Dan West was the discussion leader and had a marvelous way of bringing out the best in youth. He would follow Chauncey Shamberger as the National Director of Young People's Work from 1930 to 1936. In 1937-1938 he traveled to Spain to serve as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. While working in Spain he envisioned the concept behind Heifer Project, believing it better to send cows rather than powdered milk. Returning home to Northern Indiana he sold the idea to his neighboring farmers in the Church of the Brethren.
Source: Passing on the Gift: The Story of Dan West, Glee Yoder