CowBelle of the Year

Flinda France was born in 1946 in the town of Portola California just a few short miles from the beautiful Sierra Valley where she now resides on a small ranch with her husband Gary. They have known each other since they were eight years old, then eventually, each went their separate ways after graduating from high school. Flinda went on to pursue a career as a Certified Weigh Master, a Medical Assistant Rehabilitation Technician, a Legal Representative in Medical Records, and a Surgery Scheduler. In 2008 Flinda and Gary were reunited and married in 2011. Never living on a ranch before Flinda soon began learning the ins and outs of cattle ranching.  She says it has proven to be a challenge at times, but she loves it! Flinda’s number one passion is her family, she and Gary have four sons, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She joined the Plumas Sierra Cattlewomen in 2008 and has been an active member ever since has taken on many different roles in her unit. Beef Promotion Chair, Ag in the Classroom Chair and Co-Chair and continues to be active on the Scholarship and Quilt Committees. She served as unit President from 2016-2019 and Co-President from 20202021. Realizing how passionate she is about educating and promoting the cattle industry, she began teaching “Beef 101” in her unit, making each member a folder with these topics; raising cattle, breeds, branding and nutritional value of beef. It is very important to her to help the members feel confident enough to talk to the community and children about what we do as Cattlewomen!  Flinda arranged a tour to a local Sierra Valley ranch this past year to watch branding and castrating calves.  Finda’s energy, drive and enthusiasm are very evident in all she does. She has certainly become well known and loved in our communities and a big asset to our units’ as well as ranching and agriculture.  This is Flinda’s second award (the first in 2013), and we are truly honored, again, to have her as our 2022 “Cowbelle of the Year”! 

Our 2022 Cowbelle of the Year is????

Flinda France!!!!!

Congratulations from all of  us.