Posted on April 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM by Global Reach
“From the time my mother told me to help my little sister, 7 years younger, with 4-H energy it has been my pleasure to assist other 4-Hers,” recalls Sharon Bennett, Union County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominee. She has served 4-H in many ways. In 1951 she joined girls 4-H, and then later boys club so she could exhibit both home economics projects and beef projects throughout the 8 years of 4-H club membership. She also served as president of the Union County girl’s 4-H, helped with county rally day and state 4-H conference, initiated a Sand Creek achievement night to showcase 4-H to her township, organized the placement of 4-H signs at entry points to the county and also demonstrated at the county and state fair.
After marriage, Sharon and husband Louie hosted young people from Germany, Colorado, and from the Homes of Oakridge in Des Moines as a result of their continued 4-H connection. She took leadership for starting a senior 4-H club in the county that divided into an east and west coed club and then melded back to one known as Senior Ambassadors, led by Sharon and Louie along with Karen and Ron Simpson. 4-Her’s participating in that experience learned the value of earning the necessary funds to plan and take a trip to Washington D. C.
As leader of the Douglas Boosters 4-H Club Sharon assisted members with projects and with record books as part of the leadership responsibilities. Sharon has been recognized as a 4-H alumni in Union County, has served on the Extension Council, striving to keep 4-H strong and relevant to the youth membership.
Sharon currently serves on the Friends of 4-H Endowment Board, helping to raise funds and distribute those funds in the form of scholarships to youth who have exhibited strong leadership and citizenship skills through their 4-H project work.