Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:22 AM by Emily Saveraid
Julie has called Audubon County “home” nearly her entire life. Her passion for “making the best better” shows in her involvement in the lives of young people in our county.
Julie began her 4-H career as a nine year member of the Cameron Homemakers 4-H Club in Audubon County. Throughout her membership she enjoyed showing cattle and exhibiting a variety of static projects.
When her own children were old enough to join the program, she decided to start a new club. Pulling inspiration from her years in the Cameron Homemakers, she named the club Cameron Stars. About ten years ago, the club combined with the club of a long-time friend. They creatively used parts of both club names to make C.D. Starlighters, and she celebrated 15 years as an organizational club leader in 2019.
During her 17 years of 4-H leadership she has worn many different hats including: county fair superintendent of clothing events, communication, and pet/dog projects. Julie is willing to help with all ages and all project areas. If a question has an answer she does not yet know, she is quick to reach out and get the information needed. She encourages her club members to dive into many different projects and think outside the box.
She is a dependable volunteer for service projects and fundraisers. In 2020, she added participation on Audubon County’s 4-H adult/youth committee as well. Julie is also well rounded in her ISU Extension and Outreach participation. Julie was elected to the Audubon County Extension Council where she served ten years and is currently an active local Master Gardener volunteer.