Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM by Global Reach

Arlen MeyerArlen Meyer grew up in a 4-H family. He was a nine-year member of the Page County Nodaway Nuggets 4-H Club. While he was a club member, Arlen served in nearly all offices, participated in county-wide activities, and enjoyed raising and showing market beef. He also participated in livestock judging contests and was an active FFA member in Clarinda High School serving as President his senior year.

After graduating from Clarinda High School and attending college, Arlen returned to Page County to begin a farming career. Every summer he helped at the county fair doing odds and ends, and once he returned for good, he quickly volunteered to be an assistant club leader for the Nodaway Nuggets, 34 years ago.

Arlen has been the main club leader for 32 years. During this time, he has raised four daughters in 4-H, and assisted hundreds and hundreds of young people develop life long skills in the areas of communications, agriculture, and being good people. When he mentions retiring from being a leader, the parents and club members are in agreement that they want Arlen to remain in the leader position.

He acquired a motor-powered merry-go-round and has maintained it and allowed the Nuggets to use it at the Page County Fair Carnival for a money raiser. He has also designed and helped club members construct a balloon toss which quickly became a crowd favorite at the Fair Carnival. Arlen helps with fairground clean up days and has helped maintain the Page County fairgrounds by volunteering his time and carpenter abilities. Arlen has devoted much of his life to 4-H and the young people of Page County. 

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