Posted on August 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM by Global Reach
Charles and Linda Lane of Preston are Jackson County’s nomination for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They have been connected to 4-H since their youth, meeting on an exchange trip. Charles was a member of the Preston Calf Club and Linda a member of Miles Meadowlarks.
As parents, Charles and Linda encouraged their children to be active 4-H members. Linda was an organizational leader of the Preston Jolly Workers and Charles a leader of the Preston Calf Club, but their involvement does not stop at the local level. They have helped at the county level in many ways serving on various committees. Linda continues to judge at county fairs in the area and coordinates the display of chosen state fair exhibits at the county fair. They continue to provide the meal for intermediate fun night.
Charles and Linda’s three children, Douglas, Jennifer and Mark, were raised as active 4-Her’s with the motto “To make the best better”. Charles and Linda instilled in their children the need and desire to always do their best, whether it be a 4-H project or otherwise. Responsibilities on the farm were the priority, but Charles and Linda always made sure their children were able to participate in 4-H activities as they desired.
Linda and Charles are always ready to help another generation of 4-Her’s learn to sew, refinish furniture, make baskets and raise animals of their preference. Charles and Linda now have grandchildren who have completed or are actively involved in Jackson County 4-H. They continue to support their grandchildren by assisting with various projects and being there to support every activity that they can whether it be 4-H, school or other community activities.
Throughout their years of involvement, Charles and Linda have received many county 4-H awards including serving as the Jackson County Fair Family of the Year but their involvement in the community does not stop with 4-H. Charles and Linda are active members of the Preston Methodist Church. They have also been members of the Jackson County Historical Society, the Sabula Izzak Walton League, the Jackson County Cattlemen and Pork Producers. Charles spent many years as a Soil and Water Commissioner and Linda served several years as an elected official with the Jackson County FSA.