June FCW Report

I had the pleasure of attending “Bonfires and Wine” on April 30 at Bird Island Lake Ranch in Dade City hosted by the Pasco County CattleWomen.  Pasco County CattleWomen extended an invitation to the FCW Executive Board and neighboring Hernando, Sumter, Polk and Hillsborough County CattleWomen.  It was a beautiful evening where we were served great steaks with all the fixings and were able to have fellowship with our “CattleWomen Sisters”.  A big thank you to Casie Holloway, Pasco County CattleWomen and Cattlemen, Arrow B Ranch/Larry & Linda Bennett, Cattlemen’s Livestock/Mike & Cathlee Tomkow, Merck Corp./Greg Woodard, and RJ Nathe & Sons/RJ & Patsy Nathe for a great evening under the stars!

We will soon gather together during the Convention this month to continue our work in developing leaders for the future.  As I stated before, it is our young leaders that will continue the legacy of the beef industry and instill in others the values of our livelihoods.  During the convention there will be many opportunities for us to meet and strategically develop the direction of our association, future leaders and the Beef industry.   Our industry has some of the best young leaders that have the drive and initiative to take it to the next level.  We need to continue our mentoring role for these future leaders. 

The week of the convention will be kicked off with the annual FCW Welcoming Reception, Ice Cream Social and Fashion Show at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday. June 14. Tiffany and Ivy Brown with Branded B Boutique in Kissimmee will hold the Fashion Show during the Welcoming Reception.  These young ladies, born and raised in the agriculture industry, are leaders in their community and small business owners who have developed into future leaders.  Their boutique is located at 125 Broadway in Kissimmee, only 25 minutes from the Omni so you can shop during the convention.  The FCW Board of Directors/General Membership meeting will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 15.  The FCW Membership Breakfast will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 16.  The Know Your Beef Shortcourse will be held during the breakfast.  President Elect, Michelle Grimmer, and ANCW President, Ann Nogan, will present the Shortcourse.  Please remember to bring three to five gifts/baskets from your County Association to donate for the door prize drawings held during the breakfast.  I can remember past years where everyone left with a prize, so please bring your gifts so we can make everyone happy for getting up early that morning!  Please also remember to have your dues paid prior to the convention so that you may participate in drawings at the Welcoming Reception and attend the Membership Breakfast.

On June 19 we will celebrate Father’s Day.  FCW will have a social media contest on its Facebook page.  Please follow FCW on its Facebook page for more information on the contest.

On your mark, get set, go! Are you ready to train like a CattleWoman? The FCW will kick off its public relations campaign – FCW takes on the Savage Challenge. The FCW will be a sponsor at the Savage Race on 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 and be prepared to get dirty!  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.  Calling all CattleWomen – if your interested in participating, please let us know.  Follow FCW on its Facebook page for more information.

If you are interested in only a 5K, the FCW will also be a sponsor for the Orange County 4-H 5K Milk Run on 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.

Save the Dates:

Annual Convention


June 14-16

Fall Quarterly — Lake Wales

September 7-8

Southern Women’s Show


September 15-18

FL Ranch Rodeo Finals


September 30-October 1

Savage Race

Dade City

October 22-23

4-H Milk Run


October 22

December Quarterly


November 30-December 2

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