Posted on April 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM by Global Reach
As a young man, Harold Lansman was instrumental in getting a 4-H club established in his township. The Monroe Standbys was established in 1947 with several members, and the club continued to grow in the coming years. Harold was active in soil conservation, and due to his leadership 12 farms developed soil conservation plans. He also saw the need for more active participation in exhibiting at the county fair and organized a group to work at repairing buildings which created more of an interest in showing at the fair. As a 4-H participant, he exhibited beef. He was a member of the livestock judging team that earned sixth place at the State Fair and seventh at the National Barrow Show in 1951. He was elected Camp Spirit at the Soil Conservation Camp in 1951. In 1952 he was selected to attend the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago.
Harold served as a 4-H leader of the Monroe Standbys for several years. His own three children were active in 4-H as now his nine grandchildren are members of clubs in Shelby, Polk, and Boone counties. Harold continues to support 4-H. As a businessman for over 40 years, he saw the need of support for the 4-H and FFA auction held at the end of the county fair. He contacted various Harlan businesses, and with their help has provided financial support to many 4-Hers selling livestock. Harold continues to rally this support from local merchants each year, and now the livestock auction receives financial support from businesses throughout Shelby County.
Harold is thankful for his 4-H involvement and the opportunities it provided for developing leadership skills.