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Basler, Loretta and Dave 4-H Scholarship


The purpose of this Fund is to honor the lives of LORETTA AND DAVE BASLER by providing scholarship(s) for a high school graduating senior or graduate in Carroll County, Maryland who is a member in good standing of a Carroll County 4-H Club has been accepted or already attending a college or vocational school and shown academic achievement and meets all the criteria for this scholarship.

Basler Scholarship Bio

I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Some people recite the 4-H Pledge and others live by it. Living and sharing the values surrounding the pledge are exactly what Loretta and Dave Basler have done for most of their lives. They had no idea that 70 years after beginning their 4-H journey they would still be dedicated, outspoken, 4-H ambassadors.

Growing up in rural Carroll County, both Loretta and Dave were familiar with the 4-H Youth Development Program. Loretta lived on a 100 + acre farm off Leisters Church Road in Westminster and Dave was raised on a large farm along St. Paul Road in Hampstead. It was natural for farm children to join their local 4-H club. So, Loretta joined the Hillsdale 4-H Club for Girls and Dave joined the Hampstead Boys 4-H Club. Each year, representatives from local clubs would be asked to attend a week-long National 4-H Camp in College Park. Looking back, Loretta and Dave both agree that attending that camp was a 4-H highlight for them and also a real eye-opening experience. They both knew farm life but now they were learning about the world that existed outside of their rural community. A world, full of opportunities for those who were eager to learn new skills.

The 4-H Program taught Loretta and Dave many valuable life skills. Skills that built confidence, taught responsibility, encouraged innovation, and instilled respect for self and others. Skills that helped them in their careers and also their personal lives. They encouraged their two children Rob and Beth to join the local 4-H club known as Carrollton 4-H Club. It was here, that Loretta and Dave truly saw all the positive effects that the 4-H Program had on their children and others in the community. Before long, they found themselves taking on more of a leadership role. Becoming leaders of the Carrollton 4-H Club in the 1970's allowed them to encourage a whole club's worth of members. Each member was treated like one of their own children. They encouraged members to try new things, they pushed members to excel, and they praised every effort and success.

Over the years, Loretta and Dave have been pillars in the 4-H community. Working as superintendents of the Booth and Banner Department at the 4-H Fair , they enjoyed their interaction with members, leaders, parents, and visitors alike. In 2001, they were inducted into the Carroll County 4-H FFA Fair Hall of Fame. They have encouraged countless members to participate in the public speaking events and they believed that success is not measured by the number of blue ribbons earned but by the amount of effort that went into earning those ribbons.

During a recent interview, Loretta and Dave recalled many of their fond 4-H memories. Loretta summed it up by saying, " Our lives have been blessed. We have met so many wonderful people. We look around the county and we see many former Carrollton members who have become successful, productive citizens in the community. We are so very proud and amazed. Every 4-H memory brings sunshine to our hearts."


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