This year, Clinton County has nominated Jackie Crowley as the inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jackie Crowley has been active in Clinton County 4-H and club show activities since she was 10 years old.
As a member of the Delmar Debettes and Debbies 4-H clubs, she always had communications, sewing and cooking exhibits at the fair.
Participating in the Fashion Revue taught her to be comfortable in front of people, allowed her to meet new friends and encouraged her to strive to receive special awards like the Farm Bureau Award for her projects. She said made many lifelong friends during the many 4-H trips and still is on 4-H/Fair committees with many of these friends.
In order to serve on the 4-H County Council, she remembers having to give a speech in front of a full auditorium. She says taking a communication project to the state fair was a big leadership experience she will always remember. All three of her children followed in her footsteps, doing communication projects each year.
Jackie served as a leader for the Delmar clubs for 10 years and now serves as one of the three leaders for the Welton Junior Farmers, a post she’s held for 10 years. Those leaders have focused on completing record books and officer/historian books.
Crowley also served on the 4-H Youth Committee helping the recognition committee plan for the meritorious service awards and county 4-H youth awards. Working with the county council and the rest of the recognition committee to plan the fair and fall recognition events was her specialty. Now as a member of the fair board, she continues to promote 4-H and youth activities, narrating events and frequently doing dishes at the food stand.
Her husband, Mike, was a Welton Jr. Farmer 4-H member for 10 years. They farm near Welton. Their three children, Sarah, Anne and JP (John Pat) all reside on parcels of the family farm and continue to help with the cow/calf and crop operation.
Jackie is a second generation leader. Her mother, Joanne Guise, was a leader for 30 years, was on the youth committee, supervised the communication day for 40 years and still helps with the food stand.
Crowley plans to continue serving on the fair board to promote 4-H and club show organization. She is active as the assistant FFA advisor at Maquoketa, encouraging youth to participate in photography, crops and livestock at the state fair.
“Leadership experiences help our young people understand expectations, deadlines and responsibility involved in doing and completing projects,” she said.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as 4-H celebrated 100 years of a program dedicated to teaching youth life skills.