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Chapter Happenings Around The Lone Star State

published: February 17th 2017
source: ICA of Texas
East Texas ICA
The East Texas ICA Chapter counties include: Anderson, Angelina, Bra-zos, Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Houston, Le-on, Limestone, Madi-son, Panola, Robertson, Rusk, Shelby, Trinity, and Walker. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meet-ings/events please contact Charlie Price, 903 388-9069, circlep@windstream. net.
South Central ICA
By Brad Cotton
South Central Texas ICA (SCTICA) held its annual winter meeting in Floresville, Texas on Tues-day, Jan. 24, 2017, and had close to 100 in attendance. President Brad Cotton opened the meeting with a welcome then called on Weldon Riggs, director, to lead the prayer and Larry Wiley, director, to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Sno-gas catered the delicious roast beef meal and Jea-nine Livingston provided dessert. 
Door prizes were given throughout the meeting organized by directors Susan Gonzales and Riggs. A special guest was recognized with a door prize, Adrianna, a senior at Karnes City High School, who wants to study agriculture in college. Bill Hyman, ICA executive director said, “It is great to see the next generation taking an interest in the future of agriculture." 
Brian Davis, Wilson County Ag Extension agent, spoke about supplementing your forage and weed control efforts. He had several handouts showing different weeds and spoke about ridding your fields and yard of grass burrs. Audience members with private applicators license earned a CEU for attending the presentation.  
Bill Hyman spoke on issues affecting the ICA members including seriousness of the fever tick, which is now as far north as Live Oak County. Cur-rently close to 57,000 acres are quarantined, where ticks have been found on eight different ranches. 
New officers for 2017 were voted in place:  president, Gus Gonzalez; vice president, Marshall Living-ston; treasurer, Brenda Moore; secretary, Paul Riggs; reporter, Laurie Miller. 
Brad Cotton has served as president of SCTICA for the last six years and was recognized by “Windy” Miller during the meeting for his achievements. “Upon my appointment to SCTICA as president six years ago, I was pretty nervous. The responsibility of following behind “Windy” (Miller) and the positive results our chapter was attaining had me concerned that I may not have been able to get the job done I wanted. It didn't take long to realize the quality of the officers, directors and members around me would make my job ‘somewhat easy.’ I am extremely proud of our accomplishments over the last six years, as we have continued to grow and have a positive impact on our community. I feel certain the new officers will continue the positive trend moving forward,” stated Brad Cotton in reflection of his years as SCTICA president.
SCTICA Directors Ronnie and Brenda Moore were given the Top Hand Award for going above and beyond in promoting agriculture. 
Director AL "Windy" Miller ended the meeting talking about the Buck Taylor SCTICA Team Roping to be held Apr. 1, 2017 in Seguin. He spoke about USDA putting a committee together to resurrect COOL and he gave the treasurer’s report. 
STICA is a chapter of the Independent Cattle-men’s Association of Texas. SCTICA represents Kar-nes County, Wilson Coun-ty, Atascosa County and Bexar County. You can see us on Facebook @SCTICA. 
Guada-Coma ICA
By Carilyn John
The Guada-Coma ICA Chapter counties include: Bexar, Blanco, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, and Wilson. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meetings/events please contact Carilyn John, 830 379-2488, rbarj325@aol. com.
Victoria Crossroads ICA
The Victoria Cross-roads ICA Chapter counties include: Bee, Calhoun, Dewitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nue-ces, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meetings/events please contact Chris Janssen, 361 550-5155, chris@janssenbeefmasters.com.
Southeast Texas ICA
The Southeast Texas ICA Chapter counties include: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Harrison, Jefferson, Li-berty, Montgomery, Or-ange, and Polk.  If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meetings/events please contact Casey Grammier, 409 782-7496.
Mid-Tex ICA
The Mid-Tex ICA Chapter counties include: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Milam, Travis and Wil-liamson. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meetings/events please contact Tommy Jackson, 512 217-5049, tommy@ jacksonranchsales.com.
Colorado Valley ICA
By Les Mallory
Colorado Valley ICA (CVICA) has just wrapped up sales of sponsorships for the 2017 map program for Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties. The chapter is now focusing on their 2017 scholarship program. In partnership with a generous donation from the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Foundation and the Cheryl Schulman of the Wendler family, who donated on behalf of the late Carl Wendler, CVICA director, the organization’s scholarship awards of $2,000 will be awarded to four students considered from Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties.  Eligibi-lity requirements, as well as applications can be found on our website at www.coloradovalleyica.org. All ap-plications are due by Mar. 10th, 2017.  Students can also contact their school counselor for more information and assistance in applying. 
The one fundraising event held to sponsor the CVICA Scholarship Fund is the Annual CVICA Tradeshow & Dinner, which will be held Feb. 18, 2017 at the KC Hall in La Grange. As always, the tradeshow will host interesting booths for businesses and organizations from Colorado, Fayette and Lee counties. The event will feature door prizes, an auction and a delicious catered dinner by Peters BBQ of Ellinger. Dinner tickets can be obtained by contacting us via email and  will also be available for purchase at the door. Please email contact@coloradovalleyica.org for more information on our scholarship program and the upcoming event. 
The CVICA counties include: Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fay-ette, Lee, Milam, and Washington. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meetings/events please contact Les Mallory, 979 208-9387, les@quixotecattleco.com.
Gonzales ICA
The Gonzales ICA Chapter counties include: Caldwell, Dewitt, Gon-zales, Lavaca, and Travis. If you live in any of these counties and wish information on chapter meet-ings/events please contact James Alford, 830 672-6025, riverrun@gvec.net.

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