Posted on August 22, 2022 at 11:56 AM by Cade Cameron
Janet Rose Ham has been an avid supporter of the Mitchell County 4-H program volunteering in various roles throughout the years. Janet was a dedicated leader for the Osage Warhawks 4-H Club from 1987 until she “retired” in 1994. She continued to be a great helper for the fair as the building superintendent for several years. Janet was always excited about the kids and their projects.
Growing up on a farm in Mitchell County, Janet was a member of the East Cedar Jolly Homemakers 4-H Club. She excelled in photography and fondly recalls how much fun she had in the photography club. It was very special day when the 4-H’ers got to ride a charter bus to the Iowa State Fair to see how well their exhibits did. Each year, club work focused on a different project area, and during the year of clothing, Janet did not like it at all! As Janet got older, she wanted more clothes and her father said he would buy her all the fabric she needed to make her own clothes. Soon anything to do with sewing was of high interest to her.
Janet had a passion for helping 4-H club members, including her own children, Jeremy, Jamie, and Holley. She encouraged youth to grow and reach their fullest potential through meaningful, educational experiences. Janet shared that she enjoyed working with a lot of great kids and parents, and 4-H is a great program that teaches leadership, encourages youth to try different things, and promotes the development of skills and a sense of responsibility.
Janet has been a wonderful asset to the Mitchell County 4-H program, and with her help many youths have benefited from their involvement in the 4-H program.