Robert Crowell donates to 4-H endowment fund

Robert Crowell from South Dayton recently made a generous donation to Chautauqua County 4-H. He is an alumnus of the program as well as a longtime adult volunteer.

Robert Crowell and his son, Daniel Crowell, own Greenbanks Dairy Farm where they milk 550 cows and raise an additional 550 replacement heifers. Robert first joined 4-H in 1951; he was a member of the Hamlet Hub Bub 4-H Club which was once one of 4-H’s largest clubs with over 30 members and 10 project leaders.

Robert has shown dairy cattle at the Chautauqua County fair for over 62 years, a tradition his father started in 1935. In 1961, he and three members from Chautauqua County FFA won the NYS Fair Dairy Judging Contest and earned gold medals at the National Dairy Judging Contest in Waterloo, Iowa. Today Robert is a Certified Official Cattle Judge and has served as the official judge for many dairy shows.

Robert reflects on his 4-H years with fond memories of representing the county on the Square Dance Team that traveled to Ithaca to compete at the State Competition. He and 15 other members at that time also made a memorable trip to Ontario, Canada for a 4-H exchange program. Robert also remembers that the very first pig shown at the Chautauqua County Fair was exhibited by Don Bennick, who now owns and operates North Florida Holsteins.

Robert passed the 4-H tradition on to all six of his children who also joined and participated in the dairy, dog, home economics, woodworking, cooking, sewing, and electrical projects. He was an active 4-H leader for over 33 years, helping with both the club and dairy programs. At the 2013 Chautauqua County Fair, Robert showed his leadership in the community by stepping forward at the Meat Animal Sale to donate $5,000 to the 4-H Endowment Fund.

The 4-H Endowment Fund was established about a year ago to support the efforts for Chautauqua County 4-H to become more financially self-sufficient. In partnership with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the 4-H Endowment Fund provides a means for community members to leave a lasting contribution to the 4-H Youth Development Program. Generous support from donations such as those from Robert Crowell will ensure that the lasting memories and life-changing experiences for youth will continue to be offered through 4-H.