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Chapter Happenings Around The Lone Star State

published: February 20th 2020
source: ICA Of Texas

Guada-Coma ICA
By Carilyn John
    A big howdy to all and hope all had a blessed holiday season.  At our house, it is the grandchildren that make life meaningful.
    We have been getting some measurable rain.  To date, we have had about 2 1/2 inches since the beginning of the fine rain mist season.  At least our local farmers are in the field preparing for spring crops and grasses for hay.
    Our Christmas party, which is our main fund raiser for scholarships, was well received.  The kids enjoyed Santa and the ribeye steaks prepared by Next Door Catering in New Berlin were exceptional, as usual.  Of course, can’t forget the desserts, as they were bountiful.
    Our first meeting of the year was held on Jan. 27 and we had about 70 attending.  In attendance were Bill Hyman, ICA executive director, Brad Cotton, ICA first vice president, in charge of membership and our speaker for the event, Bob Turner, Rural Issues Consulting and agricultural lobbyist.  It was great to listen to him speak and how important it is to have someone in the know about rural issues that impacts our way of life.
    On a sad note we have lost several members, Kay Hoermann, wife of Sidney Hoermann, of Seguin;   Lynn Tate, husband of Sharon Taten and  a longtime diligent member and a former state director.   Our president, Leroy Muenich lost his dad, Leroy Edward Muenich, very recently.  Words won’t bring them back, but we will remember them fondly. 
    Applications for scholarships have been given to the local schools.  These are open to our chapter members’ children and or grandchildren who have  interest in attending college this fall.  You can contact Penny Knippa for more information at 830-660-8367.
South Central Texas ICA
By Paula Riggs
    The South Central Texas Independent Cattle-men’s Association (SCTICA) quarterly members meeting was held at the Blessed Sacrament Catho-lic Church Parish Hall, Poth, Texas. A delicious beef fajita dinner was served and door prizes were awarded.
    Dr. Scott Stevens of Deason’s Animal Hospital in Floresville gave an informative presentation on reproduction, vaccines and antibiotics in cattle, and stayed afterward to answer questions from the members
    Director Dickie Jack-son presented the slate of director nominations, which were unanimously approved as follows: re-newing for an additional term were Brad Cotton, Susan Gonzalez, Alton Kuykendall, Jim Marsh and Paul Riggs; and for her first term as director, Paula Riggs. Jackson presented officer nominations which were unanimously ap-proved as follows:  Laurie Miller of Poth, president; Weldon Riggs of Flores-ville, vice president; Bren-da Moore of LaVernia, treasurer; Paula Riggs of Floresville, secretary/re-porter.
    There was also a brief report by Jackson on the upcoming 2020 Census, emphasizing the importance of being counted. The paper copy of the survey will not be sent initially as everyone is encouraged to complete the survey online. Once Census 2020 invitation letters are re-ceived (containing a uni-que code used to access the survey), online responses can start to be entered mid-March. If an online res-ponse is not received, nor a phone survey given, a paper copy will eventually be mailed in order to capture as many respondents as possible.
    Director Kristie West made an announcement about the ongoing campaign to reduce and eliminate the improper disposal of plastic bags that find their way into the pastures where livestock can ingest them—with deadly consequences. Bumper stickers were designed and produced and are available for those interested in supporting the effort.
    State ICA Executive Director, Bill Hyman, was also on hand and gave an update on the activities of interest at the state level, including the USA’s signing of Part 1 of the Trade Deal with China and the USMCA deal—both of which will have a positive impact on the agricultural industry.
    We lost a long time member last month: Marshall Lee Livingston, resident of Floresville, Texas, died, Jan. 1, 2020 in Floresville, at the age of 71 years, 11 months, 4 days. Lee was born in Winns-boro, Louisiana, the son of Louis Livingston and Thelma Creel Livingston. Lee proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era. He retired from Schlumberger and was an active member of the South Central Texas Independent Cattleman’s Association as a director and past officer.
    Lee is survived by his loving wife, Jeanine Cher Miller Livingston of Floresville; his children, Gina Livingston Evans and husband Kelly of Flores-ville, Kristie Drew and husband Robert of League City, Texas; siblings Wil-liam Livingston of Winns-boro, Louisiana, Alice Monroe of Olla, Louisiana and Elizabeth “Liz” Wallace of West Monroe, Louisiana. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren, Clark Evans and Chris Evans of Floresville, Texas, Jordan Evans of Nashville, Tennessee and Hayden Drew Emmaleigh Drew of League City, Texas. Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Thelma Livingston.
    The funeral service was held on Jan. 14, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Floresville, Texas officiated by Pastor Mike Cle-ments. Interment, with military honors, followed, at Fort Sam Houston Na-tional Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

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