Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM by Global Reach

Terry and Marsha SteinhartTerry and Marsha were eager to become 4-H members, as they had older brothers and sisters who were active members, so they joined 4-H as soon as they were eligible at age 10.  Terry was a member of the Oak Hill Feeders and Marsha, a member of the Liberty Future Homemakers.   They were active in all aspects of the 4-H program, attending camps, the State 4-H Conference, exhibiting at the county fair and giving demonstrations.  Marsha and her close friend, Linda Greiner, received a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair demonstrating how to make dinner rolls.

Both were on the Keokuk County 4-H Council but at different times.  In that role they were a part of starting “area” 4-H activities with the help of David Pace, the County    4-H Youth Assistant. They formally met at State 4-H Leadership camp in 1965, 49 years ago.  Marsha was selected to attend National 4-H Conference in the fall of 1966. 

In 1979 Terry started working for ISU Extension as County Director in their home county.  As Terry was busy with typical Extension work, Marsha started volunteering to help with 4-H.  In 1987 Marsha and Janice Brown co-founded the Keokuk County Clovers which was a club that included both boys and girls as members.  She judged at many county 4-H fairs in the area.  In 2005 she became a Master Gardner and then started a 4-H horticulture and gardening club.  Terry and Marsha were chaperons for an area trip to Washington D.C. called Citizenship-Washington Focus.  They have supported the Iowa 4-H Foundation for many years.   

Terry had the opportunity to chaperone 4-H members to the National 4-H Conference in 1984.  His interest in photography gave him the opportunity to do workshops in many southeast Iowa counties.  He also did photography workshops for three years at the state fair.  He has judged at many county fairs in the area of science and mechanics, horticulture and photography.  This led to the opportunity to judge 4-H photographs at the state fair.  He has taught many Food Safety and Quality Assurance programs.  He helped develop FSQA material which is available statewide to certify    4-H livestock project members.  He and other swine specialists taught workshops about pork quality, handling pigs, and livestock welfare at the Iowa State 4-H Conference for 10 years. Terry also programed an electronic score sheet for livestock judging used across the state.

Terry, Marsha and 4-H have been partners for 56 years and perhaps as they put it, “We have benefited more from 4-H than we could ever give back”.

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