Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:26 PM by Emily Saveraid
You couldn't ask for better supporters of the Jasper County 4-H Program than Gary and Linda Osborn. Gary joined the Wittenberg Winners 4-H Club in Jasper County when he was ten years old. He remained a faithful member of this club all through high school. Following graduation, he became a leader of the club for two years. After that, in 1979, he formed the Draper Trail Blazers 4-H Club and was a leader of this club until moving in 1983. Gary owned a woodworking shop where he taught 4-H'ers woodworking skills, and was always willing to donate or raise money for county fair projects or improvements.
Linda was not in 4-H when growing up, but she sure supported Gary in all of his 4-H endeavors. She assured that their children and grandchildren were all very active 4-H members, both in fair projects and in record keeping.
In 2019 Gary and Linda walked into the Jasper County Extension Office to inquire about starting a Quilts of Valor 4-H Club, and as they say, the rest is history. Linda is the leader of this club and has taught a number of 4-H members how to quilt. Gary is now Linda's support system, and has taught kids how to quilt on their long-arm machine. To date, forty four quilts have been made by 4-H members and Fifty two quilts have been made by our 4-H Quilts of Valor volunteers. Most of these quilts have been presented to United States Veterans at the Jasper County Fair, during an official Quilts of Valor Presentation. We are very proud to have Gary and Linda Osborn as Jasper County 4-H Volunteers.