Volunteer Shares Love Of Cake Decorating With Children
In 1957 Elvis was "All Shook Up". "Gunsmoke" was playing on prime time television. And 7Everyday Hero Helen Sembra started volunteering.
"Cake decorating is not my profession, just a hobby," said Sembra.
A hobby that has been passed along to thousands of eager 4-H members.
"Well, it started when I was three and a half years old," said Sembra.
She is 88 years old today but nothing slows her down giving time to help with 4-H.
"Well, I wasn't gifted with any children of my own and this way I get to work with young people and I enjoy it immensely," said Sembra.
She is a fixture with 4-H members in Adams County and beyond.
"I am with Arapahoe, Castle Rock, I am all over the country. I will be in Yuma, Colorado next month," said Sembra.
"She has been a teacher and taught almost everyone I know how to cake decorate," said student Aleya Park.
"Without the volunteers we would not have a 4-H program," said Connie Cecil, State 4-H youth development specialist.
Sembra has run the cake decorating class every week for 55 years because she knows that 4-H helps shape tomorrow's leaders.
The 4-H motto is: "Making the Best Better." The organization can do that thanks to giving people like Helen Sembra.
"I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot of new things," said student Hunter Israel-Ivy.
"She knows her stuff. She knows how to make everything look perfect. It is cool," said student Melina Michie.
"She is a really nice lady and she really taught us a lot today," said student Megan Podtburg.
To learn more about 4-H go to http://4hcolostate.edu