CCA recognizes outstanding individuals
The Colorado Cattlemen's Association recognized the outstanding efforts of several members and industry friends during the association's 2009 Annual Convention held at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.
Col. Mark V. Trostel of Kiowa, Colorado received the CCA Honorary Life Member award. Mark has been a member of both CCA and the Elbert-Douglas Livestock Association. Col. Trostel has played a vital role over many years in assisting the livestock industry. He was responsible for re-starting the Livestock Liaison Program with the State Patrol which led to him being awarded CCA's Livestock Officer of the Year in 2006.
Col. Trostel is a third generation Colorado native who enjoyed a fulfilling and promising career with the Colorado State Patrol. After numerous promotions, Mark was appointed Chief of the Colorado State Patrol in June 2003 and retired in February 2009.
CCA applauds Trostel's efforts in assisting Colorado's livestock industry whenever help was needed. Colorado's beef producers are grateful for the aid he provided to our industry.
Travis Taylor of Karval, Colo., was the recipient of this year's Volunteer Rookie-of-the-Year Award. As the recently-recruited Chair of the CCA Ag Policy and Labor Committee, he has demonstrated fine leadership abilities. By sharpening those skills serving on the Lincoln County Stockgrowers' Association in officer positions, and as Chair on the Citizens Against Rail Relocation Board, he has proven his willingness to jump in and improve the environment for Colorado's Ranchers; specifically in the area of private property issues. We thank Travis for allowing CCA to tap his enthusiasm and resources. For his dedication and devotion, CCA offers our sincere thanks and appreciation.
Virginia Patton of Canon City, Colo., received the 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award. Not only has Patton spent her time in the day-to-day management of running Patton Ranches, Inc., she has also taken the time to be the Chair of CCA's Brand and Theft Committee for a number of years. She has also worked hard at the local level having served as President of the Freemont Cattlemen's Association. CCA recognizes her participation in promoting relations between the Colorado Brand Inspection Division and Colorado's ranching community. She has championed the importance of brand and livestock inspection in regard to overall animal identification.
CCA is grateful to Patton for her leadership role as a tireless advocate of CCA. Participation like hers truly makes us aware that CCA is driven by its members; and that together, we can accomplish what no one person can do alone. CCA congratulates Virginia on this award in recognition of her contributions throughout the years.
In addition to these awards, CCA presented its annual membership awards for exemplary efforts in membership recruitment. Barbara and Ned Jefferies from the La Plata/Archuleta affiliate won the first place membership recruitment prize, receiving a Pearson squeeze chute sponsored by Jack's Ranch Supply in Branson, Colo. Matt Belton from Routt County won the second place membership recruitment prize, a hand-made saddle from Colorado Correctional Industries. Our out-going President Paul Bernklau from the Holy Cross affiliate received this year's third place membership recruitment prize, a gift certificate from Lancaster's Western Wear in Aurora.
For the Affiliate Rate-of-Growth contest three affiliates went into a drawing for a Priefert Ranch Equipment squeeze chute. First place in the 1 to 50 member category went to the Routt County Cattlemen's Association. First place in the 51 to 99 member category went to Delta County Livestock Association. And first place in the 100+ member category went to La Plata/Archuleta Counties Cattlemen's Association. The 2008 top rate-of-growth award, winning a Priefert Ranch Equipment chute, went to Delta County Livestock Association.