Ruth Dike, left, is recognized as the Lassen County CattleWomen 2019 Cowbelle of the Year. Photo submitted

Ruth Dike honored as Cowbelle of the Year

The Lassen County CattleWomen recently announced Ruth Dike as the 2019 Cowbelle of the Year.

Dike was born in Klamath Falls and grew up on a cattle ranch in Southeastern Oregon. She loved living the ranch life, working hard and having fun, working side-by-side with her dad on the ranch, read the statement from the Lassen County CattleWomen.

For her professional career, Dike worked as a business development manager and project manager for different companies. And, while working at Hewlett Packard, she became the first woman employee to become a marketing director for their company. Currently, she is the assistant general manager for Sierra Daily News, a northeast California radio station in Susanville.

Since joining Lassen County CattleWomen, Dike has become a dedicated member of the small membership. She served as treasurer for two terms, started the new Facebook page and records and broadcasts the CattleWomen Ag Reports for the radio.

Dike has been on numerous committees and a chairperson for many events, often serving two or three years, such as the Westwood Chowder Cook-off, Rails to Trails Chili Cook-off, the Christmas Red Barn light display, Veterans Day Parade and the third and fourth grade History Days.

She has also been chairperson for the Red Barn at the fair, Rails to Trails and Mother’s Day beef promotion projects, along with the silent auction at the beef and wine tasting event for three years.

“Ruth is dependable, organized, prepared, lots of fun and a great friend to her fellow CattleWomen,” read the statement.

Family is most important to her, and they are thankful to have such a great example in their lives.

Her family includes two sons, along with their families and three grandchildren. They call her the “Matriarch,” and she works hard every day to make their ranch successful.

“You can always depend on her, and she rarely says no if someone is in need. She has a positive outlook and even looks at stacking hay as great exercise. Ruth is an outdoor girl, enjoying riding horses, shooting, hiking, camping and fishing,” it read. “Ruth, we are so fortunate to have you in our group and proud to honor you with this well-deserved award.”