Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM by Global Reach

Carol GardThe recipient of this year’s induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Henry County is Carol Gard. Carol was born in 1945 and was raised on a crop and livestock farm. As a child, Carol wasn’t able to be a part of 4-H due to responsibilities she had at home, but she always wanted to join and knew one day she would encourage her own children to become 4-H members.

In 1963 Carol graduated from Anita High School. She later married and she and her husband started a family. As time went by Carol’s family moved to southeast Iowa in the late 70’s. At this time her children became involved with 4-H. It wasn’t until the early 80’s that all three of Carol’s children had joined the Henry County 4-H program. Carol also became involved with 4-H too as the head 4-H leader for the New London Lassies and Lad’s Club.
Carol brought many strengths and talents as a 4-H leader to New London. She organized meetings, education outings and encouraged youth to belong to 4-H. Her club was one of the largest clubs in the county! Carol was a leader for many years, and decided that she wanted to pursue a fulltime career of working with kids in the Henry County 4-H Program.
Carol began working as the 4-H assistant at the Henry County Extension Office in the late 80’s. She worked with 4-H and also took on a secretarial position in 1992. Carol eventually took over the County Youth Coordinator position shortly thereafter and worked in the office until her retirement in October of 2007.
Carol fills in occasionally at the Henry County office and has volunteered to help train new staff.  In Carol’s free time she is a Master Gardener through Iowa State University Extension since 1991. Carol serves as the vice president with the Master Gardener program. Carol enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Roger, their children, and grandchildren.
Carol is the most deserving recipient for this award as she is always volunteering to help with 4-H events, programs, and activities.  Carol is dependable, friendly, outgoing, and organized. In our eyes, she is truly the most valuable volunteer in the Henry County 4-H program!
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