Monthly Meeting

January 16, 2018

About Us

Our Mission

To promote and support the production of beef and the beef industry through cooperation with NCBA, TSCRA, ANCW, TCW and local beef supporters. The HCCW shall support private property rights and encourage federal and state legislation that will maintain and protect private property rights.

Hill Country Cattle Women

Our Objectives

The objective of Hill Country CattleWomen (HCCW) shall be to promote and support the production of beef and the beef industry through cooperation with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser Association (TSWCRA), American National CattleWomen (ANCWA), Texas CattleWomen (TCWA), and local beef supporters. The HCCW shall support private property rights and encourage federal and state legislation that will maintain and protect private property rights. Believing that the livestock industry is of basic importance to world existence, we, the HCCW, dedicate ourselves to support it with our labor and finances; to encourage its producers with our understanding and love; to do all in our power to instill in the coming generation the love of the land and of life, the humility and awe before nature, and the hope and faith in the future that is inherent in Cattle Women.

About Us

Hill Country CattleWomen is an affiliate of Texas CattleWomen. Twenty-two women founded HCCW in 1979.

Our membership covers 14 counties in the beautiful Texas Hill Country including Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Real and San Saba.

New members are welcome and you are encouraged to become a member by contacting our 3rd Vice President/Membership Chair, Lindsay Alexander, at leelinzalexander@gmail.com or 817-897-0028.  A member need only have an interest in promoting BEEF products and informing BEEF consumers of the “Power Of Protein” in a healthy diet.

HCCW meet 8 times each year in different areas of the Hill Country. We do not meet in the months of July, August, November and December. Our annual Spring Event/Fundraiser is in April each year.

Our History

On October 17, 1939 at the Cowan Ranch in Douglas, Arizona, a group of cattlemen’s wives gathered with ideas of an organization for women interested in the Beef Industry. The seed was planted, and, on January 7, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, the American National Cowbelles became a formal organization. Many Cowbelles were the wives of cattle ranchers. According to Mrs. J.B. Smith, president of the Cowbelles in 1960, “a rancher’s wife should look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, and work like a horse.”

Texas became a Cowbelle state in 1972, and the Hill Country chapter was founded in 1979. When the Cowbelles changed their name to Cattle Women in 1986, the Texas Cow belles embraced this more modern image and became the Texas Cattle Women. A surge in membership and renewed interest in the Cattle Women’s goals of beef education and promotion took place.

Who are the CattleWomen today? We are women whose purposes are to maintain and build demand for beef products that satisfy customer needs and to promote a positive image of the cattle industry. We are active in beef promotion, education, and legislation.

CattleWomen share a common interest in the Beef Industry, serving as ambassadors of the Beef Industry and assuring consumers that beef is a safe and wholesome product. We share friendships and support each other during the challenges and successes that being involved in the Beeflndustry presents. We are ranchers, teachers, and industry affiliates. Owning a cow, or being married to a rancher, is not a requirement. Sharing a passion is.

Texas Cattle Women’s programs include Ag Days, Beef Promotions, and the Texas Beef Leaders for Tomorrow Program. In addition, Texas CattleWomen offers several scholarships and an internship each year. Under the supervision of the legislative chairman, members of Texas Cattle Women are kept informed on legislation pertinent to the Beef Industry.

The Hill Country chapter participates in Ag Days and Beef Leaders of Tomorrow events. It also puts on a Spring Event each year and awards several scholarships each year. Hill Country Cattle Women promote private property rights and the fact that farmers and ranchers have been, and always will be, responsible caretakers of the land and environment.

Officers

  • President
    Fran Hawkins
  • 1st Vice President
    Deb Wardlaw
  • 2nd Vice President
    Paulette Keller
  • 3rd Vice President
    Lindsay Alexander
  • 4th Vice President
    Misty Martin
  • Recording Secretary
    Carolyn Lang & Alice Anderson
  • Corresponding Secretary
    Janice Wahrmund
  • Treasurer
    Kitty-Sue Quinn

Standing Committees

  • Chaplain
    Marsha Kothmann
  • Historian
    Claire Honsalek
  • Legislation
    Karen Schneider
  • Parliamentarian
    Elaine Kasprzyk
  • Scholarship
    Teri Stone
  • Ways and Means
    Claire Honsalek
  • Social Media
    Janis Stiefel
  • Spring Fund Raiser
    Bonnie Eckhardt
  • Women's Ranch Seminar
    Lindsay Alexander
  • Beef Rewards
    Jeanie Ahrens

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