KANSAS CITY, Mo. ¬¬¬ Sherry Pope Smith, Tulsa, Okla., was chosen the 2009 American Hereford Women (AHW) Outstanding Woman.
Each year the AHW recognizes and honors one woman for her achievements and dedication to the Hereford breed.
Sherry has served the AHW and Hereford Women of Oklahoma in many ways including board member and president. She served as AHW president in 2004-05 and was the last Oklahoma Hereford Women president before the organization united with the Oklahoma Poll-ettes nearly 10 years ago.
Sherry grew up in the Hereford business, actively participating in Oklahoma and American Junior Hereford Association activities. Through the years, Sherry’s passion for the Hereford breed has continued to grow, and she passed that passion to her son, J.R. Ellison, who followed in his mother’s footsteps and participated in Hereford youth activities.
Although she dispersed her Hereford herd last winter, Sherry continues to support Hereford youth and promote the breed. She has donated her time to promote the breed at gatherings such as the Certified Hereford Beef launch at the United Supermarkets of Oklahoma.
Fellow Hereford woman Susan Turner says, “One thing is certain: Sherry Pope Smith is committed to Hereford youth. Whether through financial backing or by personally rolling up her sleeves to get a job done, she loves those kids.”
Susan adds, “I feel fortunate to have served alongside Sherry on the board of the American Hereford Women, and I feel blessed to call her my friend. She set a standard for loyalty and selfless commitment that we would all do well to emulate.”