Posted on March 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM by Global Reach
Alvina Ruth Tesdahl Sellers joined her local 4-H club in Norway Township, Wright County, Iowa at the age of twelve, in 1927. Because her mother had been killed by a tornado when Alvina was eleven years old, she helped raise her two sisters and one brother, helping and encouraging them with their 4-H projects, as well as completing her own.
In 1950 Alvina and her husband, L.S. Sellers, together with their daughter, Sandra, and son, James, moved to the Frye family farm in Wall Lake Township, south of Clarion, Iowa. There she co-founded a 4-H club for girls, the Wall Lake Wee Women. She served as a 4-H leader for the next fifteen years. In addition, she helped guide both of her children as they participated in 4-H club activities, completed 4-H projects and presented 4-H demonstrations, both at the Wright County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. Alvina served as a judge for many Wright county 4-H girls’ clubs’ achievement shows and as county fair secretary for the girl’s exhibits.
Alvina was chairperson of the Wright County 4-H Youth Committee for four years and served as a 4-H County Committee woman for twenty years. In 1975 she was awarded the Wright County 4-H Alumni Award.
Alvina and L.W. were members of the 4-H 400 Club in recognition of their monetary contributions to the 4-H programs.
Alvina believed fully in the value of the 4-H and the opportunity it provides young people as they learn to pledge their heads to greater knowledge, their hands to greater service and their hearts to greater loyalty.