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Members of the Baker CowBelles met Jan. 7 at the Tavern to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The non-profit group has been serving as a voice of the women in the cattle industry and have promoted beef through education, legislation and communication since 1961.

The group started with the name “Baker Bossy Belles” with its first meeting Jan. 7 in 1961 and one of the first decisions of the group was to vote to join the Southeastern Montana Corporation of CowBelles.

The group is one of many that promote the use of beef, with a focus on education in schools, “We support and donate beef to be used by specialty groups such as the FFA, 4-H, senior citizens and other charity event fundraisers,” the group states in its mission statement.

One of the members includes Wanda Pinnow, who has also served as the president of the American National Cattlewomen (ANCW) as well as being named the Montana Cattlewoman of the Year in December 2019. She also has been president of the Montana Cattlewomen from 2014 to 2016.

Among the people attending the celebration at The Tavern were Pam Owens, Melanie Lund, Amber Hurley, Denise Strickland, Louise Varner, Jean Tronstad, Alexiss Miller, Vikki Taylor, Wanda Pinnow, Toni Reetz and Sharon Gookin.

According to Reetz, the current Baker CowBelles president, the group had also been busy during 2020, the year that COVID-19 hit the state and the nation. The CowBelles sent three members to the ANCW meeting in San Antonio, TX, donated food to assisted living facilities, donated beef to the FFA to serve in their Fallon County Fair booth, and handed out “I love Beef” keychains to contestants in the Montana High School Rodeo.

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