A 4-Her since age 10, former BV youth leader takes state reins
The newly appointed interim director of 4-H started his rise through the ranks in Buena Vista County.
Chuck Morris replaced former Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Director Joe Kurth, who left to take the same position in Kentucky, on July 1. Morris, who has been the 4-H associate director since 1983, started his career as the Extension 4-H Youth Leader for Clay and Buena Vista counties.
"It was a wonderful experience with fabulous people," Morris said. "They did an excellent job training me."
He held the position from August 18, 1975 until Dec. 1, 1978, helping out with four Buena Vista County Fairs. Morris still recalls his first day on the job when he painted numbers on swine gates in Alta in preparation for the event.
Morris started the 4-H pie auction at the county fair as a fundraising effort to send 4-H kids to camp. "It was a lot of fun," he said. The tradition continues today.
One year, somebody found out that Morris' favorite pie is black raspberry. They baked one for the auction and Morris was conned into buying the pie - for $75.
Buena Vista County Extension Director Rhonda Christiansen, worked briefly with Morris in the '70's when she was the county home economist for the Extension office.
"I would say I trained him to go to campus," she laughed. Christiansen said Morris is a "real people person" who has a substantial interest in the development of youth. She said he would make an excellent director because of his past experience and his belief in open communication.
"He believes Green," she said.
Morris grew up on a livestock farm west of Des Moines and became a member of 4-H at the age of 10.
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