Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Missouri CattleWomen's Association elected its 2013 leadership at its 45th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Columbia, Mo.
Chuck Massengill, a cattleman and veterinarian from Moniteau County, was elected to serve as president of the association. Massengill said he is excited about the opportunity to serve the association as president.
"The association is on the right track. Our entire executive committee is comprised of passionate leaders in Missouri's beef cattle industry. While we have no shortage of challenges, the opportunities are endless," said Massengill, who is from California, Mo. "We are in the process of developing a strategic plan for the association, which will be our roadmap for the next three years."
Elected to serve as president-elect is Jim McCann, who is a cattleman from Miller, Mo. Janet Akers, a cattlewoman from Clinton, Mo., was elected to serve as vice president. Sheryl Brewe, a cattlewoman from Marthasville, Mo., will continue her term as secretary and treasurer of the association.
Regional vice presidents from across the state were elected by their regions at the convention. Tony Francis, Monroe County was elected to represent the Northeast region of the state. Representing the Northwest will be Mark Garges, Clinton County. The Southeast will be represented by Matt Hardecke, St. Francois County. The Southwest will be represented by Dustin Schnake of Lawrence County and Greg Buckman of Boone County will represent Region 2. Patty Wood of Pettis County will represent Region 5. Region 6 will be represented by Marvin Dieckman of Benton County.
Charles "Blue" Geier of Moniteau County will serve on the executive committee representing the cow/calf council. The seedstock council will be represented by David Dick of Pettis County. The stocker/feeder council will be represented by Russell Martin of Boone County. The livestock marketing representative will be Curt Sporleder of Unionville Livestock Sales. Buster Geisendorfer of Lewis County will continue serving on the Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) executive committee as the Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation representative. Matt Reynolds of Randolph County will represent the Missouri Beef Industry Council on MCA's executive committee and the Missouri CattleWomen will be represented by Brenda Black of Henry County. Keith Stevens, Polk County, was appointed by Massengill to serve as the at-large representative.
Leading the Missouri CattleWomen's Association for a second year is Brenda Black of Deepwater. Black was elected to office during the 45th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in Columbia, Mo. She previously served as the CattleWomen's Vice President, President Elect and Committee Chair of Promotions in route to the association presidency.
Other elected officers include: President Elect, Sue Day of Pilot Grove; Vice President, Marilyn Lesmeister, Montrose; Secretary, Janet Crow, West Plains; and Treasurer Mary Kay Lyle of Savannah. MCW is an affiliate organization to the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, providing a wide spectrum of volunteer services and activities that promote beef and educate consumers.
"Our members can be found demonstrating and supplying recipes," says Black. "You'll see them in classrooms providing educational resources to teachers and enlightening students about safe handling and the nutritional benefits of beef, including beef's 29 lean cuts. CattleWomen are conducting ranch tours, preparing school lunches, sitting on community boards, lobbying in Jefferson City, grilling alongside their ranching husbands or raising funds to support young agriculturalists with scholarships. These days, they are agricultural advocates on every level. I'm pleased to work alongside them."
During the annual convention, the Missouri CattleWomen also honored member Pam Naylor, Buffalo, as the CattleWoman of the Year and awarded University of Missouri student Sarah Ray a scholarship in memory of MCW past presidents Anna Mary Harvey and Winifred Graff. They also crowned Sarah Sprague as the 2013 Beef Queen.
Together, the officer team, these award-winning beef spokeswomen and a growing membership of cattlewomen of all ages celebrate the organization's 60th year in existence. Officers and members alike can be found across the state telling Missouri's Beef Story in 2013.
Source: Missouri Cattlemen's Association