Posted on March 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM by Global Reach
Ronald Foster has been a dedicated 4-H member and volunteer for more than 50 years. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge 4-H club, and in 1954 was top individual out of 79 in 4-H Crops Identification and Judging Contest at the Iowa State Fair. With this honor, he was one of six 4-H club members to represent Iowa at the 4-H Grain Marketing Program in Chicago. Ronald finished his 4-H career as Page County 4-H Historian.
Ronald continued serving the Page County 4-H program as Assistant Sheep Superintendent from 1967 to 1970 and sheared 4-H sheep for free for 20 years. In 1984 he was the Cayuse 4-H Leader and also started as the Horse Superintendent for the Page County Fair. He continues in this role today. In 1992, Ronald was instrumental in organizing the spring and fall horse auctions to pay for the new horse barn. On July 31, 2004, Page County citizens paid tribute to Ronald by renaming the horse barn the Ronnie Foster Horse Barn.
Ronald has been a 4-H member, parent and grandparent to children in 4-H, leader, and mentor. He has encouraged, trained, and influenced many people in the art of horse riding for two decades. Ronald sets a high standard for volunteering. He is always willing to help at any time and unselfishly shares his skills and knowledge with youth and adults. As Ronald stated, “I’ve had a lot of kids go through this barn. I’ve never had a problem with any of them. This 4-H program will function without me. There are many good people.”