Posted on April 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM by Global Reach
Steve and Barb Determan have been leaders of the Early Achievers 4-H club for over two decades. Barb started as a leader 30 years ago with Steve joining two years later, now giving him 28 years of being a leader. When Steve and Barb started, Early's 4-H clubs were separated into a boys' and a girls' club, typical of the time. The Determan's helped to combine the clubs in 1988 into the current club, the Early Achievers. They have both made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of 4-Hers throughout the state.
Barb has served on the Sac County 4-H Endowment as well as the Iowa 4-H Foundation. She is currently President Elect of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. Barb was a 4-Her in Illinois and became a 4-H leader as soon as she moved to Sac County.
Steve may not have been in 4-H as a youth, but he has made up for it in his adult life. Steve has been working with the Early Achievers on projects from the very beginning of his leadership career. Steve also became involved in ISU Extension through 4-H and is currently serving on both the Sac County Extension Council and the Iowa Association of County Extension Councils Board.
Steve and Barb remain active on both the county and state level. As club leaders, they continue to encourage 4-H members to become involved on all levels through state project awards, as well as state and national trips. Even though all three of their children children have graduated, Steve and Barb continue to chaperone lock-ins, volunteer at county lock-ins, even travel to the State 4-H center to cook a meal for the State 4-H Council once a year. They use their combined 58 years of experience to help teach other 4-H leaders and encourage 4-H members to grow. By developing a personal relationship with every 4-H member they meet, the 4-Hers of Sac County know they can go to Steve and Barb for help with anything.