The Hansen family is honored to be featured as the 4-H Fair Family of the Year.
Phil and Anne (Regnier) Hansen came from long lines of farming families. Phil’s linage originated mostly in Denmark and Germany. Anne’s mostly in Belgium and Germany. Most of their great-grandparents moved to the United States in search of more land and opportunity. Lessons of hard work, responsibility, respectfulness, leadership and trusting one’s intuition were taught and practiced.
“We taught our kids, Kyle and Melanie, what our parents and grand parents taught us. We love the farming lifestyle and actively chose to bring two unique souls into this world to share this with.”
Like generations before them, Phil and Anne supported their kids at every step. They taught by example while life’s inevitable lessons, both awe inspiring and tear producing, helped the Hansen family build a strong foundation. As the kids grew, Anne became Rinn Valley Livestock’s 4-H organizational leader. Together, the Hansen family, with dedicated, active Rinn Valley club members and parents, were on the 4-H path of learning and growth.
Through 4-H, Kyle and Melanie enjoyed practicing lessons of old as well as experiencing new horizons.
Like Anne had taken years before, both kids were active in market beef. Kyle took woodworking and Melanie was also active in horse through the Easy Riders club, as well as taking dog and sheep. Kyle and Melanie were active in shooting sports with Kyle taking archery, .22, shotgun and black powder rifle and Melanie taking archery and .22.
In their early years, the Hansen kids learned through the 4-H organization how fun volunteering was through small amounts during fun events. Over time they learned to organize these activities and teach younger 4-H members to volunteer while having fun learning as they had. The generational teaching continues.
Kyle and Melanie were active participants of many 4-H events. Both Kyle and Melanie held officer positions in Rinn Valley Livestock 4-H club, Boulder County Youth Council, and District 2 4-H. Both were on the Colorado State 4-H team with Kyle serving as State President his last 4-H year.
4-H learning embraces many areas, including teaching business skills. As these areas were important to Anne and Phil, they both helped with the 4-H record book judging and with the 4-H Livestock Sale Committee. Anne was a 4-H advisor for both Youth Council and District 2, making it a priority to help teach the kids to run their meetings through learning Parliamentary Procedure. Currently, Anne is the Parliamentary Procedure coach for Boulder County 4-H.
Carrying on the traditions of old and embracing today’s creative world of communication and technology describe the path of the Hansen family.
Phil and Anne continue to actively learn and are implementing precision agriculture. Kyle works for Trimble, in their agricultural division as a computer software engineer. He graduated from CSM with a mechanical engineering degree and will finish his masters of computer science in December. Melanie works for Climate FieldView, a precision agriculture technology company. She continues her education at NDSU in Fargo ND, majoring in precision agriculture and agriculture systems management and minoring in agricultural communication and agriculture business.
“Reflecting back on our 4-H years, we cherish the time we had in 4-H, the friends we have made along the way, and the improvements in our lives from our experiences. Like our parents and grandparents, we taught our kids to be respectful, responsible, hardworking and helpful. To be leaders so as to help themselves and others. Also, to make learning and self-growth an important priority. To have an organization in which to enroll our kids where the staff and volunteers are teaching these same values was important to us. We whole heartedly thank all of these dedicated people who truly care about kids. Together through 4-H we have a community of families learning life lessons to enhance our success and enjoyment in life. “