The Washington State Dairy Ambassador Program thrives through the dedication and commitment by members of the Washington State Dairy Women’s Organization and the concerted efforts of the local County Dairy Women units. The role of each County Dairy Women member and their Advisors is vital to the success of the Ambassador Program. The dedication, commitment, and selfless effort of all Dairy Women is acknowledged and greatly appreciated. Over 800 young women have gone through the Dairy Ambassador Program and gained valuable speaking, poise, and teaching skills.
WASHINGTON STATE DAIRY AMBASSADORSTATEMENT OF GOALS
The Washington State Dairy Ambassador Program is sponsored by the Washington State Dairy Women. It is the goal of the Dairy women to provide personal growth and educational opportunities for young women in the dairy industry. The program includes a college scholarship, statewide travel to make public and media appearances, communication training, and image consultation.
The Washington State Dairy Ambassador is a public relations representative for dairy products and the state’s dairy industry. She must reflect the health-giving benefits of dairy products and inform the urban population in Washington State about the dairy industry as a contemporary business vital to the local economy. She must act as the "dignitary" at all dairy industry events and is the role model for the industry’s future "Ambassadors for Milk."
EXCERPTS FROM THE FIRST DAIRY PRINCESS CONTEST
November 15th, 1979
The year was 1955. It was the year of the first Washington State Dairy Princess Contest. Nothing like this had ever been tried by the Dairy Industry in Washington. But the new born Dairy Wives felt sure that a Dairy Princess could open a wide new spectrum for telling the Dairy Industry’s story to the consumers of our state. The American Dairy Association was to choose the first American Dairy Princess in October of 1955 and Dairy Wives were eager for one of Washington State’s 27,000 dairy families to be represented. The early 50’s were years of tremendous change in our industry. Shipping cream and milk in cans to local creameries was on its way out, and the cans were on their way to becoming antique collector items. Replacing the cans was a whole new world of shiny stainless steel in farm milk tanks and bulk tankers carrying milk to centrally located distribution points. Fluid milk was the product sell, and new ways to promote its sale were needed. The dairy families who were to survive this transition were being urged to help promote the sale of the huge quantities of milk accumulating in storage. Dairy Wives believed a Dairy Princess could be our spokesman and figurehead with the news media, carrying the story of our near-perfect product to the public.
Gaining support from the whole industry was needed if the Dairy Princess idea was to be really successful. The Dairy Products Commission was interested; however, they urged the Dairy Wives to wait until the following year to give more time for adequate preparation. But the first American Dairy Princess was to be chosen in 1955, not 1956, so the Dairy Wives voted to sponsor the contest themselves, as part of their June Dairy Month promotion. The Washington State Dairymen’s Association voted to co-sponsor and the contest was on its way. Dairy Wives went to work. With guidelines from the American Dairy Association, ground rules and score cards were prepared. All counties and farm organization in the state were invited to enter the contest. Qualification material and application were made available at Extension Offices. Dairy wives units in Clark, King, Kittitas, Snohomish, and Walla Walla counties held contests and selected candidates who were to become the five finalists in the Washington State Dairy Princess Contest. These finalists were: Rose Marie Rufener, Clark County; Marilyn Stendal, King County; Charlotte McQueen, Kittitas County; Marcia Gamble, Snohomish County; and Dorothy Weaver, Walla Walla County. On August 10, 1955 the first Washington State Dairy Princess Contest was held at the Antlers Hotel in Ellensburg. Judges were Representative Catherine May of Yakima, Russel Pfeiffer, Manager of Carnation Milk Farms, and Lester Lancaster, the President of the State Guernsey Cattle Club of Sequim. Charlotte McQueen of Ellensburg was selected as Washington State’s first Dairy Princess and was crowned by Fred Olsen, manager of the Washington State Dairy Products Commission. Marcia Gamble was chosen Alternate Princess. Princess Charlotte received the right to represent Washington at the American Dairy Princess contest held in Chicago at the International Dairy Show in October. Of the 13 candidates, she was the only one from the Northwest. Two Chicago papers used her picture for their front page coverage. Ruth Marie Peterson of Minnesota was to become the first American Dairy Princess. She visited Seattle on her way to represent us at the trade fair in Japan. Cameras were on hand when her plane rolled to a stop at SEATAC. You could not miss the plane. It had a big mild bottle painted on the side with the sign: American Dairy Princess Orient Special" (end of excerpt)
OUR PAST STATE PRINCESSES/AMBASSADORS
1955 State Princess Charlotte McQueen Peters, Orinda, Ca.
Alternate Marcia Gamble
1956 State Princess Jean Oestreich Galbraith, Yakima, WA.
Alternate Myrna Mantle
1957 State Princess Dana Noble Selin, Key Colony Beach, Fla.
Alternate Lois Camenzind Burkharlter
1958 State Princess Janet Anderson Hagen
1959 State Princess Marilyn Snydar Ryan
1960 State Princess Kathleen Sauter Williams, Williamsburg, Va.
Alternate Fran Leenders Wahl
1961 State Princess Sara (Saralee) Williams Kincaid, Deer Harbor, WA.
Alternate Charlotte Anderson Jensen
1962 State Princess Sandra Tibeau, Buckley, WA.
Alternate Judy Aker, Ferndale, WA.
1963 State Princess Gretchen Veleke, Irvine, Ca.
Alternate Beverly Conrad
1964 State Princess Jannet Pearce Didelius, Walla Walla, WA.
Alternate Susan Mickelson Lindeman
1965 State Princess Valorie Weiderspohn Tresner, Gig Harbor, WA.
Alternate Eke DeHaan Petschl
1966 State Princess Susanne Hultgren Olson, Monroe, WA.
1967 State Princess Diana Tait Wallin, Zillah, WA.
Alternate Iris Newman
1968 State Princess Gail Hamilton Johnson, Olympia, WA.
1969 State Princess Marilyn Scharpf Powe, Chehalis, WA.
1970 State Princess Mary Anderson Myers
1971 State Princess Kathy Kaelin Martin, Sumner, WA.
1972 State Princess Twyla Boast Ostrander
1973 State Princess Deborah Gragory Nollan, Whitefish, Mt.
Alternate Florence Fakkema Dahlstedt
1974 State Princess Shirley Larson Silvernail
1975 State Princess Janet Noteboom Rutgers, Lynden, WA.
Alternate Cyndy Decker Jacobi
1976 State Princess Dorothy Crask Wilgus, Puyallup, WA.
Alternate Tammy Roberts
1977 State Princess Martha Guisti Songer
Alternate Jill Crawford Cigich
1978 State Princess Cindy Lancaster Plagerman, Everson, WA.
1979 State Princess Sara Sheilds Priddy, Lynden, Wa.
Alternate Jill Youngquist
1980 State Princess Rosie Bosma Haak, Outlook, Wa.
Alternate Heidi Lanting DeJong
1981 State Princess Gayle Schorno Duerr, Olympia, Wa.
Alternate Mary Golob Klarich
1982 State Princess Julie Youngquist McCann, Vancouver, Wa.
Alternate Lana DeHaan Bierlink
1983 State Princess Marie Wallace
Alternate Lucile Samwell Anderson
1984 State Princess Marike Boersma Nauta, Big Sandy, TX.
Alternate Lynette Lagerlund
1985 State Princess Zena Edwards, Olympia, Wa.
Alternate Kristin Ekstran
Alternate Teresa Rothlin
1986 State Princess Jennifer Bordon Anglin
Alternate Peggy Ueltschi Beaber
Alternate Kristi Walter Smith
1987 State Princess Syri Hollen Barsness, Cheney, Wa.
Alternate Susan Lanting Root
Alternate Melinda Flaig
1988 State Princess Keri Smalley Stewart, Paia, Maui, Hi.
Alternate Kirstie Felt Teeter
Alternate Tiffane Pomerory Hansen
1989 State Princess Shelley Flagg Erickson, Burlington, Wa.
Alternate Jami DeJong
Alternate Wendy Schilter Erbsen
1990 State Princess Christine Schultz King
Alternate Kendra Felt Meek
Alternate Suzanne Pickering
1991 State Princess Karen McKay Bevers, Bremerton, Wa.
Alternate Erin Woodside Uskoski
Alternate Tracy Barnes Mason
1992 State Princess Denise Ueltschi Nelson, Everett, Wa.
Alternate Tamara Boon Morris
Alternate Brenda VanDyken Love
1993 State Princess Sonya Strawder Stemkoski, Kalama, Wa.
Alternate Karen Rod Hanseth
Alternate Kendi Schilke Benson
1994 State Princess Lori Boon
Alternate Cheyenne Paul LaViolette
Alternate Katherine Fenn Humphrey
1995 State Princess Jada Feddema Trammell, Sedro Woolley, Wa.
Alternate Andrea VanDyk Feenstra
Alternate Liska Baldwin Stokes
1996 State Princess Lisa Watters
Alternate Kari Keach
Alternate Annie Bishop Barnett, Stanwood, Wa.
1997 State Princess Karen Olson
Alternate Christi Streuli Fast
Alternate Kristina Rasmussen
1998 State Princess Julie Haakenson
Alternate Amanda Miller Nelson
Alternate Becky Smith
1999 State Princess Jana Visser, Sumas, Wa.
Alternate Mari Annis
Alternate Caroline Deck Kinsman
2000 State Princess Corrine Koopmans George, Indiana
Alternate Kim Devris
Alternate Libby Goeres
2001 State Princess Kasee VanWieringen, Puyallup, Wa.
Alternate Allison Hurst Craig
Alternate Stephanie Roorda
2002 State Princess Jennifer Rohrer
Alternate Amy Moe
Alternate LeAnne Poier
2003 State Ambassador Amy Jemelka, Centralia, Wa.
Alternate Josie Hansen
Alternate Lisa Boon
2004 State Ambassador McKenzie Klein, Lynden, Wa.
Alternate Kristen Irving
Alternate Laura Nelson
2005 State Ambassador Heather Brannon
Alternate Megan Warner
Alternate Rikki Carter
2005 State Ambassador Megan Warner de Vries, Monroe, Wa.
Alternate Rikki Carter
Alternate Caitlin Gordon
2006 State Ambassador Trista Van Berkum
Alternate Melisa Lancaster
Alternate Debbie Branch
2007 State Ambassador Kalin Fohn, Mt. Vernon, Wa.
Alternate Tasha Daniel
Alternate Whitney Chamberlain
2008 State Ambassador Eryn Edwards, Olympia, Wa.
Alternate Adrienne Schoenbachler
Alternate Trisha Dykstra
2009 State Ambassador Melissa Cook, Snohomish, Wa.
Alternate Elizabeth Birklid
Alternate Shelby Hansen
2010 State Ambassador Kristen Mensonides, Mabton, Wa
Alternate Stephanie Van Beek
Alternate Kelsey Schubach
2011 State Ambassador Shannon Rodeffer, Snohomish, Wa.
Alternate Emily Neff
Alternate Laurel Bareman
Alternate Kristen Wiedam
2012 State Ambassador Abby Lohman, Bow, Wa.
Alternate Jennifer Callanan
Alternate Elizabeth Beck
2013 State Ambassador Erin Peek, Arlington, Wa.
Alternate Annie Birklid
Alternate Olivia Zurcher