PUYALLUP, Wash. — Four Washington residents were inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame at the 4-H Forum in Pasco on October 20. They were honored for their leadership, commitment to 4-H youth and volunteers and positive impacts in their communities.
Inducted this year were the following individuals:
Isabelle Moe, Enumclaw, began judging 4-H horse shows in the 1950’s. In 1983 she began the Drivers and Riders 4-H Club. She soon noticed there were youth with special needs who were interested in horses and a second club was formed for youth with different abilities, physical challenges, and who were timid around horses. Now in her mid 80’s, she continues to work with youth who have special needs and require extra patience.
Marilyn Stout, Camano Island, has been active for 31 years in the 4-H youth and the Snohomish County Motorcycle/ATV program. As leader of the Mudslingers 4-H Club she has guided the development of hundreds of local youth. The group has grown so large that it has split into two clubs. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Snohomish County Clover Award given to outstanding 4-H leaders who have had a positive impact on 4-H.
Cindy and Peter Dykstra, Curtis, started the Curtis Valley Cattle 4-H club in Lewis County in the 1970’s as a dairy club. It soon expanded to include beef and sheep projects. As a dairy farmer and 4-H leader, Peter provides a place for dairy cows for members who do not have space at home for a cow. Cindy, a dairy program leader for over 20 years, has served in several leadership positions including president, vice president, and secretary of the 4-H Council.
More than 145 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.
The Washington State 4-H program is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Adult leaders and volunteers are instrumental to the success of the program. Youth can participate in many project areas including the Know Your Government Conference, Science Camp-In, animal science, technology, dramatic arts, photography and environmental stewardship.