Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:04 PM by Emily Saveraid

Delaware CountySharon and Randy Tinker are proud members of a traditional 4-H family. Their parents, Jack and Gladys Tinker, were 4-H club leaders, received a Recognition for Meritorious Service to 4-H Award in 1983, and were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2011. The Tinker Family continues their parents’ 4-H legacy to this day. The family made significant financial contributions to the construction of the Delaware County Fairgrounds 4-H Food Stand, the show ring, and purchased the PA system in the show ring. The Tinker Family received a Certificate of Recognition for their outstanding support of the Delaware County 4-H Program in 2018. They continue to sponsor fair trophies, purchase livestock at the Livestock Auction at the county fair, and fund the Tinker Family 4-H Scholarship awarded to a graduating 4-H member in Delaware County each year. 

Sharon was a member of the Greeley Go-Getters 4-H Club from 1968-1976.  She retired from a career as a chemical engineer and now volunteers at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa and with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). She serves on the University of Iowa College of Engineering Advisory Board, the Board of Director of the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and is a member of Practical Famers of Iowa. 

Randy was a member of the Elk Chargers 4-H Club from 1973-1982 and was elected to the 4-H County Council from 1980-1981. Randy obtained a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University and works as a structural engineer in the seed corn industry. He has been a judge for Future Cities competition.

The Tinker Family is honored to receive this award amongst so many passionate, giving, and caring 4-H supporters.

Categories: 2023, Delaware

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