— Remaining officers, new mission statement approved.
Marlene Strickland, Sarasota, FL, was installed as the 54th president of
the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) during the 2005 Cattle Industry
Annual Convention, held February 2-5 in San Antonio, TX.
“We are really looking forward to the discussion results that will be
compiled from the input we received from members and cattle women who
participated,” Strickland said. “This input will be a catalyst for
meeting the needs of women in our industry.”
Strickland brings years of commitment to the beef industry at the
county, state and national level to the position of ANCW president. She
is a past president of the Florida CattleWomen, and since 2000 has
served on the executive committee of ANCW as a Region II director,
president-elect and vice president.
Strickland has enjoyed many years working with youth in 4-H, and
especially with the National Beef Ambassador Program.
Strickland and her husband Don, raise Angus cattle and have been 4-H
leaders for 30 years. They have two children and four grandchildren and
this past year celebrated 40 years of marriage and 20 years as owners of
Land Electric, Inc.
Other officers and region directors were installed at ANCW’s annual
meeting. Remaining members of the 2005 executive committee are
president-elect, Nancy Stirling-Neuhauser, South Dakota; vice president,
Wendy Pettz, Arkansas; secretary, Kim Strickland, Florida;
parliamentarian, Trudy Carey, Florida; historian, Karen Andrle, Florida;
Region I director, Bonnie Bargstedt, New York; Region II director, Doris
Teeter, North Carolina; Region III director, Leslee Lohrenz, Wisconsin;
Region IV director, Rosemary Brizendine, Texas; Region V director,
Leslie Hendry, Wyoming; Region VI director, Joan Hemsted, California;
and Region VII director, Nanci Agnew, North Dakota.
The new leadership will be working with the Advisory Team, an ad hoc
committee created in 2004 to develop “recommendations and concrete ideas
that will guide our national association” by addressing the needs of
cattle women involved in the beef industry. The 2005 leadership will
operate in a year of transition, as organizational strategies are being
discussed and crafted for 2006.
In setting priorities for ANCW, the mission statement adopted by the
general membership states, “The American National CattleWomen, Inc. is a
voice for women who share a passion for the U.S. beef industry. Our
mission is to promote and support the beef industry as well as encourage
women in beef and related agribusiness.” The leadership believes this
statement articulates what ANCW does and why, and who the organization
is intended to serve.
The group also remembered one of its most active members with a award
for her lifelong contributions and commitment to the U.S. cattle/beef
Frances Raulerson, New Smyrna Beach, FL, was named the Outstanding
CattleWoman of the Year for 2004, during the annual awards banquet.
Bayer Corporation sponsored the award, which is given to a cattle woman
that has excelled at continued beef promotion on the local, state and
national level, while contributing dedication, commitment and support to
This year, the Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year Award was given
posthumously, as Raulerson passed away March 25, 2004, after an
automobile accident. Along with her husband, Sam, survivors include
three daughters—Teresa Clancy, Lisa Farher and Elaine Figueroa; nine
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Raulerson was an active member of the Volusia County CattleWomen,
Florida CattleWomen and ANCW since 1967. She held every office and head
every committee possible for her state and local CattleWomen chapters
since 1967, including 13 years of service on the Florida CattleWomen
Executive Board. She also found time to attend and participate in six
National Beef Cook-Offs and served as ANCW’s 2003 National Beef Cook-Off
Chair. She has received both ANCW’s Prime Beef Educator Award and Beef
Frances and Sam, her husband of almost 50 years, bought acreage and
built a house in Samsula in 1960. Over the years, she and her husband
gradually expanded their ranch, raising horses and cattle. She was a
tireless worker for the beef industry for over 37 years on a local,
state and national level, according to ANCW leaders. — WLJ