Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in honoring Barb Fuller of Corning, Iowa, as Iowan of the Week.
This week we recognize National 4-H Week. As a former 4-H’er myself, I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the individuals who devote their time and expertise to helping kids around our country grow and realize their own potential. In Iowa, 4-H has a deeply rooted commitment to the growth and development of kids across our great State. For decades, Barb Fuller has dedicated her time and passions to the Adams County 4-H.
Barb has been involved with 4-H for practically her entire life. She participated in the organization when she was a kid with the Colfax Cloverettes of Boone County, and the organization’s impact on her inspired her to take on more expansive roles within 4-H, especially after her daughter started participating in the organization. Barb became a leader in the Adams County 4-H for roughly 15 years after her daughter joined, leading her daughter’s 4-H group, the Jasper Specialists.
Barb has impacted many of the 4-H’ers during her time with the organization, always making sure anyone who wanted to participate was able to have the opportunity to do so. Barb has been dedicated to helping kids in her community grow, and she thoroughly enjoys having the opportunity to guide kids through different projects and tasks. What has impacted Barb the most throughout her time with 4-H has always been the ability to watch kids learn, grow, and gain more self-confidence through the projects and activities they’re able to get involved with.
One of the activities that Barb coordinated was the Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports, where she acted as a rifle instructor with her husband, Dave. The couple taught those involved in the program how to handle firearms safely and securely, and they watched 4-H’ers compete at different events at various levels.
Recently, Barb was inducted into the Adams County 4-H Hall of Fame for her decades of service with the organization. Barb’s passion for 4-H, along with her years of instruction, has left a mark on generations of 4-H’ers, and it reminds me of the wonderful memories I have of interacting with my leaders and instructors when I was a 4-H’er. Barb’s service to her community is commendable, and it’s why I am honored to name Barb Fuller as our Iowan of the Week.