Recognizing David Van Dyke for Outstanding Volunteerismby Representative Bill Huizenga
Posted on 2013-01-02
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize an
outstanding community leader in West Michigan, and a personal friend.
David Van Dyke, a dairy farmer from Coopersville, Michigan, was recently recognized as the Michigan Farm Bureau's 2012 Volunteer of the Year.
David became involved in a local township issue when he saw a fellow farmer put at risk by a planned recreational trail that would have cut through the middle of his family farm. The trail would have bisected a beef feedlot, threatening the existence of the family business. The back half of the property could only be accessed from a point on the proposed trail.
David served as an intermediary between township and county officials, Farm Bureau, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and various elected officials. He helped engage the farming community and concerned neighbors in support of the local farmer and helped coordinate the appeal to the county for action.
The efforts were fruitful. The county ultimately purchased and swapped land in the community to entice the MDNR to re-route the trail around the family farm.
Echoing the words of Dave's friend and neighbor, who first nominated Van Dyke for Volunteer of the Month, ``Dave is a tireless proponent of agriculture and the local farming community. His ability to communicate and bring together people with opposing viewpoints has made him an excellent leader and liaison for the local agricultural community.'' ``Dave is someone who can be counted on to go the extra mile by donating his time and services for important agricultural and community causes.'' I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring David Van Dyke for his service to his community and for serving as a model volunteer for others across Michigan.