the FCW meetings held at the Convention – Adams Ranch, Inc., Novus International, Inc., Sumter County Farmers Market, Westway Feed Products, LLC, Florida Association of Livestock Markets, Inc., Organic Matters, Inc., Bayer Animal Health, Central Life Sciences, Deer Valley Farm, Merck Animal Health; door prizes for the Welcoming Reception/Ice Cream Social and General Membership meeting – Branded B Boutique, Waters Cattle, The Krazy Kricket, Davidson Candy Factory, Hilary Holey/KEEP Collective, and Eli’s Western Wear; and to Max Stevens and Ronnie Barron of Organic Matters, Inc. – the sponsor of the FCW Membership Breakfast and the great pink FCW tote bags that members received that morning.

The Florida CattleWomen celebrated its 55th Anniversary at the General Membership meeting held on June 15 with cake and coffee. We were fortunate to have 11 Past Presidents in attendance during the meeting and celebration. Summer Conference was held July 12-16 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado. The American National CattleWomen held its meetings all day on Wednesday, July 13. President- Elect, Michelle Grimmer, and I attended the meetings as well as the General Session luncheon on Thursday, July 14.

Ladies, the Florida Cattlewomen will need assistance for the following events: Southern Women’s Show – September 15 – 18, 2016, at the Orlando Convention Center. FCW will have a booth at the event and is in need of members to assist each day. Members that are able to work the booth with receive $50.00/daily. Please contact Patty Barthle at or cell 352-585-1734.

State Ranch Rodeo Finals – September 30 – October 1, 2016 at Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park- Kissimmee, Florida. We need members to help work the concession stands. Please contact Sarah Childs at or cell 863-441-0105.

Savage Race – October 22-23, 2016 at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. As a sponsor, FCW will also have a team participating in the Savage Race. It’s more than a 5K, there are several challenging obstacles/ If you are not up for being a Savage CattleWoman, we can always use assistance grilling beef samples and passing out beef literature to race participants. Please contact myself – or cell 863-287-0404 or Reyna Hallworth at or cell 352- 226-4730.

Orange County 4-H 5K Milk Run – October 22 at the T. G. Lee Dairy property off Conway Road in Orlando. FCW will need three participants for this event. Please let me know if you would like to participate in that 5K.

In our original efforts to raise funds for the new building back in 1999 & 2000 FCA established the Brand Wall on the porch at the main entrance to the building. Anyone that contributed $250 or more to the Building fund earned the right to place a Brand on the wall. The FCA Historical Council is planning an update of the Brand Wall. If you earned the right to place your Brand on the wall plan to come and bring your brand. If you did not take part in contributing but want to make a contribution of $250.00 or more at this time you can also place you brand on the wall.

DATE: Saturday October 1, 2016 During Cowboy Heritage Festival & Ranch Rodeo Finals TIME: 10 AM-until 2 PM

Bring your own Branding Iron and FCA Volunteer leaders Justin Story & Scott Shoupe will be on hand along with Mrs. Imogene Yarborough to place your Brand on the Wall and record your name and information. Checks Payable as follows: Florida Cattlemen’s Association. All funds will go to the Building Maintanance / Upkeep Fund of the Association. Please call Justin Story 352- 303-4954 with questions and to let him know if you plan to take part.

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