KLGR Farm Director Scott Colombe talks with MN Cattlewoman of the Year Debbie Chute of Aitkin.
Our 2020 Minnesota CattleWoman of the Year award winner is Debbie Chute. Debbie has been a member of MN Cattlewomen for over 20 years. She has served as Membership Chair, Secretary, Vice President, President-Elect and most recently as President. She has assisted with the Beef Ambassador Competition.
Debbie took the lead with our CattleWomen’s organization when many of the members were unable to do so. Her leadership propelled MNCW to continue and to stay strong especially this past year with the COVID pandemic.
In her home town, Debbie has been involved with her local Cattlemen’s association helping with the Cattlemen’s Booth at Aitkin’s Commerce Show, with Ag in the Classroom, at their county fair Agricultural Education Building and any other place where help is needed. She was instrumental in getting the Beef Princess program started in their area in the mid 1990’s, and it is still going today. Debbie was a 4-H leader for many years and served on the Aitkin County Extension Committee. Debbie is an Alumni of the MARL Program (Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership). Debbie serves as Aitkin-Carlton County Farm Bureau Secretary/Treasurer.
Debbie may be done with her term as president of MNCW, but she will stay busy as ANCW Region III Director. We are proud to have Debbie represent us at the national level!
Minnesota CattleWomen appreciates the time and dedication this amazing cattlewoman, Debbie Chute, has given to our organization. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Karin Schaefer for receiving the 2020 “Friend of the Minnesota CattleWomen “ award. While Karin was the executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council, she worked hard to rebuild the relationship with the Minnesota CattleWomen. There had been some challenging times between the two before and she worked to bring them back together. One way she worked to improve that relationship was to partner with the CattleWomen at events for booths so the two organizations could work together to cover them, and no one had to spend all day in the booth. She helped make this happen for the summer tour, cattle industry convention and at the MN Beef Expo. At the MN Beef Expo, she had the cattlemen, the beef council and the cattlewomen combine all their booths to present a united beef industry. This was a great idea for all!!
Karin made sure to help in any way for the MN Beef Ambassador contest and to make sure to give the opportunity to the beef ambassadors to help with any events the MN Beef Council had that they could participate in. She also allowed the cattlewomen to meet at the office once a year. These are just a few things she did to help rebuild the relationship.
Karin also helped to rebuild that relationship with the CattleWomen by treating them with respect and dignity. She enjoyed visiting with the different members and hearing the history of the cattlewomen. Thanks to Karin, the Minnesota Beef Council and the Minnesota CattleWomen have a great relationship now.
Our, 2020 Minnesota CattleWomen Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is Juanita Reed-Boniface.
This cattlewoman has made many contributions to the MN CattleWomen. She was president of the MN CattleWomen from 2003-2005 and the 1998 CattleWomen of the Year recipient. She is always positive and brings so much energy to the meetings and events.
Juanita brings many years of expertise to us from all the different activities and work experiences she has been involved in throughout her life. She has always been very active in the beef industry, the Minnesota CattleWomen, American National CattleWomen, 4-H, Extension and industry leadership events she attends. Education has always been important to her and to make sure to share the beef story with as many young people as she can. She was the Beef Education Chairperson from 1997- 2019. She has built different games, activities, and materials for other cattlewomen to take into the classroom. She has spent years dressing in her red cowboy boots, vest and cowboy hat and going into schools sharing how beef is raised with many different school age children. In 2004 while she was beef education chairperson she helped the CattleWomen initiate Kids Ag-Land at the MN BEEF EXPO featuring the MOOvie theater; corn/oats play box, educational games and stories about the beef industry. It proved to be a popular learning center for youth too young to participate in the show.
At the National level, she was a member of American National CattleWomen Beef Education committee from 2003-07, and chair 2005-07, the ANCW Future Focus Advisory Team from 2005-06, NCBA Joint Industry Information Committee and Joint Youth Education and Information Subcommittee, 2005-07. As you can tell, youth are her passion.
Juanita is always welcoming to all new members and loves to learn about each member. She makes connections wherever she goes, and many have recognized her talents and asked her to be a part of different organizations, committees, and events. She brings her Nebraska roots with her to Minnesota and yes, she is a Husker fan. Go Big Red!! For a lifetime of devotion to the beef industry and the Minnesota CattleWomen we want to recognize her lifetime achievements with this award.