Thursday, July 9, 2015

Alum of the Month

July 2015 - Marji Guyler-Alaniz

Passionate is a word that describes our July Alum of the Month, Marji Guyler-Alaniz, perfectly.  Marji has dedicated herself to making a difference in the agriculture industry. She has her own business called FarmHer where she focuses on women in agriculture. She photographs women farmers and ranchers and shares the images in an effort to update the image of agriculture. She wants to show women to the world through her beautiful images of them at work.

“My goal is to capture the beauty in the everyday and my style is to show who these women are through subtleties. Subtleties that show these are women and portray that they are agriculture. Too often in our world, the beauty of a woman; of an image, is judged by a face. These are beautiful women, doing beautiful work and my goal is to bring an appreciation to what they do,” Guyler-Alaniz said.

She also sells FarmHer and RanchHer merchandise both online and at various events and fairs. She speaks about FarmHer and shares the photos in a traveling display at events around the country.

While Guyler-Alaniz was in 4-H, she was mostly involved in sewing, but participated in photography and showing her cat as well.

“My favorite memory was wearing the clothes that I made in the 4-H fashion show at our Polk County Fair,” Guyler-Alaniz said.

She did a big project every year with her mom and it taught her a lot.

“Though I did not realize it at the time, 4-H had a big impact on my life! Though my photography skills were just starting in 4-H, it gave me the diving board to jump in and explore.” Guyler-Alaniz said. “That was really a start to my photography driven career.”

Marji keeps herself involved with 4-H as an adult by working with National 4-H on a new co-branded line of 4-H and FarmHer shirts. She was able to be a part of this program due to her status as a 4-H alum. A percent of each sale goes to 4-H!

Check out her clothing at

Thank you Marji for your continued support of Iowa 4-H!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Alum of the Month

June 2015- Chuck Paulsen

Chuck Paulsen is our June Alum of the Month. Paulsen is an Agricultural and Commercial Loan Officer at Bank Iowa in Cedar Falls. He is a trustee for the Iowa 4-H Foundation and is actively involved with the marketing committee. He is an avid Black Hawk County 4-H mentor and volunteer. Paulsen spent fifteen years on the Black Hawk County Fair board and served as Superintendent of livestock judging contests. He was a nine-year member of the Cedar Falls Hustler 4-H Club and served on the Black Hawk County 4-H Council during his youth years. The projects and activities that Paulsen was involved in while in 4-H included sheep, horses, beef, home improvement, gardening, sewing, fashion review, horticulture, and county council.

“4-H has shaped most of my adult life. From my choice of Animal Science as a college major to being very actively involved as an adult volunteer. In some way, I can confidently say it somehow affects most all aspects of my life. You don’t realize as a youth how impactful 4-H’s motto of “Learning by Doing” will be as you journey through life.”

Some of Paulsen’s favorite 4-H memories are carrying the flag during county parade on his horse, making lifetime friends, giving club presentations, and being one of two boys in the fashion review. As an adult leader he fondly remembers taking multiple teams and individuals to top place finishes at many livestock judging contests including state.

Paulsen considers his most recent accomplishments involving 4-H to include being asked to be a trustee for the Iowa 4-H Foundation and completing his training to be a county archery instructor along with his wife. He looks forward to creating many new memories with his son who is currently in 4-H. 

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