Dick and Betty Garvey
started a 4-H club more than fifty years ago that is still active in Stevens County. Betty was main club leader and sewing project leader for over 20 years, while Dick was project leader for the sheep project.
As a result of their 4-H involvement, the Garvey’s quickly took on leadership roles in the Northeast Washington Fair. Dick served on the fair board through the 1960’s and 1970’s; part of that time as president. Garvey’s also helped start a potluck lamb dinner to promote the 4-H sheep project, and served on the 4-H and FFA livestock sale committee – organizing the event and recruiting buyers. Even now after retirement, you still find Dick and Betty at the fairgrounds painting, cleaning and building.
Dick served many years as president of the Stevens County Cattleman’s Association, and Betty is still involved with the Cowbelles. Dick also served as president of the Tri-County Wool Growers Association, during the 1950’s.
Thinking ahead of the legacy they want to leave, they have left a large scholarship endowment with WSU, for Stevens County youth to further their education. They have donated $1500 each of the last four years to the local 4-H program, to support 4-H members attending events outside the county, including the KYG Conference, State 4-H Conference, and 4-H Interstate Exchange.
Betty and Joe Parazoo
have been 4-H leaders in Stevens County for over 30 years, with a combined total of 68 years of volunteer service. They have graciously served the youth and adults in 4-H in a wide variety of areas, which span the breadth and depth of what 4-H symbolizes.
Locally they have been leaders in horse, leather craft, beef, rabbit, bicycle, photography, rocketry, cooking, sewing and gardening projects. The Parazoo’s can always be counted on to provide educational programming, and stay until the last participant has a ride home—whether at County Activity Day, Sensational Saturday, or other 4-H events. They only ask, “What needs to be done, and how can we help?” We count on them to fill any role that is needed.
Betty has held various officer positions on the Stevens County 4-H Leaders’ Council, most recently as president. She has volunteered for years at the Northeast Washington Fair, where she served as superintendent in a number of departments. She was a member of the Fair Board over a period of ten years, holding different officer positions; and also organized and advised for the royalty pageant. She served as fair manager for five years before retiring. Betty is now the NE District representative on the State 4-H Fair Board, and attends State 4-H Forum annually.
Joe and Betty volunteer in the community through Betty’s leadership positions in Colville Eagle’s Auxiliary, Eagles District 12, Kettle Falls Scholarship Committee, Relay for Life, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, and Arden Old Timers Rodeo Association.