Florida Rancher Summer 2017 : Page 2

President’s Perspective Bill Frye, President, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. R ANCHER Volume 52, Number 2, Summer 2017 Publisher Bill Frye, President Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. Associate Publisher Maria Knapp Staff Writer Josh Blackmon Graphic Design Jim Karantinos The Rancher is published quarterly in spring, summer, fall and winter by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., a non-profit corporation, Boys Ranch, Florida 32064. This is a free publication. If you have any questions, call 1-800-765-3797, or visit us on the web at www.youthranches.org. Copyright © 2017 by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. REQUIRED DISCLOSURE INFORMATION Florida Statutes Chapter 496, cited as the Solicitation of Contributions Act, was enacted by the 1991 Florida Legislature with an effective date of January 1, 1992. This law requires that organizations like the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., furnish the following information with each fund solicitation and receipt for contributions received: “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, 1-800-HELP-FLA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. registration number is CH954. Sheriffs Ranches Enterprises, Inc. registration number is CH20347. THE FLORIDA SHERIFFS YOUTH RANCHES RECEIVES 100% OF THIS CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION. New York -A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. ® THE “I will venture to go…but remember that you must hold the ropes” -William Carey S everal months ago I had an interesting conversation with one of our ranchers. Rancher John decided while out on the tractor clearing undergrowth, as this is one of his job responsibilities, that he needed to share his thoughts with me. He told me that he had been thinking about some things for a while and decided to go right to the top and speak to the President. At the time John was 17 and has been living with us for over three years. John has plans to graduate high school this year and sign up for the Marine Corp. As you might imagine, he is also a role model for the young men just coming to the ranch and adjusting to our old fashioned culture. On the day John and I met, we talked for well over an hour and now here it is several months later and the conversation still resonates in my mind. We were talking about a young man who had been injured during heifer practice while getting ready to show his cow at the county fair. When I asked John about the accident, he explained to me that showing a heifer takes a lot of practice and patience. You have to continually show the heifer who is in control and how much you care for the animal. According to John, you do this by having a rope tied to the halter, worn by the cow and a big knot tied on the end of the rope itself. When I asked about the knot, John told me that the knot is there to make sure you never let go of the rope. You’re there to guide the heifer through the paces and to keep her calm in an arena where there are lots of other cows and crowds  2 THE RANCHER  SUMMER 2017

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