Posted on April 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM by Global Reach
Paul Short was a 4-H member in Buchanan County from the time he was 10 years old until he graduated from high school. He was a member of the Newton Sodbusters club and returned years later to serve as a leader. Paul was also a very active member of the Youth Advisory Committee for many years where he provided helpful insight into the various events and programs for the 4-H members. He also serves on the 4-H Beef Committee and mentors newer members about showing beef.
Paul has a lot of knowledge about the 4-H program in Buchanan County and enjoys telling everyone stories about the program’s history. He remembers when the 4-H Building on the county fairgrounds was destroyed and needed to be rebuilt. He also helped rebuild the beef barn with the members in his club and other 4-H members. If anyone wants to know something about an important milestone in the Buchanan County 4-H history, just ask Paul.
Paul is also very involved in his community as well. He is currently serving on the Extension Council where he was a member from 1988-1992, returning in 2003. One of his recent roles on the Extension Council is serving as a liaison to the county Fair Board. He is also a member of the Buchanan County Cattlemen where he serves on the board of directors. He enjoys working with this group of people and really likes the opportunities to grill for various events.
Currently Paul farms full-time along the eastern border of Buchanan County. His wife Helen also volunteers for the only fundraiser for the county 4-H program. Their three sons, PJ, Brian, and Joe, were all 4-H members and have agriculture-related jobs. Paul really likes spending time with his grandkids, Emily, Jacob, and Aubrey.
“Helping kids with their 4-H projects and spending time at the fair with friends,” are two reasons why Paul continues to volunteer his time for the 4-H program. He is a great asset to the community and to the youth in the county.