2020 Van Buren County: Sandra & Rick Coffman

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2020 Van Buren County: Sandra & Rick Coffman

 

Rick and Sandra Coffman have been involved in 4-H since they were both nine years of age. They married in 1970, at this time Sandra became a leader in Davis County. She served as a leader for three years. They moved to Warren County and Rick became a leader in Marion County. Sandra and Rick Coffman

They moved to Van Buren County and Rick was then asked to be a leader of the Livewires 4-H Club. At this time, boys’ and girls’ clubs were separate. When the two groups became one, Sandra rejoined as a leader. The two served together while raising their four kids through the program. Rick later retired as a leader. Sandra continued to serve as a leader until their daughter Amanda graduated. As time went on their son Wayne and his wife Heather took on the club leader role.

Life became busier for Wayne and Heather, so they decided to step down and Sandra once again joined the leader role, she did not want to see the club disband. Sandra and her daughter Amanda are now the leaders of Blazing Trails 4-H club. Today Sandra is still a leader and has served on the Extension Council since 2013. 4-H is a big part of the Coffman’s life, raising 4 children and 14 grandchildren through the program. Currently they have two in the program. They have had as many as 6 grandkids showing at one time. Sandra and Rick believe in the 4-H program because of the responsibilities it teaches, as well as becoming great and respected young adults. They have experienced this themselves, with their kids and grandkids.

They contribute this to being in 4-H, and life on the farm. They both agree that watching young kids grow through 4-H is one of the greatest parts of their lives. Sandra and Rick are also celebrating their 50-year wedding anniversary.

08/23/2020 12:00 PM
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