July 18, 2016

A Tribute to Mary Weaver is here.

A history of the Carson piano is here.

With the passing of Eugene Muir, I became nostalgic, especially about 4-H in Washington Township.  So many memories revisted this week.  LaVere Derry is still sharing good memories, and I do love to listen.

Jean Borgeson

Washington Winners 4-H Club  1946-2016

From the 1970 Rippey History Book, it states, “On September 20, 1945 all boys and interested in forming a Boys 4-H Club in Washington Township met at the Rippey School house. Although there were only seven eligible boys and their fathers present, they were enthusiastic about forming a club.  They did not proceed to organize at that time, feeling they should have more members.  Their efforts proved fruitful, when in January of 1946, fourteen eligible boys met to form a Washington Township 4-H club. The boys elected A. H. (Albert) Farley as their first leader.  The boys of the first club and all boys who have participated in 4-H to the present time are appreciative of Mr. Farley’s efforts in forming the framework of a successful Washington Township 4-H program.

The following were members of the first 4-H club:  Marvin Harris, President; Dale Neese, Vice President; LaVere Derry, Secretary-Treasurer, Lyle (Bobby) Heater, Reporter; Charles Derry, John Owens, Jr., Charles Terrill, Dwight Muir, Walter Wilson, Duane Harris, Eugene Muir, Paul Linn, Jack Brown, and Jim Linn. The members chose the name of “Washington Winners” and continue the winning tradition to the present time.

 In November, 1987, the Washington Winnerettes joined the boy’s club and all members were encouraged to take many, varied projects to the fair.  It has been interesting over the years, how many interests are now represented when the list of winners are announced.  All are well rewarded for their efforts.

Family Affair

The list of members over the years indicates just how family oriented 4-H is.   Most of the parents and grandparents were members of 4-H and probably served as leaders or assistants, at one time or another while their children participated.

Phyllis GannonPhyllis Gannon, 2016 Greene County Fair

  One family has had a member in the club continually for over 54 years. The nine children of Eugene and Phyllis Gannon were all Washington Winners.  Eugene and Phyllis were leaders and very involved for many years.  Tom Gannon, the youngest grandchild of Phyllis, is still participating. Phyllis, who will be 90 in November, still enjoys watching her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, continue this tradition.  Ben Gannon is one of the club’s leaders in 2016, following in his grandfather’s footsteps. She says, “The fair was the family vacation they took every year!” 

 Three Generations of Washington Winners 2016

The grandchildren of Eugene Muir, (a charter member), (C. J. and Kayla); Ralph Borgeson, (Kane and Kale); and Hugh Gannon, (Bryce, Brandon, Caleb, and Emma Hoyle, Paige Heaning and Kaylee Rankin), and Dale Thompson, (Mackenzie, Clint, and Brent Dennhardt) are still participating in the Washington Winners 4-H Club. 

Time marches on and many changes have been observed over the years.  However, the friendships gained through the common bond of 4-H is special..

Jean Borgeson


Community Notes!

Another great week at the library!  Paper footballs were flying through the air and several field goals were made by our competitors!  Thursday, we went to Europe with Madagascar 3.

Check the library for the activities that are planned.

Rippey Public Library
Katrina Buttler, Librarian
Phone: 515.436.7714
Website: www.rippey.lib.ia.us
E-mail: rippeyli@windstream.net

Monday 1:00 – 6:00
Tuesday 2:00 – 6:00
Wednesday 3:00 – 6:00
Thursday 2:00 – 7:00
Friday -- 3:00 – 6:00

Rippey United Methodist Church

PO Box 286, 103 West Main St.
Rippey, IA 50235
Pastor Paul Burrow
Pastor Rosa Soto
Phone: 436-7731

Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Worship Service is at 11:00 a m.

Every Tuesday: Quilters 9:00 - Coffee and fellowship 10:00 

Reminder:  Children’s Sunday School, Ladies Aid and Lions Club will resume meeting in in September.

We are collecting backpacks and goodies for inside. Back to school sales have started. Backpacks will be blessed in August.



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