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The San Benito County Cattlewomen held their annual Summer BBQ at the ranching property of Sharon and Jim Hawkins on Comstock Road. The event was held just below their home in a beautiful setting surrounded by flowing foothills dotted with oak trees with a balmy soft wind blowing gently thru the countryside. At the end of the regular Cattlewomen’s meeting with President Martha Tobias presiding, the announcement was made by the current Cattlewomen of the year, Charlotte Barrett Cabral.

Helen Butts Matulich is the granddaughter of William Butts, Sr. and daughter of Edward Holbrook Butts and Helen Leonard Butts. The Butts family is a pioneer ranching family that purchased the Pine Rock Ranch in 1892 in South San Benito County. Helen attended local schools and graduated from Stanford University. She and her husband, Nick Matulich (deceased) raised two daughters, Mary Hansen and Liz Hunter. She is the proud grandmother of Todd and Morgan Hansen and Justine and Jake Hunter. Helen’s career encompassed teaching at El Sausal in Salinas, R.O. Hardin Grammar School in Hollister and at the San Benito High School where she retired after serving as a Physical Ed Teacher, Counselor, Dean of Women and later Vice Principal.Helen has belonged to numerous organizations , held many offices and served on various committees during many years. She has involved herself with the Retired Teachers Assn., AAUW, AAW, Native Daughters, Kinship Center(Children’s Home Society), 4H, San Benito Fair Board, Western Fairs Association , California and National Cattlewomen’s Assn., and the San Benito Cattlewomen. She has been honored by the High School Athletic Boosters and the Community Foundation for San Benito County.

Helen is a living example of a very generous and concerned community member who has given much time and thought to helping our community improve and become a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.

Congratulations Helen Butts Matulich for helping to make our world a better place to live and work.