Posted on March 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM by Global Reach
When Kathy Barrick joined the Marshall Miniature Farmeretts 4-H Club, she never thought that 30 years later she still would be involved with Louisa County 4-H.
After graduation from Central College with a degree in Home Economics plus vocational certification from Iowa State University she began teaching Home Economics in Northwest Iowa. Three years later she and her husband returned to Wapello and Kathy was asked to serve on the 4-H and Youth Development Committee. From 1984 when Kathy first volunteered, she has provided leadership to many different 4-H committees, events and educational programs in Louisa County.
She was a member of the 4-H and Youth Development Committee three different times for a total of nine years. As a member of the 4-H Fair Committee for 6 years, she is currently serving as the chairperson being elected to that position for the last 3 years. She was the county clothing selection/fashion revue coordinator for 3 years and was the Family and Consumer Science Fair Superintendent for 3 years. She judged at many county 4-H achievement shows, chaperoned lock-ins, judged record books, cleaned 4-H fair buildings, and assisted with many county workshops related to food and nutrition and sewing. Kathy also has given leadership to many other extension sponsored adult Family and Consumers Science programs.
As the 9-year leader of the BLG Club, Kathy assists her members with many of their projects by holding workshops. The club regularly helps the community with their many service projects. One of Kathy's most recent endeavors was helping start a county endowment with the Iowa 4-H Foundation. She currently is on the foundation board actively raising money for youth in Louisa County.
Kathy and her husband Bill live in Wapello. They have three children, two in college and one son at home who is a 4-H'er. She teaches Family and Consumer Science at the Wapello High School.
Kathy said she enjoys helping 4-H'ers and assisting with the entire county 4-H program. The only part she least enjoyed was helping scoop and clean river mud out of the 4-H buildings several years ago when the Louisa County Fairgrounds was under water during the flood.
Louisa County is proud to have Kathy Barrick become a member of the 4-H Hall of Fame. Her talents, hard work and dedication to the 4-H program are very much appreciated.