Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:55 AM by Emily Saveraid
Jack Van Laar has been an Extension County Director in Decatur County for the past forty-five years. During this time, he has provided extensive support to local 4-H'ers participating in the livestock, wildlife, and shooting sports project areas. Jack strives to provide opportunities for all youth by advocating for them, seeking grant funding for programs, and by budgeting money to keep costs low for local 4-H activities.
Jack is very active in partnership building, constantly representing 4-H and ISU Extension and Outreach in the community. A notable facet of Jack's career has been the strong partnerships he has built locally with organizations such as the Decatur County Fair Board, Decatur County Conservation Board, Pheasants Forever, SCICAP, and local schools among others. Jack is a loyal supporter of Decatur County 4-H youth and has dedicated his career to providing opportunities for all Decatur County residents.
Jack is always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it is at a 4-H event, mentoring youth, judging 4-H record books, or playing live music at events in his community. Jack has made a lasting impact on several generations of Decatur County residents, and Decatur County is proud to nominate him to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for 2021.