has been a dedicated volunteer with the 4-H Dog Project and the Evergreen State Fair since 1959. Her club members raised the first guide dog puppies from Washington State.
In 1962 Beryl and two other 4-H families hauled old lumber from a dismantled dairy barn in Marysville and built the present dog barn. She served as the 4-H Dog Barn Superintendent for over 35 years. Over the years Beryl organized numerous classes including Dog Bowl, Costume, Groom Squad, and Tricks & Obstacle Course. Beryl has retired as superintendent, but continues to donate hundreds of hours a year refurbishing about 200 used trophies to be awarded to 4-H members during the fair.
Beryl wrote the original Snohomish County Dog Project Manual and organized the first Dog Judging contests at the county and state levels. Over the years she has judged area and county level public presentations, record books and judged for achievement pins.
Beryl develops awards for Spirit of 4-H, Steward’s Trophy, Superintendent’s Trophy, Herdsmanship pins, Blindfold ID, Rank Patch Awards, and various dog games.
Beryl has helped countless youth gain confidence in their abilities to speak in public, keep accurate records, and improve the care and training of their dogs. She has also helped numerous youth attain national awards and scholarships.
At the state level, she has served in offices on the State Leaders’ Board, judged at the State 4-H Fair, and hosted the first State Dog Leaders meeting.
Beryl is a past recipient of the State Volunteer Excellence Award; 1995 Evergreen State Fair Honoree, and 1991 Snohomish County Leader of the Year.