CattleWomen install new president

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 21, 2005
by WLJ
— 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 industry.
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 ANCW.
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 Promotion Award.
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