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Past, present members celebrate 75th anniversary of area 4-H

Appreciation of Meadowlark is displayed through pictures, projects

August 22, 2005

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Margaret Pendleton, a Lawrence High senior, has a family history with the Meadowlark 4-H Club.

On Sunday afternoon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, about 100 past and present members shared their 4-H memories and history for the club's 75th anniversary.

"It's pretty neat because my dad was a president years ago," Pendleton said of her father, John. "He was here when we had the 50th anniversary."

While Meadowlark is one of 12 Douglas County 4-H clubs, Pendleton, the current president, said her group right now has more than 20 members. The number of former members who visited on Sunday, along with the many pictures and former projects, helped showcase the club's tradition, she said.

The group is split between rural and urban members, Pendleton said.

"It's not really about cows and plows," Pendleton said. "We have self-determined projects. We can do all types of things."


Cal Spencer, Lawrence, left, looks at pictures of Meadowlark 4-H Club events, while his wife, Shirley Spencer, center, and Beverly Carothers, Lawrence, right, check out old 4-H program directories during the 75th Anniversary of Meadowlark 4-H. The Sunday afternoon celebration was held at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Cal Spencer, Lawrence, left, looks at pictures of Meadowlark 4-H Club events, while his wife, Shirley Spencer, center, and Beverly Carothers, Lawrence, right, check out old 4-H program directories during the 75th Anniversary of Meadowlark 4-H. The Sunday afternoon celebration was held at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

A current citizen leader, or adult adviser for the group, Dorothy Schaake, has been a member since 1966. Schaake said Sunday's reunion was a good lesson for past and present members on the value of 4-H.

"It seems to me like it's still about people," Schaake said. "You don't remember the type of ribbon you got, but you remember the people you met."

Schaake said one of her earliest 4-H memories was when one of her leaders taught her how to sew a pattern into a skirt.

"I saw her years later, and she remembered the look on my face when it worked," Schaake said.

Karen Pendleton, another Meadowlark leader and Margaret's mother, said she was glad the event gave the younger members a chance to meet former members.

"Now they can say, 'Hey, this is what I can get out of it because they did,'" she said.

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