Posted on April 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM by Global Reach
Gayle “Whitey” and Sharon Petersen have dedicated a significant amount of time, effort and resources over the years to the Shelby County 4-H program and the Shelby County Fair. They were both active in 4-H as youth and have done their share of giving back to 4-H as alumni. As leaders of the Douglas Township 4-H clubs for many years, they made a memorable impact on the vast numbers of youth that came under their supervision. Collectively, they have served as achievement show judges, 4-H Youth Committee members, Shelby County Fair Board members, and Open Class superintendents. They are hard workers and volunteers, always serving with a positive attitude and sense of humor. They have served on numerous committees and assisted with many 4-H and community events. Their contributions to the county fair led to their 1998 induction into the Shelby County Fair Hall of Fame. Whitey received the Silver Clover Recognition Award in 1972, and Sharon received the Gold Clover Recognition Award in 1982. The Shelby County 4-H Family Award was presented to Whitey and Sharon and their family in 1989. Together, Whitey and Sharon have demonstrated dedication, encouragement and commitment to Iowa’s 4-Hers and their community.