Posted on April 19, 2011 at 2:03 PM by Global Reach
David was a member of the Maple Grove 4-H Club in Chickasaw County.
David played 4-H softball as third baseman in the summer. He showed cattle at the fair. He talks about showing his calf Little Jo. He loaned $102. 68, at 7% interest, to his sister, Mary, so she could buy her first calf, Link. Mary was a little nervous her first year with showing cattle, so David showed it for her. Record books were required and his records were always immaculate. He also served on the County Council.
Barbara was a member of the Riverton Lucky Clovers 4-H Club in Floyd County. At club meetings members brought a dime so they could boost their club treasury. During her years as a 4-H member, she made many projects. She often speaks of sewing her own prom dress. Her dress had French seams and was made on her mother’s treadle sewing machine. Barbara also learned how to refinish dressers during 4-H and now they are in her daughter’s home.
Each summer David and Barbara traveled to each member’s home on the club tour to see what each member was working on for the fair. This was a big deal!
Both David and Barbara enjoyed their 4-H years and speak highly of the value and importance of the 4-H program. Barbara served as the leader of the Riverton Lucky Clovers for 26 years. She enjoyed working with her co-leaders to plan events. When she started as a leader she was the leader of the girls club, Riverton Lucky Clovers. The boys had their own club, Riverton Good Cheer. Later on both clubs combined and used the name Riverton Lucky Clovers. As a leader, she helped members with presentations and projects. The club served treats at the Iowa State Research Farm Field Day. delivered fruit baskets and went caroling each year. They enjoyed a trip to the Amanas. Other fun times included pizza and bowling parties.
Barbara and David were actively involved when their daughters, Amy and Sarah, were in 4-H. Barbara was their 4-H leader and David served on the Floyd County Fair Board. Barbara enjoyed helping the girls with their numerous Home Economic projects. David helped the girls show cattle. Most of all, Amy and Sarah enjoyed going to the Iowa State Fair to see their projects in the 4-H building. They went every year the girls had a project sent to the Iowa State Fair! It was always exciting to find out what ribbon rating the project received.
David served on the Floyd County Fair Board. He was a very active member and held the offices of Vice President and President. During his terms on the board,. he helped put new tin on the sheep building and helped with the campaign and building of the new show arena. He donated and delivered sawdust for many years so the animals would have soft bedding. He helped set up bleachers for events during the fair. He spent many hours in the fair office answering questions and lending a helping hand. He also served on the board when they decided to air-condition the green building. David enjoyed working with many wonderful committee members and liked going to the fair each year.
Barbara continues to be involved with 4-H as the Home Economics Superintendent. She travels, to several counties to judge She enjoys talking to members and learning about their exhibits. Both David and Barbara love spending time with their family. They also love going to the fair. I’m sure you’ll see them supporting and encouraging the youth of Floyd County.