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       Giving Back to 4-H British Columbia
Gordon Bryant, President, 4-H British Columbia Foundation
Are you interested in Giving Back to the 4-H British Columbia Foundation, to support 4-H British Columbia youth in 2021 and into the future?
CHRISTMAS 2020 ❆ BC HOLSTEIN NEWS 47 ßA Peek into the Pastß
Dairy Farming - Part of BC Local History
Mike Yusko, BC Dairy Historical Society @bcdhs
There are a dozen and one ways to donate to the 4-H British Columbia Foundation, including cash, property, securities, in-memoriums, insurance policies, bequests, and even writing 4-H BC Foundation into your will. Donors also should consider the following pathways to give back, reflective of 4-H BC’s unique structure which includes 4-H BC Foundation and 4-H BC Provincial Council’s extended 4-H family structure of 128+ 4-H clubs, 31 4-H Districts and 7 4-H Regions; all separate but related entities.
First, ask yourself the following three questions .... basic answers provided.
1.Do I wish my 4-H donation to be invested in perpetuity with annual earnings to support all 4-H BC members?
If so, then follow the pathway of a general donation to 4-H BC Foundation. Donations of $25+ come with recognition and a charitable tax receipt.
2. Do I wish my 4-H donation to be invested in perpetuity with annual earnings designated to a specific Provincial 4-H program, such as Provincial 4-H Scholarship, etc.?
If so, then follow the pathway of a 4-H Endowment to 4-H BC Foundation. Donations of $5,000+ come with recognition as a named 4-H Endowment, and charitable tax receipt. (1)
3.Do I wish my 4-H donation to be invested in perpetuity with annual earnings designated to a specific 4-H District? or specific 4-H Region?
If so, then follow the pathway of a 4-H Designated Donation to the 4-H BC Foundation. Donations of $25,000+ come with recognition as a named 4-H Designated Donation, and charitable tax receipt. (1)
For more information on donating to 4-H British Columbia Foundation, contact the 4-H British Columbia office: Fund Development Coordinator (Danusia Tarr)
Local BC histories are filled with stories about cows and milk. The following are two stories about early dairy farming in the eastern Fraser Valley found in the book, “In the Shadow of Mt. Cheam.”
In the 1930’s there were 30 dairy farms between Hope and Rosedale. The can hauler for those farms was Weldon Miller from Rosedale. Starting in 1932, Weldon left Rosedale every day at 5:30am for Hope where he began his return trip collecting milk cans from farms in Hope, Flood, Laidlaw, Cheam View, Herrling Island, and Popkum. He delivered the cans of milk to the FVMPA milk plant in Sardis. Weldon’s service to his shippers did not end at the milk plant. While in town, he would cash their cheques, pick up chicken scratch and eggshell, and maybe a pound or two of fence staples and any other favour he could do for them. Potholes, gravel roads, snow drifts, the 1948 flood and summer heat were hard on both man and machine. Only once, after 15 years, did Weldon hire a driver for one week. Weldon retired after 33 years when can hauling was phased out. Quite a feat!
The second story occurred in January 1935, when a bone-chilling east wind whistled down the Fraser Canyon into the eastern Fraser Valley with
diabolicalfury,drivingbeforeitsheets of snow which piled high against every fence and building forming insurmountable drifts. It was useless to try and dig out, as the wind simply howled and obliterated all efforts. According to Popkum resident, Mrs. Fae Hausler, their dairy farm neighbours were in real trouble. In addition to the deep snow, a freezing rain formed a thick crust of ice on the snow. The cows could not leave the barn to get to the creek for water because the cow’s hooves would crash through the ice and the broken ice would cut their udders. Carrying water from the creek to the cows in the barn was an arduous task. The storm caused many farms to be isolated for weeks and much milk was simply dumped onto the snow. Some farms with horses tried to sled the milk cans to open roads. They had to tie gunny sacks to the horse’s legs with binder twine to keep the ice from cutting their legs. Neil McGregor had returned from Agricultural School to his family’s dairy farm in Popkum. Isolated by ice and snow, Neil put his newly learned dairy knowledge to work by making butter rather than dumping the cream. Stories of harsh winters are common in BC, but the winter of 1934 – 1935 was talked about for decades.
When the roads were impassible by truck, some dairy farmers hitched up their horses and pulled sleds to get their milk to the nearest open roads.
  Single or regularly scheduled donations to 4-H BC Foundation may be made online at or via cheque, fax or in person to:
4-H BC Foundation, 2743 – 30th St. Vernon, BC V1T 5C6
250-545-0336 or 1-866.776.0373
(1) All Designated Gifts are subject to 4-H BC Foundation’s Designated Gifts Policy, reflective of Canada Revenue Agency’s Income Tax Act Charitable Donations Designated Gifts rules. Dialogue with 4-H BC Fund Development Coordinator and/or a 4-H BC Foundation Trustee is essential to develop a signed agreement.
   Happy Holidays! from 4-H British Columbia
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