Charles “Chuck” McCarty - Coordinator, Charitan Valley RC&D, Iowa
As the coordinator of the Chariton Valley RC&D, Chuck was way ahead of his time, always working on the “edge”. So much so that the SCS state office left him alone, figuring he would hang himself sooner or later. He always had a great ability to envision progress in the broad spectrum of society and identify with and develop local leadership to make progress. He assisted the council with projects from traditional conservation activities to new concepts associated with the districts to working on housing, child-care, business and industry growth and development and rural water with other organizations. Chuck was a master at identifying and developing local leadership! The local leadership responded to him by representing local interests and supporting efforts to move projects forward to completion Chuck took the RC&D program employment opportunity not only to serve the area he worked in, but to show others what could be done and how to go about it. A true master who demonstrated and provided examples and guidance, he gave direction to the national program.
He was a mentor to several other RC&D coordinators, other SCS employees and indeed people from other agencies. That does not mean he was an easy mentor but he had a variety of skills that brought about good results. He knew when to cajole, when to yell and mostly how to make an impossible vision seem very possible. He was critical in developing the philosophical underpinnings of the RC&D program. Chuck was a rebel and a really good one.
In 1994, his efforts were recognized by the NARC&DC Board naming its Coordinator of the Year Award after Chuck as a memorial to his legacy.
Induction: February 20, 2005.
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