Posted on August 22, 2022 at 10:44 AM by Cade Cameron
William and Georgia West were exceptional examples of what it means to have “lived a life of service.”
With nearly forty years combined as 4-H leaders, they were committed to enriching the lives of countless youth, 4-H volunteers, and community members.
After marriage in 1951, they raised four children on a dairy and beef farm near Rowley, Iowa while continuing to volunteer and dedicating their time to Buchanan County 4-H. William began the Homer Broncos 4-H Club in 1957, and Georgia started the Homerettes 4-H Club for girls in 1964.
This couple was undoubtedly the first to offer a helping hand and extend a friendly welcome to all 4-H youth in the county. They are remembered for providing guidance, wisdom, and a truly welcoming environment.
In 1972, they opened their home to a 4-H exchange student serving as an international host family.
Today, their legacy is remembered and honored through the William and Georgia West Memorial Leadership Award given to an outstanding 4-H youth who exemplifies those same eminent qualities that these leaders portrayed.
The Buchanan County 4-H program will remember the graciousness and goodwill of the Wests, who deeply understood the meaning of serving their community, their country, and their world by instilling the virtues of the 4-H program.