Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM by Global Reach

Rose Mary Scott began her 4-H career in 1948 when she joined the Mantua Maidens. She was an original member of the club. She didn’t show livestock, but took home economics projects.

Rose Mary’s 4-H career continued when she became the leader of the Bluff Creek Bluebirds, the club that was started by her mother-in-law. She and her husband were leaders at the same time – Charles was the leader of the Bluff Creek Progressives for a short time. All three of the Scott children, Gary, Bob and Linda, were very involved in the 4-H program.  Linda started going before she was old enough to be an official member. Rose Mary was very busy at this time on the farm as well. They had a dairy herd of 100 to care for and 65 cows to milk each night. She also helped bale hay and canned the produce from her garden.

Rose Mary remained the leader of the Bluff Creek Bluebirds for 33 years. During that time she helped her club learn to sew (this was her favorite) and to get other exhibits ready for the fair. One of the special events the club did each year was around Christmas. All of the members of the club would come to her house. They would prepare a meal for their families. Then the families would come and they would have the meal that the members had prepared. In 2004, the Bluff Creek Bluebirds became too small to continue and was dissolved.

Rose Mary was involved with Extension and 4-H in many other ways. She was on the board when our office assistant, Marilyn Walker (last year’s Monroe County Hall of Fame inductee) was hired.

Now we count on Rose Mary to substitute in the office whenever our office assistant is gone.   She made a “Chris Clover” for us that we have used in parades. She helps us at the fair by decorating the exhibit space and she cooks breakfast for all of the members and families one morning at the fair.

Ask Rose Mary why she continues to support 4-H in such a large way and she will tell you that she “just enjoys the kids".

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