2020 Mills County: Janet & Ken Wade

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2020 Mills County: Janet & Ken Wade

 

Janet was a 4-H’er for nine years and her parents were 4-H leaders throughout her youth. She was quite the showman as a 4-H’er, winning many awards at the local and state level. Janet was the leader of the Mills County Silver Clouds 4-H club for ten years. She brought new ideas and activities that raised goals to new-found levels. Janet made a difference in each life she encountered. She has filled each 4-H’er with the knowledge that they mattered, and they could do more and better in everything- their goals, dreams, values, etc. Janet worked to help not only the 4-H’ers with goal setting, but also encouraged them in their writing, speaking, and leadership skills.  Her 4-H’ers were more than a club, they were family. She worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere that grew confidence and heart. Janet’s volunteer work with 4-H continues, as she shares knowledge and ideas with adults and children. She is always happy to lend a hand whenever needed. Janet and Ken Wade

Janet is also a contributing member of Women, Land, and Legacy of Southwest Iowa.  She serves on the steering team and helps coordinate the various events sponsored by the group.

Ken was always the quieter, more reserved type. He would stand back and be the hands at work to help get things done. His favorite thing was to see the 4-H’ers having a good time. He loved to find things for them to do. Ken spent months gathering rules to create a Round Robin Livestock competition for the Mills County fair. He felt that being a skilled handler and showman of livestock was great. But, going a step above and being able to show four different species and all livestock that weren’t your own was a true test. Then, incorporating questions regarding those other species was even a higher level of learning.  The creation of the Round Robin was instituted in 2015, with Ken leading the way. He made sure that all the showmanship contestants won something- Ken was nothing if not generous. He encouraged each of them. He cared deeply for the animals, the youth, and the process. He was a great lover of Ag and will be remembered for this master showmanship event, now known as the Ken Wade Memorial Round Robin Showmanship event.

Ken was also a dedicated and involved member of Farm Bureau. He served on the Mills County Farm Bureau Board and took part in many events.

Janet and the late Ken Wade- brought their spirit for volunteering, youth and ag to Mills County and worked tirelessly to create a legacy for today and beyond. And for that we are very grateful.

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