Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM by Global Reach

2002 Guthrie County - James LeoJames was a leader of the Cass Pioneers Club in Guthrie County in the 1980’s and early 90’s.  His gift to life was the “gift of giving” as he was always one of the first to volunteer when volunteers were needed.  He was a role model to many members by the examples he set from day to day.  Not only did he encourage 4-H’ers to get actively involved, but he also encouraged parents to get actively involved with their kids.

James is remembered for many community service projects.  For example, in 1987 he helped his club organize the first countywide basketball tournament to provide entertainment and fun for all club members.  This event was a hit for everyone and the tradition continues each year in January.

It was also easy to see James believed in the 4-H motto “to make the best better” by his dream to make the 4-H food stand at the county fairgrounds a better place.  First he helped his club organize and build a storage shed to hold extra appliances, food, and paper products.  But the dream did not end there.  James was a key player in the renovation of the main food stand building in 1994.  James secured many donations and worked long hours beside other volunteers to complete the wonderful facility we have today on our fairgrounds.

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