Posted on August 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM by Global Reach
Betty Pins served as a Dubuque County 4-H leader for 32 years. She and her sister-in-law started the Bankston Congenial Girls 4-H Club in 1967. The first club’s meeting consisted of 25 girls. Each year the membership successfully grew. At one point the club had over 40 members. She enjoyed watching her four daughters grow and learn as they participated in the 4-H program.
In her earlier years of 4-H Betty took several 4-Hers to Iowa State University for a week of leaders’ training. While being a leader, her expertise helped young ladies develop their talent in leadership, baking, and sewing. Another emphasis was giving the girls guidance as they filled out their 4-H books; setting goals and achieving those goals. She pioneered the Bankston Girls 4-H Breakfast fundraiser in 1975. Currently this breakfast is held every year in the month of March. Betty continues to judge Dubuque County achievement shows.
Betty thoroughly enjoys 4-H and what it has to offer the youth in the community. She received the 4-H Volunteer Leader Recognition Award of the Emerald Clover in 1997 for 30 years of service. Even though Betty isn’t a leader anymore, she can still be found attending the Dubuque County Fair. She enjoys seeing her grandchildren’s fair exhibits and their achievements.