STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Claudia “Muffy” Bechtel, Curryville, Pa., has been honored with the “PAL” award, presented by the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association.
The PAL Award is to recognize an adult leader, parent or friend who is always there for the youth program. It is designed to thank an individual for their leadership, influence and help in developing an outstanding youth program. Nominations for the award come from Junior Holstein members and the final selection of the winner is done by the Junior executive committee.
Bechtel has been active in Pennsylvania Junior Holstein programs for many years. Her interest in Junior Holstein started when her children — Robyn, Andrew and Sara — started participating in programs as Junior members.
Since then, Bechtel has become active in Blair County. She has served as a Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy coach for more than 10 years and has inspired well more than 100 youth to compete at their best. She has helped coach three state winning teams. Bechtel served as the co-chairperson for the 2008 Junior Convention and has served on the planning committees for a number of state conventions hosted by the Central District.
Bechtel has served on the state youth committee and has had input into programs and contests over the years. Additionally, she has served as a 4-H dairy leader for many years and has helped with dairy bowl and dairy judging teams in Blair County.
She writes numerous dairy bowl questions yearly and helps line-up guest speakers and programs for many of the local 4-H meetings.
Bechtel, along with her husband, Gary, and children own Cove-View Holsteins where they milk about 155 head of Registered Holsteins. They participate in show and sale activities at the local and state levels.