Posted on April 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM by Global Reach
Ruby Stephens started her career with 4-H in Pleasant Township in Union County in the mid 1940’s. She and husband John started the first 4-H horse club in Iowa in 1964. They have six children all of whom were in 4-H and two have served as 4-H leaders with the Horse and Riders club started by Ruby and husband, John. Grandchildren are also involved in 4-H with one grandson gracing the cover of the Rules and Regulations for 4-H Equine Shows in Iowa.
Together, they were leaders of 4-H clubs in Union County for 18 years, receiving the Pearl Clover Award for 15 years of service. Ruby also served on the 4-H County Committee. Not content with retirement from farming, Ruby continues to volunteer throughout the community and with the 4-H program. She bakes pies for the 4-H Endowment Board auction conducted at the 4-H horse show and other livestock shows during the county fair. You can always find Ruby in her lawn chair under the shade tree near the horse arena ready to cheer for and support not just grandchildren but other youth participants as they develop their skills in horsemanship.