Posted on April 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM by Global Reach
Julienne Ferry models the 4-H spirit. She has served youth in Shelby County as a 4-H parent and leader, a judge and now as a proud grandparent. Through her 4-H volunteer efforts, past service on the Shelby County Extension Council, and now serving on the county ISU sesquicentennial committee she works diligently to see that the Shelby County 4-H program remains strong.
With four generations of supportive and active 4-H family members, Julienne believes in the significant role 4-H plays in the lives of young people. After a successful 4-H career and upon graduating from Harlan High School in 1957 Julienne and her brother LaVerne were honored by their parents, Lloyd and Myrtle Obrecht, by the initiation of a county 4-H award in their names. Today, 50 years later, the Obrecht Award is given to an Outstanding Shelby County
4-H Senior Boy and Girl.
Julienne and her daughter, Richelle, volunteer to help interview candidates for the awards each year. Julienne is a 1961 Iowa State University Graduate in Textiles and Clothing. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences at the Harlan Community Schools for 31 years before her retirement in the mid-1990’s. Today you will still find her using her teaching skills as she helps grandchildren and young 4-H’ers learn new skills through the completion of
Julienne, and husband Richard have two children, Richelle and Brandt. Both children are ISU graduates as are their spouses, Todd and Stacy. Needless to say the whole family is loyal supporters of ISU, Extension, and the 4-H program.