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Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

2021 Wapello County Margaret Skinner

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:18 PM

Margaret Skinner became involved with 4-H as a parent in 1999. As her boys became more involved, so did she. She has exhibited many years of service by volunteering to help with poultry and rabbit workshops, educating herself along the way so that she could further those programs in Wapello County and still continues to do so. She has served as an Expo Board member since 2010, and as the secretary of the Expo Board since 2015. Prior to being an Expo Board member, she was a co-leader of the Competine Co-eds 4-H Club for several years, encouraging and helping youth to their future path.  

Margaret is also serving as the Rabbit Superintendent with her son, Albert.  She is very active in teaching youth about the rabbit project, such as, showmanship, breeds, health, tattooing, and assisting with preparing youth and their rabbit project for the Expo.

Margaret believes strongly in the mission of 4-H and its ability to create strong communities and to help youth and adults both to develop the skills necessary to give back to their community through service and education.  Margaret has a true kindness to everyone she works with and is very deserving of this award. 

2021 Van Buren County John Charles Westercamp

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:11 PM

John Charles Westercamp was a long-time supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program.  He was the swine superintendent for many years and a swine project leader for the Trot Right In 4-H Club for 18 years.  Charlie was also a member of the Van Buren County Fair Board.  Even after his two sons, Steven and Terry, were out of 4-H, Charlie would attend the Van Buren County 4-H swine show, and he was often asked to be a ring man.  

Charlie had a heart for children, and he was always willing to help.  He especially loved spending time with his six grandchildren.  He helped get the grandkids pigs for county fair, tried to teach them how to read ear notches, and helped the girls breed and farrow their own piglets.  He supported their 4-H adventures in any way he could.  He invited them to do their county fair baking in his kitchen, looked at their photographs, listened to communications practice, and offered spending money for national 4-H trips.  

As his grandkids got more interested in raising rabbits than pigs, Charlie got interested in the rabbit hobby too.  He even joined the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders and got a small herd of red New Zealand rabbits so he could learn along with the grandkids.  

Charlie passed away in 2020, and a rabbit and poultry monetary leadership award was started in his memory.

2021 Union County Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:06 PM

Oliver R. and Dorothy E. Eyberg of Arispe, Iowa, certainly exemplify the 4-H Pledge, especially for their service to Union County 4-H in leadership and professional roles. 

Oliver was born March 14, 1920 and died Mary 23, 2007, a life-long resident of the Arispe area.  Her served his country during World War II from 1942 to 1945 in the 76th General Hospital, Third Army in Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was the father of five children.  As a widower for nearly ten years, he was very supportive of his children, helping them in their various activities of school, 4-H and church.  His children were members of 4-H Clubs for at least 25 years, ending in 1990.  In addition to 4-H, Oliver was an Arispe Town Council member, Arispe Methodist Church board member, as well as a member of the Afton V.F.W. Post, Union County Geneological Society and Murray American Legion.  Oliver married Dorothy E. Barleston on September 8, 1973 in Creston, Iowa. 

Dorothy E. Barleston Eyberg was born August 6, 1932, in Atlantic, Iowa and grew up on a farm in Cass County with her older sister.  She joined the Benton Sunshine 4-H Club in 1945 at the age of 12.  She was a member for seven years and completed projects in the annual rotation system.  Dorothy was also a member of the Benton Future Farmers boys club which allowed her to have baby beef projects and exhibited several years at the AKSARBEN 4-H Stock Show.  Dorothy also served as a county 4-H officer, helped with county-wide   4-H events, attended State 4-H Girls Convention and her most memorable event was attending the American Youth Foundation Leadership Camp, in Michigan.  

After graduating from Iowa State College in 1955 with a B. S. in Home Economics Education, Dorothy continued her involvement with 4-H by serving as a County Extension Home Economist in Crawford County for five years and then in Union County for 28 years, retiring in 1987.  Although she worked in various Extension Education Programs, 4-H was her first love and she enjoyed working with the program. Dorothy is also a member of the Arispe United Methodist church, Union County Genealogical Society and a member of professional organization. 

Oliver and Dorothy’s family includes Oliver’s children, Roger, Ralph, Dorothy A., Richard and the late Martha. 

201 Taylor County Paul & Marjorie Jones

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:04 PM

Paul and Margery have been to pretty much every Taylor County Fair for the last 50 years, since they moved back to Iowa in 1970. Paul’s involvement goes back to the 1940s, when he began showing livestock at the age of 10 or 11 as a member of the Ross Jackson Producers 4-H club.

Paul’s Holstein cow Clarabelll, purchased from the Clarinda Mental Health Institute, was champion dairy cow at the fair for a few years running, and his Yorkshire hogs were grand champion and reserve champion at the fair. Paul’s 4-H career culminated in having the grand champion 4-H market barrow at the Iowa State Fair, finishing second in the state in hog judging, giving a blue ribbon presentation on farrowing stalls, and being vice president of the state 4-H council.

Paul and Margery’s five children were all active in 4-H. For the last few decades, Paul and Margery have been active supporters at the 4-H fair sale auction. They’ve bought calves, hogs, sheep, goats, and chickens and have often been on the top ten buyers list.

2021 Tama County Judy Morrison

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 5:00 PM

Judy was not a 4-H member herself, although 4-H is in her blood. Her father’s aunt, Olive Lyons, was the teacher at the country school near Clarion where the 4-H emblem was born. Judy’s father was a club leader for many years. All three of her older siblings were in 4-H, and her oldest brother was a county youth coordinator for a few years after graduating from ISU. Because her family moved to town when she was young, she did not join 4-H. 


While attending ISU, Judy met her future husband, Bruce Morrison. He brought her home to live on his family’s Century Farm in Tama County, where he’d grown up and been a 4-H member. It was only natural that their oldest child joined 4-H in 1991. When they became co-leaders of the Buckingham Boosters in 1997, it made Bruce a third-generation 4-H leader. Around 2000, Judy created digitized record book forms. She also gave club members picture CDs of the club activities each year. Their three children were active at the club, county, and state level. All had several state fair exhibits, and their daughter placed in the top 10% in Fashion Review. The lessons learned by giving multiple 4-H presentations at all three levels impacted them as they each earned at least one All-State medal from the Iowa High School Speech Association. When their youngest son graduated in 2006, Judy and Bruce retired as leaders. \

Judy dedicated her career to working with youth as a high school teacher for forty years at North Tama. Believing in supporting students, Judy and Bruce have attended everything from academic, speech, and music activities to athletic events year-round. They have even volunteered at after-prom for over twenty years, including fifteen years after their youngest child graduated!  When Judy retired, the school awarded them a lifetime pass to all North Tama home activities in recognition of their support. Currently, she is secretary of the Traer Lions Club and on her church mission committee.      

Judy served on the Tama County Extension Council from 1983-86. After a break, she was re-elected to the Council in 2002 and has continued to present day. She has served in various offices and as the chairwoman since 2011. For ten years, Judy volunteered to serve on the Youth Advisory Council. Her committee assignments have included budget and personnel. For the Tama County Extension Centennial celebration, she researched and created multiple display boards showing the county’s Extension history and all of its Extension employees. She shared these boards at the Tama County Farm Bureau Centennial as well. During her long tenure serving on the Council, Judy feels privileged to have worked with so many great people.

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2021 Story County Paul & Margot Eness

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:58 PM

Story County honors Paul Eness, who died in 2020, and Margot Eness for their outstanding support of Story County 4-H. 

Dr. Paul Eness served as Story County Fair and Iowa State Fair Veterinarian and Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies 4-H Club leader until his retirement from Iowa State University Clinical Sciences in 1996. Paul and Margot Eness served several terms on the Extension Council and Fair Board.

Paul joined 4-H as soon as he was eligible, in 1946, at the time Story County’s expanding program was guided by C. J Gauger and then Jim Christy. His first project was a purebred dairy heifer, later he raised sheep and pigs. When Paul was club president, sisters Kay and Margot Bannister asked to join the club. They had moved from the city but were interested in livestock. The Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies boys welcomed the newcomers who started with lamb projects. 

Paul served as assistant club leader through his 4 years at Iowa State where he graduated in Dairy Science. After Paul served in the Army, Margot finished college and Paul enrolled in Vet School, they married, started a veterinary practice and started a family.

In 1968, Paul returned to ISU as Associate Professor in the Clinical Science Department (Ambulatory Services).  The family lived on an acreage with plenty of room for 4-H livestock. Through the nearly 20 years children, Molly, Dana, Allison, Danny and Jason were in 4-H, Paul was the club leader and the authority on the livestock projects. 

Jesse Shoemaker, former Franklin Happy-Go-Luckies 4-Her and now a successful attorney, writes that she loved being around the Enesses, loved the barn and garden tours each summer and the intense competition at the fair to continue the club’s streak as Herdsmanship champions. “Paul and Margot,” she writes, “were our center: genuine, kind, steady and generous. Mostly I learned about what it means to be a good human – to take care of your herd- and I will always be grateful for their service.”

Paul and Margot made it possible for 4-Hers living in town to raise and show livestock by providing barn space (with complimentary animal husbandry advice) where they could raise their lambs, goats, and calves.

From their 4-H grandchildren they learned about bottle bucket calves, obedience training dogs, model horse shows and rocketry. And their granddaughter Lydia was crowned 2015 Story County 4-H Fair Queen! 

Paul and Margot loved everything about Story County 4-H—starting from their years as 4-Hers, to the kids, the crises, the triumphs, and the pies at the Methodist Church ladies’ food stand at the fair! 

2021 Sioux County Bertha Lammers

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:56 PM

Bertha, alongside her husband, Harlan, spent decades giving to the 4-H community of Sioux County.  She believed deeply in the values of education, agriculture, and hard work that move the 4-H program forward, and she was committed to seeing the program continue to grow in Sioux County.  

With the sudden and unexpected loss of Bertha in June of 2021, Sioux County 4-H lost one of its greatest cheerleaders and strongest advocates.

Bertha farmed alongside her husband, and raised two sons near Maurice, Iowa. She spent her career in public service, first as a teacher, then working for the US Postal Service until her retirement in 2011. Upon retiring, Bertha gave generously of her time and energy as a volunteer at the Sioux County Youth Fair, writing comments for static judging days and helping out wherever she could the rest of the week. Everyone who knew her, knew she loved the fair.  She was happy to help behind-the-scenes to make sure everything was ready for that week in July.  Bertha loved seeing 4-H members learn and grow at the fair each year.  

Bertha had served on the Sioux County Extension Council since 2012, and was an integral part of that team, providing insight and wisdom, serving as the board treasurer, and much more.  If there was a committee doing good work for the 4-H program, she was quick to jump on the opportunity to serve. 

It has been said, “We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.”  Bertha gave so much to the 4-H program in Sioux County, and her absence is one that will be felt for years.  Volunteers like Bertha keep the 4-H program alive in a society becoming increasingly busy and distracted.  She recognized the value of investing in the lives of students and she knew those kids were gaining experiences that would serve them well throughout their lives.  Sioux County is proud to honor Bertha Lammers and to remember the legacy she leaves behind.

2021 Shelby County Lorie Knudsen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:53 PM

The 2021 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame nominee for Shelby County is Lorie (Lebeck) Knudsen.  Lorie grew up on a farm outside of Walnut, Iowa. She and her husband, Dan, farm outside of Harlan where they raised their three children, Stefan, Greg and Katrina and now have 6 grandchildren.  Lorie was a teacher in Shelby County for 36 years before retiring.  However, retirement hasn’t kept her away from the classroom as she continues to substitute teach.

Lorie was a 4-H leader for the Jackson Jets 4-H club for 11 years. She encouraged all of her children to be involved with club and county events while they were members. Lorie has served Shelby County on the Shelby County Extension council for 6 years, serving as secretary.  She has also served on the 4-H Youth committee for 12 years, serving 7 of those years as secretary and chairperson.  Lorie’s impact on Shelby County 4-H youth continues as she is one of the static exhibit superintendents, the clothing event superintendent for the Shelby County Fair and is a trained fair judge at several county fairs around the area each summer.  Lorie’s knowledge and never-ending support of youth education has made her an invaluable resource for 4-H youth, leaders and Extension staff.  

It is clear that with her legacy of teaching, involvement in 4-H, and leadership roles both volunteer and elected, that she is passionate about and committed to the personal development and success of young people in her community and surrounding communities.

Thank you, Lorie, for supporting Shelby County 4-H and for making the best better.

2021 Scott County Suzy VenHorst

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:51 PM

Scott County is honored to have Suzy VenHorst join the 4-H Hall of Fame.  There is no better ambassador for the 4-H Program.  Suzy’s four children were in 4-H and she served as a leader and volunteer for many years while they were members.  She continued helping the county program serving on the 4-H Committee and has been a strong voice for 4-H on the Scott County Extension Council for 20 years.  She is supportive of all methods of 4-H – the club, out of school programs and enrichment work in the schools.

Suzy VenHorst has supported 4-H since becoming involved in with her oldest daughter in 1985.  She has not only continued as a volunteer, she is a strong supporter of the program and promotes  4-H whenever she can.  She has served on county committees and has been a volunteer at fair and other 4-H events.  Suzy feels that the program offers youth many opportunities to learn and is well known in the county for her love of 4-H. 

One of the ways that Suzy promotes 4-H is her work with the Pork Producer Apple Pie Contest which raises money for 4-H.  She has been superintendent of the Share the Fun project and encourages 4-Hers to learn to use a microphone, a skill they will need in the future.  She assists with exhibits at the fair, helps at 4-H Family Fun Night and always finds time to promote 4-H when she talks with young families.  

Scott County 4-H is lucky to have such a positive person advocating for youth development.

2021 Sac County Armin & Dawn Christiansen

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:49 PM

Armin and Dawn Christiansen both have lived in Sac County ehir entire lives. Armin was born and raised near Early, Iowa where he belonged the Early Birds 4-H club and Dawn grew up near Nemaha, Iowa.   Dawn she was a member of the Delaware Rainbows 4-H club. They both had long active 4-H careers and participated in showing and raising livestock from their family farms. 

When they began to raise kids of their own they were both active   4-H leaders for the Early Achievers 4-H club, where all four of their children belonged. Their leadership days lasted over 20 years. They enjoyed watching 4-H members grow throughout their 4-H careers by inspiring new ideas, ways to volunteer in the community, and assisting them with record keeping for both projects and livestock.  

During this time of 4-H leadership they were also very active in their communities through the American Legion, woman's club, and church organizations. 

They now enjoy supporting their grandchildren who are beginning 4-Hers in the same local 4-H Club Dawn was a member of as a child, now known as the Nemaha 4-H club. They also continue to support the same local 4-H club where they were leaders, the Early Achievers, by participating in their annual fundraising efforts. 

Armin and Dawn are also strong supporters of 4-H at the state level now that they have retired from much of their local club duties. They still enjoy and support the same county fair they participated in as kids. However, now they get to watch, support and nurture their grandkids as they participate in all the activities 4-H has to offer!

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