CATTLE RAISERS COMMUNITY Member Notes
New AP Chairman Ready to Continue the Work
By Carl Ray Polk, Association Promotion Committee chair
As your incoming Association Promotion (AP) Committee chair, I want to briefly introduce myself to the members of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). However, before doing that, I must take my hat off to our outgoing AP chair, Claude Koontz.
Claude took on the commitment set forth by Curtis Younts, Belton, and slightly tweaked the agenda during his year as chairman in order to meet the association’s membership goals.
Fortunately, for both the membership and me, Claude has committed to staying very much involved in our AP Committee and ranch gatherings, serving as immediate past chair. In addition to having Claude to rely on, I am very excited to have Kelley Sullivan from Santa Rosa Ranch as our vice chair of the AP Committee. She will be a huge asset and I very much look forward to working with her this year.
I am a native of East Texas, having lived in Lufkin the majority of my life. For 20 years, I was in a family business with my father and grandfather, until we sold our company and operations in 2007.
Today, my father and I are still in business together managing real estate investments, timber and our cattle business.
A family business can be tough but there is nothing more rewarding. My father bought his first set of registered Brahman cattle in the late 1960s, and from that point, I was hooked.
Some of the finest people and closest friends I have met and made are a result of our engagement in the cattle business. Today we still raise registered Angus, Brahman and certified F1 cattle in Angelina and Houston counties.
My wife, Romy, and I have 3 children; our boys (Andrew and Preston) are at Texas A&M and our daughter (Mary Grace) is a senior in high school, preparing to attend the University of Alabama next fall.
Like many other TSCRA members, some of the greatest memories Romy and I have are of dragging our kids and their show calves all over the state. Many early mornings and late nights showing and working with their calves made memories I will not soon forget.
This association and the members of TSCRA represent so many generations of families just like mine, which is one of the main reasons I find myself becoming more involved.
Our goals are similar, our needs are comparable and, in many cases, our agendas are the same — maintaining and strengthening the ranching heritage.
It is such a joy for me to see multi-generational families, both young and old, working hard to continue this heritage. To do so, it is imperative that our membership and engagement grow and strengthen. ❚
Regional Association Promotion Team
“New AP Chairman” is from the April 2017 issue of The Cattleman magazine.