When Dominic and I were newly married, his Grandma Mary asked me if I would be interested in joining a group she belonged to called North Bay Dairy Women. North Bay Dairy Women was established in 1965 and is a local organization with the purpose behind it being to educate consumers about dairy and dairy farms and to promote the dairy industry. This group remains busy year round, some of the activities include participating in events such as Ag Day in surrounding towns, volunteering time at the county fairs, sponsoring scholarships to students pursuing agriculture education, and is also a co-sponsor along with the CA Milk Advisory Board to the District 3 Dairy Princess Contest.
Yesterday, Paige and I met my mother-in-law, Annette, my sister-in-law, Lesha and her daughter, Leila, at Mr. Magoos Restaurant in Petaluma to attend the North Bay Dairy Women's annual Christmas luncheon. A group of 40+ women, representing multiple generations of dairy women and families were in attendance.
A short meeting was conducted before lunch. Both Paige and her cousin, Leila were quiet and well behaved at the "meeting". Paige is really beginning to get into these "grown up meetings" she is able to attend with me......maybe she'll be a future Dairy Women member, who knows! And now that Paige is a little older, I hope to volunteer some of my time and become more active with N.B. Dairy Women.
Lunch was served shortly after the meeting concluded.
We were served family style platters of raviolis, chicken, veggies......
and prime rib.
Paige had already eaten her lunch on the car ride over after her gymnastics class, but that didn't stop her from eating another snack with a special request for "meat" and "milk".
There is also a gift exchange at this Christmas luncheon. Bring a wrapped gift, put your own name on it and receive another gift in exchange. The gift I received was this adorable Christmas apron from Margaret G.
We also brought gifts so the girls would have something fun to open as well. Paige loved her ballerina Barbie and Leila her perfume toting puppy.
A pleasant afternoon was spent enjoying traditions of generations and dairy family history that I am proud to be a part of.
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