President - Tootie Clavel
Vice President – Courtney Mitchell
Secretary – Kevin Elkins
Treasurer - Darlene Hazen
Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:00 PM at the Harding County Community Building.
The New Mexico Cowbelles' Creed
Believing that the livestock industry is of basic importance to world existence, we, the New Mexico CowBelles dedicate ourselves to support it with our labor and finances; to promote it through information and publicity; 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 cattlemen and cattlewomen.
New Mexico Cowbelles'......NOW
New Mexico CowBelles are women banded together by their common interest in the Beef Industry and related agribusinesses. Many members have a financial interest in the Beef Industry, but membership is open to any woman interested in the welfare of the Beef Industry and willing to promote Beef.
New Mexico CowBelles are instrumental in disseminating nutritional information to people of all ages through volunteering at schools, fairs, and events across the state and at regional and national conventions. They are the face of the industry as they man the New Mexico Beef Council booth during the New Mexico State Fair (Expo New Mexico).
New Mexico Cowbelle members are a part of the nationwide network of CowBelles and CattleWomen, all working together to educate the public about all aspects of the beef industry. New Mexico CowBelles work in close partnership with the American National CattleWomen, Inc., the New Mexico Beef Council, the New Mexico Cattle Grower's Association, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
New Mexico Cowbelles'......THEN
The first CowBelles meeting was held in Douglas, Arizona on October 17, 1939. At that time membership was limited to rancher's wives or daughters or women who owned their own brand and cattle and was more of a social club than a livestock industry advocate.
The first local chapter of New Mexico CowBelles (NMCB) was founded in 1957, when Pat Nowlin, an Arizona CowBelle moved to New Mexico with her family. She was instrumental in getting a group of like-minded women together and served as the New Mexico CowBelles first president.