Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:02 AM by Emily Saveraid
Janice Crall joined 4-H in Monroe County when she was 11 years old and was a member for eight years. She participated in what were then the “girls’ projects” of alternating years of food and nutrition, home furnishing, and clothing. She also raised and showed beef calves.
She was selected to be one of the 5-member team from Iowa to go to the first Laboratory in Citizenship Education in Washington, D.C. This 2-week conference sponsored by Reader’s Digest included teams from ten states and has developed into what is now the yearly Citizenship Washington Focus held at the National 4-H Center in D.C.
As a senior member she was named a county representative to the new Ten-County 4-H Council and helped organize the 4-H Junior Leadership Club and the 4-H Automotive Club in Monroe County.
After she retired from teaching, Janice returned to Albia. She was elected to the Monroe County Extension Council and has served almost 12 years. She is a member of the Monroe County 4-H Foundation Board. She became a fair and cooking day event judge and enjoys talking with 4-Hers about their fair exhibits. She spends one day of the Monroe County Fair typing the exhibit recipes into a fair recipe book that is sold during the fair and throughout the year. She still gets the thrill of exhibiting by entering many items in the open class show. She wrote a series of articles for the local newspaper about Extension and Outreach to inform the public about many of the county activities.
Janice attributes many of her successes in life to skills she learned, people she worked with, and experiences she had in 4-H.