Posted on April 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM by Global Reach
Melodies’ start into 4-H was fueled by her parents involvement. She began in 1969 at age 10 and continued until graduating high school. She focused her project work on sewing and constructed many items including both her junior and senior prom gowns. She also was very active in planning activities and volunteer work with her club the Peppy Pals in Audubon County. At this time also showing 4-H cattle in Guthrie County. ---Later, While working a full time job, her biggest contribution to 4-H began in 1989 when her daughter joined the G & L Clovers in Cass County. She instantly became a leader and helped with every activity the club participated in. She again was focused on sewing with the club members and helped with projects such as pillowcases, clothing, quilts and many other items. She also helped many learn to cook and helped plan their yearly Thanksgiving meal for their families. She became involved with the county food stand for several years and organized the pie and milk donations. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she continued to be a leader and helped youngsters with their 4-H projects until a year before she passed. She had written in her 4-H book in 1976, “Citizenship is having respect for the feelings, thoughts and actions of other people.” She portrayed her words exactly.