Dear Editor:

The Cowbelles thank everyone that helped to make our 80th-anniversary success.

I do not do it alone. I had a lot of help from members Carol Riggs, Treasure, Vernie Taylor, President Stella Brown, Jackie Howard, Barbara Kiser Secretary, Libby Hale, Denise Bauer, Tito, and Pat Ross, Jen and Walt Cleveland, Peggy and Gwen Boss and Caren Cowan, Leslie Pena, Chance and Illiana Smith and there kids, Angie Ferell, Hailie Sarbrough, Mary Louise Vigil,

We also had some friends of The Cowbelles Tommy Zamudio owner of Mi Ranchito Meat Center, Alison Ames Vigil, Nancie Ames, Susan Ames Mullins who made the potholders and face cream and goodies for the gift bags. Frank Krentz and Trey Reed who helped move stuff around, Tombstone Brewery for the tent, Buzz and Libby Hale. Elks Club, President Bill Wendt lent us the extra tables and chairs. Kelly, Kerry and Mackinzie Kimbro for the table clothes, Arizona Beef Council, Lauren Maehilling who sent us the beef roses, say it with beef! Bruce Whetten of the Douglas Dispatch who came and took pictures and interviewed all the dignitaries.

We were just so blessed to have Arizona State Cowbelle President Carrie Hughes of Yavapai County attend. ASC members also attending Incoming President Macaela Rodriguez, from Yuma, Josafine Riley, Karla Cafarelli ASC secretary, Marie Payatt, immediate ASC Past President, Lou Apperson, Past President, Pam Turnball, ASC Past President, and Barabra Harris, Elgin Sonita President. Annie Marie Moore, Pam Sproul and Trina Sue Riggs, Past President of Willcox Cowbelles. Mary Ester Gridder from Dona Anna Cowbelles in New Mexico, Stefanie and Kimber Krentz of Krentz Ranch. Good friends Bill Martin and Robbie Sproul and Kent Cooksley, Mary Ella Cowan American National Cattlewomen’s President Wanda Pinnow, Barbara Jackson ANCW Past President, and Pam Griffin ANCW Region 6 Director, Barbara Harris, and Pat Fisher Elgin Sonita Representatives, Carol Miller from Rodeo NM, Pam Akin from Texas, Karen Riggs, Steve Williams, and Cindy Hayostek.

We had a generous sponsor that also must be recognized Maddux and Sons, Barnett Towing, Dairy Queen of Southern Arizona, Sonora Investment Management, and Caren Cowan New Mexico Cattle Growers their financial support made out event a success. A house full of friends our cup runs over.

Thank you, Representative Gail Griffin, for the proclamations you presented to us from Governor Ducey and the House of Representatives

Why be a Cowbelle? You have an amazing journey meeting people all over the state of Arizona as well as the United States and you have close friends and you learn so much about the history of each area the families that were on the ground floor of ranching in their area the diversity of our industry.

My family has been in the ranching business since 1907 sounds like a long time. My Cattlewomen from the south have been in the ranching business since the civil war. That is an amazing journey you are privileged to learn about. One great trip mom and I got to take because of American National Cattlewomen Region 6 was to Hawaii. A trip that I will always treasure that I shared with my mom, my brother and sister in law Bill and Michele Kimble.

I can tell you it is great to be a Cowbelle and an opportunity you will never forget.

Mud on your fenders,

Sue Krentz

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