Generous donors and generations of winners
SUBLETTE COUNTY – The two days set aside each February for the annual meetings of the Green River Valley Cattlemen’s Association and the Green River Valley Cowbelles-CattleWomen are whirlwinds of socializing, strategizing and scholarship fundraising.
The banquet was the culmination of GRVCA business meetings at Marbleton Town Hall. It also topped off the Cowbelles’ annual business meeting and awards luncheon earlier Saturday in the same dining room.
GRVCA President Mike Vickrey welcomed ranchers and associates to the Marbleton Town Hall Friday and Saturday afternoons for updates on legislation, statewide animal health, grizzly bears and virtual livestock fencing, to name a few topics.
News – the GRVCA is raising its annual scholarships for Big Piney and Pinedale students to $2,300. Officers continue another year with Vickrey as president, Kristi Wardell as vice president, Kim Bright as secretary and Audra Rouge, treasurer.
On Saturday morning, the Green River Valley Cowbelles-CattleWomen met at the Southwest Sublette Senior Center for a business meeting and annual reports from its own fundraising committees. Outgoing president Leah Zupan swore in new president Hailey Clark, vice president Hannah McNinch and parliamentarian Sissy Walker, as well as returning treasurer Terrie Springman, secretary Marsha Barlow and historian Carli Andersen.
Up to Saturday’s banquet, both groups sold raffle tickets for generous donations from Pickaroon Timber, Swain Brothers Equipment, Lucky 7 Angus, Rocky Mountain PowerSports, and many other community businesses and individuals.
Mavis James was honored as 2023 Ranch Woman of the Year and Wyoming brand inspector Holly Davis was named 2023 Friend of Ag. Bob Springman won this year’s quilt of brands.
Rusty Endecott was honored as the GRV Cowbelles’ Lifetime Member. Joel and Susan Bousman were honored at GRVCA’s Lifetime Members.