Name: Shirley Geis, of Clarksville.Hobbies and other...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

June 20, 1993

Name: Shirley Geis, of Clarksville.

Hobbies and other activities: Mrs. Geis is active in the Trotter Road community association and a leader in 4-H. She swims three times a week in the Splash program at Howard Community College. She has two horses and five dogs.

Organization's Comments: Mrs. Geis has been a volunteer for 26 years with 4-H. She heads the Spur and Stirrup Club, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville from September to April. The club participates in state and local horse shows. In the summer, the group meets at farms and other locations that facilitate hands-on experience. The shows the group puts on are for children ages 6 to 18. Profits from the shows are put back into Howard County 4-H horse programs, such as ribbons for the fair, liability insurance, equipment and facilities used at parks used by the horse clubs and other costs.

4-H is a youth organization for 8- to 18-year-olds. The four H's stand for Head, Heart, Health and Hand. Members learn skills helpful in the adult world. Programs range from science projects to sewing and horsemanship. 4-H is sponsored by the Howard County Cooperative Extension in Ellicott City. There are 350 adult volunteers and 150 youth volunteers.

"Shirley is well known throughout the state," said Hope Jackson, a 4-H extension agent. "People have called and asked for her by name. They say they want to join her club. She has received many outstanding volunteer awards throughout the years. We are very lucky to have her here in Howard County."

Volunteer's Comments: "I think 4-H is the best youth program going. We take a child's interest and use it to build skills for living. We teach them how to think fast on their feet, how to speak publicly and do demonstrations.

"I coach the state hippology team -- the study of horses -- it's an inclusive course with tests and hands-on experiences." Mrs. Geis also coaches the 4-H hippology team that will go to Louisville, Ky., in November to participate in competitions.

"It's fun to take the kids places where they may not otherwise be able to go."

About Mrs. Geis: She has been married to Aelred D. Geis for 42 years and has a son, Dean Farrier, who is a equine podiatrist.

To make a nomination or receive a nomination form, call Jill L. Kubatko at 715-2813 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 418-8016.

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