2020 Adams County: Donna West

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2020 Adams County: Donna West

 

Donna had lived 30+ years on the family’s now Century Farm until she made the tough decision to move to town to be near her job.  Although she no longer lives on the farm, she still takes interest in the family operation of crops and livestock and stays active with her kids, grandkids and now great-grandkids.

Donna West

For many years, Donna was a leader for the Royal Workers 4-H Club, later becoming the Prescott 4-H Workers.  She spent endless hours helping with projects and record books, sometimes finishing the night before the Fair.  Donna spent endless hours at the fair making sure members got their projects to the judges on time and final touches were complete.  She also traveled to other Club’s Achievement Shows to judge 4-H’ers and provide helpful hints.  Donna was asked to be the Family & Consumer Science & Visual Arts Superintendent for 6-7 years, gladly volunteering her time to spend with the 4-H clubs and families, including mentoring her own grandkids.  It brought her happiness to see projects be chosen to go on to the Iowa State Fair and smiles beaming on faces.

Donna also donates her time to her communities of Prescott & Corning.  She was a youth leader and treasurer for the Prescott United Church and served as treasurer for the Corning United Methodist Church.  She provided leadership to the Corning Ambassadors and Rotary Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce.  She also sat on the boards for RC&D and Midwest Opportunities.  She currently still delivers Meals on Wheels and serves as treasurer for the Rose Ann Auxiliary at CHI Health. As a former Auditor/Deputy Auditor for 25+ years, she also helped after retirement with county elections.

Donna has three hobbies: sewing, gardening, and playing cards with friends.  On the farm she planted huge gardens and grew beautiful flowers.  Luckily her love of flowers followed her to town as she plants flowers in pots on Main Street Corning.  Her time sewing is limited, but grandkids and great-grandkids are reaping the rewards of her labor with beautiful quilts.

It is her time at the Iowa State Fair, though, that she looks forward to each year.  What was a 6- day adventure over every inch of the grounds has become a 1-2 day journey taking in as many sites and shows as she can.  The 4-H Building & Ag Building are still stops on the route, but sitting on a bench under a shade tree brings her rest as she watches families and enjoys a favorite Fair Food.  A trip to the beef and pork tents is a must every year.

08/23/2020 12:00 PM
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