Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM by Global Reach
John and Sandee Bonner have been involved with 4-H and Extension & Outreach in many ways since moving to Webster County in 1991.
John retired as CEO/EVP of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) in 2013 and Sandee is employed as a Special Education Consultant for Prairie Lakes AEA. John and Sandee were both 4-H members and John was an International Farm Youth Exchange delegate to Germany. Both have been involved with 4-H club activities in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. They have assisted in judging record books, county interviews and project judging activities and worked to set up a process for contributing to the Webster County 4-H Foundation that can increase funding for future years and has tax benefits to donors.
John developed a bucket bottle calf project in conjunction with Land O’Lakes to train 4-H members on calf feeding and keeping records. He also worked with his son to develop an aerospace project that has served over 500 members in Webster County.
Sandee served as treasurer of the Webster County Extension Council and was part of the Webster County 4-H Youth Committee for twelve years. During this time on the Youth Committee, she interviewed youth for county recognition annually, encouraged 4-H’ers to apply for state and national awards, worked with the county council monthly on yearly goals and assisted with fair comment writing and set up of State Fair exhibits.
They have two sons who were both 4-H members for eleven years and both were selected to attend National 4-H Conference at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase Maryland. Sandee and John encouraged their sons to take citizenship, leadership and communication as project areas in addition to numerous other projects each year. The first of their granddaughters is now in Clover Kids.
This couple continues to support the Webster County 4-H program and shares their beliefs with others on the value of 4-H.