Cindy and Peter Dykstra have been an inspiration to 4-H members, 4-H leaders, and Lewis County in their 31 years of 4-H service. Peter and Cindy started the Curtis Valley Cattle 4-H Club in the ‘70s as a dairy club. It soon expanded to include beef and sheep projects.
As a dairy farmer and 4-H leader, Peter provides a home for dairy cows of dairy project members that do not have space at home for their cattle. Every fair when the producing cows are taken from the herd by their owners, the daily milk production takes a plunge. Peter says it is worth the loss of milk to watch the growth and development of the kids that care for the dairy cows at fair.
Cindy has been a dairy program leader since the ‘80s and the lead chaperone and coordinator for the dairy entourage. In Lewis County, Cindy has served as president, vice president, and secretary of the 4-H Council, chairperson of the Council Trust Fund/Scholarship Committee, and is the Dairy Quiz Bowl Team coordinator.
During Cindy’s and Peter’s tenure as club leaders, many of their 4-Hers have succeeded in other ventures. Sixteen have become Lewis County Dairy Princesses and there has been a Curtis Valley Cattle 4-Her on the Lewis County and Washington State 4-H Dairy Judging Team or Dairy Quiz Bowl Team every year.
A local farmer once said, “The Dykstra’s could be successful farmers if they didn’t spend so much time with 4-H kids.”