Posted on April 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM by Global Reach
Dave and Chris met when they were students at Iowa State University. They landed in Adair County in 1974 when Dave took a job as a hog buyer. Neither Chris, a military kid who moved frequently growing up, nor Dave, a town kid from eastern Iowa, had been 4-H members but were determined that their own kids would be involved in the program.
Dave’s love of kids and animals made him a perfect match for 4-H and like many parents of 4-H members, he moved into the role of 4-H volunteer and served 11 years. Dave was also an active fair board director for 14 years, serving as president for 5 years. Dave spent many hours throughout the year working at the fair grounds to make sure it was a safe and pleasant environment for Adair County citizens and visitors.
Chris jumped right in and got involved in the 4-H program as a volunteer, too. She served as 4-H leader and also was a member of the Adair County Extension Council, Youth Action Committee, and was an Iowa State Fair volunteer. She helped form the Adair County Wing Walkers 4-H Club and recruited many new families to the 4-H program.
Dave and Chris supported the efforts of their two children: Amanda and Matthew. Dave and Chris Gleason were caring adults in the lives of many Adair County youth, not just 4-H members. Dave was a patient listener and a model of quiet leadership and service. Dave had an affinity for remembering people’s names and that helped him connect with youth looking for an adult who would pay attention to what they had to say.
Chris, always interested in making communities a better place for kids to learn and grow, served on the Greenfield School Board. After Dave’s death Chris returned to Iowa State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She continues to impact the lives of youth across the state through her work on the State 4-H Staff where she coordinates volunteer development and directs the Operation: Military Kids project.