Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:11 AM by Emily Saveraid
It is an honor to nominate Dr. Loretta Berkland, DVM, for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. In her 30 plus years as a volunteer, she has worked as leader of the Westerners/Those Crazy Kids 4-H Club, a horse superintendent, workshop director, fair veterinarian, and proud supporter of the County 4-H Foundation.
Through her volunteering, Loretta has influenced the lives of hundreds of youth, and encouraged her own children to be active members of the 4-H program. Her time serving as a volunteer for Osceola County does not stop at 4-H, as she is incredibly active in many different programs throughout the county, and beyond.
A Philadelphia native, Loretta moved to Iowa after college and married her husband Dan, and has 4 children, all whom have been active participants in 4-H. They now own the veterinary practice in Sibley, and serve as the official fair vets.
Loretta loves to spend her spare time with her family, and her horses, as well as working with the 4-H’ers in Osceola County. Under her guidance, her club, the Westerners/Those Crazy Kids, has accomplished an abundance of community service projects, from working on baskets for the elderly, to writing grants and undertaking the restoration of Hawkeye Point. Her selflessness and consideration in her 4-H leadership has epitomized the “caring adult” in the 4-H Equation.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office of Osceola County, along with all 4-H members, new and alum, proudly support Dr. Loretta Berkland, DVM as an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honoree.