Honorary Volunteer 2013: Starla Durham
July 26, 2013
There are some people who just make our world a better place. Starla Durham is one of them. She always is doing something for others and has been involved with the 4-H program and assisting us with the fair for more than 20 years.
Starla is not a native, but married into a pioneer family that homesteaded here in 1906. She is originally from Kansas but has been in Craig since l978. She is married to Raymond Durham and is the mother of five children: Sean, Rae Anne, Stephanie, Zachary and Ryan. They all live on the family ranch south of Hamilton. Starla did not grow up with a 4-H background, but was fortunate to be able to stay at home while raising her family, which allowed her to be involved in whatever the kids were involved in, and 4-H and the county fair were a couple of those things.
She always has been active with the 4-H program, church and home education. As soon as her kids started in 4-H and the county fair, she became involved and still is to this day. Sean, Rae Anne and Stephanie all were very active in the Hamilton Busy Beavers 4-H Club, serving as officers and junior leaders. I'm sure the younger ones will follow in their footsteps.
Starla began as a leader for her own children in individual 4-H projects — foods, clothing, cake decorating and International Intrigue (Global Citizenship now). That eventually led to hosting LABO students from Japan as well as IFYE students from Denmark and Norway. She helped organize and put on the Fashion Revue for many years. She was leader for the State to State Exchange Club and accompanied youth on an exchange trip to Alaska, from which she brought back fun memories of clam-digging, bear sightings and riding on the Coast Guard boat during a yacht race. She served as a shooting sports superintendent for the 4-H general projects for many years. She was recognized as a 10-year leader in 2000 and received the Outstanding Leader Award in 2001.
As her older children graduated, Starla began helping in the Pavilion with the open classes. She now is one of our Division Coordinators for the Art Department. Starla and her team run a very efficient and smooth operation. We always are confident that their department will run itself without a hitch.
Starla has been instrumental in mapping out the Pavilion and always has creative ways to enhance the open classes. We appreciate her insight and vision for new ideas. Starla is very organized and always has a practical solution to any question that might arise. She is a role model for new superintendents.
These accomplishments illustrate her committed dedication to the 4-H program and the Moffat County Fair. The Moffat County Fair Board is extremely pleased to honor Starla as one of the 2013 Honorary Volunteers. Starla, we thank you for all you do and have done. We laud your accomplishments, your dedication and your willingness to serve! We can't thank you enough!