Posted on August 22, 2022 at 12:27 PM by Cade Cameron
Carol Harlan is the leader of the Horseshoe Bend 4-H club in Van Buren County. She has been a leader for the past nine years. Previously she was a leader of the Twinkling Stars 4-H club for three years back in the 70s.
She was also a 4-H member herself for eight years. She is the mother of three daughters who were also involved in 4-H. In my nine years as leader, the Horseshoe Bend 4-H club has grown to roughly 25 members plus a Clover Kids club. The club has had several members participate in leadership roles both within the county and at the state level.
As a leader, Carol has focused on promoting community service projects. The club has received several Pioneer Grants to make small improvements in their community. The last few years with Covid restrictions the club has shifted its focus to more STEM activities, public speaking and fair projects. She strives to teach inclusiveness and diversity to her club members. She attempts to create new experiences for her members so as they grow, they will hopefully attempt to pursue new interests with confidence.
Her proudest moments are when she sees former club members excelling at goals they have worked hard to achieve. With four grandchildren now involved in 4-H, Carol plans to continue to be involved in one way or another for several more years.