Posted on August 22, 2022 at 11:09 AM by Cade Cameron
The saying “4-H is for a lifetime” is impactful, and Steve and Dee Jensen are true role models of this statement. Steve has been involved with this program for nearly his entire life. During school, he was involved in 4-H and FFA, which fueled his love for all kinds of livestock, especially sheep.
Proof of this dedication is evident in that he was a member of the Emmet County 4-H Sheep Committee for over thirty years! Throughout the years, Steve has served on the Emmet County 4-H and Youth Committee and Fair Board (as president most years). Steve has also been a leader for the Jack Creek Feeders 4-H Club for ten years and is currently still a member of the Emmet County Auction Committee. As a member of the Auction Committee, he has been a key member who helped change the Emmet County Auction from a live animal auction to the very successful ribbon, premium auction of today. One of the trips he still talks about is when he went on the 4-H Washington D.C trip as a 4-Her.
Dee has also been a part of the 4-H family since childhood. Dee grew up as a town kid, and she too took a liking to 4-H animals, which can be seen through her kids, who also showed 4-H animals since the beginning of their 4-H careers. As any good parent supports their children, Dee stepped up to be the head leader of the Jack Creek Feeders 4-H club with her husband and another 4-H couple.
Like Steve, Dee also served ten years as a leader, but as the head leader, she knew exactly what was going on and made sure that everything ran smoothly at meetings and made sure that all members new, and returning, had equal opportunities for growth in 4-H. Later on, Dee also joined the Sheep Committee where she naturally assumed the role of keeping everything running smoothly – especially at the Emmet County Fair, where she makes sure the next class is always ready to enter the ring! Both Steve and Dee deeply believe in the core moral values and opportunities that 4-H can teach and offer youth that is willing to accept the challenge.
Steve and Dee are always willing to lend a hand anywhere they can, especially to any 4-Her in need of assistance. Steve and Dee enjoy watching their grandchildren carry on the legacy and love of animals!