CCA recognizes outstanding individuals

Jul 1, 2011
by WLJ

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recognized the outstanding efforts of several members and industry friends during the association’s 2011 annual convention held at the Steamboat Sheraton in Steamboat Springs, CO.

CCA greatly appreciates those leaders who volunteer to take action above and beyond what is normally asked of our members. Without our volunteer leaders, CCA would not be able to stay engaged in the multitude of issues that impact the beef industry. During the convention, CCA recognized two members who go above and beyond to represent CCA and the beef industry.

Al Heaton of Cortez, CO, was one recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Heaton has chaired CCA’s Bureau of Land Management Liaison committee in addition to chairing the Colorado Public Lands Council. His dedication to representing proper federal lands management for agencies and permittees alike has been invaluable.

Bill Canterbury of Howard, CO, was the second recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award. Canterbury has been the chair of CCA’s Game & Fish committee. Chairing this committee has come with the greater responsibility of representing CCA at numerous Wildlife Commission and industry meetings. His extended service on the Colorado Division of Wildlife’s Voucher Working Group has ensured landowners have access to the program in respect to 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. Steve McEndree from the Bent-Prowers Cattle and Horse Growers’ affiliate won the first place membership recruitment prize, receiving a Pearson squeeze chute sponsored by Jack’s Ranch Supply in Branson, CO. Reggy Lusk, also with the Bent-Prowers affiliate, won the second place membership recruitment prize, a hand-made saddle from Colorado Correctional Industries. Doug Thacker from the Pueblo County Stockman’s affiliate received this year’s third place membership recruitment prize, a gift certificate from Lancaster’s Western Wear in Aurora, CO.

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 Custer County Stockgrower’s Association. First place in the 51-99 member category went to Las Animas County Livestock Association. The final first place affiliate in the 100 member category went to Bent-Prowers Cattle &

Horse Growers. The 2011 top rate-of-growth award, winning a Priefert Ranch Equipment chute in the final drawing, went to the Custer County Stockgrowers.

Mark your calendars now to attend CCA’s Annual Convention, in conjunction with the Colorado Livestock Association, June 11-15, 2012 in Loveland, CO. — WLJ