moved to Sequim, WA in 1976 with her family. She was in the feed store and met a mom who said, “You need to join 4-H.” Judy and her two kids went to a meeting, had fun, and became active. Judy was assigned to help the club’s kids with record books. After over thirty-five years, Judy continues to serve as a 4-H volunteer in Clallam County.
Judy has always been willing to try new things. The kids wanted to try the poultry project and no one in the county was doing poultry. Judy and another leader said “Let’s try it! We can learn along with the kids.” She fondly remembers climbing under the kitchen table to candle their eggs. When she first became the club horse leader, she knew very little about the 4-H horse project. Judy learned the project right along with the kids. Over the years, she has been a leader in many projects, including horses, poultry, dogs, cats, rabbits, swine, rocketry, adventures in family living, foods, food preservation, sewing, wildlife (now called shooting sports and fishing), gardening, arts & crafts, photography, cows, and leadership.
She has been involved in four different clubs; in addition to her club work, Judy has always put extra effort into supporting and promoting the 4-H community as a whole. Judy has co-chaired the “Kiss the Pig” scholarship fundraiser for twelve years; she also helped organize many other fund raisers that support all aspects of our county 4-H program. Additionally, Judy has participated in numerous programs showcasing 4-H to the community, such as Wellapalooza, Kids Fest, and Super Saturdays. When program funding was threatened, Judy helped organize two local marches to help keep our county 4-H program.
Judy has been the horse barn superintendent for over fifteen years, and encouraged horse leaders to become active with all the clubs. Twelve years ago, Judy was elected Leader’s Council president, and since that time has worked very hard to bring everyone together. Judy has been selected “Clallam Co-Leader of the Year” three times, and received awards from the Extension office for “Exemplifying the Spirit of 4-H” and “Volunteer Excellence and Outstanding Leadership.” Judy exemplifies a true “we can do it” attitude.