Posted on March 31, 2011 at 1:35 PM by Global Reach
Mary Clayton was a long term 4-H volunteer in Union County and for the Iowa State 4-H program. She initiated the Union County Unicorns 4-H club in the late 70’s and it continues today. Due to her legacy the club continues to thrive with a strong community service component. Mary also contributed to the Iowa 4-H program by being a strong advocate for the consumer management subject matter area as a new project area. She continued her support of that project area by taking leadership for the consumer management department at the Iowa State Fair.
Mary was known by many across southwest Iowa as a true educator while evaluating and encouraging young people in their project work at local county fairs. She contributed many hours of volunteer time to make sure that young people, particularly those at risk, had the support of a caring and nurturing adult. Mary was often called upon for evaluating the communications event at the Iowa State Fair.
Mary was not a 4-Her during her youth but strongly believed in the program that gave her two children the foundation for leading healthy, productive lives through application of the knowledge base and principles of 4-H club work.
Union County Friends of 4-H Endowment Board is proud to induct Mary Clayton into the 4-H Hall of Fame.