Back home: New county 4-H coordinator returns to Sheboygan County

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


Linda Lueder, the new 4-H youth development program coordinator for Sheboygan County, can’t wait to become acquainted with all those involved in the Sheboygan County program. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Linda Lueder, the new 4-H youth development program coordinator for Sheboygan County, can’t wait to become acquainted with all those involved in the Sheboygan County program. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Linda Lueder is filling the position recently vacated in the 4-H program and now holds the title of 4-H youth development program coordinator.

She is looking forward to becoming acquainted with all of the staff, members and volunteers that make Sheboygan County’s 4-H program one of the best in the state.

“I grew up in the Sheboygan County 4-H program and was in the Scott Pioneers 4-H club,” said Lueder. “That has always been a very strong and vibrant club and it is still doing very well.”

Lueder’s past positions have been in 4-H so she is current on what’s happening with the program in general and brings her knowledge and experiences with her to Sheboygan County.

She attended the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology, and received a graduate degree from UW-Milwaukee in management and leadership.

“I was in Racine County as a 4-H assistant and spent one and a half years in Waukesha as a county 4-H coordinator,” said Lueder.

“I wanted to come back to Sheboygan County because it’s a good county to be in and my family is here,” said Lueder.

“I am single. Currently I’m commuting from Germantown and if I have late night meetings I can crash with my parents,” smiled Lueder. “So that’s what I’m doing until I get things all figured out.

“One thing I’ve learned is that overall every county has similarities in their 4-H programs but each county has their own personality,” said Lueder, “and growing up in Sheboygan County I can see that it has changed through the years, but for the better.

“For the past six years I have been on committees with (county UW-Extension Director) Sarah (Tarjeson) and this seemed like a good fit,” added Lueder.

“I think my strengths are in working with large 4-H programs and helping in the community club aspect,” said Lueder. “That includes the leaders and the families. I really enjoy working with the older youth, or the Youth Association as it is called here.

“I don’t see me doing any changes at this time,” said Lueder. “I will attend club meetings, if the general leaders invite me, or see if a club is struggling and will go there and help with what they need so they can succeed.

“I’m planning on attending as many countywide programs and activities and that way leaders and families will get to know me and I will get to know them,” said Lueder.

“I enjoyed growing up in 4-H and the program in general and found 4-H to be beneficial for the youth,” said Lueder. “4-H is great for the youth to participate in and the projects can be used as a stepping point for career choices and challenges.

“4-H members are two times more likely to attend college,” said Lueder. “An article I found recently states that research shows that 4-H helps young people excel beyond their peers.

“That article also states that 4-H youth make more healthy choices,” said Lueder. “They excel in school and sciences and that young people in 4-H are committed to improving their communities.

“The project leader and adults are positive role models in the youth’s life,” said Lueder. “I’m all for promoting the 4-H programs.

“I grew up from being a Cloverbud all the way through to graduation,” said Lueder. “I was active in 4-H on the county level and feel that that attributes to my positive attitude. It’s an amazing program.”


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