Face to Face: Bonner Springs volunteer Becky Korgol
Name: Becky Korgol
Family: Husband, Ted; stepchildren Kristin, 29, who has six children with her husband, and Kyle, 26, who has four children with his girlfriend; and sons Braden, 9 and Justin, 6
Occupation: an Interventional Radiology/Cardiac Cath Lab Nurse at Providence Medical Center
Dream job as a child: Farmer and rancher
“We had a 260-acre farm growing up,” she said, saying she always thought she’d attend Kansas State University to major in agriculture.
By the time she was 16, though, Korgol was taking art classes in the summer at Emporia State University. Then at 17, she decided she “didn’t want to be a starving artist,” so she joined the Army Reserves to become a medic, then two years later a licensed practical nurse and finally earn a nursing degree from Kansas University at 25. She spent 12 and a half years in the reserves.
She says now her dream job after she retires from nursing is to own a bed and breakfast and/or wedding venue with a big barn and “you pick” pumpkin and berry patches.
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, cake decorating for her children and grandchildrens’ birthdays, deer hunting and gardening, and her big goal is to go fishing and hiking more this year, She also spends much of her time volunteering with Cub Scout Pack 3149, as co-leader of Brauer Beavers 4-H, and cheering on her sons’ sports.
Digging deeper: Korgol loved participating in 4H as a child. She said she doesn’t remember any time in her life when she wasn’t going to 4-H meetings, since she started going as a toddler when her older brother joined.
Even once she joined the Army Reserves, she came home for the summer at 19 to participate in one last bull riding competition.
“I joined as early as you could and stayed as long as you could,” she said.
Korgol got her sons into Bonner-based Brauer Beavers in 2013, and while she still loves it, she says 4-H in an more urban setting is much different than when she was a child. Her childhood club had 50 to 75 members, while the Bonner club currently has 15. Club members’ ages range from 5 years to 16 years currently, but kids can stay in until they turn 19 years old.
“We are always encouraging growth and welcome all new and interested families to visit the club before joining,” Korgol said. “4-H is very hands on, in learning various life skills, like cooking, gardening, sewing, needle work, crafts, woodworking, wildlife, environmental science, rocketry and aerospace technology, electronics, and of course animals.”
Brauer Beavers has members that focus on poultry, horses, and rabbits, and fish in particular.
“4-H has adapted over the years to encourage technology use, while incorporating the hands-on approach to learning,” Korgol said. “I found 4-H to be the best thing, in my various activities as a child, to teach me how to get up in front of a group and speak and wanted that for my children, especially in this age of technology, where children sometimes struggle in face-to-face communication.”