Each year come fair time, there are a few people who know we always can depend on to help us out. Phyllis Myers is one of them. She has been a mainstay at the Moffat County Fair for many years. She is a fourth generation Moffat County resident and the daughter of the late Harry Jr. and Naomi (Osborn) Durham. Naomi still resides on the ranch Phyllis was raised on near Axial.
Phyllis graduated from Moffat County High School in 1971 and went on to attend Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. After college, she worked at the Credit Bureau in Craig for eight years as a file clerk and then became office manager. In 1977, she married Don Myers and they made their home at the Myers family ranch on the Williams Fork near Hamilton where they still live today. They have two daughters, Lindsey (son-in-law Josh Allred), and Michelle (son-in-law Jerry Cox), and one granddaughter, Hailey Cox. Both Michelle and Lindsey grew up in the 4-H program. With Don and Phyllis as leaders, the girls had good examples to follow.
Phyllis and Don raised purebred Hampshire sheep for many years and own and operate a guide and outfitting business. They also own a registered Hereford cattle herd whose origins began with a 4-H project that Don’s mother, Marlys Reeve, and her sisters started in the late 1930s. The Reeve sisters got their start with cattle that their dad, Ralph Reeve, purchased from the Sullivan Ranch. Their roots go deep!
As a youth, Phyllis was an active member of the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club for 10 years. She was a junior leader who took Home Beautification, Foods and Nutrition, Sheep Breeding and Sheep Fattening (that’s Market Lamb now). How times have changed! She served as a junior leader, working with younger members in cooking, photography, market sheep and sheep breeding.
A couple of her favorite memories were projects she took on as a junior leader. The 4-H clubs ran the Moffat County Fair food booth each year during the fair. The booth was located under the northwest corner of the grandstand. The funds they made supported the 4-H Foundation. Each club took turns cooking, serving and selling the food, and also provided pies for sale.
Phyllis took on the responsibility of making arrangements with local food and supply vendors for deliveries, working out the work schedule for the clubs, making the daily bank deposits and overseeing the operations of the booth. That was quite an endeavor for a young teen! She ran the concession booth for three years and they turned a profit each year for the 4-H Foundation.
Another one of her undertakings was cooking and serving a Danish meal for her entire 4-H club for her foreign foods unit. At that time, junior leaders had to fill out a national report form to complete their project. They had to document all their activities throughout the year. It was a project in itself! Experiences like those, Phyllis said, were a wonderful opportunity and great training for activities that she has does since. Isn’t that what 4-H is all about, preparing you with life skills? What a great reflection!
Phyllis was a co-leader with Evelyn Ott for the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club for 17 years, from 1990 through 2006. She also was a project leader for Home Beautification (gardening), Weeds, Poultry, Dairy Goats and Crocheting projects. You can see why she was chosen Outstanding Leader in 2001.
She was a 4-H general project superintendent, and Phyllis has been an open class superintendent for crafts and hobbies for several years. She is now the division coordinator for that area. Phyllis is a joy to work with and a great mentor for new superintendents. She always has a positive attitude and if a problem arises in her department, it is not a problem — she just deals with it with a smile and goes on. She always has constructive and innovative ideas to help us out. She is a huge asset to the open class operation.
Phyllis is a 4-H pioneer here in Moffat County. Her accomplishments testify as to her integral part in helping build the 4-H program and the Moffat County Fair. It is a pleasure and an honor to recognize Phyllis as a 2013 Moffat County Fair Honorary Volunteer. Volunteers like her are what keeps this tradition alive. Phyllis, we could not do it without you! We thank you for your continued dedication and enthusiasm!