Allison (Howard County) and Bryan (Tama County) Whaley can credit their marriage to 4-H. National 4-H Congress brought the two together where they met for the first time and never looked back. They continue to be very involved with 4-H in many ways as they now have two children who are in the program and Bryan also serves as the Regional Director for ISU Extension and Outreach. In addition to volunteering, the Whaley's continue to financially support National Congress so that others can get the experience that they got. It is clear that 4-H has impacted their lives and remains a very important part.
While in 4-H, Bryan was a State 4-H Officer on the 1991-92 State 4-H Council and Allison was a member of the 1992-93 State 4-H Council. Bryan’s main projects were sheep, beef, swine, animal science, welding, food and nutrition, and child development. Allison was active in several project areas including horse, dog, communications, veterinary science, food and nutrition, home improvement, and visual arts.
When asked about his favorite memory Bryan replied, “I have so many memories of my 4-H career. The biggest honor was attending the 1991 National 4-H Congress representing Iowa as the State Sheep Award winner. I remember the family involvement the program allowed us to have when I was a 4-H member. However, I hope my greatest memories of 4-H are yet to come. I am looking forward to watching my children develop themselves with their projects, leadership and citizenship through their experience as well.”
Allison held many offices including President, Vice President, and Secretary of her club. She served on the Howard County 4-H Council and NE Iowa Area 4-H Council. She was a delegate to the 1991 National 4-H Congress in Chicago as the State Horse Award winner as well as a three-time Seal of Excellence award winner at the Iowa State Fair Educational presentation communications judging. She was also active in Collegiate 4-H during her years as a student at Iowa State University.
“4-H taught me so much, but most of all it gave me confidence. It gave me confidence to speak and present to my peers, confidence in my decision making skills, and confidence to be myself,” Allison said.
Allison and Bryan’s memories growing up have revolved around 4-H and showing livestock. They are now able to relive those passions as they are experiencing them again with their kids. They look forward to becoming leaders of their local club, Wright Warriors, this Fall.
Thank you for all you have given back to 4-H, Allison and Bryan!