Posted on August 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM by Emily Saveraid
Since 2009, Mary Clancy has made a huge impact on the 4-H program in Boone County. Mary is very passionate about 4-H and it shows in everything she does. Beyond her work hours, Mary volunteered countless hours at both the county and state level.
Mary is a very hard working and determined individual. When Mary started working for Boone County ISU Extension & Outreach as the Program Coordinator, she noticed improvements that were needed within the program and at the fairgrounds. In true 4-H fashion, she set goals for herself and came up with a plan to achieve those goals. Even though she encountered many roadblocks, she was determined to achieve those goals. Without her leadership, Boone County wouldn’t have two horse barns full of box stalls, a building for the Beef Pen of 3 animals, a bigger ISU Extension & Outreach Office, and the funds to complete a remodel of the 4-H food stand. She is a true model of how to take what you learn about goal setting and achieving goals in 4-H and applying it to your everyday life.
Mary grew up in Pomeroy, Iowa and enjoyed participating in the Calhoun County 4-H program as an active beef and sheep exhibitor. Mary’s passion for agriculture, education and 4-H started at a young age and has continued throughout her life. Those passions led her to pursue a Bachelors and Master’s Degree from Iowa State University. She utilizes her enthusiasm for agriculture, education and 4-H to make a positive impact in every county she has served; which include Calhoun County, where she got her start in ISU Extension; Warren County as 4-H Coordinator; Calhoun County as County Extension Education Director; Shelby County as County Extension Education Director and Boone County as Program Coordinator.
Mary loves the Iowa State Fair. Prior to her employment in Boone County, Mary served as 4-H Ag/Livestock Specialist at the State 4-H Office. She worked with the livestock volunteers at the Iowa State Fair to coordinate the livestock shows and educational opportunities for 4-H’ers all over the state of Iowa. For the past few years, you could see her smiling face in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fair helping with the Food and Nutrition Exhibits, livestock shows and in many other areas. Recently, Mary Clancy started a new chapter in her life with the Iowa 4-H Foundation, where she serves as the Interim 4-H Scholarship Coordinator.
Mary Clancy and her husband, Larry Pote enjoy raising beef on their family farm in Coon Rapids, Iowa.