Jan. FCW Report


FCW President Michelle Grimmer

FCW President Michelle Grimmer

Happy New Year!

As we begin a new year in the FCW Organization, I wanted to first take moment to introduce the members of your 2017 FCW Executive Board who were installed into office at the December Quarterly in Bartow. My name is Michelle Grimmer and I am from Hillsborough County and am happy to serve as your President this year. Other Executive Board members include:

President-Elect: Rhonda Waters, Polk County
Treasurer: Debbie Gill, Hillsborough County
Secretary: Casie Holloway, Pasco County
Parliamentarian: Michele Curts, Hillsborough County
Chaplain: Tami Newsome, Hillsborough County
2016 Past President: Beth Hunt, Polk County
2015 Past President: Reyna Hallworth, Pasco County
2014 Past President: Denise Colgan, Okeechobee County

L-R: Denise Colgan, Reyna Hallworth, Beth Hunt, Michelle Curts, Debbie Gill, Rhonda Waters and Michelle Grimmer.

L-R: Denise Colgan, Reyna Hallworth, Beth Hunt, Michelle Curts, Debbie Gill, Rhonda Waters and Michelle Grimmer.

I would also like to take a moment to recognize Beth Hunt and thank her for the dedication and outstanding leadership of our organization this past year. We are always looking for ladies who have a passion for our industry to serve on our Board of Directors and I would encourage anyone who might have an interest in becoming more active in our organization to contact me. We currently have a few openings on a couple of our Committees and would welcome your input and help!
Before I go any further, I wanted to share just a tad about myself for those of you who do not know me. I live in Plant City with my wonderful husband, Kenny, and we have two children, Chad and Chrissy. Our family has a small cow-calf operation and we spend any spare time we have fishing, hunting and being outdoors. I have been involved with the cattlewomen at the local, state and national levels for several years and enjoy advocating for our industry.

In mid-December, several of our ladies were able to visit the Hope Children’s Home and deliver gifts that had been purchased by several cattlewomen across the state for every one of the 76 children living there. In addition, thanks to the giving hearts of cattlemen and cattlewomen through cash donations, we were able to provide Hope with $2000 in Beef Certificates to ensure that these children will have beef incorporated into their diet for several months to come!
There are several upcoming FCW events that I wanted to make sure you are aware of before you missed an opportunity to join in on the fun!

FCW Clay Shoot
The FCW Clay Shoot is the major fundraiser event for our organization every year which allows us to fund our youth scholarships and outreach/promotional activities throughout the year. Mark your calendars for January 14th and we look forward to seeing you at Quail Creek in Okeechobee for this fun event! Registration and sponsor forms are available on the FCW website or you can contact Sarah Childs at sarahchilds47@gmail.com or Wendy Petteway at oranges@embarqmail.com for more information.

Florida State Fair Booth
Have you been looking for an opportunity to educate consumers about BEEF? How about an opportunity to earn money for your county association? Do you have a great BEEF recipe that you would love to showcase? We have the perfect opportunity for you to do all 3 at the same time! There are still several days open in the Florida CattleWomen’s Booth at the Florida State Fair! This is a fantastic opportunity for your county to talk with hundreds of consumers about BEEF and you have the potential to earn money for your county association! For more information, contact Tami Newsome at tamnews1@hotmail.com – she will be happy to sign you up!

Later this month I will be heading to Nashville to attend the ANCW meetings at the NCBA National Convention. I really hope to see some of you there as we represent the Florida Beef Industry.

I look forward to working with all of you this year. I would love the opportunity to come and meet with you at your county meetings and events, so please give me a call or shoot me an email letting me know when you have something going on in your area.

Save the Date
January 14: FCW Fun Shoot, Okeechobee
January 29-30: ANCW National Meetings
January 31-February 3: NCBA National Convention
February 9-20: Florida State Fair
March 13-15: Legislative Quarterly, Tallahassee

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