Posted on August 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM by Emily Saveraid
Robert L. Butcher was raised on the family farm south of Holstein, Iowa. Bob followed in the footsteps of his parents, Robert J. and Betty, who were very active in 4-H as well as his two siblings. He was a nine year member of the Battle Badgers 4-H Club. Some of his key accomplishments included attending State 4-H Youth Conference; National 4-H Club Congress; and many award winning cattle and pigs. He has fond 4-H memories of showing livestock at the county and state fairs and AK-SAR-BEN. He also enjoyed being on the county livestock judging team and participating in contests around the state.
After graduating from Iowa State University in 1974 with a degree in Animal Science, he began his career in banking but never lost touch with the family farm. He encouraged and supported his four children (Katie; Wendy; Andrew and Ben) in their 4-H activities over a span of 17 years. He enjoys helping at the hog show at the Ida County Fair. For over 40 years, Bob has been a strong supporter of the Ida County 4-H livestock auction helping Ida County 4-Hers to achieve a premium price on their livestock project.
His passion for 4-H did not end at the county level; Bob served on the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees for 5 years and was the president in 2014. He chaired the Iowa 4-H Foundation Northwest Iowa golf tournament for the past six years to support Iowa 4-H youth development programs. He has enjoyed this opportunity to bring together people who have an appreciation for what 4-H can do in the lives of young people. He ensured the golfers and the sponsors had a great time and knew that their contributions were helping provide topnotch opportunities for Iowa’s young people to learn, grow and become better citizens and leaders for our state and beyond. Bob’s efforts had great success raising funds to support Iowa 4-H.
He is currently President and CEO of Community Bank of Nevada and Holstein, Iowa. Bob and his wife, Connie, live south of Holstein, where he and his sons operate the family farm. He currently is an active member of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, serving as associate vice president on the Executive Committee. In addition, he enjoys showing pigs at the Clay County Fair and having his grandchildren involved.