Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:28 AM by Global Reach
Carol Schneider had to beg her parents two different times before they let her join 4-H. Little did she know just how much 4-H would shape her life for years to come. Carol was a member of the Franklin Friendly Farmerettes and the Franklin Happy-G0-Luckies 4-H Clubs.
After high school Carol continued her education at Iowa State University. She got her first job in Polk County working in urban 4-H then followed doing 4-H work in Mills County. Next she arrived in Plymouth County the week of the Plymouth County Fair! She first worked here with 4-H and then served both Plymouth and Cherokee counties as the home economist. Carol then stepped away from Extension to raise her children and taught school until she returned to Plymouth County Extension as the County Extension Director.
She has been an exemplary leader and a dedicated employee for ISU Extension for 30 years. In Plymouth County, she organized and presented hundreds of quality programs for the county residents and the Northwest area. Her organization, attention to detail, and ability to communicate is second to none. Carol has conducted programs for both youth and adults, she has been a valued member of the Plymouth County Fairboard, founding 4-H club leader of the Fredonia Country Club and leader of the Classy Clovers 4-H Club. She was instrumental in getting the Plymouth County 4-H Foundation started, and coordinated and chaperoned several delegations of 4-H’ers to the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to DC. She served on the Le Mars Chamber where she was the chairperson, served on numerous ISU Extension committees and supported local service groups. Carol was instrumental in keeping the Clover Kids programs running in Plymouth county schools! She organized meetings along with a summer camp and opportunities to participate in the Plymouth County Fair.
Carol taught others in the office how to work with all manner of clients and volunteers to provide great customer service and work as a team. Her professionalism and leadership skills have brought out the best in other employees as well as many 4-H members! They look to her for leadership, advice, and encouragement!
Carol is a great supporter of 4-H and ISU and promotes them everywhere she goes. Anyone who has had a chance to work alongside her knows what a privilege it is. Her generosity and thoughtfulness go far beyond expectations. She has shaped the Plymouth County 4-H program into a remarkable program and left a positive impact!