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California NDOC Resolution Presentation

The presentation of California's 2011
National Day of the Cowboy resolution
was an exciting event. The ceremony took place in the capitol building, in Sacramento, California, at 9AM on August 18, 2011. The legislature made an exception to the 'no hats in the chamber' rule for this special occasion, so we all wore our cowboy hats for the ceremony. 

Belinda Gail, Bob Lorbeer, Janet Slutsky, Brent Slutsky, Jan Brady, Larry Brady, Vi Tara, Nina Braley (my mom), and I all met for coffee first then headed over to the Capitol building together. We were greeted there by California Senators La Malfa, Gaines, and Fuller, all of whom sponsored the resolution and took part in the Senate presentation. The official resolution with a gold seal at the top and art at the bottom,was beautifully framed. Senator La Malfa also took time to show the NDOC flag to the other members of the Senate and explained to them the story of it traveling to the International Space Station with NASA Commander Mark Kelly. After the presentation we were given a wonderful guided tour of this spectacular and history-filled gem of architecture.

This was the first time California passed the NDOC resolution, so we want to thank NDOC volunteers, Vi Tara, Belinda Gail, Bob Lorbeer, and Brent Slutsky for achieving this milestone.  I'd also like to add that Chris Evans received an official proclamation from the City of San Bernadino,  naming the fourth Saturday in July as their permanent National Day of the Cowboy. As far as we know, San Bernadino is the first political body to award permanent status to the National Day of the Cowboy resolution. Let's hope more will now follow suit! 





Illinois becomes 5th State to endorse National Day of the Cowboy

After only a few short weeks, Frank Bowman, from the Horsemen's Council of Illinois, was able to secure a sponsor for the NDOC resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives, which adopted the National Day of the Cowboy Resolution on May 31, 2011. This marks the first time Illinois has officially recognized the Cowboy Day. We really appreciate Frank's help on this one.



Georgia Governor proclaims 
National Day of the Cowboy

Georgia's new Governor, Nathan Deal, signed a proclamation recognizing July 23, 2011 as the National Day of the Cowboy in Georgia. The proclamation was signed at the request of Doc Stovall, Entertainment and Sponsorship Manager of the Booth Museum of the American West.

 

 

 



Update from New Mexico NDOC Campaign Volunteer,  
Richard Beal - March 2, 2011

We did it! I'll send you the official certificate. Unfortunately, cameras are not allowed in the NM legislature. Representative Brian Egolf, talked for 5 minutes about the history of NDOC and why he thought it was important  The clerk then read the resolution. About 20 legislators stood and told stories about how their grandfather had been a cowboy or they were a rodeo queen back in the day, etc. and each thanked Egolf for doing this and honoring the many cowboys in New Mexico. At the end, they presented us with the official certificate and the entire legislature sang Home on the Range.  Quite moving actually. Everyone was feeling good……"



Texas Senate approves National Day of the Cowboy
 
On Monday, March 7, 2011, the Texas State Senate unanimously passed the National Day of the Cowboy Resolution. This marks the second time Texas Senator Jeff Wentworth has sponsored the National Day of the Cowboy in the Texas Legislature. He and Texas have set a precedent in passing the resolution for two years, naming July 23, 2011 and July 28, 2012, as an official day to celebrate the cowboy in Texas.

Thanks to Senator Wentworth and his wonderful staff, I was honored to be a guest in the Senate during the reading of the resolution and the vote. 





Arizona Senate designates July 23, 2011 National Day of the Cowboy

Arizona Senate Resolution 1011 designating July 23, 2011 as National Day of the Cowboy was read on the Senate floor on April 19 as sponsored by Senator Steve Pierce. It passed in the Senate unanimously and was signed by Secretary of State Ken Bennett.



Oklahoma NDOC Resolution 2009

Congratulations to Angie Maynor, Director of the Route 66 Interpretive Center in Chandler, Oklahoma. Angie volunteered to enlist the support of Oklahoma Representative, Danny Morgan, who sponsored and achieved passage of the National Day of the Cowboy resolution in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Okahoma 'personalized' the resolution to fit their state. Volunteers are really doing an excellent job of getting the Cowboy Day through their state legislatures this year! It's so exciting to see so many people across the country participating in this quest.

ENGROSSED

HOUSE CONCURRENT
 
RESOLUTION NO. 1025  By: Morgan, Armes, Auffet, Bailey, Banz, Benge, Billy, Blackwell, Brannon, Brown, Buck, Cannaday, Carey, Christian, Collins, Coody, Cooksey, Cox, Dank, Denney, Derby, DeWitt, Dorman, Duncan, Enns, Faught, Fields, Glenn, Hamilton, Harrison, Hickman, Hilliard, Holland, Hoskin, Inman, Jackson, Jett, Johnson, Jones, Jordan, Joyner, Kern, Key, Kiesel, Kirby, Kouplen, Lamons, Liebmann, Luttrell, Martin (Scott), Martin (Steve), McAffrey, McCullough, McDaniel (Jeannie), McDaniel
(Randy), McMullen, McNiel, McPeak, Miller, Moore, Morrissette, Murphey, Nations, Nelson, Ortega, Osborn, Ownbey, Peters, Peterson, Pittman, Proctor, Pruett, Renegar, Reynolds, Richardson, Ritze, Roan, Rousselot, Sanders, Schwartz, Scott, Sears, Shannon, Shelton, Sherrer, Shoemake, Shumate, Smithson, Steele, Sullivan, Terrill, Thompson, Thomsen, Tibbs, Trebilcock, Walker, Watson, Wesselhoft, Williams, Wright (Harold) and Wright (John) of the House                              

    and    Coates of the Senate

A Concurrent Resolution proclaiming July 2009 as Oklahoma Cowboy Heritage Month; designating July 25, 2009, as Oklahoma Day of the Cowboy; encouraging recognition and celebration; and directing distribution.

WHEREAS, the great state of Oklahoma is a land settled by native tribes and by pioneers inspired to head west; and

WHEREAS, many of the major cattle trails established in the late 1800s ran through Oklahoma and helped usher in the era of the cowboy; and

WHEREAS, the spirit of the cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, a strong work ethic, strong character, and common sense; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy is an excellent steward of the land and its creatures; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy lives off the land and works to protect and enhance the environment; and

WHEREAS, cowboy traditions have been part of the Oklahoma culture for generations; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy culture in Oklahoma has inspired artists, conservationists, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural scientists for generations; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy is a central figure in American literature, film, and music, and continues to capture the public imagination; and

WHEREAS, Oklahoma is the home of many famous cowboys such as Gene Autry, Will Rogers, William “Hopalong Cassidy” Boyd, Gordon William “Pawnee Bill” Lillie, and Tom Mix; and

WHEREAS, Oklahoma has been home to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for nearly forty years, which reflects the long tradition of cowboy culture in the state; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy tradition continues to live on in livestock shows and rodeos, and through all those who live off the land or sing a song by fireside under a night sky; and

WHEREAS, the cowboy continues to be an important part of the economy through the work of ranchers in the state; and

WHEREAS, the ongoing contributions made by cowboys and cowgirls to their communities should be recognized and encouraged.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 1ST SESSION OF THE 52ND OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN:

THAT the Oklahoma State Legislature proclaims July 2009 as Oklahoma Cowboy Heritage Month in the State of Oklahoma.

THAT the Oklahoma State Legislature designates July 25, 2009, as Oklahoma Day of the Cowboy in the State of Oklahoma.

THAT the Oklahoma State Legislature encourages the citizens of the state to recognize and celebrate Oklahoma Cowboy Heritage Month and Oklahoma Day of the Cowboy with appropriate ceremonies, events and activities.

THAT copies of this resolution be distributed to Bethany Braley, Executive Director and Publisher of the National Day of the Cowboy Organization and Angie Maynor, Director of the Chandler Route 66 Interpretive Center.

Adopted by the House of Representatives the 29th day of April, 2009.

Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives

Adopted by the Senate the 29th day of April, 2009. 
                  
Presiding Officer of the Senate


Senator, Rebecca Rios, spearheaded the passage of the National Day of the Cowboy resolution in the Arizona State Legislature on June 29, making Arizona the fifth state to pass it in 2009. This is the second year the Cowboy Day has passed in the Arizona legislature.



Thanks to Senator Jeff Wentworth, the National Day of the Cowboy Resolution passed in the Texas State Senate on March 30, making Texas the second state to pass the resolution in 2009.

 

Kansas National Day of the Cowboy Resolution

Sandie Masden, of the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau in Kansas, worked to achieve passage of the National Day of the Cowboy resolution in the Kansas State Legislature on March 31. This makes Kansas the third state to pass the Cowboy Day resolution in 2009.

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 5020

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION designating the fourth Saturday in July as National Day of the Cowboy.

WHEREAS, Pioneering men and women, recognized as cowboys, helped establish the American West; and

WHEREAS, That cowboy spirit continues to infuse this country with its solid character, sound family values and good common sense; and

WHEREAS, The cowboy embodies honesty, integrity, courage, compassion, respect, a strong work ethic, and patriotism; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 725,000 ranchers are conducting business in all 50 States and are contributing to the economic well being of nearly every county in the Nation; and

WHEREAS, Annual attendance at professional and working-ranch rodeo events exceeds 27 million fans and is the seventh most-watched sport in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The cowboy is an American icon and to recognize the cowboy is to acknowledge the on-going commitment of the United States to an esteemed and enduring code of conduct; and

WHEREAS, The on-going contributions made by cowboys to their communities should be recognized and encouraged: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas, the Senate concurring therein:

That we designate the fourth Saturday in July as National Day of the Cowboy and that we encourage the people of Kansas to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

I hereby certify that the above CONCURRENT RESOLUTION originated in the HOUSE, and was adopted by that body

Speaker of the House.

Chief Clerk of the House.

Adopted by the SENATE (March 31, 2009)

President of the Senate.
Secretary of the Senate



U.S. Congressional Record

The following comments by U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, were entered into the United States' Congressional Record on July 14, 2008:

Extension of Remarks
 “Resolution Recognizing the National Day of the Cowboy”
H. Res. 984
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
July 14, 2008

Rep. Giffords:  I am proud that today the House is considering H. Res. 984, a resolution I sponsored that officially designates July 26, 2008 as the “National Day of the Cowboy.”

Located in beautiful Willcox, Arizona the National Day of the Cowboy organization works to increase national support for the proclaimed "Cowboy Day," and to publicize news and information about the resolution and campaign, so that active participation in celebration of the National Day of the Cowboy continues to grow each year. 

Many thanks to Bethany Braley, Executive Director and Publisher of the National Day of the Cowboy organization, for her tireless vision to remind future generations of the Cowboys' contribution to America's rich western heritage.

While the U.S. Senate has recognized the National Day of the Cowboy in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, H. Res. 984 represents the first time that the U.S. House of Representatives has officially recognized the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America's culture and heritage.  I am pleased to be a part of the 4th Annual National Day of the Cowboy designation.  On June 20, 2008, the National Day of the Cowboy resolution also passed in the Arizona State Legislature, making Arizona the first state to pass the resolution. 

Our legendary Cowboy and Cowgirl are embraced and respected by people the world over as a symbol of rugged individualism.  Each represents a commitment to explore, work hard and seek adventure while demonstrating the personal determination to survive.  He/she is loyal to an honorable code of ethics as well as persistent and tenacious in the face of any challenge. 

In honor of Cowboys and Cowgirls worldwide, I encourage Americans to observe the National Day of the Cowboy on Saturday, July 26, 2008 with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Thank you.
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