Jan. FCW Report

beth-huntBy Beth Hunt, President FCW

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that another year is over. It is a time to reflect on the past and set out to accomplish new endeavors and New Year’s resolutions in the year ahead. New diets to lose extra weight that was put on during the holiday festivities and family gatherings will begin; gyms will be bustling with new challenges that January always brings. One challenge that immediately comes to my mind is the 30 Day Protein Challenge which our own Florida Beef Council implemented last year which is free to all who want to defeat those extra pounds. Who doesn’t like a challenge – check it out at floridabeef.org/proteinchallenge.aspx

I would like to extend a huge thank you to our 2015 Past President, Reyna Hallworth. She did a wonderful job serving our organization.

The Know Your Beef Shortcourse was held in June 2015 during the Annual Convention. Several members signed up to take the NCBA Masters of Beef Advocacy 2.0 Program. A BEEF ball cap and chance to win an iPad were the incentives for current paid members to sign up for the program and receive a Certificate of Completion on or before November 30. Twenty-seven Florida applicants received Certificates of Completion during that time period. The names of those current paid members who received a Certificate were placed into a drawing for the iPad. On December 4 Tami Newsome of Hillsborough County was drawn as the winner of the iPad. Congratulations Tami and thanks to all members that participated. Also, thank you again to the sponsors of the FCW Know Your Beef Shortcourse: Farm Credit; Hanson, Walter & Associates, Inc.; Lightsey Cattle Co.; and Biosolids Distribution Services/Sweetwater Environmental.

The Florida Cattlewomen were busy during November and December, 2015 with its Beef for the Holidays campaign. Ashley Hughes, Director of Beef Marketing & Promotion of the Florida Beef Council and FCW member made personal appearances on November 17 highlighted on Jacksonville 4 News and on December 16 highlighted on WINK News-Fort Myers, promoting the Beef for the Holidays campaign. On November 21 two in store cooking demonstrations were conducted at The Fresh Markets in Fort Myers and Tampa. I along with members, Charlotte Rutledge, Randi Greene, and the 2nd Place FCA Sweetheart winner- Jennifer Greene, were busy demonstrating the holiday appetizer Beef and Couscous stuffed baby bell peppers. Later that day in Tampa, Past President, Reyna Hallworth, along with FCA Sweetheart, Alex Lucas, and Kasey Waterman with Kilroy Communications, also demonstrated the same holiday appetizer. It was a great day and we certainly appreciate the hospitality of The Fresh Market employees that welcomed us into their stores.

On Saturday, January 9 is the FCW Clay Shoot at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee. It will be a fun filled day with many prizes; so grab your friends and your favorite gun and come on out and join us!

“Boots on the Hill” Legislative Quarterly will be happening on January 19 – 21 as session is earlier this year. The FCW will not be holding a Quarterly meeting at this time given that we have just met in the month prior. Notwithstanding that I would encourage you to participate and attend the informative functions that will be in Tallahassee. All members are encouraged to be in Tallahassee in order to be a strong voice for our industry.

The Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show will be held on January 27-29 in San Diego, California. ANCW will also be conducting its meeting during this same time period. Please also remember to pay your ANCW dues.

The Great Florida Cattle Drive 16 will leave camp south of St. Cloud on January 23; driving 500 head of cattle, 55 miles, and arriving in Kenansville on Saturday, January 30, followed with a huge Frolic that day. For more information please visit www.greatfloridacattledrive16.org.

The Florida State Fair kicks off on February 4-15, 2016. The FCW will also have a booth in the Fresh from Florida Building. Members are needed to assist with demonstrations for the booth. Counties are encouraged to sign up to have 3 members work each day during the Fair. Those counties that have 3 members work a total of 5 hours/day will receive $100.00 payable to their county association. Please contact Michelle Grimmer or Tami Newsome to sign up. Michelle Grimmer – cgshowcattle@gmail.com; or Tami Newsome – tamnews1@hotmail.com.

The FCW will be a sponsor at the 4-H Milk Run on Saturday, February 6 at the former T. G. Lee Dairy property off Conway Road in Orlando. The sponsorship allows FCW to have 3 race entries and a vendor table at this event. Please let me know if you or your county association would like to participate or lend a hand for the Milk Run. On that same Saturday, I will be participating in the Warrior Dash in Clermont with some friends – our team will be running as Team Beef; spreading the word about Beef in a healthy lifestyle.

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