Mead named National Poll-ette of the Year
The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Mid- vville, GA, as the 2008 Na- ttional Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Mead was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show. Firstrunner up honors went to Lynn Sumner, Axtell, TX. A city girl until 2003, Mead says her heart was stolen by the Hereford breed on her first trip to Tommy Mead’s farm. “When I saw those red-bodied, whitefaced cattle grazing out in the pasture, I was caught,” she admits. “My love for the Hereford breed began at that very moment.”
After marrying Tommy in April 2005, Mead joined the Georgia Poll-ettes organization. As a new member, she volunteered to put together “goodie bags” for juniors attending a fitter’s workshop. She went beyond the call of duty and collected a sshow stick, water hose, bbucket, feed pan and other sshow supplies for each ju- nnior.
The thrill and appre- cciation by the juniors hooked her. Since helping with that first event, she continues to work with the juniors. This summer, she helped serve as the Georgia junior coadvisor.
During the Junior National Hereford Expo, she assisted with contest sign up and she organized meals for the Southeastern Regional Junior Show. Each year, she also coordinates all the advertising, assists with stalling, collecting paperwork, and clerking the Georgia Hereford Association’s annual sale. Mead plays an important role in Mead Cattle Enterprises.
She has administrative duties, but her main talent is public relations. She assists with daily farm activities including feeding, helping with calving, checking and working cattle, driving the tractor and anything else that needs to be done. “I’m in love with this Hereford world,” Mead says. “The Hereford breed and all it represents has become part of my life and I cannot see my future without Hereford cattle, the juniors or the Poll-ettes. Every day, I get out of bed and thank God for the life he has given me—my Hereford world.”
Besides Georgia Poll-ette activities, Mead volunteers with the Georgia Summer and Winter Special Olympics, The American Lung Association, church fundraisers, and the annual Women’s League rummage sale. One of the Poll-ette of the Year judges said after reviewing Mead’s application, “Robin is very enthusiastic about promoting Hereford cattle and supporting the youth by going above and beyond with youth activities and programs.”