Beef, cattle, Events, Texas Beef Council, Texas CattleWomen, Tribe, Women In Ranching

Walking Across Texas!

Texas CattleWomen, what exactly is it?  Have you ever heard of it before?  Well, guess what, if you haven’t, now is the time! We are making waves across Texas and working to get new local chapters started in Texas.  Texas CattleWomen isn’t just an organization that loves beef and promotes the beef industry.  It is a sisterhood.  It is a place to meet lifelong friends, not only from your local area but across the state and the nation.  There is a place for everyone in Texas CattleWomen, there is only one requirement, that you love beef!  We have been working hard to set up informational sessions. This past weekend, I was able to participate in one in San Angelo, Texas.  I am thrilled to say that the ladies were excited about the idea of starting a chapter down there and have jumped on board.  Concho Valley CattleWomen will be having their first informational meeting on September 29th.  This meeting will hopefully lead to the start of their new chapter. Be sure to spread and share the word so that the Concho Valley CattleWomen can get off to a great start!

ConchoValley CattleWomenWe have more informational sessions coming up in the following weeks.  Georgetown, Stephenville, and Cleburne we are coming your way!  Are you an at-large Texas CattleWoman member and interested in starting a chapter in your area?  Are you new to Texas CattleWomen and have not joined yet but would like some more information?  You have come to the right place! Reach out to Texas CattleWomen or Casey Matzke @ caslmatzke@gmail.com and we can set up a meeting!  They normally take place at a restaurant and are free of charge, except for your meal.  However, we are always up for new ideas and places to go!

Be on the lookout for our events coming up this Fall. Women In Ranching will be having a ranch tour in October.  We will also be hosting our Fall Convention in October as well! The Fall Convention will be held in Austin this year at the Texas Beef Council offices.  If you have not been to a Fall Convention before, make plans to attend! This will be a great facility and a terrific way to meet CattleWomen across the state.

Are you attending Beef Cattle Short Course this year?  Arriving in College Station Sunday Evening?  Come out and join the Texas Aggie CattleWomen Steak Dinner and Dance.  The event is held at the Hall of Champions at Kyle Field.  Tickets are $45 a piece and doors open at 4:30, with dinner at 5:30.  Wynn Williams will be the entertainment this year along with a great silent auction.

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See you in Austin!

Texas CattleWomen Vice President – Casey Matzke

Beef, cattle, Texas Beef Council, Texas CattleWomen, Tribe

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