Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 21, 2023 at 1:30 PM by Emily Saveraid

KeokukDick and Merla Morse have been a vital part of Keokuk County's small 4-H community for a long time. They both volunteered for the Keokuk County Expo Fair Board, where they put in countless hours. Through many years of teaching, supporting, and volunteering, Dick and Merla have greatly impacted the 4-H community. 

Merla was an 8-year 4-H club member, active with many types of projects and served on the County Council. After the pair were married in 1968, Merla was a leader of the Webster-Go-Getters for 4 years. They then moved to Sigourney where they both became members of the Youth 4-H Committee. 

Merla became a leader of Stick-To-It 4-H club for 9 years and Dick was a sheep-superintendent. Dick and Merla served on the Keokuk County Expo board from 1976 to 2019. 

Their daughter, Shannon, and son, Shane, were both active members of the Stick-To-It and Riverside 4-H clubs. Their grandchildren, Collin, Sidney, Claire, and Clay were all active members of the same two clubs many years later. 

Dick and Merla may be retired now, but 4-H is still a very important part of their lives and will continue to be in the years ahead. We cannot thank Dick and Merla enough for their continued support to the 4-H program.

Categories: 2023, Keokuk

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