CCA recognizes outstanding individuals
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recognized the outstanding efforts of several members and industry friends during the association’s 2010 Annual Convention held at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colo.
As a grassroots organization, CCA’s strength and leadership come from the many hours of volunteer service conducted by its members. For that reason, we are fortunate to have two individuals who are willing to share their time and passion on behalf of the beef industry.
Bill McKee of Carbondale, Colo., received the Rookie of the Year Award. As chair of the Private Property Rights committee, McKee has worked to advance the understanding of the association’s policies related to the 35-acre development right. When this right was under scrutiny by the legislature and special interest around the state, he took up the CCA torch by reaching out to legislators and other organizational leaders to further educate and inform them about this valuable private property right. McKee has also worked diligently to ensure that members are well-informed when it comes to property rights challenges and opportunities from around the state.
Robert Bray of Redvale, Colo., was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Over the past year, Bray has stepped in to assist with CCA’s Game and Fish and Endangered Species committees. As a former commissioner serving on the Colorado Wildlife Commission, he has brought tremendous insight and knowledge to each of these committees. In addition, on behalf of Colorado landowners and CCA, Bray has also volunteered his time to serve on the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Voucher Working Group to ensure that landowners have access to the program in respect of their contributions to the state’s big game population.
The participation of these two outstanding individuals makes us aware that CCA is driven by its members. These two men are truly advocates of CCA, epitomizing Theodore Roosevelt’s words, “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”
In addition to these awards, CCA presented its annual membership awards for exemplary efforts in membership recruitment. Ron O’Neal from the Bent-Prowers affiliate won the first place membership recruitment prize, receiving a Pearson squeeze chute sponsored by Jack’s Ranch Supply in Branson, Colo. Our out-going President Tim Canterbury from Fremont County won the second place membership recruitment prize, a hand-made saddle from Colorado Correctional Industries. Lori Chase from the Bent-Prowers affiliate received this year’s third place membership recruitment prize, a $200 gift certificate from Lancaster’s Western Wear in Aurora, Colo.
For the Affiliate Rate-of-Growth contest three affiliates went into a drawing for a Priefert Ranch Equipment squeeze chute. First place in the 1-50 member category went to the Pueblo County Stockmen’s Association. First place in the 51-99 member category went to Fremont County Cattlemen’s Association. And first place in the 100 plus member category went to Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers. The 2010 top rate-of-growth award, winning a Priefert Ranch Equipment chute, went to Bent-Prowers.
Mark your calendars now to attend CCA’s 144th Annual Convention and Trade Show next year, June 20-22, 2011 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.