Sandra Brubaker was a role model for her peers as a 4-H member. During her ten years as a 4-H’er, Brubaker won county, district, state and national awards for public speaking, food and nutrition, horticulture, citizenship, record books, dress revue and numerous demonstrations. She was a teen leader with her local 4-H club for three years.
“Sandy, as a 4-Her said ‘4-H is my life growing more each year’. She felt she had an obligation to put back into 4-H what she had received,” said Valerie A. Kline, St. Johns County Extension agent. “Her dedication and willingness to help others, along with her love of 4-H, was a great asset to St. Johns County 4-H.”
Following her education, Brubaker returned to 4-H as an energy specialist with Palm Beach County. While working in this position she created “Recycling Adventures,” which was a complete educational puppet show dealing with solid waste management, designed for children in preschool through the fifth grade. She coordinated the development, production, and training for this project. The program was selected by the state 4-H program to be used with the 4-H Recycling Program. More than 20,000 youngsters benefited from the curriculum and its message to recycle.
Her dedicated work ethic and community involvement made Brubaker a leader and motivator for younger 4-H’ers who wanted to achieve their goals. The positive attitude, care and concern she exuded for others also helped them achieve their goals. No challenge was too big for this energetic leader.
Brubaker faced numerous challenges in her life but felt that her work in 4-H had prepared her for these. She writes: “Because I had the experience of coping with the challenges that faced me in 4-H, I am better prepared to deal with those that confront me today.”
Sandy Brubaker also worked as a volunteer motivator and fundraiser with the American Cancer Society. She received the “courage award” for involvement and determination as a cancer survivor.
During her life she helped develop sports and recreational opportunities for handicapped youth through the United Amputee Services Association. Although she passed away from cancer, she has left a living legacy that is remembered by many.