Joe is an outstanding example of the positive, life-long effects 4-H has on youth. For Joe 4-H was a family affair. His mother was a community leader and founder of Clover 4-H Club in Fair Oaks, CA, his brother and two sisters were 4-H members, and Joe was in 4-H for 11 years. During his 4-H career Joe was the county winner for Food Preparation, which enabled him to get his first job. Joe was also a Sacramento County All-Star in 1958, Diamond State Candidate (what is equivalent to today’s State Ambassador) for the 1959-60 year, and attended college on a 4-H Scholarship.
My 4-H Club experience changed my life and gave my life meaning. Thank you to all the leaders who coached me and to organization that continues to foster "Head, Heart, Hands & Health". -Joe
Joe graduated with a degree in history and went on to have a successful career with the California State Archives, retiring in 2001. Today Joe is an active member in his church choruses serving as the district officer for one year, has served on the ALS Board of Directors, served as Patient Services Chair, was a Community Chaplain, volunteers at Shriners Children’s Hospital, served on the County Adult and Aging Commission, was liaison to the Cordova Senior Center, and currently serves on the Sacramento County In-Home Services Public Authority.