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Community Ag Alliance: Routt County CattleWomen plan for a busy 2015

Marsha Daughenbaugh/For the Steamboat Today

The New Year finds Routt County CattleWomen looking forward to a good cattle market, plenty of grass and water in 2015 and the opportunity to be active in our community.

Our female-based organization promotes the importance of the agricultural industry in our everyday lives while maintaining our western heritage. We support the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing.

In January, you may have seen us at National Western Stock Show where some of our members worked in the Hall of Education visiting with record-breaking crowds and distributing thousands of recipes. Closer to home, RCCW continued a tradition that spans 25 years of giving free barbeque beef samples to locals and visitors attending the Winter Carnival street events.

Other activities where you will find us this year are: media columns such as this one sponsored by Community Agriculture Alliance; speaking at Colorado Mountain College March 12; participating at Colorado Ag Day March 18 at the state capitol; hosting a table at the Routt County Celebrate Ag Breakfast March 25; partnering with our local elementary schools during the second week of May on Ranch Days; providing cow-woman and gate support at the National Cattledog Trials June 10 to 14; serving food at the Steamboat Rodeo July 4; sponsoring a “Best of the Steak Grill-off” at the County Fair in August; serving award-winning chili at the 10th annual Steamboat Downtown Chili Cook-off Sept. 6; serving barbecue beef at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival Sept. 12; participating with the Steamboat Oktoberwest Beef and Beer Competition; decorating a tree for the Hayden Tree Festival in December; and fundraising throughout the year to support our scholarship program.

This year will also be the unveiling of a new RCCW quilt. Handcrafted by members of our membership, this “Barns and Brands” quilt could be yours by the end of the year. More details will be provided later.

We hold two membership meetings. The spring meeting will be May 2 in South Routt, and our fall meeting will be Nov. 7 in Steamboat. In addition, the executive committee will meet four additional times.

And while there is a lot of work with promoting and educating, we also have fun with our families. Feb. 15 found us sledding down the steep hill at Mary Kay Monger’s and June 21 will be our annual Summer Solstice Picnic at one of our member’s ranches where we all enjoy thick, juicy steaks and great conversation.

RCCW officers for 2015 are President Marsha Daughenbaugh, Vice-President Krista Monger and Treasurer Mary Kaye Schoeneman. The responsibility of secretary will rotate to different women throughout the year. Other members on our executive committee are Erika Murphy, Mary Kay Monger and Adonna Allen.

You do not have to own a cow to be a member of RCCW. . .but you do have to know what a cow looks like. We invite anyone with an interest in helping the beef Industry to join. Contact Marsha at 970-879-1820 or Mary Kaye at 970-879-7282 for information.

Marsha Daughenbaugh and her family ranch west of Steamboat in the lower Elk River Valley. Marsha is the 2015 president of Routt County CattleWomen and executive director of Community Agriculture Alliance.

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