Posted on August 24, 2015 at 4:20 PM by Global Reach
David L. Smith was an assistant leader and leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H club for 25 years. Before that, he was the leader of an all-boys club, the Harrisburg Beavers. The Jolly Trio Club has always been one of the largest and most active clubs in the county. As a child, David was a 4-H member in Lee County.
David always helped with various aspects of the fair, such as livestock weigh-ins and fair cleanup. David led his club in community service projects of making club signs and helping with highway cleanup.
David showed his club members that 4-H wasn’t all work but fun, too. He organized hayrides for the club and took members on trips, such as going to the Ertl toy factory in Dyersville. David was active in 4-H recruitment and used a water balloon slingshot at various events throughout the county to attract youth to 4-H.
David and his wife Rita are the parents of 5 sons and 11 grandchildren. All 5 sons were active in 4-H and two grandsons are following in the family footsteps as members of the Barbed Wire Clover Kids club.
David was a Van Buren County Extension Council member for 11 years, and was dedicated to the success of the Van Buren County 4-H program.
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