Friday, May 1, 2015

Alum of the Month

May 2015- Cheryl (King) Pence

Our 4-H alumna of the month, Cheryl (King) Pence, was a 4-H member in Hardin County. She attributes her good public speaking skills to having to get up in front of other kids in her club to do a talk and a demonstration.

“Getting up in front of the other members was terrifying at first, but the members made me feel right at ease,” said Pence who believes that her early training made her feel more comfortable with public speaking today.

When Cheryl was a 4-Her, there were girls 4-H clubs and boys 4-H clubs. In girls club, she took part in sewing, cooking, and home improvement. One time she even represented her club at the county level as Best Groomed Girl, which is similar to today’s clothing events. She showed beef in the boys clubs which she loved immensely.

“I had many first place winners, and in my last year of   4-H, I had the Grand Champion steer. What an honor! said Pence.

Through these projects she learned the hard work it takes to care for animals, she learned accurate record keeping, how to feed cattle to get the best rate of gain, and of course, competing in the show ring while learning good showmanship. Being at county and state fairs with her animals is a memory she will always have.

Cheryl has been extremely committed to 4-H throughout her life. She continues to be involved with 4-H as an adult. She was a leader, a parent volunteer, a 4-H Program Assistant in Delaware County for 6 years, and she has been a 4-H judge for 37 years.

“I have said it many times, I learn much more from these 4-H’ers than they do from me! It is a thrill to meet up with 4-H’ers I had in my clubs who are now adults and now have their own kids!” Pence said.

Deserving, she received the Friend of Extension award at the Annual Meeting of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in March.

Pence said, “I think 4-H is the best youth program around…making today’s youth our leaders of tomorrow, and because of that my late husband and I are happy to present two 4-H scholarships annually along with other donations to 4-H.”

Thank you Cheryl, for your many years of dedication to Iowa 4-H!

Support the next generation of Outstanding 4-H Alums!  

Who should be our next 4-H Alum of the Month? Nominate them here!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Beds For Heads

This summer we will be welcoming 1,100 4-H’ers back to camp where they will have the opportunity
to explore, have fun, be creative, and learn! Before the first group of campers arrive, we must raise $15,000, through our new campaign “Beds for Heads,” in order to purchase new bunk beds for Oak Lodge. We are excited to use Oak Lodge this year because that means more campers!

Each set of wood, steel reinforced bunks costs $1,000 and includes mattresses, ladders, and safety rails. We're asking camp supporters to help us reach this goal and secure these beds for our campers'

In order to reach our goal we have a special way of fundraising. Each week, Iowa State University Collegiate 4-H and Alumni volunteers make calls to donors to raise funds to support the efforts of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. This on-going fundraising effort raises vital dollars to support programs and opportunities for Iowa's 4-H’ers."It is a great way for me to give back. As a 4-H alum from Mahaska County, I personally benefited from the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the support they provided from club dues to Iowa 4-H Camp support," said Ashley Kinkade, Iowa 4-H Foundation's Call-a-thon Coordinator. "As we call donors, it is a wonderful opportunity for callers to connect with them, for donors to stay updated on what's happening in the world of 4-H, and for us to thank donors for their continued support." The Call-a-thon will be calling to talk with camp supporters and answer any questions about “Beds for Heads.”

Donors will receive special recognition:                                                                                                      
            ● A $1,000 donation buys one entire bunk bed set                   and will be recognized with a plaque on the bed.
             ● A $500 donation buys one bed and mattress and
              donors will be listed on a plaque in the lodge.
             ● A $250 donation buys two mattresses and donors
              will be listed on our website.
             ● A $100 donation buys one mattress and donors
              will be listed on our website.

Click here to learn more about how you can contribute to the “Beds for Heads” Campaign, or call (515)294-1537.

Thank you for your support, helping us reach our goal, and assisting us with making Iowa 4-H’ers
comfortable at camp!