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Meet Your Alum Board – Julie West

Member of 4-H House  and lived in the house for 4 years (fall 1976 – spring 1980)

4-H House president, House Manager and several other house offices and committees


BS in Home Economics Education, May 1980, University of IL

MS in Education, July 1993, Western IL University




Volunteer/Auxiliary Manager at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo, IL.   April 2003 – present

Coordinate efforts of 230 adult volunteers and 58 teen volunteers in rural community hospital.

In my “spare” time, I am also self-employed doing clothing alterations for a Four Seasons/GWK Enterprises and for individuals.


University of IL Extension, 4-H Youth Development, in Whiteside County, Rock Island County, Extension Educator- Youth-at-Risk/Prevention

Iowa State University Extension, 4-H Youth Development, in Scott and Muscatine Counties


Volunteer Involvement

First Congregational Church, Geneseo – member, secretary of Church Council, past Church Council chair and trustee, and current choir member.

Served on the local board of the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program (GITFP).  It is a non-profit group that hosts international visitors with short-term home stays.  Visitors are guests of the US State Department or students from Chicago area colleges.  Our family has hosted international visitors several times in the past 14 years.


My husband, Bruce West, also graduated from U of IL and AGR alum.  We are fortunate that our daughter, Callie, chose to live at 4-H House for 4 years when she attended U of I.  She graduated May 2012.   Our son, Paul, graduated from U of IL in 2014.  He married a 4-H House alum, Amanda Rosendale (graduated 2014).  I also had two sisters that lived at 4-H House – Audrey Hepner Becker (graduated 1984) and Darcy Hepner (graduated 1986).


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