Posted on August 19, 2019 at 1:21 PM by Global Reach
Janet Lacy has a 4-H career as some would say. When it comes to volunteering she is there and ready to help. She joined 4-H as a youth in 1960 with the Linn County Happy Bluebirds 4-H club in Cedar Rapids. She made skirts, aprons and more. She also attended camp and went to the Iowa State Fair with a demonstration on auto safety. She was involved in the 4-H Leadership Club, now known as Youth Council. She was 1 of 38 Linn County youth selected to attend Citizenship-Washington Focus at the National 4-H Center in Washington D.C.
As an adult she has been just as involved! She volunteers her time with many of our clubs to help them with projects and activities at their club meetings. Jan has volunteered to cater many meals for various county workshops, weigh-ins, and meetings that are put on throughout the year. She also assists county staff in planning various workshops, organizing storage rooms, cleaning up after events, packing and moving to the county fair office, and inviting staff to a home cooked lunch in preparation for fair.
Jan has an eye for detail and has helped set up and organize the Iowa State Fair exhibits booth at county fair for over 10 years. She volunteers to read and judge youth record books and has judged Junior Awardrobe exhibits. She sits on the Linn County Youth Program Committee and attends the Linn County Fair association meetings regularly.
During difficult times Jan has been a constant and helped maintain relationships and keep consistency in the program for the 4-H youth involved. Jan and her husband, Lary, have helped with updates in buildings at the county fair by building new booth dividers for club booths. Jan comes by her volunteering naturally as her father, Clifford Henderson, was very active in 4-H and is also in the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
The Linn County 4-H program would not be what it is today without Janet Lacy’s involvement and dedication to the program through the good and difficult times.