President's Letter
(Summer 2002)

Dear Members,

Bastrop County is finally getting the spring rains; it just took July to show up to break the drought. After a dry May and June, we are finally getting moisture.

I would like to thank Lee and Gay Gaddis for their hospitality and sharing their ranch and cattle with us on May 25. Forty STLA members toured their Double Heart Ranch in Marble Falls. If you did not attend, you missed seeing outstanding Longhorns in a beautiful setting.. Our next stop was Tom and Mary Beth Peoples' Quail Ridge Ranch in Burnet for our Annual Membership meeting, lunch and tour. The meeting was good, the food was good and the cattle were good. What else could you ask for?

The Board and the STLA really appreciate Tom's efforts over these past three years as President, and look forward to drawing on his experience and expertise on running the STLA in the future. I would, also, like to welcome our new directors, Pat Beach, Scott Kimble and J.T. Wehring. Their input and guidance along with the other board members' wisdom will be needed in keeping the STLA strong and growing. Thanks to Wilton Wilton for his efforts on the nominating committee. Job well done again. Congratulations to Cindy Dennis for accepting the National Youth Division B Director position vacated by Russell E. Fairchild.

The STLA was well represented at the 2002 World Show. We had twelve South Texas exhibitors, with 31 head in the Non-Haltered; eight exhibitors with nine head in the Trophy Steer show; and eleven exhibitors with 27 head in the Haltered Show. Congratulations to all for making it a success. There are more details in another section.

Chris and I met with the Star of Texas in Austin during the week of July 5th to try to settle some issues and finalize dates for the 2003 show. The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo has been selected again this year as one of the ten Autobahn Youth Scholarship Tour Stops. Chris will, also, be contacting Collie Boatright of the San Antonio Livestock Expo to determine show dates and talk about issues concerning that show.

We also have in the planning stages several ranch tours which will be announced in the very near future. If you would like to have your ranch scheduled for one of our tours, please give me a call or e-mail me at "lpinesranch@aol.com".

Approximately 68 STLA members have not yet paid their 2002 membership dues, which were due on May 1st. This is your association and if you do not support it (i.e., membership dues and participation) the Association cannot survive. We need you and your support. If some decisions, directions or personalities of the STLA or the TLBAA have upset you in the past, or have caused you to become disillusioned about the Association, do not pull out or quit. Come to the meetings, participate and become part of the solution process, not the problem process. Help us make STLA better. The Board is here for you.

John Randolph


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