Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:01 AM by Emily Saveraid
If anyone mentions 4-H in Monona County, Nancy McGrain would come to mind right away. Nancy has been a dedicated worker for 4-H for thirty years. She became the club leader of the Mapleton Majors 4-H Club in 1986 and is still leader of the club. Nancy was honored as Monona County 4-H Leader of the Year in 1999.
Her support and enthusiasm for 4-H led to her employment at the Monona County Extension Office in 1993 working with the county 4-H program. Nancy continues a strong base of 4-H programs and is constantly on the watch for new programs and funding to expand what can be offered. She is a generous team member with county Extension staff, volunteers and with 4-H staff state-wide. Nancy loves to learn and grow 4-H as she applies new programs and ideas all to grow and develop youth for positive outcomes. Nancy was a 4-H member in Woodbury County while in high school and remembers taking rabbits to the fair.
Nancy and her husband Carl live on a farm near Mapleton. Living on a farm while growing up, Nancy married a farmer and helped with the farming operation, doing field work. She had a preschool in Mapleton for 12 years and has done Home Health at Burgess Health Center in Onawa for 30 years. Nancy and Carl have three children Pam, Amie and Kevin, who were all active in 4-H, and they also proudly enjoy four grandchildren.
Nancy has actively participated in many Extension programs over the years. She enjoyed working for Extension with youth in the county teaching them life-learning experiences and watching them grow - setting goals and being a good citizen in the community. Nancy expresses that she works with great volunteers and co-workers. It is an honor to name Nancy McGrain as the 2016 Monona County inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.