The California 4-H Foundation is proud to recognize Mary Lash for her lifelong dedication to the 4-H program. Mary's 4-H membership began in 1938 with projects including home economics, sewing and raising vegetables on her family farm in Downey, California. In 1928, Mary's father became a 4-H leader and her older brother a 4-H member as well, making for a strong family commitment to 4-H values. In 2013, Mary received the Western Region 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the year award for her many contributions to California 4-H.
Today Mary continues to be an active member of the Greenleaf 4-H program and Treasurer for the Los Angeles County 4-H Leaders' Council. Mary's passion to advance the mission of 4-H one member at a time has been inspirational for those around her. It is through the work from volunteers like Mary that California 4-H has been successful for generations of members.