Legislative Action Day
Jan 24, 2018 - The New Mexico State Capitol - Santa Fe, NM
CowBelles at the Capitol 2018
It was an exciting, exhausting, and educational day of Legislative action for some energetic CowBelles, Wednesday.
Five local organizations were represented by the voices of Casey Spradley, Broomtails; Anita Hand and Connie Baca, Sacaton; Deborah Van Tellingen, Copper; Sherry Ibarra and Nancy Phelps, Chamiza; and Myranda Rodriguez, Corriente.
CowBelles were introduced to the legislative process through a presentation facilitated by Executive Director of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Caren Cowen. Guest speakers Rep. Yvette Herrell, Dist. 51, and Rep. Gail Armstrong, Dist. 49, stopped by to emphasize the importance they placed on constituent voices and gave the group suggestions on how to reach out to legislators. The meeting was also attended by Randell Major, NMCGA President Elect, who was there to listen in on the ladies discussion and serve the group with his photography skills, providing a lovely concluding shot in front of the Seal of New Mexico.
The ladies continued their journey with a guided tour of the State Capitol, full of detailed insight, such as the English translation of the Latin motto on the great seal: It grows as it goes. "Crescit Eundo" seemed to lead the theme of the heartfelt mission the CowBelles were on in Santa Fe, this week.
The active day concluded at the Governer's office where the group had the opportunity to express their opinions and pose for a photo with a proclamation from Governor Martinez celebrating the 60 years of previous work done on behalf of the organization.
Aa a prequel to the day's activities, some of the ladies turned out to help promote the beef industry with wildly popular beef jerky samples at the AgFest, Tuesday night. The evening at the Convention Center was very well attended by hundreds of guests, several legislators and even celebrities such as NMSU's cowboy mascot, Pistol Pete, and the reigning New Mexico State Fair Queen, Clara Rabenau. Having loads of delicious samples offered by growers from all around the state, everyone in attendance left with a full belly. Three hundred of those lucky attendees also got to take home beef jerky with a custom label touting the CowBelle name.
To learn more about becoming a CowBelle check out the web-site: www.newmexicocowbelles.org and to find out more information about the current legislative session and how to take action, reference the helpful on-line guide: nmlegis.gov.
Submitted by: Myranda Waldo, NMCB 2018 Secretary