Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM by Global Reach


Boyd DohrmannBoyd Dohrmann of Franklin County served as a volunteer in many ways. Boyd was the 4-H Sheep Project Leader for 30 years, a 4-H Club Leader of the Marion Jr. Farmers for 10 years, leader of the County Senior 4-H’ers, (a county program for high school age members to get acquainted and socialize) for 5 years, as well as serving on the County 4-H Youth Committee and County Extension Council. 
When asked why he volunteered so much of his time to the 4-H program, he replied, “I simply enjoyed working with the kids.” Some of Boyd’s fondest memories as a sheep project leader were working at the Franklin County Fair Sheep Show. He has seen changes in frame size and muscling of show lambs over the years, but Boyd also commented on the changes he witnessed in 4-H’ers too. “4-H’ers seemed to have become more independent and self-confident,” says Boyd, “I feel that belonging to 4-H and growing up on a farm is part of why our children have grown to be successful adults.”
A nine year member of the Franklin County Hamilton Go Getters 4-H club himself, Boyd said, “I felt that as a volunteer, I was “giving back” to the 4-H program that mentored me as a member.” As a 4-H member, Boyd raised and exhibited sheep and beef cattle at the county and state fairs. He was a member of the county livestock judging team that won first place at the state contest which earned their team a trip to the national contest where they placed second. Boyd also won trips to the National 4-H Club Congress and National Safety Congress as a youth. 
His 4-H experiences led him to become a farmer in Franklin County where he raised and showed purebred sheep at the Iowa State Fair for 50 years! Boyd and his wife, Irene, have many memories of staying at the Youth Inn during the state fair with family, as well as judging sheep shows at many county, district and state fairs across the Midwest.

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