Posted on April 21, 2011 at 11:33 AM by Global Reach
Dr. Al and Pat Pokorny are very humbled and honored to represent the many people of Union County who keep the 4-H program strong. Their greatest joy in serving 4-H has been to watch a young, shy 4-Her blossom into a mature, confident adult ready to be an asset to the community. They believe working together as a family to carry out the goals and projects of 4-H is one of the greatest benefits 4-H offers families.
Al and Pat’s involvement in 4-H is the union of an experienced 4-Her and his city bride. As young parents new to the area, they found 4-H to be a way to help them become immersed in their community.
Al’s 4-H experience began in the Clutier Cowboys of Tama County. Active in swine and beef projects, Al served his club in every office. After purchasing Dr. Craig Larson’s veterinary clinic and moving to Union County, Al supported and promoted the sheep project to all 4-Hers as an economical livestock project well suited to the abilities of younger members. As a 4-H Club leader he strongly encouraged financial record keeping as the basis for an important life-long skill. His support of the sheep program included many years serving on the Midcrest Area Sheep Show committee. He also served on the Union County Extension Council.
A Des Moines high school graduate with no previous 4-H experience, Pat became a 4-H wife and mother working with Al to lead the Douglas Boosters 4-H club during their three-year rotation. She also spent three years as the 4-H aid in Union County and devoted long hours coordinating the many 4-H activities at the county fair. Pat particularly values 4-H for its family-inclusive nature. This provided their family the opportunity to work together and to meet and work with other like-minded families across the county.
In addition to numerous hours spent making learning and leadership opportunities available to the youth in Union County, Al and Pat also have given generously through the annual 4-H livestock sale and with financial contributions to Union County 4-H Foundation. Pat can always be counted on to bake pies for the annual 4-H Foundation Pie Auction.
Their establishment of the Chris Pokorny Memorial Achievement Award for Union County in honor of their son typifies their strong commitment to and belief in the 4-H program.
Both Al and Pat have also volunteered in numerous capacities for their church, school and community organization.