DES MOINES | This summer Alan and Margaret Jass, of Hancock County, were inducted into the 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
A total of 91 Iowa counties participated this year, selecting 131 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4 H Foundation President, Holly Grandin, and Interim State 4-H Program Leader, Andrea Nelson.
Many inductees serve as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
For the Jass family, 4-H started back in 1923 when Alan’s mother was a member of the first girls club in her township.
Alan grew up in 4-H showing beef, dairy, pigs and giving demonstrations about fitting, showing and participating in judging contests.
Margaret got involved in 4-H when the couple’s children were old enough to participate. She helped at the fair serving many hours, making pies and working in the 4-H food stand. Margaret also served as the fair secretary for several years.
Alan was a club leader for the Garfield Township 4-H Club and helped coach the judging teams. He also served on the fair board for nine years. Alan volunteered multiple years as a fair night watchman. Together, Alan and Margaret have taught a lot of 4-Hers many “tricks of the trade” when showing cattle. As they retired from some roles, they took an active part in being the 4-H exhibit building host and hostess.
Their quiet leadership and volunteerism has shown many 4-Hers in Hancock County what it means to be of good character. Margaret summed up their lives in 4-H the best when she said, “4-H isn’t just about taking exhibits and livestock to the fairs and getting ribbons and trophies. It has taught our families to work together, a work ethic, responsibility, patience and respect to other people.”
Alan and Margaret have been shining examples of the character she speaks about developing in 4-H.
“Hancock County Extension is grateful for the role Al and Margaret Jass has played in the lives of many 4-Hers and the 4-H program,” said Trece Lonnerman, Hancock County Office Administrator. “Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H programs.”