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Dyk stays on the move with 2 jobs, volunteer service
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Janet Dyk juggles two jobs and volunteer service. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Ripon High grad Janet Dyk has a daily schedule like none other. It includes running her antique shop, organizing her third consecutive Manteca Quilters’ quilt show, overseeing Ag Venture for third graders throughout San Joaquin County, and serving as a trustee for the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

“It’s crazy!  It’s wonderful,” she said Monday afternoon from behind her counter expressing her disbelief of the response her new Magpie Antiques Shop is enjoying at the corner of Walnut and First streets in Ripon.

To say Janet is multifaceted is an understatement.  She is up about 4 a.m. every day and at the shop by 6 or 7 a.m., even though she doesn’t open her doors until 10 a.m. And she occasionally cares for a grandchild or two.

In coordinating the next AgVenture for some 3,300 school children from Stockton, Lodi and Linden Unified, she admittedly stays busy year round.  She said there are 10 schools not participating in the Lodi Grape Festival event because of the past downsizing of the bus driving staff. 

She organizes the transportation, displays and works for the Farm Bureau under Agricultural Commissioner Scott Hudson whose office is located on Arch Road near Stockton Metro Airport.

She said she has been working on the Lodi event since November following the Manteca AgVenture.

“I coordinate the whole thing with the help of my daughter Amy Bavaro and daughter-in-law Megan Dyk,” she added.

Under her supervision, she coordinates the Manteca AgVenture in November and another for Lincoln Unified in January.  She said it has all been made possible through a Department of Food and Ag $200,000 grant with the blessings of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Scott Bedermann and herself.  

This is the third year Dyk has organized the large quilt show at Manteca’s MRPS Hall in the 100 block of North Grant Street.  The dates are March 2 and 3. She insists it is one of the best quilt shows in California.  She has made some 300 quilts herself that she has either donated or given away to those in need.

“I just got my packet for the trustee meeting,” she said as she chatted at her antique store’s counter. 

She was excited about having plaques for accomplished students in the San Joaquin Regional Conservation Corps.  She was going to be sure the trainees would be recognized for their “super efforts” during recent AgVenture events.

As for family she and her husband Daryl are coming up on their 39th wedding anniversary in April.  Dyk worked as an educator for 22 years in the Manteca district’s August Knodt School teaching computer science under Principal Frank Souza.