Monday, October 29, 2012

2012 Sonoma County Fair Ag Education

Sonoma County Fair Ag Education Booth
North Bay Dairy Women again staffed a booth at the
Sonoma County Fair Dairy Barn on days of both
Junior & Open Dairy Exhibition.
Chair Susan Bianchi coordinated all exhibits & staffing.
Here NBDW President Judy & member Melissa Lema (of WUD)
staff the feeds & information table.
Susan very much enjoys this part of "Dairy Ed", taking photos
of a calf & fair goers.  Though most are children, a few adults join in
getting their photo taken.
Dairy Women "instant print" the photos so that fair goers can take home
a picture of themself with the calf.
Thank you to the exhibitors that shared their calf with us this year:
Rocco Cunningham, Amanda Charles & Jack Stafford.
Everyone loves the calves!
Also at the information booth we had running our presentation on the dairy industry
funded by a grant from California Milk Advisory Board.
 Feed & Information table was staffed & questions answered.
Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral greeted barn visitors.
*Yes, the face is blurred on purpose.
Here Susan Bianchi answers questions from visitors watching the milking.
Alternate Dairy Princess Michelle McClure helped too.
Here are some of the many, many calf & kid photos taken. 
The faces have been blurred on purpose for privacy.

This is a great photo...don't know who was enjoying it more,
the calf or the young boy!

Thank you especially to Susan Bianchi for heading up this big project.
Thanks to those who helped at Dairy Education Booth at Sonoma County Fair
Including (and apologies to anyone missed): 
Rebecca Spaletta, Bea Charles, Margaret & George Gambonini, Melissa Lema, Chris Camozzi, Cindy Bordessa, Ryan Beretta, Kristy Spaletta, Emilie Strand, Janice Kehoe,
Dot & Earl Holtz, Nancy Chaffin, Dayna Ghirardelli, Joyce Leveroni, Judy Buttke, Sue McIsaac, Paulette Swallow, Taylor Serres, Ellen Durrer, Marie Riebli, and  Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral, 1st Alternate Michelle McClure and 2nd Alternate Samantha Maas.
Also a HUGE thank you to those who loaned us a calf (all of whom were cooperative and photogenic) Rocco Cunningham, Amanda Charles & Jack Stafford.

Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Sonoma County Fair Feature Booth

Sonoma County Fair Feature Booth Entry
North Bay Dairy Women entered the Feature Booth competition at the Sonoma County Fair.
Paulette Swallow stepped up as committee chair & booth designer.
The fair theme was "Cruise On In" and the booth used that as a jumping off for
"Cruise On In to Dairy Country"!!
Don't you agree Paulette & Co. did a great job!!
So did the Judges.
Paulette & Judy with the Plaque & Blue Ribbon for 1st Place.
Thank you to Paulette, Judy, Susan Bianchi, Annette Grossi, Linda Moretti, Audrey Muelrath, Monique Moretti for Set Up and Paulette, Judy, Susan & Sue McIsaac for Take Down.
Nice job everyone.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sonoma-Marin Fair Cheese Tasting

Sonoma-Marin Fair Cheese, Butter & Yogurt Tasting
On the opening day of the 2012 Sonoma-Marin Fair, North Bay Dairy Women again
hosted a local cheese, butter & yogurt tasting booth in the B.C. Wilson Building.
We had very generous support from many local dairy product makers. 
We appreciate their generous contribution to this fun afternoon of sharing.
Thank you to Susan Bianchi for chairing this event and getting everything lined up and organized.
And to Audrey Muelrath for her help getting tables & products prepped & ready for serving.
  We had help from many ladies and appreciate their time.
**Disclaimer---Strictly Personal Thought from this blog poster!**
This is one of the nicest events we do thanks to Susan's organization,
the generous cheese makers and the public's reaction to the products we share!!
If you missed it this year, mark your 2013 calendar, it is not to be missed.
Back to the facts. 
We shared the following products:
Marin French Cheese Company
Triple Creme Brie Cheese
Wallaby Yogurt, Greek Yogurt & Sour Cream
Nicasio Valley Reserve Cheese
Valley Ford Estero Gold & Highway One Cheese
Cowgirl Creamery Mt. Tam Cheese
McClellands Dairy European Style Butter
Pt. Reyes Original Blue Cheese
Petaluma Creamery/Springhill Cheese Assorted Cheese & Cheese Curds
District #3 Dairy Princess Suzanne & North Bay Dairy Women President Judy Buttke
All the choices!!
Thank you to our local dairy product producers & all the local dairies who producte such great milk to supply the makers of these products!

2012 Sonoma County Fair Dairy of the Year

Wanted to share what we have been up to in recent months.
on being named the 2012 Sonoma County Fair Dairy of the Year!
Here is a photo of the Buttke Family receiving their award at the dairy show in August.

Son Glen, Judy & Doug
Ryan, Danny, Daughter Clarette & Aaron McDonald
Nicholas (in red plaid front) Son Nick, Amber holding Mason & Lane in front (in shorts), and
District #3 Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral with the perpetual trophy.
Congratulations Judy & Doug & Family!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

2012 Scholarship Winners

North Bay Dairy Women
2012 Scholarship Winners
Each year North Bay Dairy Women give 4 Scholarships:
$500 Bernice Hadermann Memorial Scholarship
$500 Florence Gilardoni Memorial Scholarship
$500 Rose Grossi Memorial Scholarship
$200 Isolena Maestretti "Miss Vitality" Scholarship

Bernice Hadermann Scholarship
Part of the Bernice Hadermann Scholarship criteria:
Male student who is currently enrolled in Agriculture classes at Santa Rosa Junior
College and  will be enrolling in Agriculture classes the following semester at Santa
Rosa Junior College or any other college.
Have a genuine desire to further his education in any Agriculture related field such as dairy sciences, agri-business, veterinary medicine, animal science, agriculture  education.

The 2012 recipient of the Bernice Hadermann Memorial Scholarship was
Anthony Bordessa from Cotati.
North Bay Dairy Women President Judy Buttke announced and presented the award at the
District #3 Dairy Princess Contest.
A current student at Santa Rosa Junior College, Anthony's goal is to attend Cal Poly,
San Luis Obispo to study in teh Agriculture Business/Agriculture Engineering program.

Florence Gilardoni Memorial Scholarship
The Florence Gilardoni Scholarship is awarded to a Dairy Princess contestant that plans to continue her education in the agriculture field.
The 2012 recipient of the Florence Gilardoni Memorial scholarship was
Suzanne Amaral from Sonoma.
Judy also presented this scholarship at the Dairy Princess Contest.
Suzanne will be attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to study in the
Agriculture Science/Agriculture Education program.

Isolena Maestretti "Miss Vitality" Scholarship
The Isolena Maestretti Scholarship is awarded to a Dairy Princess contestant also.  This scholarship is selected by the contestants themselves and "Miss Vitality" is the girl that is most helpful, fun and pleasant.  The contestants vote by ballot and the winner is announced during the Contest as well.
The 2012 recipient of the Isolena Maestretti "Miss Vitality" Scholarship was also
Suzanne Amaral of Sonoma.

Rose Grossi Memorial Scholarship
The Rose Grossi Scholarship is awarded to a male or female high school graduating senior with a genuine desire to further his or her education in any Agriculture related field.
The 2012 recipient of the Rose Grossi Memorial Scholarship is
Samantha Maas from Petaluma.
Samantha also plans to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and major in Agriculture Business.
President Judy presented Samantha with the scholarship at the Petaluma High School Senior Awards Night and again at the Sonoma-Marin Fair Exhibitors Awards Program.

Congratulations to all of the North Bay Dairy Women Scholarship Winners!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

"June Dairy Month" Proclamation

On June 13, 2012 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared "June National Dairy Month".

District #3 Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral and North Bay Dairy Women President Judy Buttke were on hand for the announcement.  Suzanne gave a short talk about the local dairy industry and Judy presented the board with homemade cookies and cold milk.  (Thank you Susan Bianchi for the delicious baking!)

Second District Supervisor David Rabbitt, Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral, North Bay Dairy Women President Judy Buttke and Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar.
Press Release can be viewed here: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Also included in the press article are some fun facts & statistics.

Here is an article posted in Petaluma Patch

Thank you to the Board of Supervisors, especially David Rabbitt and to Ag Commissioner Tony Linegar.
Also, thank you Judy & Suzanne for making a presentation and to Andrea Krout for keeping our industry on the forefront!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"JUNE Dairy Baby"

2012 brought 2 "June Dairy Babies"

Dairy Baby Emily
Dairy Baby Mason

Let's go with ladies first!
Emily was born on June 1, 2012 at Petaluma Valley Hospital.
She weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz.
Dairy Princess Suzanne Amaral presented her parents with a gift basket stuffed with
"cow" items and dairy products.  A little birdie even said that Suzanne got to hold little Emily.
Congratulations to Emily & her family!!!
Suzanne (and Cindy Bordessa) also presented the nurses with a dairy food gift basket.

Mason James was born on June 1, 2012 at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa.
He weighed 7 lbs., 7 oz.

And now a "disclosure statement"!
Mason is going to be a Dairy Women favorite....because his Nana is our President Judy Buttke.
No getting around it that we are all happy for the Buttke family that Mason arrived on "Dairy Day"!!!
Parents Nick & Amber welcomed him home to the family dairy, along with big brothers
Lane & Nicholas.  Doesn't everyone look happy in this photo.
Nick & Amber also received a "Dairy Baby Basket" stuffed with cow and dairy gifts.

Congratulations to both Emily and Mason on being the
North Bay Dairy Women 2012 Dairy Babies!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

2012 District #3 Dairy Princess Contest-Awards & Crowning 2012 Dairy Princess

Presentation of Awards & Crowning of
2012-13 District #3 Dairy Princess & Alternates

2011-12 District #3 Dairy Princess
Miss Amanda Moretti
Amanda shares some of the fun & excitement of her year
and thanks her family, friends, North Bay Dairy Women,
California Milk Advisory Board and many others
for making her year a great one.
Thank you Amanda for a job well done!
2011-12 Alternate Princess Samantha Spaletta
comes onstage.  Amanda thanked Samantha for all
her help over the past year.
Two girls, two princess, two friends since birth!
North Bay Dairy Women President Judy Buttke
presents the Bernice Hadermann Memorial Scholarship to
Anthony Bordessa.
Judy also presents the
Florence Gilardoni Memorial Scholarship to
Miss Suzanne Amaral.
Amanda awaits the results!

Miss Maria Camozzi, the 2011 Isolena Maestretti
"Miss Vitality" winner comes onstage to present
the 2012 "Miss Vitality" award....
the winner is Suzanne Amaral.
The award is selected by the contestants themselves.

Judges for the contest this year are:
Mr. Joe Macon, Northern California Farm Credit Branch Manager
Mrs. Carolina Evangelo, from District #7 Dairy Princess Committee
Dr. Marit Arana, Nutritionist at A. L. Gilbert Company
2012-13 2nd Alternate Dairy Princess
Miss Samantha Maas

2012-13 1st Alternate Dairy Princess
Miss Michelle McClure

2012-13 District #3 Dairy Princess
Miss Suzanne Amaral


Dairy Princess Suzanne thanks everyone, including
North Bay Dairy Women & California Milk Advisory Board

Suzanne and her "Miss Vitality" Award
Dairy Princess Suzanne with her crown, sash,
engraved milk pitcher and beautiful yellow roses.
The ten beautiful contestants!

"The Dairy Court"

Samantha, Suzanne & Michelle
Incoming Princess Suzanne & Outgoing Princess Amanda
Suzanne with her family, sister Alina (a former alternate princess),
mom Doreen & Dad John.

Amanda & future Dairy Princesses!

Fun Time at the Ball!