Jerry McMahon, 4-H Livestock Club Wins Award!
Posted: June 2, 2011
Gerald (Jerry) McMahon, Green Lane, PA received the Ira J. Coble Pennsylvania 4-H Beef Leader Award at the PA Farm Show, Tuesday, January 11. Jerry was recognized for his 33 years of volunteer service as a beef project and organization leader of the Montgomery County 4-H Livestock Club.
Jerry's dedication and efforts on behalf of the 4-H livestock program have been seen across several decades. In the beginning, the club focused mainly on the traditional steer and swine projects. Jerry and his leaders have introduced the relatively newer dairy beef project which has enabled many more youth to be involved, being a less expensive project and one that is safer for the younger members. Recently the sheep projects were added into the Livestock Club. Jerry has also helped to introduce the new on-line project books for the beef project which has made the record-keeping portions more enjoyable and current for the members. He also helped introduce the market goat project which also enabled more youth to become involved in learning about livestock and marketing.
Through Jerry's efforts the numbers in our Livestock Club have nearly doubled. He has helped to start the Market Animal Sale at the 4-H Fair. Uniting the sale at our 4-H Fair has allowed the 4-H youth to glean better prices and more community support for the market animal projects. Jerry and his wife had seven children, all of whom were in 4-H in some capacity. Now there are several grandchildren in the Montgomery County 4-H program. Two of his sons and two daughters-in-law are 4-H leaders as well.
Every year Jerry can be found giving numerous volunteer days to the 4-H Fair; fair set up and clean up, weigh-in of animals, animal shows and sale, and even announcing for several of the shows. He is there helping guide the youth, answering all those questions from the parents, and providing educational programs and displays for the general public that come to the fair. He helped establish having the "World's Largest Sausage Patty" at the 4-H fair, courtesy of Hatfield Quality Meats. After the sausage is cooked, the volunteers in the club help wrap and sell the sausage as this serves as a major fund raiser for the club.
During the busy summer season Jerry can often be found at the extension office about once a week working on 4-H paper work and details for the Fair. He helped establish the "buyers hospitality tent" at the Fair giving the members a chance to talk with their potential buyers and do some marketing!
The Montgomery County 4-H Program would like to thank Jerry for his dedication, innovative ideas, and his hard work in helping our members learn more about agriculture, increase their knowledge of the animal sciences, and developing life skills of responsibility and leadership.