Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on March 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM by Global Reach

Evelyn PetersonEvelyn Peterson was a Webster County 4-H leader for 64 years.  As the leader to the Lost Grove Leaders 4-H club, she saw many changes during her years as a volunteer - from collecting items for World War II to helping the girls with presentations.  Remembering the World War II period, she said that the club sent eight boxes of clothing to Norway and Holland and to thank us, they sent tulip bulbs for each member.  They also sold stamp corsages at basketball games and sent phonograph records to the USO.  The club also helped collect tons of scrap iron to help with the war effort.  

Evelyn was actively involved as a 4-H member for seven years.  As an adult, Evelyn wanted to repay the program that had benefited her.  Evelyn helped 4-H groups in Webster County plus other counties, worked at 4-H camps in Dolliver Park, on fair committees, and gave talks at the Iowa State Fair.  She received the State Alumni honor in 1972 and her name was placed in the Congressional Record in Washington DC in 1987.  

“I love working with demonstration teams,” Peterson said in an interview with Today Magazine in 1997.  “It’s not so much the project but what your goals are and what you learned from your project.”

Evelyn was a club leader for 64 years and retired as a club leader in 1997.

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