2017 Van Buren County: Janet Meek

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2017 Van Buren County: Janet Meek

 

Janet Meek has been a long-time supporter of the 4-H program.  Janet grew up in a family of 12 children.  She enjoyed being outside and helping her father around the farm, although he died at a young age.  She was a 4-Her during the time when there were 4-H clubs for girls and 4-H clubs for boys.  She couldn’t show livestock as a member of a girls club, so her projects were sewing, cooking, crafts, and writing, especially poetry.

Janet was the leader of the Birmingham Busy Bees 4-H club for 13 years.  This club was one of the larger clubs in Van Buren County.  One of the special projects Janet remembers was showing the 4-H members how to make flowers out of pigskin.

She served on the Van Buren County Extension Council from 2001-2006. She was also a member of the Van Buren County Pork Producers.

Janet was a strong advocate for the 4-H organization and it’s opportunities for life skill development. She crusaded for the underdog or the 4-H member from a low resource family as well as other 4-H members in Van Buren County.

Janet went from working with county youth activities to assisting with financial fees. She made sure every 4-H member had the opportunity for achievement of personal and educational/career goals.  She found a way to make things happen and 4-H alumni have remarked that Janet “made a difference in their lives.”

Her husband Van was also a 4-H leader and their 2 sons, Brian and Richard were active 4-H members.  Janet firmly believes in 4-H and the personal development for the 4-Her and the family involvement that is an essential part of the 4-H program.

Janet will always be a 4-H promoter.

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