Back in 1965, Marie Stang Burrer wrote her thoughts on being a 4H Club advisor for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The piece was published on March 8, 1965.
I am a 4-H advisor because believe in young people and the democracy-in-action practices in 4-H. This is a very wide program to fit most any interest a youth might have.
I have enjoyed working, playing and growing with our 4-H Club. There have been many rewarding experiences gained by advising a 4-H group and I find the program well worth the time spent. You will find youth very responsible and responsive.
Busy hands and minds that "Learn To Make The Best Better" and learn to play and carry out a well-rounded 4-H program including emphasis on Head, Hands, Heart and Health don't find time to get into serious trouble.
Devilment, yes; big problems, no; little problems, of course. But this makes it more interesting for all concerned.
Being a 4-H advisor helps keep one young, even if only in spirit. It also keeps one on his toes to keep up with the concerns of youngsters from the 4th grade to 19 years of age these days.
Marie was featured again in the Elyria paper -- this time as the subject of "The Dash Between" -- on Sept. 26, 2010.
It's the story of The Dash Between May 28, 1921, when she was born Marie Telzerow in Elyria, Ohio, and Sept. 6, 2010, when the farm wife and 4-H Club adviser died at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home in Lorain, Ohio, at age 89.
Click here to read Marie's story and view photos showing her at various times in her life. The photo below shows Marie with three of her four children: Wayne Stang, Gary Stang and DeAnn Wernert. Her fourth son, Dennis, died in a traffic accident in 1974.