All Inductees

Charlie Rankin


  • One of the 33 founders of the original organizing committee in 1948-1949 for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA)
  • First President of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) 1949
  • Author of the original constitution of the NIRA
  • Publicity Chairman of original organizing committee, 1948
  • Texas A&M Team Member first NIRA College National Finals Rodeo, Cow Palace, 1949
  • Champion Bareback rider, First NIRA Texas A&I Rodeo, Kingsville, 1949, Texas A&M Team
  • First Executive-Secretary NIRA, 1950.
  • All-Around Cowboy, Texas Aggie Rodeo-1947


  • Former member Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Rodeo Committee
  • Member NIRA Alumni Board of Directors
  • President Valley Agriculture Research & Development Corporation (Non-Profit Corporation)
  • Member Board of Directors Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Waco
  • Member Rodeo Cowboy Alumni Association
  • Life Member Rodeo Historical Society
  • Member ProRodeo Hall of Fame Society
  • Life Member Confederate Air Force
  • Life Member Sons of Confederate Veterans
  • Life Member American Legion, VFW and NRA
  • Navy Veteran of WW II and Korean War
  • Past President Texas Citrus Mutual
  • Past Chairman Texas A&M- Citrus Center Advisory Com.


  • Honored by Texas Senate and House, by then Lt. Gov. Rick Perry by joint resolution signed by Gov. Bush on 50th Anniversary of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
  • Texas Agriculture Meritorious Service Awards from Texas FFA, Texas 4-H, Texas Professional Ag-Workers, Texas County Agents, Texas Vegetable Association, Texas Citrus Mutual, Rio Grande Horticultural Society, Texas Vocational Ag. Teachers, Valley Soil Conservation Districts, Hidalgo County Farm Bureau, Texas Produce Association, Valley Advertising Federation.
  • “Save the Soil & Save Texas” Awards from Ft. Worth Press- 1961 & 1976
  • “Man of the Year in Agriculture’ -1983
  • “King Citrus”, Texas Citrus Fiesta -1989
  • Gold & Silver Buckle Appreciation award – All Aggie Rodeo -1997