Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 2:04 PM by Global Reach

2011 Clinton CountyJoanne (Goodall) Guise from Delmar has a long history with Clinton County 4-H.  She has been involved in some aspect of 4-H for over 65 years.
As a member of the Delmar Hot Shots 4-H Club from 1945-1951, Joanne spent time in the ring showing cattle.  Little did she know that she would become a girls 4-H leader for the Delmar Debettes 4-H Club when her daughter joined 4-H in the late 1960's.  During the 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's, she was not only a leader, but a 4-H mom to her four children who each spent the full 9-10 years in 4-H.
In the early 1970's, Joanne became very interested in the county communication program and served as the committee chair for almost 20 years.  Her own children were active in the program, but she was instrumental in encouraging many of her young 4-H members to do what was then called "a presentation".  She was noted for taking all of her 4-H members to the "presentation day" so they could watch all of them to get ideas to participate the next year.  She was willing to help the program evolve from just presentations, to educational presentations, working exhibits and a extemporaneous speaking over the span of the last 40 years.  She continues to be on the committee and hopes to continue to make improvements.
As a member of the County Youth Committee for the past five years, Joanne enjoys working with the extension staff and helping with the working exhibits at the fair and in the food stand each summer.  She is presently the chair of the Recognition committee and is instrumental in projects such as recognizing volunteer leaders, selecting the non-livestock top exhibitors at the fair and organizing the fall Recognition Banquet in November.
She has had the opportunity to help her 3 her grandchildren with their 4-H projects in this county and still can be seen helping with communication projects, working in the food stand and watching her grandson show cattle in the beef arena.  It was not unusual to see her supporting them even when they were showing static exhibits or communication exhibits at the state fair.  As a Hall of Fame Inductee, Joanne deserves the recognition for her 65+ years of being directly involved in the Clinton County 4-H program.

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