Posted on April 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM by Global Reach
She was also able to participate in IFYE, which is the Iowa Farm Youth Exchange Student program and was able to spend time in the Netherlands because of it.
Mary Ottmar was a 4-H’er in Cass County, involved in a variety of activities and projects. She participated in the IFYE (International Farm Youth Exchange) program to the Netherlands.
Mary began her professional Extension career in 1972 as the Cass County Extension 4-H and Youth Leader for 20 years. In 1992, Mary returned to school and worked on her master’s of adult and Extension education at Iowa State University. She was then hired as a youth specialist for Johnson and Cedar counties in eastern Iowa. She held that position until coming to Audubon County in May of 1997 as the County Extension Education Director.
During her time in Audubon county Mary was heavily involved in bettering the
4-H program, restarting Youth Council, starting a 4-H recognition night during county fair. While Mary was in Audubon County, a new swine barn was built and many 4-Her’s were helped to reach their goals. Mary has a close relationship with the fair board, as well as the city of Audubon. The John James Audubon and streetscape project is one Mary worked on diligently.
She also has participated in fun activities like power pedal pull, dunk tank, and outhouse races. Mary currently is superintendent of the 4-H Personal Development department at the Iowa State Fair.