Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM by Global Reach

Dianna PetersonAs told by her daughter:

For as long as I can remember, Dianna has been a huge part of Audubon County 4-H.  She was a member of the Cameron Future Homemakers.  It was very important to her that I become part of the 4-H family, also.  At this time, our group was the Lucky Lincolns.  She always volunteered to help supporting me in every step of my 4-H journey and soon was a club leader.
She thoroughly enjoyed being “hands on” and involved with club projects, judging at the fair and pushing us to go above and beyond.  She always encouraged her girls to sign up for extra activities during fair like Decorator’s Showcase, Fashion Designers Showcase, etc. as we should be doing something constructive with our time while on the fairgrounds!
Over the years, Dianna’s main focus was to teach skills that would last a lifetime.  She taught us goal setting and follow through were a large part of life, not just to be put on a piece of paper for our 4-H record books.  We didn’t just go on field trips and visit places but we also got our hands dirty and learned about processes and why things are the way they are.  We learned how to do things for ourselves and to use knowledge to help others. 
She also focused on community service…the Lucky Lincolns 4-H club wasn’t just a club that met once a month, but a club people knew, respected and trusted.  Some of our community service projects included monthly senior meals for the over 60 crowd around, playground clean-up for the Gray Community Betterment Corp. and visiting the residents of our local nursing home. For years, the club had a team for Relay for Life supporting the American Cancer Society.  One of the biggest projects was the undertaking of clean-up and beautification of 3 of our local rural cemeteries. It was quite the extended project receiving much publicity, pride and thanks from the community. 
Dianna made an incredible impact on dozens of young girls.  She also made an incredible impact on Audubon County 4-H in general.  She saw many girls succeed in their 4-H careers and in life after graduation. She was always proud of us as individuals and as a club. She encouraged, assisted, taught, disciplined and loved each of us.  She was like a mother to every girl and still continues to be in contact with many of them. The Lucky Lincolns wouldn’t have been such a strong force if it hadn’t been for her.  We were all truly “Lucky”!

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