Tim Baldwin, Chairman of the Livestock Welfare Committee for California Rodeo Salinas, has been selected as the PRCA’s 2022 John Justin Standard of the West Committeeman of the Year.
Baldwin, an Ag attorney, was nominated by the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo and James Miller. Baldwin was nominated and won the John Justin Standard of the West Committeeman of the Year award for his work across the state of California and the California Circuit.
“This is a great honor to be recognized by not only the California Circuit for all the work that we have put in together as a group but also to be recognized nationally is very significant,” Baldwin said. “I’m humbled and I’m very appreciative.”
Baldwin has been part of the California Rodeo Salinas committee for more than two decades in all sorts of different capacities.
“We have a great team in our circuit, and I spearhead the Livestock Welfare and Government and Public Relations Issues for the Circuit,” Baldwin said. “We have a group that works on engaging our circuit committees in those issues and planning everything from our circuit summits to responding to different initiatives. My role a lot of times is I wake up every day to make sure we still have rodeo in Salinas and the state of California. That’s my job. That’s my passion. I’m a defender for rodeo and the western lifestyle.”
Baldwin grew up in Laveen, Ariz., and has rodeo in his blood.
“When you grow up in the rural parts of our country, the local rodeo is sort of the social center of your life,” Baldwin said. “When I was a kid, everything was about our county fair and our rodeos. After college, I moved to California, and I have been in Salinas since I got out of law school.”
As for getting into the rodeo arena, Baldwin was quick to credit late ProRodeo Hall of Famer Myron “Doc” Etienne who served more than 40 years on the California Rodeo Salinas board. That involvement led to his service on the Rodeo Advisory Committee since its inception. He also served on the PRCA Rodeo Information Foundation and was a founding member and the first president of the Animal Welfare Council.
“If not for Doc, a lot of these opportunities to volunteer would have not been presented to me,” said Baldwin, 49. “I followed in his footsteps both at the (law) firm here and as general counsel to the California Rodeo and volunteer service I provide. A lot of things he started I’m continuing. When I was a younger man, I never quite understood why he so involved with livestock welfare. Now, I understand it completely.”
Justin Boots created the John Justin Standard of the West program to recognize the hundreds of thousands of hours of work that volunteer rodeo committee members donate to put on rodeos.
Each year, Justin Boots recognizes 125 outstanding volunteers from PRCA rodeos around the country through its John Justin Standard of the West program. PRCA rodeos vote on the individual to receive the PRCA’s John Justin Committeeman of the Year Award, whose dedication represents the deeds of those volunteers.
Baldwin will be recognized with this year’s honor at the PRCA Awards Banquet, the event will be held Nov. 30 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas leading up to the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
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