January 2016- Tom Nicholson“I am honored and excited to become the new president of the Iowa 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees,” said our January Alum of the Month, Tom Nicholson. Nicholson was a member of the Center Trail Blazers 4-H Club in Calhoun County where he served on Calhoun County Council and State 4-H Youth Council. He also attended many State 4-H Conferences and National 4-H Conference.
“Through 4-H, I developed a passion for raising and showing livestock and gained other valuable skills in leadership, communication and teamwork that I’ve been able to apply in my personal life and throughout my professional career,” said Nicholson. “My 4-H experience has provided me an opportunity to meet and share a common interest with many leaders in agriculture and other industries.”
Nicholson has served on the Iowa 4-H Foundation board for five years. In October 2015, he was chosen by his peers to be the newest Iowa 4-H Foundation Board President. Nicholson believes that the Iowa 4-H Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for youth development and supporting 4-H programs throughout the state. “The Board of Trustees is a highly motivated and talented group of individuals who share the values and core principles of 4-H and are committed to ensuring its sustainability for generations to come,” said Nicholson.
Today, Nicholson owns his own company, Passport Food Safety LLC in Indianola, Iowa. He is also a Warren County 4-H parent and believes that he has had the good fortune to observe his son and daughter enjoying many of the same opportunities that 4-H provided him.