Posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:45 PM by Global Reach
This year Clinton County has nominated Jackie Crowley as the inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jackie Crowley has been active in Clinton County 4-H and club show activities since she was 10 years old.
As a member of the Delmar Debettes and Debbies 4-H clubs, she always had communications, sewing and cooking exhibits at the fair. Participating in the Fashion Revue taught her to be comfortable in front of people, allowed her to meet new friends and encouraged her to strive to receive special awards like the Farm Bureau Award for her projects. She made many lifelong friends during the many 4-H trips and still is on 4-H/Fair committees with many of these friends. In order to serve on the 4-H County Council, she remembers having to give a speech in front of a full auditorium. It was very competitive back in the mid-1970’s. Taking a communication project to the state fair was a big leadership experience she will always remember. All three of her children followed in her footsteps, doing communication projects each year.
Jackie served as a leader for the Delmar clubs for 10 years before she was married and served as one of the three leaders for the Welton Junior Farmers for the past 10 years. Completing record books and officer/historian books was a goal for those leaders.
Not only was she a leader but she also served on the 4-H Youth Committee, helping the recognition committee to plan for the meritorious service awards and county 4-H youth awards. Working with the county council and the rest of the recognition committee to plan the fair and fall recognition events was her specialty. Now as a member of the fair board, she continues to promote 4-H and youth activities, narrating events and frequently doing dishes at the food stand.
Her husband, Mike was a Welton Jr Farmer 4-H member for 10 years. They farm near Welton. Their three children, Sarah, Anne and JP (John Pat) all reside on parcels of the family farm and continue to help with the cow/calf and crop operation. Jackie is a second generation leader. Her mother, Joanne Guise, was a leader for 30 years, was on the youth committee, supervised the communication day for 40 years and still helps with the food stand.
She plans to continue to serve on the fair board to promote 4-H and club show organization. She still is active as the assistant FFA advisor at Maquoketa, encouraging youth to participate in photography, crops and livestock at the state fair.
“Leadership experiences help our young people understand expectations, deadlines and responsibility involved in doing and completing projects.”