Posted on April 19, 2011 at 1:54 PM by Global Reach
Steve Landt has always loved the outdoors and working with animals. When he was old enough to join 4-H, it was a natural fit. A neighbor sold him his first Hereford calf and a lifelong hobby was formed. He was a nine year member of the Union-Whitten 4-H Club in Hardin County. After high school graduation, Steve served on the Hardin County Extension Council, the 4-H Youth Committee and then a club leader for the Union-Whitten Hustlers 4-H Club. Steve has volunteered with the 4-H program for 31 years. Watching his daughters get involved in the same club he grew up in was a special memory for him. Steve enjoyed watching club members grow and mature into young adults. He also had the pleasure of seeing three of his previous 4-H members become 4-H leaders.
Steve always encouraged members to be a part of their community by volunteering and helping with service projects. He was instrumental in developing a club scholarship fund program for graduating senior members who were actively involved in club activities and completed their record books. He felt that this scholarship award was a way of saying “thanks” to the seniors for their dedication to their club and 4-H.
4-H was a family affair for the Landt family for almost 30 years. Steve’s wife, Jinny, and daughters Erin and Adrienne started to attend 4-H meetings with their dad when they were three years old. Meeting lifelong friends for the entire family has provided lots of memories. Even with today’s busy life-style, 4-H gave the Landt family the opportunity to spend some precious time with their daughters.
In addition to his role as 4-H leader, Steve has been an active member of the Iowa Hereford Breeders Association. He served as president, vice-president and also was an Advisor for the Iowa Junior Hereford Association for three years. Steve is a member of the Community Church in Union.