Cattlemen gather for first meeting of the year
South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association President Brad Cotton addresses members Jan. 9 during the first business meeting of 2014 at Lew’s Patio & Grill in Floresville.
FLORESVILLE -- A change in the executive board occurred during the Jan. 9 South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association’s (SCTICA) first meeting of 2014, when A.L. “Windy” Miller was elected treasurer. Miller replaces Larry Wiley, who had held the position since the inception of the group in 2006.
President Brad Cotton explained that all other offices had seen a change, and the treasurer’s position was the last. He thanked Wiley for his service during the meeting held at Lew’s Patio & Grill in Floresville.
Re-elected for another term were Cotton, president; Gus Gonzalez, vice president; and Susan Gonzalez, secretary. Laurie Miller will serve as the group’s reporter, in an unofficial capacity.
Chapter directors re-elected to a three-year term were Cotton, Wiley, and Bryan Mills for Wilson County, and Susan Gonzalez and Jim Marsh from Atascosa County. A.L. and Laurie Miller of Atascosa County were elected to a one-year term.
During the recap of activities for the previous year, Cotton took a moment to remember Novelle Mills, who passed away in August. Novelle and her family were instrumental in the formation of the Wilson County Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) in 1974. This was the forerunner of the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association. Prior to the formation of the SCTICA, Wilson County producers belonged to the Guada-Coma ICA, which consisted of Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson counties.
Cotton’s address included a nod to the group’s growth in both membership and meeting attendance.
He also recognized this reporter, and the Wilson County News, for keeping the public informed of the issues affecting the cattle industry.
Wiley, in his financial report, outlined the success of the Buck Taylor South Central Texas ICA team-roping event held in Stockdale. The roping event is the only fund-raiser for this group. With the proceeds, the local chapter:
•Helps sponsor a Texas ICA booth at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
•Supports the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show.
•Donates toward the state ICA convention. Last year, the organization donated an additional $2,500 to this event.
•Sponsors three meetings annually -- with one meeting each in Wilson, Atascosa, and Karnes counties.
The next Buck Taylor roping event is set for Saturday, April 26, in Stockdale.
Among the evening’s speakers was Fred Morales, owner of Morales Feed & Supply, who addressed irrigation.
Also speaking was Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas Executive Director W.V. “Bill” Hyman, who updated attendees on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and the Texas beef check-off referendum, set for June. See “Independent cattlemen unite to support COOL,” Jan. 22, for more.
Currently, the state ICA is promoting its membership drive with a reduced price. A 6-month ICA membership is $25, including membership benefits.
While the local chapter is growing, Hyman said the state membership has declined, in part due to age of ranchers, the drought, and death.