Posted on April 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM by Global Reach
Carleton Meinders was a 4-H leader in Mahaska County for 15 years, starting in 1952. During that time of volunteer service, he assisted many youth with their livestock projects, especially cattle. Carleton enjoyed raising black Angus cattle and loved working with the cattle and youth. He raised 2 daughters and a son on the family farm with his wife, Nellie. One of their daughters is now a 4-H leader for a very large club in Mahaska County, as well as a Clover Kids leader in New Sharon.
Through Carleton’s years of volunteering, his family grew to know and love 4-H and the mission and vision of the program. Carleton’s grandson is a senior member of 4-H in Mahaska County and is also a member of the Iowa State 4-H Youth Council. Carleton instilled great values in the lives of the young people he worked with. He had a strong sense of pride for success in the 4-H program and was happy to see the young people and his family grow within this program.