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Sheryl Doering Meshke: “4-H was my laboratory for life!”

Meshke family 2013 State Fair
Sheryl Doering Meshke, Co-President and CEO of Associated Milk Producers Inc., is our April 2015 Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum!

Raised by a proud farm family in southern Minnesota, Sheryl grew up as a member of Blue Earth County 4-H. She especially loved the sheep/lamb lead, junior leadership and community pride projects. During her years studying agriculture at South Dakota State University, she participated in Collegiate 4-H as both a member and officer.

When we recently asked Sheryl to share a favorite memory from 4-H, she couldn't pick just one. “Nearly each day I reference my 4-H experiences and how the organization enabled me to grow my individual abilities and self-confidence,” she said. “4-H really enriched my life.”

Sheryl with mentee & fellow
4-H alum Rachel Dahlman
This is the 27th consecutive year that Sheryl has been a 4-H volunteer. She currently serves on the Minnesota 4-H Sheep and Lamb Lead Committees and is a county and state level lamb lead judge. She & her husband Blake organize the Blue Earth County Purple Ribbon Club, which supports local youth involved in livestock projects. Her faithful engagement with 4-H, along with her impressive professional career and commitment to mentoring, has twice earned Sheryl the Blue Earth County 4-H Alumni Award.

Sheryl is passionate about helping people realize their potential and personal goals. As a 25-year employee of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), she’s had the opportunity to stretch and grow that passion in a variety of roles. Prior to her current position as Co-President and CEO, Sheryl served as vice president of public affairs and strategic planning as well as executive senior vice president, focusing on human resources and strategic initiatives.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed Sheryl to a four-year term on the Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority, where she now serves as chairperson. She has also served on the trustee boards for The Cooperative Foundation Board of Trustees, the Cooperative Communicators Association and the Minnesota FFA Foundation.

Sheryl Doering competing
in the 1984 State 4-H Lamb Lead
Sheryl encourages youth to take full advantage of the personal and professional growth opportunities that 4-H offers. “4-H is a laboratory for life, whether leading a 4-H Club meeting, organizing a community pride project or participating in a state fair encampment,” she said recently. “As a 4-H member, your growth is limitless!”

Sheryl and Blake have two sons named Derek and Brent, who are also proud 4-H alumni. Their family operates a diversified crop and livestock farm near Lake Crystal and is a proud past recipient of the Blue Earth County Farm Family of the Year award. Outside of 4-H, Sheryl and Blake enjoy coaching and promoting local fast pitch softball teams.

To learn more about how you or somebody you know can be a Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum, please contact us and share your story. We’re excited to hear from you!

Erin Kelly-Collins
Alumni Coordinator
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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