Matthew Stahl Fund Supports 4-H Youth Dairy Program
John and Rachel Stahl, of Montrose presented Abby Onyon, Susquehanna County 4-H Extension Educator with a check in the amount of $875 on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in honor of their late son, Matthew Waldron Stahl. The check is a result of a perpetual memorial fund established in Matthew’s name with the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. Matthew Waldron Stahl, 8, was an aspiring future 4-H dairy member whose life was taken abruptly from his family and friends on October 29, 2012. Matthew was born June 15, 2004. He was a little brother to Michayla and big brother to Jack. From the moment Matthew entered the world, he was a little ball of energy that smiled constantly. When he was a toddler, he loved to make people laugh. As he grew so did his energy! His smile and giggle became undeniably infectious.
Matthew’s sister, Michayla, joined 4-H in 2012 and showed a spring calf. Although, Matthew was too young for 4-H, he still helped take care of the animals and learned as much about them as possible. At the Harford Fair, he took great pride in telling others about the animals. He would lay with the heifers, talk to them, sing, and even fall asleep while cuddling with them.
The Stahl family has chosen to set-up a perpetual fund in Matthew’s name to be put towards the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program every year through the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Stahl family believes 4-H is a fantastic organization that not only teaches children about dairy cattle, but how to properly care for animals and how important farming is to our society. Most importantly, it teaches compassion and respect toward all creatures, great and small.
Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Leaders will use the funds donated by the Stahl family to aid in existing activities of the 4-H Dairy Program including camps, judging, and show activities at a county, district and state level. For this year, each new 4-H dairy project member in Susquehanna County will receive a special rookie award to help them get started with his or her project for the upcoming show season.
For more information or to contribute to the Matthew Stahl 4-H Youth Dairy Program Memorial Fund contact Penn State Extension in Susquehanna County at 278-1158 or mail donations to The Community Foundation of Endless Mountains, 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, Pa, 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org. All donations are tax deductible.