2018 Hancock County: Alan & Margaret Jass

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2018 Hancock County: Alan & Margaret Jass

 

For the Jass family, 4-H started back in 1923 when Alan’s mother was a member of the 1st girls club in her township.  Alan grew up in 4-H showing beef, dairy, pigs, and giving demonstrations about fitting, showing and participating in judging contests.  Margaret got involved in 4-H when their kids were old enough to participate.  She helped at the fair serving many hours making pies and working in the 4-H food stand.  She also served as the fair secretary for several years. 

Alan was a club leader for the Garfield Township Club and helped coach the judging teams.  He served on the fair board for 9 years.  Alan volunteered multiple years for fair night watchman duties.  Together Alan and Margaret have taught a lot of 4-Hers many tricks of the trade when showing cattle.  As they retired from some roles they took an active part serving as hosts of the 4-H Exhibit Building. 

Beyond the world of 4-H, Margaret spent more than 30 years playing the organ and piano for church services and choir.  She also volunteered numerous times to teach Bible School and Sunday School.  They led by example and worked hard to instill great character in young people.

Their quiet leadership and volunteerism has shown many 4-Hers in Hancock County what it means to be of good character.  Margaret summed up their lives in 4-H the best when she said, “4-H isn’t just about taking exhibits and livestock to fairs and getting ribbons and trophies.  It has taught our families to work together, work ethic, responsibility, patience, and respect to other people.”  Alan and Margaret have been shining examples of the character she speaks about developing in 4-H.   

As their children and grandchildren participated in 4-H it was clear to see that good character has been passed down through the generations from Alan and Margaret.  They make sure that the Jass family knows good sportsmanship, hard work ethic, and how to be respectful of all.

Hancock County 4-H is grateful they have been so involved in 4-H and have taught such great character to 4-H generations.  Thank you, Alan and Margaret for your commitment to Hancock County 4-H.

08/21/2018 3:11 PM
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