Posted on August 21, 2018 at 3:19 PM by Global Reach
Clarence “Dutch” and Bernice Norman started 4-H as youth in Greene County, Iowa. Clarence showed beef in Greene County as one of his exhibits. One of the exhibits that Bernice had judged at the Greene County Fair was her laundry bag that she sewed. The bag advanced on to receive a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair. This began their dedicated support of 4-H throughout their lives. Clarence and Bernice love to spend time at the fairs including Humboldt County Fair and Iowa State Fair. They enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren grow and advance in the many different avenues that 4-H has to offer.
Clarence and Bernice have four children: Pat, John, Syb, and Clay, and many grandchildren. Clarence was the leader of the Rutland Trojans, and Bernice was leader of the Rutland Lucky Stars. They each were leaders for over 15 plus years in Humboldt County.
Clarence carried many hats throughout his 4-H volunteering career. He was the Humboldt County dairy judge leader. He took the hog judging team from the Rutland Trojans of Humboldt County to different contests around the area. He coached the kids that went to the Iowa State Fair for dairy judging contests.
Bernice was instrumental in helping youth learn the basics of 4-H including sewing, home improvement, baking, and including her love she shared for showing dairy cattle. Bernice was known for helping with chaperoning the youth on trips, including the award trip to Chicago with the youth from Humboldt County. Bernice encouraged all her grandchildren to take part in the 4-H program. She enjoyed watching the grandchildren grow through the 4-H activities they participated in.
Clarence and Bernice Norman both had a love of showing dairy cattle throughout Iowa and even surrounding states. Clarence was instrumental in establishing Humboldt County 4-H youth to show regularly at the Iowa State Fair. Clarence and Bernice took their family to many 4-H and open class dairy shows including Waterloo Dairy Cattle Congress and Madison World Dairy Expo. 4-H has played a large and active role in the Norman Family!