City, Mo. — The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Midville, Ga., as the 2008 National Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Robin was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show. First-runner up honors went to Lynn Sumner, Axtell, Texas.
A city girl until 2003, Robin says her heart was stolen by the Hereford breed on her first trip to Tommy Mead's farm. “When I saw those red-bodied, whitefaced cattle grazing out in the pasture I was caught,” she admits. “My love for the Hereford breed began at that very moment.”
After marrying Tommy in April 2005, Robin joined the Georgia Poll-ettes organization. As a new member, she volunteered to put together “goodie bags” for juniors attending a fitter's workshop. She went beyond the call of duty and collected a show stick, water hose, bucket, feed pan and other show supplies for each junior. The thrill and appreciation by the juniors hooked Robin.
Since helping with that first event, she continues to work with the juniors. This summer she helped serve as the Georgia junior co-advisor. During the Junior National Hereford Expo she assisted with contest sign up, and she organized meals for the Southeastern Regional Junior Show. Each year she also coordinates all the advertising, assists with stalling, collecting paperwork, and clerking the Georgia Hereford Association's annual sale.
Robin plays an important role in Mead Cattle Enterprises. She has administrative duties, but her main talent is public relations. She assists with daily farm activities including feeding, helping with calving, checking and working cattle, driving the tractor and anything else that needs to be done.
“I'm in love with this Hereford world,” Robin says. “The Hereford breed and all it represents has become part of my life and I cannot see my future without Hereford cattle, the juniors or the Poll-ettes. Every day I get out of bed and thank God for the life he has given me —my Hereford world.”
Besides Georgia Poll-ette activities, Robin volunteers with the Georgia Summer and Winter Special Olympics, The American Lung Association, church fund-raisers and the annual Women's League rummage sale.
One of the Poll-ette of the Year judges said after reviewing Robin's application, “Robin is very enthusiastic about promoting Hereford cattle and supporting the youth by going above and beyond with youth activities and programs.”
Georgia junior members agree with those thoughts. “Mrs. Robin is a gift to us,” says Krissi McCurdy, Georgia Junior Hereford Association secretary. “When she volunteers for a job, she does not believe in ordinary. She believes the junior program is the future of our breed and she will not stop until she makes sure every junior member in Georgia has access to all the opportunities our great breed gives to our youth.”
Krissi also says, Robin is the type of person everyone should strive to be like — dedicated and hard working and has a heart of gold.