LINDEN, Calif. — The San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen selected Molly Watkins as the 2021 Cowbelle of the Year during their September meeting. She was given an engraved cowbell and a sterling silver pendant to celebrate her hard work. The award singles out an outstanding member who dedicates a significant amount of time and effort to promoting the beef industry.
Ms. Watkins has been an active member in the unit for 25 years, served as the President in 2001-2002 in addition to attending local farm days, Rotary Read-Ins, and AgVenture field trips. She has helped to raise funds by cooking and serving all types of beef meals. She has coordinated several beef booths at the California State Fair and taken live cattle to school playgrounds in San Francisco and San Joaquin County.
Born and raised in Tracy, Ms. Watkins grew up on a cattle ranch. She and her husband Kenny Watkins live on the east side of Linden where they raise cattle, cherries, peaches, almonds, walnuts and hay.
“I was truly surprised to receive this award,” explained Watkins. “Beef promotion is part of my life and being singled out for my effort was an extremely thoughtful recognition.”
Ms. Watkins has two children, Kenneth in Oklahoma and Elisabeth who was chosen as CattleWomen of the year in 2019 and is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Ms. Watkins and 31 other 2021 CowBelles throughout California will gather in Reno, Nevada for a recognition luncheon during the California CattleWomen’s State Convention in early December. There are about 1,800 CattleWomen in California and the San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen’s Unit has 48 members and is 69 years old.
–San Joaquin-Stanislaus CattleWomen