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Hall of Fame - 1990s

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1990 Ken Edgerton, Beaverlodge* | 1991 Bob Boulton, Lousana | 1991 Geoff Hardy, Pincher Creek* | 1991 Elaine Lyster, Vilna | 1991 Harold Taylor, Chauvin | 1992 W.J. Elliott, Founder of 4-H* | 1992 Cecil Anderson, Kathyrn | 1992 Elizabeth Buday, Tilley | 1992 Herman Grosfield, Brooks | 1993 Joe J. Kallal, Vimy* | 1993 John Mundie, Innisfail* | 1994 Irene Smith, Vermilion | 1994 Larry Williams, Camrose* | 1995 Terry Crisp, Monitor | 1995 Bill McGrath, Vermilion | 1996 Shirley Story, Sherwood Park* | 1996 Gordon Fuhr, Morinville | 1997 Ken Cox, Camrose | 1997 Angus Park, Trochu | 1998 Diane Maull, Metiskow | 1998 Dwayne Grover, Stettler | 1999 Norm Withers, Lavoy*

*deceased

4-H Alberta Hall of Fame Recipients in the 1990's

 

Ken Edgerton first became involved in 4-H as a member of the Beaverlodge Boys and Girls Club (1925-30). Later, as a 4-H leader, he devoted 30 years of his life to the development of 4-H, at the local through provincial levels.

 

In 1947, Ken organized the Beaverlodge 4-H Beef Club. He served as that club's leader until 1965, earning his 10 and 15 year leadership certificates. Ken helped introduce the 4-H Light Horse project in Alberta in 1965 by organizing the Beaver­lodge 4-H Light Horse Club. He received his 20 and 25 year leadership certificates while serving as that club's leader until 1971.

Ken believed and actively practiced that 4-H members be placed before their projects. Through his patient and skilled coaching, his members demonstrated a healthy attitude toward competition.

 

Ken served an active and developmentally-oriented role in Alberta 4-H. He helped organize the Grande Prairie District 4-H Council in 1963, one of Alberta's first councils. He served as President of that group from 1963 through 1964. His strong commitment to the value of self-reliance and a strong council system was evidenced in his work to help form the Peace Region 4-H Council, as well as the Alberta 4-H Council in 1971. As one of the provincial council's founding members, Ken continued to actively serve 4-H until his retirement from the program in 1977.

 

Ken's sense of commitment to helping others was shared with a variety of com­munity groups, and countless individuals. To name a few, he was a Director of the Grande Prairie County Fair for 14 year, President of the F. U.A. Local, Unifarm Secretary, Director and Secretary with the local School Board, and Elder in the Beaverlodge United Church for many years. He chaperoned the students of the Beaverlodge High School on their trip to Expo '67, and in 1969, his family was honoured with the Farm Family Award by the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ken passed away on December 27, 1981. He was small in stature but he had a huge heart that earned the admiration and respect of all who knew him. Ken's dedication and lengthy service to 4-H earned him a place in the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.

 

1991 Bob Boulton, Lousana

Bob Boulton began his 4-H career in 1945 when he became a charter member of the Elnora Dairy club. The next year he became a member of the Delburne Beef club. His success in 4-H awarded him a scholarship to Olds College. In 1950, he married Glenna Page, who was also a member of the Elnora Dairy club and began farming with his father. Now, 41 years later, Mr. Boulton is being recognized for 25 years of 4-H leadership and has seven grandchildren involved with 4-H. 4-H has always been a big part of the Boulton family.

 

Bob's 4-H leadership includes seven years as an assistant leader with the Elnora club and seventeen years as leader of the Delburne Beef club. Every year the Delburne club is a large one and Bob visits each member at their home during the year. He has a genuine interest in each 4-H member and wants to see them succeed now and in the future.

 

Bob's involvement with 4-H has not stopped at the club level. He has served at the district, regional, provincial and national levels of 4-H in Canada. Bob was the president of the Alberta 4-H council for two years. In 1988, he became the Alberta council's representative on the Canadian 4-H Council, serving as a member of the program committee. In 1989, Bob was the assistant director of the National 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Conference and conference director in 1990. Mr. Boulton has been praised for his ability to keep the goals and philosophy of 4-H in mind, no matter what capacity he was serving.

 

Mr. Boulton has been very active with the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, serving as a director for nine years and chairman for two years. As chairman of the building committee, he was keenly involved with the construction of the buildings at the Alberta 4-H Centre at Battle Lake. Bob made numerous trips to the centre during the planning and construction stages.

 

In 1986, the Boulton's were selected as Farm Family of the year for the Red Deer area. Bob has served on several community organizations including the Elnora Rural Telephones, Lousana Rural Electrification Association, Delburne Feeders' Association and the Trenville Hall Board. He is 40 year charter member of the Trenville Elks.

 

1991 Geoff Hardy, Pincher Creek*

Geoff Hardy has given his time and talent to the 4-H program for more than 40 years. His involvement with 4-H began in the late 1940's as an assistant leader of the Foothills beef club. He served with this club for twelve years and was very active with the 4-H beef committee. In 1962 he promoted the formation of a multi-sheep club which he was involved with until 1966, when he organized the Pincher Creek 4-H light horse club as a pilot project of the department of youth. He continued his involvement with this club for more than 20 years. In many ways, Geoff was a 4-H pioneer in the Pincher Creek area.

 

One of Geoff's strong points is his ability to understand and work with people of all ages. Many boys and girls received encouragement, knowledge and inspiration from Geoff. From 1964 to the mid 1970's Geoff was the public speaking leader and 4-H members would receive extra coaching at his home.

 

Geoff also worked with 4-H beyond his own club. In 1961, Geoff organized the first South West Summer camp at Red Rock Canyon in Waterton. Members and leaders brought tents, food and equipment and "roughed it". For many members it was the highlight of the year. Geoff was an original member of the Advisory Council for 4-H programming in the Southern Region and initiated the Regional Horse Show in Claresholm and the South West Regional horse camp.

 

Mr. Hardy has also worked with equestrian groups outside of 4-H. He was Senior Steward of the Canadian Horse Show Association for a number of years, during which time he judged many horse and 4-H shows. Geoff was instrumental in organizing the first Light Horse show in Pincher Creek in 1951. He and his wife Jess are founding members of the Marr District Horse Club. In the 1970's he was a member of the equestrian advisory committee at Olds College and was director of the equestrian program during the first Southern Alberta summer games.

 

Geoff has also been active in community events outside of 4-H. He was one of a group that re-activated the Pincher Creek Ag. Society in 1952 and served with that group in various capacities, including vice-president for more than 20 years. He has been a school trustee, assistant boy scout leader and was a director of the Community Auction Sales Association for 20 years. Mr. Hardy received the Alberta Achievement Award in 1979 and was the Pincher Creek Ag. Society's Senior of the Year in 1986. In 1988, he receive the Pincher Creek District 4-H Council Friends of 4-H Award.

 

Geoff and Jess Hardy's sons and daughters have continued the 4-H tradition and Geoff's grandchildren are now 4-H members.

 

1991 Elaine Lyster, Vilna

Elaine Lyster has been involved with 4-H at the club, district, regional and provincial levels for 23 years. Her involvement with 4-H has been described as active, unselfish and with the needs of the 4-H members as the top priority.

 

She has been a leader with three different clubs, including 18 years with the Vilna "Sew N Go ". Elaine recognizes each member as an individual and encourages them to "Learn to do by doing".     

 

The business meetings of her club are conducted wholly by the members. She is admired and respected by her members and has been an example to follow for both children and adults alike.

Mrs. Lyster has been a district council representative for fourteen years, including four years as president. She sat on the North East regional 4-H council for eleven years and served as president for two years. From 1982 to 1989 she was regional representative on the Alberta 4-H Council.            

 

While a member of the provincial council, Elaine served on the Provincial Promotion Committee. During her tenure, a mascot competition was held and Elaine felt strongly that 4-H members should be involved in the selection process. The very successful, the "Cleaver the 4-H Beaver" mascot was selected, with member's input. Elaine has spent many hours on the committee preparing for the 75th Anniversary of 4-H in Alberta (1992).

 

One of Elaine's major accomplishments was the development of the machine/frame knitting project, in cooperation with Penny Wilkes of the 4-H Branch. The Vilna Sew 'N Go club, piloted the project for the first year, with machines supplied by Elaine. Elaine secured a donation of four machines from Bond Knitting Canada and arranged for four others to be purchased at cost by the 4-H Branch. Twenty-five other clubs have since undertaken the project. Elaine continues to be involved with the project by coordinating the use of the eight machines and offering assistance to clubs beginning the project.

 

Elaine has been an active member of other community organizations, including the Vilna Ag. Society. She has been an instructor for the Further Education Council in the areas of sewing and crafts. A few years ago, Elaine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Since that time she has become a member of the Smoky Lake MS Support Group and a MS fundraising canvasser.         

 

She offers constant support to others in the group and is once again serving as a role model for others.

 

1991 Harold Taylor, Chauvin

Harold Taylor's many roles in 4-H include parent, leader, judge, teacher and chaperone. He served as leader of the Chauvin beef club from 1949 to 1966. During the 1970's and 1980's, he was involved with several light horse and multi clubs. In 1991, Harold was recognized for 35 years of club leadership.

 

He has been described as a "model" leader, with limitless time and energy for his members. Harold believes that learning is important, and tries to make it fun. He is always ready to give a workshop for members and has said that no group is too small if there are members who want to learn. He often attends workshops and clinics so that he can gain new ideas to share with his 4-H members. He tries to encourage his members to try public speaking, new projects and attend camps and programs.

 

Harold has been involved with district and North East region 4-H activities for many years and is always willing and able to help with any event. He has been a major supporter of the regional heifer show and has assisted with the organization of exchanges and interclub shows. Harold will drive from one end of the region to the other, a distance of three hours, to attend a regional meeting.

 

4-H has been a family affair for the Taylor family. His wife Georgina was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 1988 for her many years of dedication to the 4-H program. Their two children, Janice and John are former 4-H members and continue to be involved with 4-H. John has been a 4-H leader for four years.

 

The list of other community organizations which Harold is involved with is long. Some of them include: Chauvin Grazing Association, Unifarm, Natural Gas Co-op, Agriculture Society and the Battle River Tourist Association. The Taylor's own the Poplar Bluff Stock Farm Guest ranch, and have been involved with the Alberta Country Vacation Association for the last twenty years.

Harold has been the recipient of two Leader recognition trips. He represented Alberta as a delegate to the National 4-H Leader's Conference in Toronto in 1982. In 1974 he was the first leader awarded the North West Territories trip.

 

 1992 W.J. ELLI0T Founder of 4-H*

(Mr. Elliott was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Olds, in July 1992, as part of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of 4-H in Alberta. This biography was read as part of the induction ceremony.)

 

You may know that W. J. Elliott was the founder of 4-H in Alberta and that he was the first principal of Olds College. Aside from those two important facts, you probably know very little about the man who will be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame this evening.

 

Mr. W. J. Elliott was born in Huron County, Ontario in 1875. He received his B.S.A. from the Agricultural College at Guelph in 1898. He had arrived at the college four years earlier with only $46 in cash, and consequently had to work his way through college, mainly at neighbouring dairy farms. After graduation he worked at a cheese factory and managed a large creamery in Minnesota.

 

In 1903 Mr. Elliott began his career in agricultural education when he took charge of the Dairy and Animal Industry Departments of the Agricultural College at Bozeman, Montana. In 1910 he moved to Alberta and became superintendent of Agriculture for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

In 1913, the government of Alberta set up three Schools of Agriculture, at Olds, Claresholm and Vermilion. Mr. Elliott was appointed principal of the School at Olds. Until that time, no facilities for agricultural education existed in the province. A quotation from a speech given by Mr. Elliott to a Creamery Convention in 1913 illustrates his ideas about the importance of education for farmers: "Today there is a vast change coming along the lines of what constitutes an education, and thinking men are coming to believe that the best education possible is that which will train the young man or the young woman to intelligently earn their living. ... many young boys on our farms are set to feed cattle, and they have no idea whatever why a dairy cow should be fed a certain ration and a beef cow an entirely different ration. Here, then, is where the agricultural school may do a vast good for the boys on the farm.     The courses as given will include stock judging, feeding and management, soils, their composition and cultivation; crops and their handling and a certain amount of blacksmith and carpenter work. The whole course will be designed to give the boy an intelligent idea of what real practical mixed farming means... "

Not everyone was convinced of the need for scientific training for farmers, and Mr. Elliott spent a great deal of time traveling muddy roads meeting with farmers, young people and teachers.     

 

There are even stories of Mr. Elliott pumping his way down the railroad on an old hand-car, stopping at towns along the way to talk about the college.

 

In 1916, the departments of agriculture and education initiated a program of "school fairs". Boys and girls would produce a plot of potatoes, a garden or raise an animal and display the end product with the goal being to interest school aged children in agriculture. The staff of the schools of agriculture organized and distributed the seed and eggs, visited the schools to instruct the children on their exhibits and inspected the gardens and plots. Mr. Elliott was keenly involved in this program.

The development of 4-H clubs was an natural extension of the school fairs. In 1917, with the support of the Bank of Commerce, Mr. Elliott set up the first club in Olds.    The bank loaned $30 to each boy and girl to purchase two small registered sows, which the young people fed and cared for. The hogs were exhibited at the Olds Boys and Girls Fall Fair. The bank returned the majority of the interest charged to the members by way of prizes at the fair. Boars were later purchased so that the members could raise piglets the next spring. In 1918, Mr. Elliott was put in charge of organizing pig clubs throughout the province. That year, clubs were organized in thirteen different locations, with a total membership of 255. These swine clubs were the vehicle through which modern hog breeds were introduced to Alberta farms.

 

In 1919, Mr. Elliott left Olds College to become the superintendent of the Livestock Branch for the United Grain Growers. As part of his duties he was in charge of five demonstration farms. After five years with the U.G.G., he became Principal of the Vermilion School of Agriculture, where he remained until 1937. During his thirteen years at Vermilion, he assisted with both the school fairs and boys and girls clubs in the Vermilion district.

 

In 1937, Mr. Elliott was transferred to Edmonton to become Director of Junior Activities for the Department of Agriculture. A major part of his work was supervising the 4-H clubs, or the Boys and Girls Clubs as they were known then. He served as President of the Canadian 4-H Council in 1938. He retired from the department in 1941. After moving to British Columbia, he worked on a volunteer basis helping wounded veterans locate agricultural positions. Mr. Elliott later returned to Edmonton, where he passed away in 1953.

 

While a student at college, Mr. Elliott was the captain of the football team and was regarded as one of the best players in Ontario. Work in his church was an important part of his life. W. J. Elliott was married in 1903 and had three children. His son William of Abbotsford and one daughter, Gertrude Lambert of White Rock, British Columbia are still alive. His grandson, William J. Elliott is in the audience tonight.

 

Mr. Elliott was directly involved with the education of rural young people for 30 years. He has been described as a born teacher who had the ability to share his enthusiasm with his students. We owe to him the honour of founding the 4-H program in Alberta, which has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of young Albertans.

 

1992 Cecil Anderson, Kathyrn

Cecil grew up in the Kathyrn area of Alberta and was a member of a Junior Grain club in the 1930's. He went on to attend Olds College and the University of Alberta, receiving an Agriculture degree in 1942. Mr. Anderson worked as a grain inspector before returning to the Kathyrn area to farm.

 

The Anderson children, Bob, Don and Joan, became involved with 4-H beginning in 1964. Cecil became the leader of the Balzac Field crops club in 1968 and served in that position for six years. During that same time he also was a member of the adult committee of the Irricana Beef club.

Cecil went on to become involved with the 4-H councils beyond the club level. He was president of the Calgary Regional 4-H Council and in 1971 became a member of the Alberta 4-H Council.

 

While on provincial council he served as vice-president for two years and as president from 1978-80. As part of his council duties, Cecil represented Alberta at the Canadian 4-H Council meetings in Manitoba in 1980 and Newfoundland in 1981.

Cecil also served as a director of the Alberta 4-H Foundation. During his time on council and the foundation, funds were raised to purchase land at Battle Lake start the building of the Alberta 4-H Centre.

 

Throughout the years of his involvement with 4-H, Cecil and his wife Margaret have kept active with Achievement days, 4-H Award nights and judging of public speaking. The Anderson family involvement in 4-H continues with the grandchildren now as members.

 

Cecil has been a volunteer with the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Association for a number of years. He was a founding member of the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Institute of Agrologists. He has served on many committees over the years and became a fifty year member in 1992.

 

Cecil and Margaret have also been active in community organizations. They were involved in the Home and School with Cecil serving as Vice-president. He was a director of the Kathyrn-Keoma Community Church and founding member and past president of the Kathyrn Curling Club. Cecil has served as Grand Master of the Irricana Masonic Lodge and Past First Principal of the Strathmore Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons.

 

Cecil was instrumental in the formation and operation of the Balzac Seed Cleaning Plant and also worked with the Rural Electrification Association when power came to the community.

 

1992 Elizabeth Buday, Tilley

Elizabeth and John Buday farm in the Tilley area of Southern Alberta. They have four children, Betty Anne, John, Marion and Edward. Elizabeth became involved with 4-H as an interested parent in 1964 when her daughter, Betty Anne became a member. Over the years all of the Buday children became 4-H members.

 

In 1969, Elizabeth became the assistant leader of the Tilley 4-H Multi club. She became leader of that club in 1970 and has served as leader for 23 years. Individual members are very important to Elizabeth. She cares about young people, their families and their future. She encourages members to take part club activities, including public speaking, and opportunities beyond the club level, such as rallies, camps and exchange trips. Elizabeth's leadership style has been to let the members do things for themselves - to learn to do by doing.

 

In 1970, Elizabeth became involved with the Newell District 4-H Council. During the past 20 years she has held all the executive positions on the council. She was also very involved with two areas of special interest to her, organizing district public speaking competitions and exchange trips. Elizabeth often chaperoned exchange trips and hosted returning delegates. She and John attend many 4-H banquets and award nights. They also donate trophies and are always there to present them to the 4-H members. Every spring she puts on her jeans and judges the 4-H stalls at both the Brooks and Bassano 4-H beef shows.

 

Elizabeth has been a member of the Southern Regional Council for 14 years. At the provincial level, Elizabeth has served on both the Alberta 4-H Council and the 4-H Foundation. She was a member of the Alberta 4-H Council from 1981-1992 and served terms as first and second vice-president and president. She was also a director of the 4-H Foundation for four years.

 

Aside from her 4-H involvement, Elizabeth found time to help with many other community organizations. She has worked with the Community Centre, including four years as president and nine years as chairperson of the catering committee, supervising 100 banquets. She also has been active in planning for the new Tilley Hall, which is presently under construction.

 

Elizabeth was president of the Tilley Home and School Association for four years and served four years as secretary of the Tilley Recreation Board. She has been an active member of the Tilley Country Club for 33 years. Elizabeth has kept the community informed for a number of years with a weekly five minute radio spot entitled "What's Happening in Tilley ".

 

She has also been active with St. Judes Catholic church and the Brooks Royal Purple Lodge. In 1990 Elizabeth became involved with the County of Newell Tourism Action Committee.

 

1992 Herman Grosfield, Brooks

 

Herman Grosfield has always been interested in young people and their development and education. This interest has led him to become active with 4-H in Alberta. He began has an assistant 4-H leader with the John Ware 4-H Beef club in 1951 and served with that club for 28 years.

 

Herman is a founding member of the Newell 4-H District Council and served as treasurer and chairman of the council. He was chair of the council exchange committee and chaperoned two 4-H exchange trips. Herman was also involved with the Newell district Agriculture committee for 20 years.

 

Herman was a representative on the Southern Regional 4-H Council and served as secretary of this organization. On the provincial level of 4-H, Herman was a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta from 1982 to 1993. He became Vice chairman in 1986 and served as chairman of the foundation in 1989 and 1990. During his years with the foundation, he was active on the finance and building committees.

 

The International Agricultural Exchange Association (IAEA) is another rural youth organization that Herman has been very involved with. The Crisfield’s hosted international trainees from 1965 to 1978. Herman served as a director on the International Board of the IAEA from 1977 to 1982. He was a member of the executive committee from 1980 to 1982 and served as president of the IAEA in 1981.

 

In 1971, He was the first president of the Canadian Host Families Association. Herman was also a director and president of the IAEA Foundation of Canada for two years. In 1985, Herman was awarded an Honorary Life membership in the IAEA.

 

Many other organizations have benefited from Herman's involvement. These include: the Elks Lodge #77, Brooks Rotary Club, Duchess Home and School Association, Newell Tourism Action Planning Committee and the Brooks Credit Union. Herman has been very active with the Brooks United Church, including 10 years as chairman of the board. Herman was a director of the Brooks Handi-Bus Transportation Board from 1983-86 and has continued to be active with the Newell Mini-Bus Board.

 

Herman received the Eastern Irrigation Agricultural Society Award for his 28 years of work with the organization. He was a director and secretary of the Bow Slope Shipping Association and was active with the Brooks Manpower Board of Canada Farm Labour.

 

Herman and his wife Orelee have 3 children, Margaret, Glen and Mike.

 

1993 Joe J. Kallal, Vimy*

 

Joe Kallal's involvement with 4-H began in the early 1930's. He was a member of both the Tofield Grain Club and the East Edmonton and District beef club. In 1942, he became an adult 4-H leader with the Tofield Beef club. His real gift is teaching grooming, judging and showmanship techniques to 4-H members. He has been doing this for 52 years.

 

From 1954 to 1966, as a beef cattle Feldman with the Department of Agriculture's Livestock Branch, Joe traveled throughout the province working with producers. In 1966, Joe and his family moved to a ranch in the Vimy area. He returned to active 4-H leadership in 1968 and has been involved ever since. Except for three years when he worked with the Thorhild 4-H Beef Club, Joe has been an assistant leader with the Vimy 4-H Beef Club. The 1993-94 club year will be his 38th year as a 4-H leader.

 

Although the beef project is Joe's main interest, he has also been involved in other areas of club work, such as public speaking, record keeping, community involvement and recreation. In 1984, Joe's leadership was recognized when he was selected to chaperone a member's award trip to the Northwest Territories.

 

For several years, Joe was a member of the Westlock District Council and served on the Beef Cattle Committee. He has judged club, district, regional and provincial beef 4-H competitions throughout Alberta. He has also conducted workshops on breeding, feeding, grooming, showmanship and judging in several 4-H regions.

 

Joe has been involved with several other agricultural organizations. He was the founding president of the Northern Alberta Hereford club. He also served as president of the Alberta Hereford Association. He is a lifetime member of both the Canadian Hereford and Canadian Simmental Associations. Joe was one of the founding directors on a number of organizations including the Pembina Forage Association, the Redwater Rural Crime Watch Association, the Victoria Trail Feeders' Association and the Edmonton Northlands Market Cattle Committee. He has also been active with the Vimy Roman Catholic Church.

 

Genevieve and Joe Kallal have raised a family of six children. All the Kallal children were involved in 4-H and were successful with both their projects and public speaking.

 

Claudelle Sequin, the 1989 Premier's Award Recipient and a former member of the Vimy 4-H Beef Club has this comment about Joe Kallal: "This gentleman reflects enthusiasm, dedication and a positive attitude, qualities that 4-H is built upon. Mr. Kallal's dedication and contributions to the Alberta 4-H program make it an honour to recommend him to the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame. "

 

1993 John Mundie, Innisfail*

 

John Mundie's involvement with 4-H began in the 1936-37 club year as a member of the Innisfail Beef Calf Club. He was a 4-H member until 1944 and served in most of the club's executive positions.

 

In the early 1960's John began assisting with the Knee Hill Valley 4-H Beef Club. He served as the club leader for five years beginning in 1967. John became the manager of the Red Deer and District 4-H Beef Show and Sale in 1973. Participants in the show included 90 members from five clubs, 15 leaders, 150 parents, eight judges, two or three media personnel, Alberta Agriculture staff, a caterer and 300 spectators. During his 20 years as manager, the show ran smoothly and any difficult situations were handled promptly and with tack and fairness.

 

In 1983, the West Central 4-H Region recognized John's contribution to 4-H in the region by awarding him the distinction of "Friend of 4-H". In 1987, Innisfail area 4-H leaders honoured John with a recognition night. Over 200 people were in attendance to thank him for his contribution to 4-H in the area.

 

John and his wife Naida have four children and six grandchildren. All the children were 4-H members. The family takes a great deal of pride in their herd of registered Hereford cattle. In 1983, the Russian Minister of Agriculture visited the Mundie farm to view the herd. The Mundie's have sold cattle to buyers in Korea, Ireland, Mexico and the United States.

John has been an active member of the Alberta Hereford Association. He was recognized for his 50 years of continuous membership in the Central Alberta Hereford club in 1993. He also served as a director and president of this organization.

 

John was president of the Knee Hill Valley Community Centre board for a number of years. In 1949, he was instrumental in relocating a surplus army building to serve as the community hall. This hall is still in use today. John also served the maximum six year term on the boards of both the Innisfail Co-op and the Innisfail Seed Cleaning Plant. At the time of his induction, John was serving his fourth year of a six year term on the Olds College Board of Governors.

 

A quote from one of his nominators is a good summary:  "It is people like John Mundie who are the backbone of 4-H.           They work quietly and often unnoticed, but it is their dedication and hard work that has made 4-H what it is today. In recognition for the many years of involvement, integrity and diplomacy, John Mundie deserves to be in the 4-H Hall of Fame. "

 

1994 Irene Smith, Vermilion

 

As a 4-H leader with the Vermilion Light Horse Club from 1976-92, Irene demonstrated dedication, enthusiasm, patience and understanding. She is also innovative. She introduced a point system that rewarded participation. The high point winners were the members who had actively participated in all club activities. Irene also established a series of levels in her club that allowed the members to compete against other members of the same ability. This made the competitions fairer and more encouraging for the younger members. Irene kept her members informed of community and regional activities and encouraged them to be involved.

 

Communications and project books are two of her interests. Irene has judged project books and given workshops throughout the region. She was involved with the establishment of the Northeast Region's Project Book Competition. She has been a public speaking resource person and has judged at the club, district and regional levels.

 

Irene made parents feel welcome and comfortable in the club and kept them informed of upcoming events. She encouraged parents to become involved in the program as leaders or district representatives. Irene believes that leaders should continue to develop and has attended numerous workshops and leaders' conferences. She represented Alberta at the 1986 National Volunteer Leaders' Conference in Toronto and the Western Provinces Leaders' Forum in 1993.

 

Irene has worked for many years with the regional light horse committee.              When the regional light horse show was in jeopardy of failing, she worked on the committee which revamped the show. She initiated a regional light horse newsletter to keep families informed of light horse activities. She encouraged some of her members to organize light horse workshops for the region. She spearheaded the committee for the Northeast Regional Light Horse Camp.

 

Irene was involved with the Northeast Regional 4-H Council for fifteen years. She served as secretary-treasurer, vice president and president. She also served on many other regional committees, in addition to the light horse committee.

 

Irene has also been involved in areas beyond her region. She served twice on Alberta 4-H Leaders' Conference planning committee. She chaired the committee for Horsearama '92 and served on the light horse program committee for Showcase 92 and the provincial equine advisory committee. Irene worked with 4-H Foundation to develop the Alberta 4-H Centre display.

 

Like many other busy 4-H people, Irene found the time to serve on several other community organizations. These include the United Church, Vermilion Agriculture Society, Rotaryannes club and the Vermilion and District History Book Committee. She is the assistant district commissioner for the Lakeland Pony Club. Irene is also involved with the Vermilion Music Festival Association, Museum Society and Allied Arts Council.

 

Irene Smith has four children: Jim, Rae, Glen, and Garry.

 

1994 Larry Williams, Camrose*

 

Larry Williams graduated from Olds College in 1937. He started his study of agriculture at the University of Alberta in 1938, but his studies were interrupted by the Second World War. From 1941 to 1946 he was in active service with the Calgary Tanks of the Canadian Army. In 1948, he completed his Agriculture Degree and was hired as a district agriculturist for the County of Flagstaff. In 1954 he moved to the County of Camrose and worked there until 1978.

 

The district agriculturist assisted with the programming and organization of all the 4-H agriculture clubs in the county. It was an opportunity for the extension workers to meet the entire family and introduce new technologies and management techniques to the community. Larry Williams' dedication to 4-H went far beyond his nine to five work day. He devoted extra hours to attending meetings, speech competitions, rallies, camps and workshops. Sometimes this meant attending two events in one evening. He put in the extra work because he believed 4-H was a valuable program for youth and the community.

 

Part of Mr. Williams effectiveness as an extension worker was that he gained the respect of young people in 4-H and maintained contact with many of them as adults. He was then able to advise them with production and management questions. Many of these people are community leaders today.         After 30 years of service, Larry retired from the department in 1978. More than 300 people attended his retirement dinner to offer their thanks and best wishes to Larry.

 

From 1954 to 1978, Larry assisted with the Camrose District 4-H Council. Larry chaperoned delegations of 4-H members to the Montana 4-H Forum in Bozeman and the National 4-H Club Week in Toronto. From 1979-1987, Larry was a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. He served on the building committee and was the liaison with the County of Wetaskiwin.

 

Larry Williams has been active in many other community organizations. He was involved with Scouts and served on their district and provincial executives. Larry was an active member of the Agriculture Committee for the Camrose Chamber of Commerce. He also served with the Rotary Club, Royal Canadian Legion and the United Church.

 

Mr. Williams' professional memberships include the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), the Agrologists Institute of Canada and the Canadian Society of Extension. He received the AIA's Distinguished Agrologist Award and was awarded a Life Membership in the Canadian Society of Extension. In 1988, Larry was inducted into the County of Camrose Agricultural Wall of Honor. Larry received the West Central 4-H Region's "Friend of 4-H Award" in 1982.

 

Larry and Esther Williams have been married for almost 50 years. Mrs. Williams was the first district home economist in Alberta. Esther and Larry have three children, Lloyd, Marian and John. Marian Williams is presently the Rural Development Specialist at Camrose.

 1995 Terry Crisp, Monitor

Terry Crisp began his involvement with 4-H in 1954 as a member of the Consort 4-H Calf Club. Eleven years later, in 1965, he became the Consort 4-H Beef Club's leader. His involvement as a general or project leader continued for the next 26 years.

 

Terry encouraged his members to be involved with 4-H activities beyond the club level. He and his members travelled on 4-H trips and exchanges. Many of his members received awards trips at Selections and were successful applicants for post-secondary 4-H scholarships. He guided and encouraged his members -- especially shy ones -- with their public speaking skills. At least three of his members went on to compete at the Provincial Public Speaking Finals.

 

Terry was an enthusiastic supporter of the regional judging clinic, with the goal of improving members' judging skills. He also accompanied an Alberta judging team on a trip to the international judging competition at Regina's Agribition.

 

Terry served on the Coronation District Council, between 1965 and 1992, and on the East Central Regional Council for 10 years. He helped with several committees and was the president of both councils. A member of the Alberta 4-H Council for seven years, he served a term as vice-president.

 

4-H is a family affair for the Crisps. Terry and his wife Dianne have four grown children: Carla, Denise, Trevor and Charles. All were active 4-H members. Dianne was a 4-H leader for 10 years. When Dianne coordinated the "Crisp Country Store" at Showcase `92, -- the Alberta 4-H 75th anniversary celebration -- the Crisps' home became a storage and distribution centre for thousands of 4-H memorabilia items. In 1993, Terry and Dianne were inducted into the Regional 4-H Wall of Distinction in Stettler.

 

Their support is selfless. In 1979, Terry and Dianne's eldest son Dale died in a vehicle accident. Less than a month later, the sale of his 4-H steer raised more than $4,000 for the Alberta 4-H Centre. Five years later, another steer donated by the Crisp family raised another $4,000 for the 4-H Foundation.

 

Terry has also been involved with several community groups including the Consort United Church, Neutral Hills Agriculture Society, Monitor Community Club and the Consort Refugee Committee.

 

The Crisps run a commercial cow-calf operation and feedlot at Monitor. Recently, they diversified by adding u-pick strawberries and 3,500 Saskatoon bushes. In 1980, the Crisps won the Alberta Farm Family of the Year Award.

 

For his commitment to 4-H, and the contributions he has made to the lives of many 4-H members and leaders, Terry Crisp has been inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.

 

1995 Bill McGrath, Vermilion

Bill McGrath began his involvement with 4-H in the mid-1970's when his children joined the Preston 4-H Beef Club. He has served as an assistant or general leader of the club from 1977 to the present. As a leader, Bill encourages 4-H members to take advantage of all that 4-H has to offer. His members have participated in not only district, regional and provincial programs, but also national and international programs and 4-H award trips. He has also chaperoned 4-H exchanges to New Brunswick and Ontario.

 

Bill is a strong supporter of 4-H public speaking and continues to assist his club in this area.

 

Bill served on the Vermilion District 4-H Council for many years. He was also active with the Northeast Regional 4-H Council, including four years as president. Bill was involved with the formation of several regional events, including the regional beef heifer show, regional forum and the regional award of distinction.

 

Bill has been a representative on the Alberta 4-H Council since 1989 and was president for two years. He's now completing his two-year term as past-president. During his time on the council, 4-H has undergone some major changes and Bill's leadership skills have been very helpful to the council and other members of the executive. In 1991, Bill was appointed to the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.

 

Bill's people skills have been an indispensable asset to the 4-H program. He works well with all age groups and treats everyone fairly. His leadership style is quiet, tactful, and effective. Bill's diplomacy and negotiation skills are appreciated by both sides of any conflict. He is always trying to improve his leadership skills and has attended numerous workshops and leaders' conferences. In recognition of his 4-H leadership, Bill was selected to attend leadership development programs in Montana, Manitoba and Ontario.

 

The McGrath family have all been involved with 4-H. Bill's wife Shirley has been a 4-H leader herself for 14 years. The McGrath children -- David, Ellen and Catherine -- were all active 4-H members.

 

The McGrath's farmed until 1987. Bill now owns and operates 5W Courier, a Loomis franchise, and spends his days on the road. Despite his busy schedule, Bill still found the time to be active in curling, school, church and community organizations.

 

For his tireless dedication to 4-H and his contributions at all levels of the program, Bill McGrath has been inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.

 

1996 Shirley Story, Sherwood Park*

Shirley Story began her involvement in 4-H as a member of the Namao Garden Club and the Sturgeon Valley Dairy Club in the early 1960's. In 1966, she won a Selections award trip to a Quebec Youth conference and Expo `67. In 1967, Shirley was named the Alberta Dairy Princess and the following year, she became the Canadian Dairy Princess.

 

Her involvement as a leader began in 1976 when she formed the Ardrossan Creative Hands club and she was an active leader of the club for 20 years. Several of her members received Selections award trips, and in 1992, Leanne Eaton received Alberta's highest 4-H award, the Premier's Award. Leanne describes Shirley's special gifts in the following way:

 

"Mrs. Story saw each of us as special, and she dedicated a large part of her life to making us aware of our abilities. Throughout my years as a member she helped me reach inside of myself and find the confidence I needed to become who I am today. She opened my eyes to a world of summer camps, new friends and a world where everyone could public speak with confidence. Mrs. Story firmly believed that everyone should participate in public speaking, and her gentle prodding ensured that everyone did. This single aspect of 4-H positively influenced every member, because once we could speak comfortably in front of strangers, every other goal seemed within reach. Shirley was aware that each member was looking for something unique from the 4-H experience so she always had her ears open to what was happening throughout the province, in search of the perfect fit for each of us."

 

Shirley was also very involved with the Strathcona District 4-H Council, and served as president for three years. Some of her favorite projects were the Open House Exchange trips, District Bus Tours for 10-12 year olds, and the District Public Speaking Competitions. In 1994, she accepted the new challenge of becoming the 4-H key leader for the Strathcona District.

 

In the late 1960's she was the 4-H Clubtime Hostess. (4-H Clubtime was an Alberta 4-H television program that ran for 25 years.) She served as a resource person at several 4-H events including Leaders' Conferences and Provincial Homemaking Updates.

 

For 25 years, Shirley was a teacher with the County of Strathcona. She possessed the ability to motivate, build self-esteem and get the best from her students. Shirley was involved with several professional groups, her church and the Ardrossan Recreation and Agriculture Society. She volunteered with the 1987 Summer Games hosted in Strathcona County, the Strathcona Special Olympics program and the Cross Cancer Institute. Shirley also judged at county fairs throughout north central Alberta.

 

Shirley died in 1996 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Shirley Story touched many lives, young and old, in 4-H, her community and in the schools. We celebrate her life and dedication to 4-H by her induction into the Alberta 4-H of Fame.

 

1996 Gordon Fuhr, Morinville

Gordon Fuhr started out with 4-H as a member of beef and grain clubs at Rae and Riviere Qui Barre in the 1940's. He returned to the Riviere Qui Barre club as leader in 1970 and continues to be involved with the club. Gordon also started the Riviere Qui Barre Rancheros Horse club. This was the first horse club in the district and gave young people another opportunity to participate in 4-H.

 

Gordon's focus has been to encourage members to "learn to do by doing", but he was always there to advise them. Public speaking was one of his top priorities, and he stressed to members how important the training would be to them one day. He has judged public speaking competitions for many clubs and served on the Northlands Park Rural Youth Committee which hosted the Provincial 4-H Public Speaking Competition.

 

For the last 26 years Gordon has judged cattle grooming, showmanship and conformation for different 4-H clubs. For eight years he was the chairman of the beef committee for the Edmonton and District Achievement Day. He started the Northwest 4-H Heifer Show and is also involved with organizing the Northwest Judging Competition. Gordon accompanied the Northwest team that won the 4-H judging competition in Regina in 1981.

 

Gordon has served 4-H at the district, regional and provincial levels. He was the president of the Sturgeon District 4-H Council and the Northwest Regional 4-H Council. He has been a member of Alberta 4-H Council for the last 11 years.

 

Like many busy 4-H people, Gordon finds time to be involved with other community organizations. His quick wit and sense of humor make the work seem like fun. He has been a member of Northlands Park since 1973 and is currently serving as a director. He has spent hundreds of hours working with agricultural and rural youth events. Gordon, together with Allan Shenfield, initiated the Klondike Days Steer-a-Day raffle which raised $150,000 for 4-H over a period of 17 years. A good portion of the money was donated to the 4-H Foundation of Alberta.

 

Gordon has been involved with other community groups such the Riviere Qui Barre Recreational Society, and the Sturgeon Agriplex Society. Baseball, curling and square-dancing are some of his other interests.

 

Gordon and his wife Grace have two children, Robin and Gail, who were both actively involved in 4-H. Gordon and Grace still actively farm near Morinville.

 

For his commitment and contribution to 4-H at the club, district, regional and provincial levels, Gordon Fuhr has been inducted into the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.

 

 

1997 Ken Cox, Camrose

Ken Cox has been an active 4-H member, leader, parent, and resource person for many years. He began his 4-H career as a member of the Rosalind Beef Club in the 1950's. He was a leader with the both the Erskine Beef and Armena Beef clubs in the 1970's and 1980's.

 

Ken encouraged his members to participate in public speaking, workshops and camps so that they could take advantage of everything 4-H had to offer. Dr. Gail Cunningham, the 1987 Premier's Award Winner, has this comment about Ken:

 

"Ken was always there to answer questions and lend a hand. He caught many a run-away calf at the interclub show and has taught hundreds of eager members how to make rope halters and lead shanks. He has endless patience with kids who are willing to learn and is always a willing and knowledgeable teacher. He believes that 4-H is for the personal growth and development of its members and is not just about the project in hand."

 

Ken has been involved with the Camrose 4-H District as a judge, committee member and resource person. He served on the beef committee for 12 years and has been the interclub beef show and sale ringman since 1980. Public speaking is a special interest for Ken and he has helped organize competitions and workshops, and judged at the club, district and regional levels.

 

Ken is internationally recognized for his knowledge in showing and judging beef cattle. He has instructed grooming, showmanship and judging demonstrations and helped organize multi-species judging days at the club, district, and regional levels. He has judged confirmation and showmanship at many club and district achievement days, including 4-H on Parade. 4-H beef club members will be familiar with the two grooming and showmanship booklets into the Ring and Ready for the Ring, that were written by Ken. These booklets were distributed to 4-H beef clubs across Canada.

 

Ken has been a member of the planning committee for the Provincial 4-H Beef Heifer show since 1976. For five years, he helped plan and judge at the Provincial Multi-Species Judging Competition.

 

For over 25 years, Ken has volunteered with Edmonton Northlands, primarily with Farmfair, the annual fall livestock show. For the past 20 years Ken has volunteered hundreds of hours organizing and working at Bashaw and District Agricultural Society youth shows, such as the Canadian National Junior Angus Heifer show. Ken is an active member of the Lakeland College Alumni Association and was the executive president for the College's 75' Anniversary. He has also been involved with the Angus, Charolais and Hereford Breed Associations.

 

Ken received the West Central 4-H Region's Friend of 4-H Award in 1995 and was named a Friend of the Provincial 4-H Heifer Show in 1996. He has also been recognized by Northlands Park, the Alberta Angus Association and the Canadian Angus Association.

 

Ken and his wife Verny farm near Armena and are strong supporters of their community. Ken has been active with the Armena Recreation Association and Camrose United Church. Ken and Verny's two children, Rusty and Lorraine, were both very involved with 4-H.

 

1997 Angus Park, Trochu

 

Angus Park had 4-H leadership roles at the club, district, regional and provincial levels. Angus started as a 4-H member in the Trochu area. In 1963, as one of the top 4-H members in Alberta he was awarded the Inter-Provincial 4-H Exchange trip. Soon after Angus became an assistant leader with the Trochu grain club and was the club leader from 1964 to 1973. For a few years, he was involved with judging and organizing public speaking for district clubs. Angus returned as a 4-H leader with the Huxley Beef Club from 1982-86.

 

In the 1980's, Angus became involved with the Kneehill District Council and was council president four years and served many years on the show and sale committee. He served as both the vice-chair and chairman of the Calgary Regional 4-H Council. In 1987, Angus was recognized by the Calgary Region for outstanding contributions to 4-H.

 

From 1986 to 1994, Angus was a member of the Alberta 4-H Council was held positions as the president and first and second vice-president. He was a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta from 1988 to 1997 and again took on leadership roles including chairman and vice ­chairman.

 

Throughout his 4-H career, Angus always focused on providing and improving opportunities for 4-H youth. He understands the needs of rural youth and tries to meet these needs. Through his work with the Foundation, he is credited with a major role in the recent development and construction at the Alberta 4-H Centre. He has been involved in the last few years with building an effective partnership between the 4-H Branch, Council and Foundation and developing the new funding system.

 

Angus is also praised as an effective chairman and executive member. He is respected for his honest straight forward manner and his consideration of others. He rarely missed a 4-H meeting and could be counted on for his participation, especially when tough decisions had to be made.

 

Angus and his wife Marilyn run a purebred and commercial cattle operation, a hog operation and grain farm in the Huxley area. In the late 1950's, Angus and Marilyn were involved with the Three Hills Junior Farmers Union of Alberta (or FUA) and were finalists in the Junior FUA debating competition. He continued his involvement with the FUA, and then Unifarm, until the early 1970's.

 

In 1974, Angus was a founding member of the Crossroads Gas Co-op. He has served in all the executive positions and is just completing his second term as chairman. For two years, he was a member of the provincial board of the Federation of Gas Co-ops. Angus has also been involved with the Trochu-Three Hills Shipping Association and the Kneehill Valley Feeders Association.

 

Marilyn and Angus Park's three children, Jamie, Brian and Heather were all 4-H members.

 

For his commitment, contribution and leadership at all levels of 4-H, Angus Park was inducted in the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame.

 

1998 Diane Maull, Metiskow

Diane Maul was an active member of the three Metiskow area 4-H clubs – beef, garden and foods – in the late 1950’s.  In 1960, she won an award trip to National 4-H Club Week in Toronto.  Diane attended the University of Alberta School of Nursing and was active in the 4-H Alumni.  After graduation, she was a public health nurse in Wainwright.  In 1966, Diane married Lorne Maull and became actively involved in a farming and ranching operation that now includes a feedlot and feed mill.

Diane’s organization and leadership skills have made her an asset to all levels of 4-H.  From 1985 to 1989, Diane was a leader of the Czar-Metiskow Beef club.  At the district level, she took a special interest in beef achievement days.  In 1985, she became involved with the East Central Regional 4-H Council.  From 1991 to 1998 she was a member of the Alberta Provincial 4-H Council – including two years as president.

During her tenure on council, 4-H in Alberta went through a number of major changes, such as reduction in government funding, the implementation of the membership fee and the introduction of the Key Leader program.  Diane’s skill as a leader and organizer were evident, as the council took on a higher profile, and worked with the other 4-H partners to face these challenges.  In addition, Diane served as a director on the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, including sitting as vice-chairman.

The Alberta 75th Anniversary Committee was formed in 1988 with Diane as the chairman.  The many years of planning came together with hundreds of people attending Showcase ’92 in Calgary. In 1997, Diane was a member of the planning committee for the 80/20 rally held at the Alberta 4-H Centre to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of 4-H and the 20th  Anniversary of the 4-H Foundation.

Diane recognizes the importance of 4-H families, leaders, alumni and staff working together to make the best program possible for 4-H members.  She feels it is very important for the ‘grassroots’ people to have input into the program.  Diane and Lorne’s two children, Jay and Jodi, were both active 4-H members, as their parents and grandparents had been.

Diane has been very involved with several community organizations and projects.  In the late 1960’s she was a director of Women of Unifarm.  She was a researcher for the ‘Prairie Echos’ history book and helped to organize the Hillcrest Heritage Homecoming in 1977 -  Diane received the Canadian Merit Award in 1978 for her involvement.  She was also an organizer of the 1987 cultural exposition ‘Prairie Profiles’ in Provost.

Diane has been CGIT leader, and worked with the Metiskow Sunday School. She served three years as a trustee for the Provost School Division and is currently on the Regional Hospital Advisory Board.  In 1991, the Maull family received the Alberta Farm Family Award. 

 

1998 Dwayne Grover, Stettler

 

Dwayne Grover is the youngest inductee to the Alberta 4-H Hall of Fame. His nickname is ‘Mr. 4-H’ and in his 18 years as a 4-H leader he has had a significant impact throughout Alberta on the members, leaders, parents and 4-H staff that he has worked with.

 

Dwayne was a member of the Byemoor Beef club for 11 years. In 1980, at the age of 21, he became the first leader of the Rainbow Riders 4-H Light Horse club.  At its peak the Rainbow Riders club had 60 members, drawing them from a radius of 60 miles.  One of his gifts in keeping senior members active in 4-H.  He finds out what motivates these members and is not afraid to give them major leadership roles.

 

Dwayne has served as both secretary and president of the Stettler District 4-H Council.  He encouraged the council to take on new projects, such as the District 4-H Scholarship.

 

Since 1985, Dwayne has been the chairman of the Regional Light Horse Committee. This committee organizes a horse show, a circuit of three rodeos, a judging clinic, plus more than 20 horse clinics. Dwayne was the chairman of the Regional Project Day for seven years and also helped plan Mind Your Own Business, the first business camp.  In 1994, Dwayne was awarded the East Central Region’s Award of Distrinction.

 

Dwayne was the co-founder and first chairman of the Provincial Equine Advisory Committee.  One accomplishment of PEAC the development of the new horse material that was released in 1998.  Dwayne also chaired the committee that developed the 4-H Rodeo project.  He has been instrumental in the development of the Provincial Horse Classic and served as the program coodinator. 

 

Dwayne has received four 4-H leadership award trips.  After each trip, he brought back ideas and information to enhance the 4-H program in Alberta.  Dwayne is the director of the Sullivan Lake West Agriculture Society and has organnized both their beef and horse shows.  He was a volunteer for the Alberta Summer Games held in Stettler in 1981.  Dwayne has been involved with the Canadian National Quarter Horse show for thirteen years.  In 1997, he was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Quarter Horse Assocation of Alberta. He presently serves on the planning committee for the national show and as a liaison with the Youth Association.  In 1993, Dwayne was recognized by the Alberta Treasury Branch as a ‘Great Albertan’.

 

 

1999 Norm Withers, Lavoy*

In the Northeast region, Norm Withers is ‘Mr. 4-H’.  During his 35 years as a leader, he has made contributions at every level of Alberta 4-H.  His top priority has always been the growth and development of 4-H membes.

 

Norm was a member of the Ranfurly 4-H Grain club and later joined the Viking Dairy club.  1963 was the beginning of 35 years of leadership with the Viking Dairy (Multi) club.

 

Norm is a model 4-H leader.  He treats everyone with compassion and patience and always keeps his sense of humour. He makes sure that all members have opportunities for personal development, and encourages them to participate in club, district, regional and provincial events.  His positive and supportive attitude builds confidence in members.  He coaches the executive in their roles, with the result being well-organized club meetings run by the members.  When Norm takes on a job, it’s always followed through to completion wth lots of energy and enthusiasm.  He willing shares his knowledge and skills with parents, leaders and council members. In his role as a key leader, Norm is a mentor to other 4-H leaders in his district.

 

Norm has been a member of the Beaver District 4-H Council for almost as long as he has been a leader.  He has been the president for a total of seven years.  Norm has helped to organize many events and has chaperoned several exchanges.  Through his district work, Norm ensures that 4-H is fun, as well as educational, for members.

 

In 1960, Norm became involved in the Northeast Regional 4-H Council.  He has served many roles, including chairing the regional heifer show and public speaking committees.  Norm sat on the committee that developed the Northeast Award of Distinction and chaired the selection committee for several years – Norm himself was recognized for this award in 1998.

 

Norm has been the Northeast region’s representative to the Alberta 4-H Council since 1994.  He is currently completing his second year as president of the council.  He has been a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta for four years, and is the chairman of the site building committee.  Norm is conscientious about communicating provincial news and events back to the regional and district councils and forwarding local feedback to the regional and provincial levels.  He has shared the knowledge and ideas he gained on his three leadership award trips with 4-H leaders and members back at home.

 

Norm is involved with several other volunteer organizations, many of them related to agriculture.  For almost 40 years he has assisted wit the organization of livestock shows and sales at Northlands Park in Edmonton.  Some of Norm’s other community work has included serving with the Vegreville and Viking Fair Boards, the United Grain Growers and the Lavoy Community School..

 

Norm and his wife Carrie have been married since 1970.  They own a mixed farming operation which has included crop production, dairy and beef cattle, and hogs.  Their two children, Grant and Marla, were both active 4-H members.

 

 

 

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