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GCCGA Annual Meeting & Steak Fry

2016 GCCGA  Annual Steak Fry and Meeting

The Gila County Cattle Growers held their Annual Meeting and Steak Fry September 9th in the cool pines at the Elk’s Workman Creek Youth Camp.

Congressman Paul Gosar addressed the membership discussing topics including the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Antiquities Bill.

Additional speakers included:

  • Introduction of Ashley Hall, the new U of A County Extension Agent, who encouraged all ranchers to schedule for Reading the Range monitoring program.  Ashley will be working with Pinal and Gila counties and intends to continue with workshops that fulfill ranchers needs.
  • Ethan Orr, U of A Assistant Vice-President for Government Affairs and Community Partnerships, who updated members on the Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program which is scheduled to begin classes in the Fall 2017.

The new officers for 2016-2018 were introduced: Woody Cline, President; Mike Hemovich, Vice-President; Frank DalMolin, Secretary; and Jim Rasmussen, Treasurer.

Bill Conway closed the meeting with his President’s Report, stating, ‘As I come to the end of my term as President of GCCGA I would like to think that I left it better than when I started.  My goals as President were to keep our association as a strong, family friendly working association.

Beginning with putting on a salute to the rancher night with a great dinner, dance, and auction it made it feel like the old time get togethers' that ranchers and their families use to experience in years past.  A great time was had by all and we raised about $8,000 for the association.

We had a success cattle sale even if the prices were a little lower than we would have all liked them to be.  It was a success because of so many wonderful people stepping forward and working long hours to see that Gila County still matters.

With the moneys generated from the salute to rancher night and cattle sale we have been able to replace our outdated speaker system and able to purchase a new computer system for our annual cattle sale.  We have also been able to finance business trips to conventions and important meetings.

As I attended the winter and summer Arizona Cattle Growers Conventions I noticed that Gila County has one of the largest contingents there.  This shows how involved our members are. Therese Hicks, David Cook and I attended the Public Land Council legislative conference in Washington DC in April to keep our association in the forefront of public land issues.  We had 4 special meeting over this year with the Forest Service Supervisor and personnel that were very productive dealing with issue on the Tonto Forest Allotments.

You have been a great group to work with and Gila County Cattle Growers still ranks as one of the top associations in the state.  We have several people that represent us at the state level working on committees to improve public land, ranching, wolf legislation and environmental issues.

As I write this I am recuperating from a bad wreck with a bull.  I broken or cracked 20 bones in my neck, back and rib, but by the Grace of God and prayers and well wishes from many friends I will not have any permanent issues to deal with.  I hope to be able to attend the steak fry.  That is my goal!  Either way I thank you for letting me serve you as a president of GCCGA.  It's been a great ride and I have utmost confidence with the new officers. See you down the road.

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