Community spirit shines at winter dinner – Red Bluff Daily News

Community spirit shines at winter dinner – Red Bluff Daily News

The Tehama County community is incredibly generous. Tehama County’s 18th Annual Cattle Rancher Scholarship Fundraiser with the 69th Annual Winter Dinner again saw many generous donations of items and generous buyers.

About 400 people attended and enjoyed the 400 pounds of prime rib that A & R Meats and Rancher’s Meats had sold us at cost. Mike Collins and the crew cooked up a delicious dinner of ribs with baked potatoes, green beans, salad, buttered biscuit and ice cream. Human Bean supplied the coffee if you weren’t enjoying a drink from Red Bluff Elks Lodge, or wine from Indian Peak, Ranchers Connecting Ranchers, Victorian City Winery, and Burnsini Vineyards, LLC. We appreciate the bottles of water on the tables donated by Josh Davy.

The Corning FFA was helpful serving, clearing tables, helping with cleanup, and other jobs. Thank you. Many thanks to Walker Printing, LLC for the programs that were at each location. The master of ceremonies was John Gentry.

Our Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association Man of the Year is Bob deBraga. Brad and Ellington Peek talked about the many things he and his wife Waynette had done, the ranches they ran, the committees and associations they had served. We met Bob as Sales Director for Red Bluff Bull and now as Honorary Director. He was honored as California Rancher of the Year in San Francisco in 2012. He has written a wonderful book “Across the Mountain” available at The Loft.

Unfortunately, Bob was unable to be present and his traditional trophy was accepted by his son Dusty deBraga and daughter Dena Hendricks.

Shelley Macdonald was recognized as CowBelle of the Year.

Both received certificates from Congress.

Many of the 2021 scholarship winners had already returned to school. Josh Davy recognized TCCA winners: Amy Stroing, Kari Dodd, Hank Christensen, Audra Brown, Alex Diaz and Stephanie Mills.

Anne Owens and Beth Chaney recognized the recipients of TCCW: Vocational: Kyle Raglin. Ag Major: TC Drury, Stephanie Mills, Kari Dodd, Audra Brown. No Ag Major: Skylar Glines, Jenny McCluskey, Hailey Coelho, Rylee Garrison.

California CattleWomen Immediate Past President Callie Martinez received an award from Tehama County CattleWomen as a local member.

TCCA President Mike McCluskey recognized Cathy Tobin with a plaque and gift as she retired after 14 years as TCCA Secretary. While TCCW President Kendra McCluskey presented him with a plaque in recognition of the first place award from the California Beef Council’s Walt Rodman Beef Promotion for Beef ‘n Brew. She then surprised me with a plaque and gift certificate for a bus ride, since everyone knows I like riding with Mt Lassen Motor Transit.

I retired by sending minutes and agendas every month. I started when Matt Pritchard was president in 2006-07. He then announced that it was my 90th birthday on the 10th and everyone sang Happy Birthday.

McCluskey introduced California Cattlemen President Tony Toso, Hornitos; First Vice President Steve Arnold, Santa Margarita; Executive Vice President Billy Gatlin, Government Affairs Kirk Wilbur. California Livestock Council Executive Director Justin Oldfield and the Noah Lopez Foundation. They had previously met with TCCA directors and officers, legislators and Tehama County officials.

We were honored to have Congressman Doug LaMalfa, Assemblyman James Gallagher and Senator Jim Nielsen, along with many local officials present at the Winter Dinner.

The 2022 Tehama County Ranchers Officers were introduced by Chairman McCluskey. They will be President Justin Hamilton, First Vice President Dave Stroing, Secretary Niki Humphrey and Treasurer Bev Ross. The directors for one year will be Chad Amen, Bryce Borror, Andy Cox, Ron Humphrey, Kyler Puckett, Wally Roney. The directors for two years will be Will McDonald, Martin Spannaus, Seth Stroing, Andrew Turri, Tony Turri and Steve Zane. It’s so nice to see several young men stepping up their leadership.

President Hamilton presented outgoing President Mike McCluskey with a beautiful silver buckle.

Thanks to Kyler Radelfinger of Ferndale for being our auctioneer, and to the many men who stepped forward to accept bids and raffle. The runners were Meat Ambassadors Jacey Pray and Samantha Prouty and fellows in attendance. Samantha was a winner of one of the door prizes. Thanks to Umpqua Bank, Cornerstone Bank, Banner Bank and Golden State Farm Credit.

Heritage Insurance donated for TCCA raffle prizes. Dr. Greg Weber, DVM won the barbecue and Seth Stroing, the binoculars.

The live and silent auction was at least $25,575 as people were still donating funds, up from $25,797 in 2020. Successful bidders included Hal Crain, who got the beautiful handcrafted English walnut coffee table by Bill Borror. Bert Owens and Melissa Troberg obtained the two highway base loads from Charlie Mueller Trucking and Valley Rock. Shelley Macdonald and her friends will be attending the JP Ranch Rodeo.

Brad Peek will fly with Bryce Borror after enjoying his gooseberry jam that Cindy Stroing had made. Justin Niesen has Bar Ale Feed’s Beef Pack Supreme Ore Sachets. The new I-5 Point S tires will be on Danny Brown’s truck.

Mike Collins and his friends will enjoy the peanut crisp that Cathy Tobin prepared in memory of Patty Kelley. Bert Owens will have 50 pregnant cows checked out by the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic. Dave Stroing will have Ewing’s Brush Cleaning Services clean the brush. Dusty from Braga will apply bags of fertilizer from North Valley Ag Services to his permanent lawn.

Mystery prizes included gift certificates to Pendleton Roundup, Mt. Lassen Transit, Deana Owens, The Farwood Grill, Baskin-Robbins, Rolling Hills, Yeti, Jim and Bev Ross, Green Barn Whiskey Kitchen, and Bob and Beth Chaney. The lucky bidders were Mike Collins, Andy Cox, Anne Owens, Shilo Hamilton and Derek Duncan.

The bags were from Elmore’s, Bev Ross and The Loft.

The 40 lbs. of Tehama Angus beef will be enjoyed by Tyler Martinez and his family. I wonder if the California Cattlemen’s Association staff are the lucky friends who enjoyed a Delta boat trip with Billy Gatlin. MJ Livestock was a donor.

Derek Duncan was the winning bidder for tickets to the San Francisco Giants from Ten Point Ranch. Sally Cox and her friends will enjoy the concert and fair tickets to the Tehama District Fair. Josh Davy and his friends will be attending the Red Bluff Round-Up on Sunday.

Seth Stroing had the best offer for Zoetis’ Draxxin. Bradley Livestock will have a ton of mineral supplement from Bucke’s Feed. Bert Owens obtained the protein canisters from Animal Health International. Robert Kerstiens has a new Dawson Pipe gate. Danny Brown received 4 canisters of protein from Pro Earth Animal Health.

Silent auction buyers included: John Martinson-2, Kevin Borror, Kari Dodd, Ryan Mueller-2, Lisa Hansen, Scott Miller-2, Sal Varges, Wendy Gilardi, Sally Cox, Jim Southwick-2, Ginger Vance, Cathy Strand, Rich Titus, Kari Dodd, Seth Stroing, Bob Williams-2, Danielle Reice -3, Lori Raglin, Nicki Humphrey, Andy Cox, Leah Duncan, Melissa Troberg -2, Mason Duncan, Patty Martinez, TN Cattle Co.; Kit Reynolds, Lori Mueller.

The gift cards in the trees were to 2 Buds BBQ, Red Bluff Ace Hardware, Breezy’s, Elmore’s, Reiters Bakery & Confections, Shari’s, The Tremont Café, Ramos Donut House, Mt. Lassen Seafood, Interland-Corning, Crosslands, NuWay Los Mills, M&M Ranch House and Steve/Peggy Zane, Bev Ross, Shelley Macdonald, Sandy Lineham, Joan Blakesley, Kari Dodd, Renee Ewing, Liz Mendenhall.

Jean Barton has been writing her Daily News column since the early 1990s. She can be reached via email at

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