Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:29 AM by Emily Saveraid
David and Alice Moody have been dedicated to 4-H for their entire lives. 4-H was an important part of their growing up years. David was in the Indian Creek 4-H Club and Alice was in the Collins Happy Homemakers 4-H Club. They raised three daughters who continued in their parents footsteps as active 4-H’ers. Their daughters are now married but if they can be home at fair time, they will pitch in and help just like mom and dad.
Alice and David both served as leaders of the Milford Marvels 4-H Club. There were both farm and city members in the club. Alice encouraged youth to be the best they could be in whatever project or task they chose. Club tours were a favorite with members. As leaders, serving others was an important value they instilled in the club members. Community clean up and cleaning up Jack Trice Stadium after an Iowa State football game are just two activities they undertook.
David has been a strong fair board member for 24 years. In 1990, he served as vice president and in 2000 he was president. Alice served on the board for 18 years as treasurer and secretary. David and Alice are committed to making the fair a great learning experience for the youth of Story County. Education and commitment to the growth of youth are central in all they do.
David has served as superintendent of the swine department for many years. He constantly teaches youth the principles of swine production. He helped create a new class titled Understanding Pork Production. Participants keep a record of their swine project, attend workshops, and participate in the fair.
David and Alice created the Supreme Showmanship Contest, an important educational tool for youth. Senior champions in six different species take turns showing each other’s animals. With this contest, they continue to support ways for youth to grow and learn.
David was chair of the Community Building Committee, which planned and carried out the renovation of this historic building on the fair grounds. The original building was finished in 1941. The plan was to keep the historic appearance of the building with some updates such as heating and air conditioning, a feature appreciated by fair goers in 2016. David has an important responsibility in managing this beautiful building.
No one truly knows the hours that David and Alice have devoted to the success of Story County 4-H. Neither of them seeks recognition for their efforts. We are pleased to recognize David and Alice Moody as the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipients.