Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 2:18 PM by Global Reach

Robert and Rhonda ChristensenRobert (Bob) and Rhonda Christensen have been involved in the 4-H program for 45 years in one capacity or another.

 Rhonda started 4-H as a nine-year old and was a member of the Maple Valley Majorettes 4-H Club, where her mother, Arlene Rohlk, became a 4-H leader when Rhonda became a club member.   After graduating from Iowa State University, Rhonda was named Extension Home Economist in training working in Madison and Adair Counties for 7 months before moving to Buena Vista County to be the Extension Home Economist for B.V. and Clay Counties.  In the mid- 80’s she became the County Extension Education Director for Buena Vista County.   It was Rhonda and her co-worker Chuck Morris, who started the ‘pie making contest’ at the BV County Fair to raise money for camperships.  More than $30,000 has been raised for camperships for 4-H’ers and volunteers.

 Bob became involved 33 years ago when he married Rhonda.  The Christensen’s have served as chaperones for the Citizen Washington Focus trip and the Exchange trip to Michigan plus provided support to numerous4-H activities and events.    The Christensen’s are known in the county as teachers of youth, both teaching several kinds of workshops for youth at Safety Day, Ag-Citing, and Youth Volunteer Day.  Bob has always been Rhonda’s right hand helper and repair man for many of the 4-H events and promotes benefits of the 4-H program to other agencies and groups he has contact with in his work as Emergency Management Coordinator for B.V. County.

Bob and Rhonda have two grown children, Greg, Olathe, Kansas and Jennifer Woodley, Des Moines,who were 4-H members in B.V. County.

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