Posted on August 26, 2016 at 8:51 AM by Emily Saveraid
This year Linn County is honoring Marlene and Dennis (Denny) Booth. Through their dedication and love of 4-H as well as wanting to be involved in their children’s activities, Marlene and Denny became involved in Linn County’s 4-H program. That involvement has spanned 19 years for Marlene and 17 years for Denny.
Marlene started out as project leader, taking over organizational leader responsibilities for the Wapsi Willoers club in Central City. Marlene was always up for a club camping trip to Pinicon Ridge Park, club workshops, assisting her club with their annual meat sale and always had a listening ear for her club members. When Marlene noticed how much fun Denny was having as a Linn County 4–H Youth Council advisor, she joined that team as well and spent 6 years with the Youth Council. She chaperoned trips to 6-Flags, toured museums, stirred pancake batter, and was extremely dedicated to the youth.
In early May 2016 we lost Denny to heart failure which left a huge void in the Linn County 4-H Youth Council advisory team. Denny loved Youth Council. He loved seeing new freshmen members join in the fall. They were quiet and shy and he enjoyed watching them mature into great youth leaders. He was a large part of that! With Denny’s supervision, Youth Council members stained the Council Booth food stand, put a new steel roof on the stand, built shelves, created a patio for the stand and then got it set up, and ready for operation during fair. His dream was to have a food stand with space and running hot water.
With his many years of volunteering for the Central City Firemen’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, Denny established the Saturday and Sunday 4-H Pancake Breakfast at the fairgrounds during fair. It was a fundraiser shared with the Youth Programs Committee. He gathered supplies and equipment, taught the Youth Council members how to run the breakfast and flipped the pancakes.
Marlene and Denny bring thoughts of fellowship, good food and will be forever members of our 4-H program. Denny will be greatly missed and we cannot thank him and Marlene enough for their dedication to the 4-H youth of Linn County.