Suzanne Bohleen of Wilsall, Mont., and Melissa Miller of Athens, Ga., were recently awarded with the Outstanding Educator of the Year and Outstanding Promoter of the Year awards, respectively from the American National CattleWomen, Inc.
Both awards were announced at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., last week.
The Educator of the Year award recognizes a member of ANCW who has initiated and participated in innovative and high quality programs in their local units or states in beef promotion and/or beef education.
CattleWomen who receive this distinguished honor demonstrate skills in reaching a variety of audiences with creative and timely messages about beef, and show evidence of having made significant impact by telling the beef story.
Fellow CattleWomen nominate candidates for the Outstanding Educator and this award is given annually.
"Suzanne is a fabulous presenter and educator and it's always a pleasure working with her," commented Susie Magnuson, ANCW Past President.
Bohleen created a presentation called "Cut a Little, Save a Lot" that discusses the different cuts of meat, how to prepare it, and how to store it afterwards. One of her most popular ideas is how you can get three meals from one chuck roast.
"I enjoy being a part of the beef community. As a teacher and an educator, I want to make a difference and if I can do that while doing something I believe in passionately then it's a win-win," Bohleen said.
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Miller, originally of Brandon, Fla., has a degree in Animal Science and Ag Communication from the University of Florida and a Master of Science - Meat Science from the University of Georgia.
Miller is currently pursuing her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia. While focusing on her studies, she has still managed to prioritize beef promotion.
"[Melissa] is constantly working to promote ANCW, both Georgia and Florida Cattlewomen and Cattlemen. Melissa is a social media butterfly and can do a presentation that will knock your socks off. She is truly a mover and a shaker," says Marcia Callaway, past ANCW Region Director.
Miller has worked on campus, at retail stores and with social media promotions that have reached thousands of consumers, says Tammi Didlot, ANCW Past President. Currently serving as a working group manager, Miller is responsible for helping create college campus beef promotions.
"We all live busy lives and pursue making a positive impact in the world, however, we often damage ourselves with stress and negativity," Miller advises. "We must stay positive and learn to be productive and make an impact on the beef community in fun and efficient ways."