Posted on August 24, 2015 at 9:12 AM by Global Reach
Norma Kerr started 4-H as a Clayton County member in the Garnavillo Farmerettes 4-H Club. Due to her family moving, she selected not to continue with 4-H as a youth. In 1971, Norma became one of the leaders of the Clermont Country Cousins 4-H Club. She continued as a leader for the next 15 years ending her career in 1986. From 1978-1988, Norma served as the Fayette County 4-H Program Aide, (similar to today’s job of County Youth Coordinator) with Fayette County Extension.
Norma and her late husband Don raised 3 children. Daughters, Deanna and Barbara were 9 year 4-H members of the Clermont Country Cousins while son David was a 9 year member of the Clermont Comets. All three children feel their highlight was showing registered Holsteins.
Over the years Norma has judged communications, clothing, foods, home improvement and visual arts. Norma is still judging at county fairs in Northeast Iowa which has become her favorite spring and summer activity. While judging, she enjoys visiting with the youth, seeing their faces light up as she announces their ribbon placing and watching the youth progress year to year as they challenge themselves by experiencing larger and more challenging projects.
4-H has always been a big part of the Kerr family for several generations. Norma continues to judge and is a strong supporter of 4-H events held in Fayette and neighboring counties. She also continues to attend club and county wide fundraisers.