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4-H can make a lifetime impact
COSHOCTON – Mary Lou Buker and
Mary Kightlinger started Ellen Mc-
Clain on a lifetime of enjoying 4-H.
She spent 11 years in their Work
and Win 4-H Club doing projects
like cooking and sewing. When her
own daughters were old enough, she
wanted them to also be able to grow
up in 4-H. At that time area clubs
were full so she decided to start her
“It was a natural thing for us to
do,” McClain said. “It’s part of who
The Rainbow Makers 4-H Club
was created in 1987 and it became
McClain’s 4-H family. Ellen’s hus-
band Ron helped with the club and
their daughters Joni and Ronelle
were members and later advisors.
“I was in 4-H for two years,” Ron
said. “I liked the camaraderie of
people. I had very good advisors too.
They were good role models, which
is what you are supposed to do.
Since someone did it for me it was
my turn to help someone else. I was
more of the support person and she
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was hands on. She did a good job
with the kids. You hope you made
an impression and I know Ellen did.
She’s had kids in their adulthood
tell her they were glad she was there
for that part of their life. 4-H is an
“I made good friends
and good memories.
I hope I gave them a
good set of values and
they respect Ron and
me as much as I did
Mary Lou Buker and
- Ellen McClain
One of the projects he liked help-
ing her with was the fair booth.
“I was the hands person, but it was
interesting to see their ideas come
together,” Ron said. “It wasn’t just El-
len and her co-leaders either. It was
the kids plus their parents. They’d
sit back and tweak it and everybody
would give some input.”
Ellen still has a collection of post-
ers and pictures that hung in their
“It got to be fun to create them (our
booths),” she said. “We got a lot of
outstanding booth awards. We paid
attention to what the judges want-
Their club also had at least six
Ohio State 4-H Ambassadors.
Ronelle was a charter Ohio State
4-H Ambassador for the 1995-1996
4-H year. Joni received the honor for
the 1999-2000 4-H year. Ellen also
earned an award for her involve-
ment with 4-H. In 2001 she received
the 4-H Ambassador Award for her
outstanding participation and ser-
vice to the 4-H program.
The McClains lived in town, but
their club was open to anyone in the
community. Their members took
a variety of projects over the years.
They even had one member take a
deer project and another do a rat
When Ellen and Ron were in 4-H
project topics were very limited, but
that has since changed.
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