Cattlemen’s group honors Kuykendalls
Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas (ICA) President Rosalee Coleman (center) presents the 2011 ICA Trailblazer award to Alton and Pat Kuykendall of Floresville June 24 during the state’s ICA convention in Galveston.
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Alton and Pat Kuykendall of Floresville are the recipients of the 2011 Trailblazer award from the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas. The couple were honored June 24, during the 37th Independent Cattlemen’s Association annual convention and trade show in Galveston.
“Alton and Pat were nominated for the Trailblazer award by the directors of the SCTICA [South Central Texas Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association],” said SCTICA President Brad Cotton. “This was based on the large amount of work and good will they both provide our chapter. They have traveled to the state convention several years and are great ambassadors at the convention, as well as here locally. Their selection for the award was an easy decision.”
Pat and Alton have been ranching in Wilson County since 1969. They moved to “the ranch” in 1977 and became full-time ranchers in 2002. Pat has been active with the SCTICA since the organization was formed in 2005. In 2007, the two were elected to their first three-year terms, representing Wilson County, and continue to serve as directors today.
Those who attend a SCTICA meeting will likely be greeted by Pat’s smile as she welcomes members and awards door prizes. Alton also welcomes the cattlemen and loves to share his knowledge of the cattle industry, when he is not assisting with the meal or preparing the meeting place.
It is customary for Alton, pastor of the Restoration Branch Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) for more than 35 years, to lead the cattlemen in prayer, recognizing those who have passed away since the last meeting and praying for the country’s military and for their safe return home.
Alton, a former industrial technology teacher with the Floresville Independent School District for 19 years, was instrumental in getting the Floresville High School welding class involved in a project for the SCTICA as a community project. In 2009, Alton contacted Clifton Rogers, the welding teacher at the high school, to see if the students could build a trailer for the group. The SCTICA board of directors paid for the costs of the materials involved, and the Floresville class was recognized during the Texas ICA convention, with its fabricated trailer showcased as a prize donated by the local cattlemen’s chapter. Alton continues to take the responsibility for working with this project.
A former member of the North American Limousin Foundation, Alton also served as a director of the South Texas Brahman Breed Association.
Pat can be called a “jack-of-all-trades” for all the activities she is involved with -- church secretary for 14 years; a Brownie and Girl Scout leader; and member of the PTA and the Alamo Heroes Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT).
Pat is a founding member of the Wilson County Republican Women and served as the club’s chaplain for several years.
According to data provided by the ICA, Pat loves genealogy and “has traced Alton’s family back to a marriage in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1636.”
If you have ever attended one the ICA team-roping fund-raisers, chances are you have seen the Kuykendalls working the concession stand and, of course, promoting the beef industry.
Other area cattlemen honored in Galveston include the president of the Guada-Coma Chapter, Robert John of Seguin, with an ICA Trailblazer award; and Paul Looney of Mineral in Bee County, who was honored with the association’s President’s Council award.