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2022 Van Buren County Carol Harlan

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:27 PM
Carol Harlan is the leader of the Horseshoe Bend 4-H club in Van Buren County. She has been a leader for the past nine years. Previously she was a leader of the Twinkling Stars 4-H club for three years back in the 70s. She was also a 4-H member herself for...

2021 Van Buren County John Charles Westercamp

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:11 PM
John Charles Westercamp was a long-time supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program. He was the swine superintendent for many years and a swine project leader for the Trot Right In 4-H Club for 18 years. Charlie was also a member of the Van Buren County Fair Board. Even...

2020 Van Buren County: Sandra & Rick Coffman

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
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...
Posted in Van Buren, 2020 |

2019 Van Buren County: Sheryl Muhs

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:22 PM
Sheryl Muhs was the office manager for the Van Buren County Extension office for 12 years, from 1992 to 2004, under the direction of Sandra McLain, the County Extension Director. Sheryl served as fair superintendent of the horse barn for the county fair. She served as the 4-H horse club...
Posted in Van Buren, 2019 |

2018 Van Buren County Martha Plowman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:54 PM
In the early 1970’s, Kenneth Gilchrist asked Jerry Plowman to help with the Douds Livewires 4-H Club. Jerry helped not only as a club leader, but was also a member of the Van Buren County Fair Board for many years. Among the members receiving his guidance throughout the years were...
Posted in Van Buren, 2018 |

2017 Van Buren County: Janet Meek

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:32 AM
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...

2016 Van Buren County Sandra McLain

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:49 AM
Sandy McLain has been involved with the 4-H program for over 60 years. Sandy started as a 4-H member for 8 years in Van Buren County. She received various 4-H awards, including the State Fashion Revue Contest and State 4-H Home Improvement trip to Chicago in 1965. In 1969, she started...

2015 Van Buren County- David L. Smith

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:20 PM
David L. Smith was an assistant leader and leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H club for 25 years. Before that, he was the leader of an all-boys club, the Harrisburg Beavers. The Jolly Trio Club has always been one of the largest and most active clubs in the county. As...

2014 Van Buren County - Norma Whitaker

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:33 AM
Norma Whitaker is a leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H Club in Van Buren County. She has been a leader for the past 9 years. She is dedicated to the success of the Van Buren County 4-H program. Before becoming a leader she was a 4-H mom. She is the...

2013 Van Buren County - Kenneth Gilchrist

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:04 AM
In 1972 Kenneth Gilchrist started a boys’ 4-H club in the Douds area, which was named the Douds Livewires with 10 boys joining that first year. The year before this club began, only one animal had been entered in the Van Buren County fair from the area and that was...

2012 Van Buren County- Marvin & Doris Strait

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:13 AM
Marvin & Doris Strait have been long-time supporters of the 4-H program. His parents were 4-H leaders and dad served many years on the fair board. As a 4-H’er, Marvin received many livestock honors during his 9 years in 4-H. After college and military service, he and his wife, Doris,...

2011 Van Buren County - Steve Kisling

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:58 AM
Steve Kisling is a strong supporter of youth and 4-H in Van Buren County. Steve was a 4-H member for nine years, a 4-H club leader and assistant leader for four years. Steve is also dedicated to the county fair. He was a fair board member for 21 years, serving...

2010 Van Buren County - Dale Muntz

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:28 AM
Dale Muntz is a strong supporter of youth and 4-H in our county. He assists yearly with the 4-H/FFA beef weigh-in for Van Buren County. Dale attends our annual 4-H awards banquet in November and oversees the sound system. He helps at the county fair by checking in the livestock...

2009 Van Buren County - Jean Birchmier

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:14 PM
Jean Birchmier has been a loyal and faithful supporter of the Iowa 4-H Program. She was a 4-H member in Keokuk County and a 20 year volunteer in the Van Buren County 4-H Program. She has encouraged youth in various community service projects, instilling in the youth the values of...

2008 Van Buren County - Ron Fransen

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:15 AM
He served as 4-H Livestock Judging Team coach for 8 years, and have continued for 11 years serving as agriculture and natural resources judge and ultrasound contest superintendent at the county fair. Ron has served 7 years as Van Buren County Livestock Quiz Bowl coach, winning third place in the...

2006 Van Buren County - Anna Belle Keller

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:12 PM
Anna Belle has been a life time supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program. She and her husband, Melvin, have two children, Duane and Mary Ann. They are long time 4-H members and each received numerous state medals and county awards. Anna Belle has served as a 4-H leader...

2005 Van Buren County - Sheri Moore

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:34 PM
Sheri has been a 4-H leader in Van Buren County for 6 years. Her family has been long time supporters of the Van Buren and Iowa 4-H program. All three of the daughters have been very active in the 4-H program. Sheri has served as 4-H rabbit superintendent for 5...

2004 Van Buren County - Ernestine Topping

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 10:44 AM
Ernie Topping has been as strong supporter of the Iowa and Van Buren County 4-H programs for more than 18 years. She is a mother of 3 children, Ben, Kim and Bethany. Bethany is a current member of the Van Buren County 4-H program and Ben and Kim have graduated...

2003 Van Buren County - Michelle Wenke

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 11:14 AM
Michelle has been a strong supporter of the Iowa and Van Buren County 4-H program for more than 13 years. She is a mother of 7 children and 3 have graduated from the county 4-H program and 2 are currently enrolled, with 2 younger children at home. She is currently...

2002 Van Buren - Kathy Noll

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:07 PM
Kathy has been an active supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program for many years. The last 11 years she has served as the Jolly Trio 4-H Club leader. Kathy has been an inspiration and quiet encourager to many 4-H members. Kathy is an elementary teacher at the Harmony School...
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