Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:26 AM by Emily Saveraid
At age 8, Mike started his 4-H career as a member of the Douglas Wise Owls 4-H Club and was later an active member of the Shelby County Youth Council.
Mike is an active supporter of Shelby County 4-H and the Shelby County Fair. He was the Shelby County Beef Superintendent for 14 years, 4-H Committee member for 11 years and most recently an advisor for the county youth council for 5 years.
Mike continually demonstrates his commitment to Shelby County 4-H and is a very dedicated volunteer that works diligently to assure every 4-H member is headed in the right direction with their livestock projects. He is instrumental in the 4-H livestock program where he is a mentor and always volunteering to help at all 4-H and FFA livestock weigh-ins.
Mike is a hard worker, and has worked in agriculture most of his life. He has also been involved in leadership roles through the United Methodist Church in Harlan.
Mike is a wonderful ambassador for Harlan and Shelby County through his agricultural networks and friendships. No matter what capacity Mike offers his time, he is always willing to work extra hours, learn as much as possible and be of service to the community. He has many strong relationships locally and statewide. His skills, knowledge and abilities make him well respected by everyone with whom he works.
Those who know Mike, know he is a fun, conscientious person with a strong presence. He has been responsive when called on for assistance of any kind. He is a “happy-go-lucky kind of guy” who always has a smile where ever you see him throughout the community.
There is no doubt that Mike values his family. He, along with his late wife Sonja, is a caring parent who loves his three children and six grandchildren. In knowing Mike, there is no doubt that his perspective as a parent, herdsman, and educator have compelled him to work for good things in his community. Both as a volunteer and in his career, Mike has supported many community improvement efforts. Shelby County is a better place to live due to Mike’s diligent work.
Mike Thraen has dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to Shelby County and the 4-H program. Shelby County 4-H is pleased to recognize Mike Thraen as the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Shelby County.