CUBA CITY—Helping to mold youth into leaders, Tammy Brogley stays actively involved in the Cuba City community. She has been a 4-H leader for 13 years and organizes an exchange program for teens.
“I started out in 4-H as a youngster, then both of my daughters were in 4-H,” Tammy said.
She assists the Town and Country Kids 4-H Club of Cuba City.
“We are a very active club,” Tammy said.
As a 4-H leader, she guides the youth to run the regular meetings and organizes events for the 4-H participants. She also attends countywide 4-H meetings in Lancaster.
“4-H is very beneficial to the youth,” Tammy said. “It gets them involved, it gives them leadership skills, communication skills and it is something they can use for the years to come. We try to encourage our youth at club meetings to participate. They give demonstrations in front of the other kids. They learn to speak in public. We do a lot of different projects. We’ve been to the Matter Creative Center [in Dubuque] where they can create ceramics, which they can then enter into the fair. We’re big into beef, so we do a lot of beef projects. It gets the kids out of the house and off of the computers.”
Being involved in 4-H teaches lifelong skills, Tammy said.
She also organizes the Grant County Out of State Exchange, a local exchange program where Grant County matches up with a community in another state and families are able to host teens from that community for one week during the summer. The following year, the local youth are able to visit the other state. This year they are teamed up with New York and will host those teens in June.
“I’m glad to help them with arranging it and all of the activities they do, but I normally don’t get to do a lot of the stuff with them,” Tammy said.
Youth who participate must be 13 or older.
“A lot of the youth who participate have never flown before,” Tammy said. “It’s their first experience flying somewhere or staying with another family.”
She and her husband, Steve Brogley, also organize the Cuba City truck and tractor pull on Father’s Day weekend every June for the Tri-State Truck and Tractor Pullers. Tammy serves as treasurer with the Tri-State Truck and Tractor Pullers, and has been in that position for approximately 15 years. Steve was pulling in the events and she found herself there already. She’s been organizing Cuba City’s event since 1998, when she moved to Cuba City.
Tammy also takes part in the Cuba City Chamber of Commerce activities, especially the Christmas Glow.
She said she would like to see Cuba City continue to grow.
“I think our power pull weekend, the amount of people we bring to town is a good thing,” Tammy said. “They don’t just come for the pull. They visit businesses on Main Street, too.”
“Tammy has given many hours to the Town & Country Kids 4-H,” Cuba City Mayor Tom Gile said. “Her willingness to give of her time and talents without wanting any recognition in return says it all. She is also an integral part of the truck and tractor pull, along with her husband Steve, in Cuba City and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce.”
Tammy started working at Scott Implement as bookkeeper in 1986. She and Steve purchased the business in 1991. They have two daughters, Jodi and Amy.
Editor's Note: This column will be a special addition to the Tri-County Press on a monthly basis. Look for each installment near the end of the month. All volunteers are recomended for the article by Mayor Tom Gile. If you have ideas for future volunteers in the community to be recognized, contact Gile at 608-744-3203.