Emily Klein, Poweshiek County Naturalist with the county conservation board, has been honored as a Friend of 4-H.
Klein was recognized at the annual 4-H Award banquet on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Grinnell Golf and Country Club.
“It was totally unexpected,” said Klein, of receiving the honor. “I had no idea until I walked up front to receive it.”
The Friend of 4-H recognizes an organization or individual who had made a significant contribution to the Poweshiek County 4-H Program. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to nominate members of the community for this award.
This year, members of the Mighty Golden Clovers 4-H Club nominated Klein to receive the award.
Club members noted that in her work as a naturalist, Emily has been a catalyst in many new programs and activities for Poweshiek Conservation and Poweshiek County 4-H.
With each new program or activity, she is sure to include 4-H members and families and promote 4-H to those who are not already involved. There probably isn’t a 4-H’er in Poweshiek County who does not know her. Her knowledge and love for all things outdoors is contagious!
Emily, who joined the conservation board in 2016, has worked with the Poweshiek County Extension Office to create nature clubs in each school in the county and has been a go-to presenter for Clover Kid activities. She has planned events such as Trunk-or-Treat and is always willing to help with 4-H events, such as the Amazing Race and school programs. Her commitment and dedication has surely led to many youth becoming involved in 4-H.
“I have always enjoyed my work in environmental education, but having the privilege of working and giving back to the community where I grew up and local organizations and people who invested so much in me make this award very meaningful and is a good reminder that true joy comes from serving others,” she said.
Because of her commitment, the Shooting Aces Club was able to partner with the conservation board and acquire a trailer to further promote 4-H Shooting sports.
“You can see her trucking the trailer around to almost every public event in the county,” noted club members. “No matter what it may be, Emily is always willing to lend a helping hand and bring a smile and positive attitude with her. We could not think of anyone more deserving this year!”
“Thank you Emily, for all that you have done for the Poweshiek 4-H program,” said club leader, Renny Crawford. “We are excited to continue seeing you as your own kids become 4-H members.”