VanderZanden, Sheila

Sheila VanderZanden

Outagamie County 4-H Volunteer

Sheila Vander Zanden’s volunteer spirit has provided leadership and enthusiasm to youth and adult volunteers for 30 years. She has served in multiple leadership roles: organizational leader, project leader, resource leader, and leader association officer.

The American-Iraqi School Partnership was Sheila’s most rewarding 4-H project. In 2008, she worked with club members and county youth leaders to collect over 27,000 pounds of textbooks to send to Baghdad at the request of a 4-H alumnus serving in an Army Civil Affairs Unit in Iraq.  

County contributions include providing leadership to restructure the county officer training program and starting a President’s Club to give club officers more confidence in their roles.  Sheila and her husband helped to create a 4-H graduate scholarship program in Outagamie County.  Sheila was instrumental in starting the Outagamie County 4-H Outreach Committee to educate the public about 4-H.  You can find Sheila scheduling, recruiting, and emceeing the 4-H Action Center at the Outagamie County Fair.  Sheila gives her all to every project or event that she takes on.  She is always striving to “make the best better.”