Wyoming, Green River Cowbelles ring in history

Members and friends of the Green River Valley Cowbelles/ CattleWomen talk during the group’s 50th anniversary reception at the Big Piney Library, part of Sublette County’s marking of Women’s History Month.

In the beginning, a group

of 16 Arizona ranch wives met in October

1939 to create a social group – the Cow

Belles – that evolved into a bona fide organization

to promote beef and friendships.

Less than a year later, savvy ranch

women in Wyoming went a step farther and

printed up in 2018. Over the years the

Green River Valley Cowbelles have also

created brand-decorated quilts, tote bags,

T-shirts, scarves, cookbooks and a brand

book to raise money for scholarships and

causes.

Like the Green River Cattlemen’s Association,

the Green River Valley Cowbelles

– or more officially CattleWomen – meet in

early March on the same weekend for the

annual conventions, although these days

many women also belong to both.

On April 17, 2019, the GRV Cowbelles/

CattleWomen hosted a reception at the Big

Piney Library for appetizers, lemon cupcakes,

laughter – and celebration of the

group’s 50th anniversary. The highlight – a

video with current president Janet Beiermann

talking about the group’s beginnings

and slides showing their beef promotions

over the years. Jonita Sommers provided

the history for the video and this article.

For more about the Green River Valley

Cowbelles/ CattleWomen, visit www.

greenrivervalleycowbelles.com or the

group’s Facebook page.

Joy Ufford photo

Members and friends of the Green River Valley Cowbelles/ CattleWomen talk

during the group’s 50th anniversary reception at the Big Piney Library, part

of Sublette County’s marking of Women’s History Month.

Wyoming, Green River Cowbelles ring in history

By Joy Ufford, [email protected]

wellbeing of the women … and assist the

Green River Valley Cattlemen in their endeavor

to promote the livestock industry.”

By the end of the year, they grew to have

81 local members. One of their first projects

was to gather every ranch’s brand so

they could make the now familiar placemats

and napkins – with the latest designs

printed up in 2018. Over the years the

Green River Valley Cowbelles have also

created brand-decorated quilts, tote bags,

T-shirts, scarves, cookbooks and a brand

book to raise money for scholarships and

causes.

Like the Green River Cattlemen’s Association,

the Green River Valley Cowbelles

– or more officially CattleWomen – meet in

early March on the same weekend for the

annual conventions, although these days

many women also belong to both.

On April 17, 2019, the GRV Cowbelles/

CattleWomen hosted a reception at the Big

Piney Library for appetizers, lemon cupcakes,

laughter – and celebration of the

group’s 50th anniversary. The highlight – a

video with current president Janet Beiermann

talking about the group’s beginnings

and slides showing their beef promotions

over the years. Jonita Sommers provided

the history for the video and this article.

For more about the Green River Valley

Cowbelles/ CattleWomen, visit www.

greenrivervalleycowbelles.com or the

group’s Facebook page.

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