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Become a 4-H volunteer or mentor

October 2, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Grundy County 4-H is very fortunate to have a great group of adult volunteers and mentors who give their time to help lead a club, assist youth and families with their questions and ideas, and mentors who work closely with youth to help them grow and learn in various project areas. Are you looking for something to do and like working with kids? We are always looking for new volunteers. 4-H Club leaders plan, organize and host monthly club meetings for youth to attend. They give their time to help the youth grow, learn, and experience 4-H in a safe environment. This might even mean late night calls with questions about deadlines, taking youth home from a meeting, or helping them with their fair exhibits. Leaders attend meetings to learn about opportunities for youth, gain their own personal development and share ideas with other leaders. Current Grundy County 4-H Club leaders are: Black Hawk Nighthawks: Mardelle Brockett and Glenda Billerbeck, Buckington Barnstormers: Shelly Luiken and Craig Schott, Clay Busy Bees: Pam Schipper, Brian Feldpaush and Carrie Smith, Colfax Future Farmers: Derek Kruger, Lincoln Jr Farmers: Lori Mulder, Maureen Daley, Jenny Brouwer and Deb Lizer, Palermo Clovers: Eileen Flater, Brandy Gerhardt and Lisa Kanagy, Shiloh Sunny Smilers: Cindy VanHeiden. Our 4-H Youth Committee is a group of adults that meet to look at the needs in the county, discuss educational opportunities, plan fundraisers, help with awards, build partnerships, and so much more. Youth Committee members are: Bill Noteboom, Derek Kruger, Jen Richtsmeier, Shelly Luiken, Deb Green, Karen Benson, Craig Schott, Sarah Rinkelman, Brittany Liekweg, Megan Moeller, Brandy Gerhardt, Kyle Dudden. Become a mentor! Youth have opportunities to work with adults who have become project mentors during the year. Ashtyn Dove worked with Tessa Smith. She taught her about working with her ponies, riding them, and preparing them for fair and helped her learn about rabbits. It's not all about what a mentor can do FOR a youth but what they can learn and do together to help educate, grow and support the project area that youth is interested in. Age doesn't matter when mentoring a youth. If you have knowledge or talent you want to share with youth please consider Grundy County 4-H and get involved in making a difference in someone's life. For more information contact Andrea at or call 319-824-6979.



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