Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM by Global Reach

Deborah SinclairThe Henry County inductee to the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame truly lives every day making the best better. Deborah Goering Sinclair was born in Iowa County in August of 1961 to Don and Doris Goering. To say she was born bleeding green is an understatement as she is a third generation 4-H’er.

Growing up in Ames, Deborah was a part of the Ames Cycloneers 4-H Club and the Story County 4-H Council and was part of the Story County Fair Queen Court.  During her 4-H career she participated in photography, food and nutrition, home improvement and communications projects. Following graduation from Ames High School, Deborah attended Iowa State University majoring in Home Economics Journalism. While at Iowa State she was involved in the Residence Hall Association, serving as a Resident Advisor two years, as well as playing the clarinet in the Iowa State University Cyclone Football “Varsity” Marching Band.

Following graduation from Iowa State University in 1982, Deborah worked for the University of Missouri Extension Service. Following her marriage to Brian Sinclair in 1985, Deborah started working with Head Start in Sterling, Ill.  While in Sterling, Brian and Deb welcomed their first daughter, Heather. After a move to Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, Deb and Brian welcomed their second daughter, Hannah.

A relocation to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1997 brought Deborah to Henry County. When her daughter Heather began 4th grade, she and Deb went to their first 4-H meeting together. They attended a Triple C 4-H Club meeting and the rest is history. Deb was the general leader within her first year of involvement and hasn’t looked back since. Fifteen years later, numerous nights before the county fair finalizing exhibits, dozens of Share the Fun skits, leading the Henry County Communications Committee, several club trips to Adventureland and hundreds of lives touched, Deb is retiring from being the leader of the Triple C 4-H Club.

Deb’s passion, excitement and genuine love for the Iowa 4-H program and youth of Henry County couldn’t be more visible. She has inspired numerous 4-Hers to make the best better in their everyday lives. She truly is an inspiration to her family, friends, coworkers, the Henry County community and the entire Iowa 4-H program.

It is with great pride and gratitude that Henry County nominates Deborah Goering Sinclair to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.  

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