Cattlewomen honor Mucklow, Morrow at Winter Gathering

Honorees are outstanding contributors to club

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— As president of the Routt County Cattlewomen's Club, Nancy Mucklow wanted to open up the range of the organization.

What Mucklow wanted to do was to share the experience of agriculture to those outside the organization. And she did that through events such as the Cattlewomen's Wing Ding, which incorporated the Lions Club, and the Branding Ball, where Cattlewomen had their local brands burned onto doors at Centennial Hall.

"I helped them think outside the box, of thinking outside the lens of the organization." Mucklow said. "I wanted people to realize (agriculture) is a good way of life, to enjoy the value of the agriculture here. And I wanted to have that as part of the goal."

Mucklow, who was the president in 2000 and 2001, was one of two cattlewomen honored at the club's annual Winter Gathering. She was honored as the Cattlewoman of the Year.

Almost 60 women from Routt County Cattlewomen voted to honor Mucklow, Jean Morrow and the Yampa Valley Land Trust as outstanding contributors to their organization in 2001.

In addition to helping organize the Cattlewomen's two major functions, Mucklow has worked in promoting the club's branding napkins, which support the scholarship program. She has also participated in Legislative Days, Winter Carnival and beef promotions.

Morrow was honored as the Rookie of the Year for her work with promoting the cattlewomen at Steamboat's Pro Rodeo Series by getting the club into the rodeo's media guide and on a sign at Romick Arena.

"At 26 or 27, (Morrow) has so much talent in P.R. She brings so much to the table and we're not done with her yet," said the club's current president, Brita Horn.

Morrow has also contributed by building and maintaining a Web site, organizing the Winter Carnival booth and volunteering at the stock show in Denver.

"It's everything that they do," Horn said about the two Cattlewomen honorees. "They put in an extreme amount of hours. And it's their attitude about it. They are good natured, give a team effort and are the type of people with that leadership quality."

By helping area ranchers preserve land, the Yampa Valley Land Trust was honored with the Cattlewomen's Friend of Beef award.

"I think (the Yampa Valley Land Trust) really meets our mission statement of trying to preserve the land and lifestyle of the Western tradition," Horn said.

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