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Dr. Fred Groverman

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Founding Director

Phone: (707) ***-****  HQ Phone
4-H Foundation of Sonoma County
P.O. Box 1283
Rohnert Park , California 94927
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Petaluma High School
  • degree , dairy science
    San Luis Obispo
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Web References
Who We Are :: 4H Foundation of Sonoma County, 19 May 2015 [cached]
Fred Groverman
Fred Groverman
RCHC Redwood Community Health Coalition, 27 Oct 2008 [cached]
Dr. Fred Groverman has been elected president of the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County. Groverman is a founding director of the 4-H Foundation and a longtime volunteer 4-H leader.
Board of Trustees | Petaluma Community Foundation, 5 July 2015 [cached]
Fred Groverman, D.V.M. (Honorary Trustee) was born and raised in Petaluma and still lives and raises sheep on the ranch where he was born. Following his graduation from the University of California Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in 1958 he joined the Cotati Small Animal Hospital where he still works today. He is married with four grown children and a proud grandfather of six. As an active member of his community, Fred has served on numerous boards for more than forty years including Santa Rosa Memorial Alliance, Association of California Hospital Districts, Waugh Elementary School and the Sonoma County Fair boards. His veterinary experience has allowed him to be a valuable leader of the Sonoma County 4-H program for thirty six years. With his extensive knowledge of business and health care, he has been an advocate at the state level for health care related legislation. Fred was a co-founder of our Foundation in 1975 and became an active member in 1999 after serving over twenty-seven years on the Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors.
Obituaries, 29 July 2015 [cached]
Groverman and her husband, veterinarian Fred Groverman, were well-known for their Shropshire sheep breeding.
Fred Groverman said Tuesday that his wife wasn't seeking public acclamation for her service. "We do it from the heart," he said.
After graduation the couple moved to Sonoma County and in 1962 to the ranch outside Petaluma where Fred Groverman was born.
"Leaving a Legacy" Dr.Fred ..., 17 May 2013 [cached]
"Leaving a Legacy" Dr.Fred Groverman
Dr. Fred Groverman currently walks with a limp, but many people are amazed that he is walking at all. He was recently hit from behind by a ram that shattered one of his knees.
At 79, Groverman was out of bed and hobbling around as soon as the leg could support weight. That kind of determination and resolve doesn't surprise people who know the Petaluma native who spent most of his career as a veterinarian in Cotati.
When he was 9, Groverman was milking cows by hand on the family farm. He also was responsible for selling cream, driving the wagon, gathering eggs from the farm's 8,000 chickens.
He got interested in treating animals when a local vet helped him heal a stubborn cut on his arm using the same compound he had used on the cows a week earlier. After high school he enrolled at UC-Davis.
Three weeks after classes started, his father died unexpectedly. Groverman returned home to tend to the family farm and spent the next year taking classes at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Once back at Davis, he lived in the sheep barn for a year, then moved to the firehouse. For three years he balanced coursework with fire drills, becoming a lieutenant in the process.
Groverman met his wife, Patricia, at UC-Davis and married her in 1957 during his last year in veterinarian school.
Although Groverman did not belong to 4-H while growing up, the couple's four children joined, as have five of their six grandchildren. The lone holdout is only 3.
"I've seen what it has done for them," he said. Daughter Karen now works at the Agricultural Commissioner office in Sacramento County. Son James owns a successful pumpkin patch and corn maze. Daughter Judy is the executive director of the Artisan Cheese Festival and has managed the Santa Rosa Rose Parade for the past 15 years. Son Bill is an appraiser who works with agricultural and commercial properties.
"Because of their success, I am trying to give back," Groverman said. "I look at my daughter and sons, and I can see how (4-H) leadership has propelled them to be excellent at what they do."
He started in 1982 with the 4-H foundation, which provides funds for grants, scholarships and promotion, and just finished a four-year term as president.
"It's all about the relationship between me and the buyer," Groverman explained. "If something happens, then I buy the animal."
Over the past six years, 4-H and FFA have raised more than $1 million a year. "(In) my own kids' case, they had $8,000 to $12,000 in savings by the time they graduated from high school," Groverman said.
Since 1976, he also has served as fair veterinarian.
For the past four year, Groverman also has connected with children in the classroom, teaching Veterinary Adventures to fourth, fifth and sixth graders during the summer at Sonoma State University. His granddaughter Megan, 13, took the class and now acts as an unpaid intern.
He leads field trips to his ranch, with the primary goal of teaching the kids about animals.
"I also focus on leadership because that seems to be something really lacking in this world," he said. Groverman's newest goal is increasing the amount of diversity in the 4-H program. "You learn from your experiences," he said. "That is how kids can be successful … from these life skills they learn and observe," he said.
Fred Groverman DVM
Fred Groverman DVM Thirty years ago veterinarian Fred Groverman helped found the Sonoma County 4-H Foundation as a means of expanding opportunities for youth dressed in uniforms of white shirts and green cloth hats.
Fred Groverman is a founding member and board member of the 4-H Foundation. His present effort is to get more Latino youths into 4-H. Today, as the foundation president, the 78-year-old Groverman has taken on a new effort: to encourage more Latino youth to join 4-H "I'm giving back because it worked very good for my children," Groverman said.
The efforts to increase 4-H's diversity are fledgling. But Groverman, a Petaluma resident, is credited with pushing to give more young people the opportunity to learn about leadership and agriculture.
Groverman, 78, recently suffered the loss of his wife of 54 years.
A Petaluma native, Petaluma High grad and graduate of the UC Davis veterinary school, Fred Groverman's involvement in the community has gone far beyond his veterinary practice. His past titles include Petaluma Hospital District president, Waugh school board member and county fair board member. He continues to raise Shropshire sheep, which have been on his family's ranch since 1934, as well as to judge the breed in shows.
And Fred Groverman has been on the 4-H Foundation board for all its 30 years.
"Fred is tireless," said Stephanie Larson, county director of the UC Cooperative Extension.
Susan Hansen, the foundation's executive director, said "You can't think of 4-H in Sonoma County without Dr. Fred Groverman.
Groverman said he hopes 4-H in the years ahead will reflect the great diversity of the county's youth."It gives them a direction to go to be successful," he said.
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