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DENHAM RECEIVES “TRAIL BLAZER AWARD”

Ron Denham of Plum, Texas was recognized at this year’s state meeting of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) He was presented with the ICA’s “Trail Blazer Award” during the “Headliner’s Luncheon”. The award recognizes his “valuable contributions, enduring commitments, and unmatched enthusiasm to ICA”.

L to R: Ron Denham receiving the “Trail Blazer Award” from Phil Sadler, President of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association

L to R: Ron Denham receiving the “Trail Blazer Award”
from Phil Sadler, President of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association

Denham, a Director and Second Vice President of CVICA (Colorado Valley Independent Cattlemen’s, is also upcoming chairman of the annual dinner and tradeshow. For the last 24 years he has worked for the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority).

He and his wife Loretta raise and show Simmentals and he has been a long time member of the Gulf Coast Simmental/Simbrah Association where he served on the board. He has dedicated time to the American Simmental Association and Texas Simmental Association. He has also been instrumental in assisting the cattle board at the Fayette County local fair and junior livestock shows.
The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association (CVICA) helped to make this year’s annual ICA gathering a success with Ron Denham being instrumental in raising the auction totals with a State of Texas designed table. When he is not tending or showing his Simmental cattle, he enjoys making furniture.

 

L to R: Ron exhibiting his table with the help of Les Mallory at the auction.

L to R: Ron exhibiting his table with the help of Les Mallory at the auction.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association with over 400 members is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties.

Colorado Valley Independent Cattlemen’s Association

OVER 600 GATHER FOR
CATTLEMEN’S ANNUAL DINNER

The Colorado Valley Independent Cattlemen’s Association (CVICA) recently held their annual dinner at the KC Hall in La Grange which brought in six hundred and sixty hungry cattlemen and their wives. The yearly gathering included a tradeshow and live auction.

 

Master of ceremonies and Director Bruce Dopslauf stated “it’s great to see that so many of us associated with raising cattle in the three counties (Colorado, Fayette and Lee) area are here tonight”.

Fayette County continues to be a top leader in Texas cattle production. Last year alone there were over 92,000 head of cattle making Fayette County the third in cattle producing counties in the State. Between 2006 and 2011 Fayette County had an average of 76,000 head of cattle per year.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association with over 400 members is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties.

CVICA continues its objectives of “Maintaining a Way of Life” in these three counties.

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Longtime auctioneer Melvin Schoenst was presented with a special plaque by Directors Bruce Dopslauf and Ivan Cordes. The plaque read:
“In appreciation of the contributions you have made to the Independent Cattlemen’s Association, the community and for the years of commitment you have given to the organization. We thank you.”

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Director Bruce Dopslauf reads a special proclamation to Verlene Kuntschick, from the State office, regarding her recently departed husband Henry Kuntschick.

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Always working and making sure the “guys” keep to their schedule are the ladies. L to R back row: Brenda Ward and Sandy Courrier
L to R front row: Loretta Denham, Zelda Walker, Jo Brunner,
Edna Mae Psencik and Patsy Janda.

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Flatonia National Bank made sure it was well represented at the
Tradeshow L to R: Frank Tupa, Michele Kubos, Cyndi Stryk,
Patricia Branecky and Laurie Branecky.

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L to R: Barry Myrick of ACCO Feeds spends time
with Lee Williams during the tradeshow.

CVICA “Maintaining a Way of Life”

CVICA is pleased to have a new Directors

Newly elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association is Patrick Janda of La Grange, Texas.

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New Director Patrick Janda

During the day Patrick works at Mico Machine Shop in La Grange where he has worked since 1997, but in his spare time he loves farming and raising Black Brangus cattle with his wife Patsy. Patrick is also a member of Young Farmers, KJT (Catholic Union of Texas) and the Knights of Columbus.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association with over 400 members is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties.

 

 

CVICA is pleased to have two new Directors

Newly elected to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Valley chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association are Dustin and Shelley Dippel from La Grange. Owners of the Dippel Land & Cattle Company, their ranch is mainly dedicated to raising Simbrah and Simmental cattle.

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Dustin spends his days working at CHB Consulting, Inc. where he works as a Marketing Consultant helping to manage and market other Ag corporations and Shelley works at Capital Farm Credit in Bellville. They spend their off time tending to their cattle and growing their company.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association with over 400 members is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties.

Cattlemen’s Association Elects Officers for 2012/13

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the ICA has elected Officers for 2012/13. The chapter, with over 400 members is composed of a cross section of the cattle industry.

The new officers are: Les Mallory, President, from Round Top; David Karish, First Vice President from Winchester; Henry Kuntschick, Second Vice President from Hostyn; Dave Derrick, Secretary and Scholarship Chairman from La Grange; Bruce Dopslauf, Treasurer from Mullins Prairie; and
Lloyd Brunner Past President from Waelder.

 

L to R: Les Mallory, David Karisch, Henry Kuntschick, Bruce Dopslauf, Dave Derrick & Lloyd Brunner.

L to R: Les Mallory, David Karisch, Henry Kuntschick, Bruce Dopslauf,
Dave Derrick & Lloyd Brunner.

Many of the members are cow/calf producers along with equipment and supply companies.

“The objectives for the next two years will be to strengthen our scholarship program, as well as maintain our way of life for future generations,” stated Les Mallory, President of the Association.

The cattle industry highly impacts a great many local businesses. It also serves as the leading stewards of our lands. The Association is pleased to be a leader in this area.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattleman’s Association of Texas is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee Counties.

 

CVICA STARTS MAP ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

CVICA is preparing for 2012 scholarship programs

Colorado Valley Independent Cattleman’s Association (CVICA) has begun its yearly County Maps sponsorship program. The chapter is soliciting ad participation from local businesses in Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties. The ads appear in the county maps which are also used by 911. They are given out in February of each year to local Chambers of Commerce and businesses for distribution. CVICA distributes over 8,000 maps each year. One of the nice features is the “Good Eats” section which list favorite establishments to eat. The map has helped numerous businesses increase sales throughout the three counties, especially during the antique festivals.

Proceeds help to fund the scholarship fund which consists of four scholarships under the direction of Dave Derrick, Scholarship Chairman. Interested students should contact school counselors.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the map or having a trade booth at the annual dinner feel free to call Lloyd Brunner 361-865-3771, Les Mallory 713-702-7202 or Dave Derrick 281-788-8648.

The annual map sponsors and members dinner is scheduled for February 18, 2012 at the KC Hall in La Grange with a call for “BEEF – it’s what’s for dinner.” Barbeque will be served as prepared by the cooks of KC Hall. Refreshments will be served during the trade show which starts at 4:00 PM.

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Members and guests interact at this year’s dinner during exhibit time.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattleman’s Association of Texas with over four hundred chapter members and 7,500 belonging to the State Association and is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee Counties.

CVICA CHAPTER DIRECTORS HONORED WITH EMERITUS STATUS

CVICA is pleased to announce that the chapter voted two of it’s directors to emeritus status. They are long time contributors Carl Wendler and Glenn Koether.

Emeritus Director Carl Wendler

Emeritus Director Carl Wendler

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Emeritus Director Glenn Koether

Carl Wendler, of Schulenburg, also helped form the original chapter. During his years as a Director he served as Chapter President. He also held the position of State Secretary and served on the State President’s Council. A proud graduate of A & M, he taught vocational agriculture at Schulenburg High School. Today he continues to operate his ranch in Ledbetter.

Glenn Koether, of La Grange, helped to organize the chapter in 1973. Has continually served as a director and helped to organize and direct many events on behalf of the chapter. He and his wife Dorothy, along with family members own and operate La Grange Farm & Ranch.

The Colorado Valley Chapter of the Independent Cattleman’s Association of Texas is based in La Grange, Texas and represents Colorado, Fayette and Lee Counties.