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The Grilling 101 – CattleWomen Style

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What is there better to do than grill a steak on a beautiful Texas afternoon?  Texas CattleWomen had a wonderful day at the Texas Beef Council Office.  We had CattleWomen members from various chapters across the state get together to experience the one and only Grilling 101.  If you have never experienced Grilling 101, this is a must.  I highly suggest you jump on the next opportunity when this amazing program is offered.

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Grilling 101 is broken down into different sections; In one section you are shown some tips on how a newer/better method at grilling can be achieved.  In another part, you actually get to cook our own steak and the whole time you are learning and engaging in new techniques.  For instance, did you know that it is not wise to use a grill brush?  The bristles of the brush can break off when you are trying to clean the grill.  If they are not caught, they can stay stuck on the grill and then in turn get into your meat.  This is not good at all and can cause some serious problems if ingested.  Another option is to use foil.  Take some foil and roll it into a big ball and scrap the grill off with that.  Make sure to do this after you have let the coals burn down a little bit.  After you use the foil, you can get an onion and cut it in half.  Some of the H-E-B’s have an onion holder for this specific reason. You can attach the onion at the end of the grilling cleaner and it will help you clean the grill.

IMG_2112Did you know that you are supposed to cook your steaks at 400 degrees?  How do you know the temperature if you do not have a temperature gauge?  Well, if you hold your hand four inches above the coals and you can hold it there for four seconds then you are going to be pretty darn close to 400 degrees.

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There were many more interesting things we were able to learn.  It is also very fascinating to learn how other CattleWomen Grill as well.  Are you interested in doing a Grilling 101 at your local chapter?  Be sure to reach out to the officer team if you think this would be a great idea for your chapter.  No matter how much of an expert you may be, I bet you could still learn something new.

Texas CattleWomen Vice President – Casey Matzke

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My Tribe, My Family, CattleWomen

At their last meeting the Texas Aggie CattleWomen were able to have Mrs. Jill Ginn come in and be a guest speaker.  This was a very exciting meeting for the girls as it was the last meeting they were able to have before the annual Spring meeting at the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers convention (TSCRA).  This was a perfect meeting for Jill because she spoke to the girls about the positive benefits of networking and how beneficial being a CattleWomen can be for you.

Jill had a lot of great things to say and she has an amazing story as well.  Jill is truly an inspiration for someone like me. I did not grow up raising cattle, but I got into the industry as fast as I could.  Networking is really important, there is no if ands or buts around it.  You may be the hardest and the best worker around but sometimes it takes knowing the right people as well.  One of the best pieces of advice that she gave was, “The business building “GOLD” is not in collecting business cards, but in the solid relationships you build.”  Just because you hand out those business cards and tell people your name does not mean that you are a shoe in. It will be difficult to be remembered unless you learn to build a relationship with that contact. Jill also added, “If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.”  This is huge! Just take a step back and let this sink in.  While you are thinking about that, think about all of the CattleWomen affiliations and all the influential people we have in our organization.  This is a great place to start! We have all walks of life in our organization and we are always willing to help!

Besides networking, you have to be able to nail that elevator speech.  What is an elevator speech you ask? It is a one minute introduction about yourself that draws people in wanted to learn more. Close to 33% of bosses said they knew within 90 seconds of speaking to someone if they were going to hire them or not.  This not only includes the words that are coming out of your mouth, but also the non-verbal cues that you are giving along with your appearance and confidence.  Believe it or not, some bosses said that clothing could be used as a deciding factor when it comes to deciding between two candidates.  Some important non-verbal cues that need to be taken into consideration would be; Your handshake, eye contact, your smile (or lack thereof), and the knowledge you have of the company.  If you are planning to attend TSCRA this weekend to possibly find a job, make sure to keep these things in mind.

CattleWomen has played an important role for me and Jill highlighted this during her talk as well.  I have met some amazing women in this organization and they have done nothing but support me from the very beginning.  They have believed in me even when I doubted myself.  There were some inspirational quotes that Jill showed us at the end of her presentation that were pretty powerful, but this one really hit home. “Call it a CLAN. Call it a NETWORK. Call it a TRIBE. Call it a FAMILY.  Whatever you call it or whoever you are…….. YOU NEED ONE.”  This is so very true and I am so thankful to be able to call CattleWomen my Tribe. I could not ask for a better one!  I am looking forward to many more years filled with great memories with these wonderful ladies! God really blessed me when I took the courage to stumble into that first Texas Aggie CattleWomen meeting.

If you plan on attending TSCRA this weekend, come by and say “ Hi!” and check out our booth!

Casey Matzke – Texas CattleWomen Vice President

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You’re Invited!

…to the Texas CattleWomen Spring Meeting and 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention!

If you have not already, you need to make your way over to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers website to get registered for this year’s convention and Texas CattleWomen Spring Meeting!

Texas CattleWomen Spring Meeting will be held in conjunction with the TSCRA Cattle Raisers Convention, March 23rd-25th at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Bring the hubby to get some schooling and put the kiddos in cow camp so you can come join in with me and the other fabulous gals of TX CattleWomen!

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2018 Executive Committee. L to R: Marsha Shoemaker- Treasurer, Casey Matzke – Vice President, Pam Bothe – President, Debbie Gill – President-Elect, and Callie McCullough – Secretary

The Executive Board has put together an agenda that is sure to entice you to come to Cowtown! Friday evening we will start the fun at Cooking School – HEB Central Market from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for an interactive cooking experience!

Do you enjoy running or maybe a brisk walk in the morning to get your day going? Then make sure you bring your running shoes and are up early Saturday morning! The Texas Beef Council will be sponsoring a Fun Walk/Run of distances one to three miles of a marked course starting at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel through the Stockyards.

The TSCRA Cattle Raisers Convention will open with the First General Session at 10 a.m. with speakers Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (invited) and author, John O’Leary. Lunch will be in the Exhibit Hall at the trade show or you may want to venture out and grab a bite on your own, just be sure that you are back by 1 p.m. for the Texas CattleWomen General Session! 

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Photo of Texas Star made out of Cowboy hats at the Fort Worth Convention Center

TCW General Session will include the Treasurer’s report, Committee reports, and Local reports, oh, my! As well as updates from Misty Martin with Texas Beef Council and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Reception – make sure you get those nominations to Vicki Miller of Hill Country CattleWomen by March 1st! We will finish out our meeting with new business and selection of the Nominating Committee. One of the most important action items that are on the agenda will be the consideration and approval of several proposed updates and changes to the current TX CattleWomen By-Laws as well as the Policies and Procedures Manual.

After a long day of learning and shaping the future of our wonderful organization, grab your dancing boots and enjoy an exceptional beef dinner and being with your fellow cattlemen and cattlewomen at the largest party of cattle producers while listening to the tunes of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders and Summer Dean.

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Photo Courtesy of TSCRA – Cattle Raisers Convention Website

To end the weekend, you can listen to the ministering of Jeff Gore at Cowboy Church at 7:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m. TSCRA will have their Closing General Session Brunch with Nick Adams.

Ladies, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

As a new face on the executive committee, I hope that you all can make it out to Fort Worth and see what TX CattleWomen is doing and the big events we have planned to make sure the business of beef has a voice.

See you in Cowtown!

Callie McCullough – Secretary

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Ranch to Runway Style Show

unnamed (5)Have you ever been to a fashion show?  Better yet, have you ever been to a CattleWomen fashion show?  Last week I had the privilege of being able to attend the Texas Coastal CattleWomen’s “Ranch to Runway Style Show” and Luncheon.  Being an officer at the State level, I have really been wanting to get more involved with the local CattleWomen chapters.  I want all of the Chapters to know that we support them and are here for them.  This was a great opportunity for me to attend, and I was so excited that I did.

unnamed (4)This place was fantastic!  First of all, who doesn’t like shopping?  This venue had all different kinds of booths for shopping lined up and ready for viewing.  From different styles of clothes, to jewelry booths, to makeup booths all the way to cowboy hats.  On top of the shopping there was a phenomenal lunch lined up for us! Even though I am doing the low carb gig, I was able to enjoy almost everything on my plate.

unnamed (2)Then there was the fashion show sponsored by Chico’s.  There where local CattleWomen from the chapter that picked several outfits and off they went down the run way.  I will tell you one thing; These ladies sure do know how to strut their stuff.  The outfits were amazing!  They definitely enticed me into wanting to buy some new clothes.  Watch out Chico’s!

unnamed (6)On top of the already many wonderful things about this event, there was a silent auction as well.  They had almost everything you could imagine there; From signed helmets to Valentine’s baskets to photography sessions.  It was great to be able to see all the companies that helped make this event possible.

unnamedThis event for Texas Coastal CattleWomen is their annual scholarship fundraiser.  With the money they raised, they are going to be able to give scholarships to the Texas Youth.  I was so thankful that I got to attend this event.  What made it even more special was the fact that I got to attend it with two ladies that mean a lot to me.  Mrs. Debbie Gill and Ms. Pam Bothe, the President Elect and President of Texas CattleWomen.

unnamed (3)I look forward to attending more events this year and be sure to let us know about your upcoming events, we would love to attend.

Casey Matzke – Vice President