Each year the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on the grounds of the Iowa State Fair. Counties around the state are able to nominate community leaders, volunteers, and Extension Staff who have dedicated time and service to the county 4-H program. Henry County has nominated Diana Weigert of new London for this prestigious award.
Diana Weigert was born in 1947 to Everett and Doris Taylor. She grew up on the family farm near Mt. Union, Iowa. Diana began 4H as a young girl and was a member of 4-H in Mt. Union for 9 years. 4-H was her passion as a child and it has continued into her adulthood.
Diana spent significant time with her grandmother when she was a child. Diana’s grandmother always inspired her to try new things. Diana learned to crochet from her grandmother, her creativity was very apparent as a child. As a young girl, Diana taught herself how to knit and sew. She was never afraid to try something new! While in 4-H as a young girl, she participated in projects such as sewing, art, canning, gardening, and livestock.
After graduating from Mt. Pleasant High school, she married David Weigert and together, they started their family. Diana became a 4-H leader in 1979 and encouraged her own two children to be in 4H at this time. From this point on, Diana’s inspired, encouraged and directed 4Hers to enroll in the 4-H program. In her leadership, Diana has taught youth to sew, knit, focus on care for animals, and learn about arts. Her ambition to share her love for 4-H and teaching has inspired many youth in the Henry County 4-H program.
Diana continues to dedicate much of her time to the 4H program and her club members. Diana has been a leader for more than 30 years and is currently a leader of the Jackson Jrs 4-H Club of Mt. Pleasant. Diana has many youth in her club, including three of her grandchildren who travel to attend 4-H meetings monthly. Diana prepares a new art project for her members each month, encouraging the children to try new and exciting things. She always strives to promote and inspire the youth in 4H.
Diana is the kind of leader that directs, inspires and encourages 4Hers on how to run a proper business meeting, keep monthly club notes, and fulfill all office duties. She teaches youth how to give presentations and provide proper record keeping. She shares her passion with her members in project areas like photography, gardening, sewing, painting, proper livestock care and showmanship as well as a multitude of art projects.
Currently Diana lives in New London and is the art teacher for the Mt. Pleasant home school program; she also owns and operates her own business, Country Lane Fiber Arts in New London. She spins wool, uses a loom, sells different kinds of yarns, knitting needles and has more crafts and projects every day. She also teaches beginners how to do the crafts they want to learn, such as knitting or spinning, just to name a few. Diana enjoys gardening, spending time with family, knitting, sewing and of course teaching beginners how to achieve their goals. She has two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Diana’s love for the 4H program is apparent in everything she does. Her dedication to the program is continuous. She is most deserving of this honor with her countless hours of volunteerism and her passion to teach youth. Congratulation Diana and thank you for your years of service to the Henry County 4-H Program!