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Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

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2017 Union County: Jack and Mona Quee

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:35 AM
The 2017 Union County inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame are Jack and Mona Quee of Afton. Jack and Mona shared their passion for horses with three generations of 4-H youth in Union County and throughout Iowa. During the past 50 years Jack and Mona have become well known...

2017 Taylor County: Lonnie and Billie Jean Barker

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:33 AM
Lonnie and his late wife, Billie Jean, have been strong supporters of the Taylor County 4H program for over 50 years. Billie Jean started her 4-H career as a member and belonged to the Platte Peppy Pals 4-H club. She later became a leader of that club as her three...

2017 Van Buren County: Janet Meek

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:32 AM
Janet Meek has been a long-time supporter of the 4-H program. Janet grew up in a family of 12 children. She enjoyed being outside and helping her father around the farm, although he died at a young age. She was a 4-Her during the time when there were 4-H clubs...

2017 Tama County: Margaret Thomsen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:31 AM
The Tama County 4-H Program is proud to honor Margaret Thomsen as their 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Prior to being a leader, Margaret Thomsen opened her home to have meetings and workshops. Her daughter Ann remembers making cinnamon and applesauce ornaments before Christmas when she was in 4-H....
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2017 Story County: David & Alice Moody

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:29 AM
David and Alice Moody have been dedicated to 4-H for their entire lives. 4-H was an important part of their growing up years. David was in the Indian Creek 4-H Club and Alice was in the Collins Happy Homemakers 4-H Club. They raised three daughters who continued in their parents...

2017 Sioux County: Joan Punt

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:28 AM
Joan Punt has been an integral part of the Sioux County 4-H program for over 20 years. She started out as a 4-H member of the Hull Clovers 4-H Club. When the need arose for a leader for the Sioux Stockman, Joan took time out of her busy family and nursing...

2017 Wapello County: Don and Pat Swanson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:27 AM
Don and Pat Swanson are lifelong members of 4-H. Both were raised in families that supported 4-H. Their passion for agriculture and service continues today. Pat was an exemplary member of the Britt Busy Beavers 4-H club in Hancock County, and Don was a champion livestock showman and county tractor...

2017 Scott County: Eugene and Julie Shocker

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:27 AM
Long hours of 4-H volunteer time are shared by Eugene and Julie Shocker of New Liberty, Iowa. Their work on the bucket calf project in Scott County has found them sharing project information to new members, assisting with record keeping, arranging for interviews with judges, setting up barn space, running...

2017 Warren County: Marie Henry

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:26 AM
Marie Henry’s passion for 4-H began as a young member of the Belmont Peppers 4-H club. That passion has not abated. Marie, her husband, Keith, and their four children; Lexie, Allison, Megan, and Jordan have all been and are currently involved in 4-H. It has kept both parents on the...

2017 Shelby County: Mike Thraen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:26 AM
At age 8, Mike started his 4-H career as a member of the Douglas Wise Owls 4-H Club and was later an active member of the Shelby County Youth Council. Mike is an active supporter of Shelby County 4-H and the Shelby County Fair. He was the Shelby County Beef...

2017 Sac County: J. Kitty Drey

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:24 AM
Kitty began her involvement within the 4-H program over thirty years ago when her oldest son began to show calves at the Sac County Fair. As her daughter and youngest son became involved with projects beyond livestock, so did she. Kitty served as the “behind the scenes” leader of her kids’...
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2017 Ringgold County: Ruth Angus

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:23 AM
Ruth Angus didn’t grow up participating in 4-H, but yet she was the true epitome of what 4-H is all about. For 18 years she served as a 4-H club leader of the Clover Belles 4-H Club (from 1965 – 1983). Her depth of knowledge ranged from home preservation, sewing,...

2017 Washington County: Keith and Sara Murphy

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:22 AM
Keith and Sara Murphy have a beautiful 4-H love story. They have been married 57 years and it all started while dating when they were 4-Hers in Washington County. They both participated in the weeklong county exchange program to Mackinaw Island in Michigan and that seemed to seal the deal...

2017 Poweshiek County: George Graham

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:21 AM
The Poweshiek County 4-H program is proud to honor George Graham as their 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. George has been involved with 4-H and agriculture since he was 10 years old. He was part of the Chester Chaps 4-H Club where he used to show at the...

2017 Wayne County: Jean Lain

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:20 AM
Jean Lain joined the Corydon Clover Powerettes 4-H club in 1972. Over the years in 4-H she participated in countless projects that were exhibited at the Wayne County Fair as well as several making it to the Iowa State Fair and won numerous awards. She was very well known for...

2017 Polk County: DeAnn Hebert

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:20 AM
DeAnn Hebert has participated in 4-H all her life. As a member, a program aide, a camp counselor, a leader for her four children, and now, the leader for the East High School 4-H club. Once a week for the past 25 years, DeAnn has inspired the members of the East...
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2017 Pocahontas County: Joann & Brian Francis

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:18 AM
Joann Francis joined the Pocahontas County Grant Glisteners 4-H club in 1970, and was an active member throughout her school years. Joann and Brian were married in 1983 and have 2 children, Lindsey and Travis. Joann was a leader of the Bellville Bells 4-H club for 5 years. Joann was...

2017 Webster County: Dave Anderson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:18 AM
Webster County is excited to induct Dave Anderson to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Dave has been a 4-H volunteer for 12 years as an archery discipline leader. Dave’s mother was a 4-H leader and he was involved in 4-H for several years himself. His leadership skills and passion...

2017 Plymouth County: John and Debra Ahlers

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:17 AM
4-H has played an important role in the lives of John and Debra Ahlers and their family. Debra was a Grant Clever Cloverette 4-H member in Plymouth County. During her 4-H years, Debra did a variety of projects including baking and sewing, but her favorite projects were the various refinishing...

2017 West Pottawattamie County: Maureen R. Olsen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:16 AM
I learned about 4-H the old-fashioned way: my mother was a leader and I was attending meetings with her and hero-worshipping the older girls long before I could become a member myself. When I did join 4-H at ten, I joined both "boys" and "girls" clubs because I wanted to...

2017 Palo Alto County: Denise Flaherty

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:15 AM
Understanding the importance of 4-H in her own life and wanting that for her two daughters, Denise Flaherty of Graettinger became a 4-H leader of the Walnut Willing Workers 4-H Club in Palo Alto County in 1982. She gave leadership to that club for approximately ten years. Twelve years later...

2017 Page County: Mark and Mary Cutler

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:14 AM
Mark and Mary Cutler of Coin, Iowa have been involved with the 4-H program since childhood and remain strong supporters of the Page County 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Growing up, Mary was a member of the West Walnut Ever Ready Girls 4-H club in Fremont County for nine...
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2017 Osceola County: Loretta Berkland

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:11 AM
It is an honor to nominate Dr. Loretta Berkland, DVM, for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. In her 30 plus years as a volunteer, she has worked as leader of the Westerners/Those Crazy Kids 4-H Club, a horse superintendent, workshop director, fair veterinarian, and proud supporter of the County...

2017 Winnebago County: Paul Fitzgerald

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:11 AM
Paul has been involved with 4-H and Winnebago County Extension for quite some time. He began working with Winnebago County 4-H youth in 1981 as a volunteer and leader. He also volunteered in Hancock County prior to that. Paul was a County Extension Director in Cerro Gordo County. Paul served on...

2017 O'Brien County: Glenn Fuller

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:10 AM
Glenn Fuller's deep interest and affection for everything agricultural began as a child growing up on the Fuller family farm in Cherokee County. Faith, family and 4-H were the hallmarks of his childhood and those same characteristics have defined his adulthood. He grew up with an older brother and sister...

2017 Winnesheik County: David and Brenda Broghamer

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:09 AM
David and Brenda Broghamer both joined 4-H when they were 9 years old. David belonged to the Pleasant Pushers 4-H Club, and Brenda was a member of the Glenwood Future Homemakers 4-H Club, both in Winneshiek County. As 4-H members, they exhibited at the county, district, and state levels. David...

2017 Montgomery County: Earl Sunderman

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:08 AM
The 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Montgomery County joined the Valley Boosters 4-H club in Page County, Iowa in 1955. He began showing dairy heifers and later went on to show horses. He was blessed with three children who were all enrolled in the Montgomery County 4-H program....

2017 Woodbury County: Lewis and Virginia Reyman

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:07 AM
Lewis (Lewie) and the late Virginia Reyman have been lifelong supporters of 4-H, both serving as 4-H leaders for many years, 4-H fair superintendents in various departments at the Woodbury County Fair, youth committee sub-committee members for nine years, and as chaperones on the Citizenship Washington Focus trip to D.C.. Lewie...

2017 Monroe County: Annette Scieszinski

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:06 AM
Annette Scieszinski has been a tremendous and strong leader for the Troy Good Homemakers 4-H Club. Her organization and willingness to try new things has been a strong attribute over the years and has helped the Monroe County 4-H program to grow and flourish Annette serves as the superintendent of our...

2017 Worth County: Mary Clagett

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:05 AM
Mary Clagett has been dedicated to the Worth County 4-H Program. She served as the office manager at the Worth County Extension office and was a member of the Worth County 4-H Committee. Mary has been an outstanding 4-H volunteer, 4-H parent and a long-time supporter and alumni member of...

2017 Mitchell County: Lisa Emerson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:05 AM
Lisa Emerson has a passion for cooking and a passion for volunteering. Lisa helped all three of her kids through their 4-H careers. Later, Lisa transferred her passion for cooking and volunteering to helping our 4-H program in Mitchell County. She began volunteering in the 4-H program in 2005, serving...

2017 Wright County: Leroy Jensen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:02 AM
Leroy Jensen has been a teacher, a farmer, and the Wright County Extension Education Director over the years, but he’s been a lifelong 4-Her. For that, he has been selected as this year’s Wright County inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jensen’s 4-H journey began when he was 10...

2017 Mills County: Lisa Tallman

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:55 AM
Lisa Tallman has been a lifelong 4-H’er, beginning as an outstanding 4-H member, and continuing to positively impact youth and adults in Mills County for more than three decades. Her passion for sharing the skills she gained through 4-H has been evident through her volunteer work as a youth committee...

2017 Marshall County: Deane Adams

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:51 AM
Deane Adams was raised in the small town of Liscomb, Iowa and was actively involved in the Liscomb 4-H club throughout his school years. As a young man, Deane was employed by his uncle, Vos McKibben, a local farmer. Part of his wages as a hired man included a heifer...

2017 Marion County:Deb VanWaardhuizen

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:50 AM
Deb VanWaardhuizen has been involved in 4-H many years - starting as a member in two clubs in Warren County and later as project leader for the Franklin Friends 4-H Club of Marion County. She exhibited photography, clothing and foods. Two of her proudest projects were making her prom dress and...

2017 Mahaska County: Jayne Ferguson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:47 AM
Jayne Ferguson fits the definition of a great mentor. She provided countless hours of volunteer service and shared her knowledge of 4-H and the horse project area with numerous youth for over 30 years. Jayne is always ready to help anyone no matter what kind of help with their project...

2017 Madison County: Bonnie and LeRoy Songer

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:45 AM
With over forty years of service to Madison County Extension and 4-H, Bonnie (Raber) Songer is perhaps one of the most formative and influential individuals in Extension’s 100 years of service to the county. With her devoted husband LeRoy by her side, she left a lasting impression on Madison County...

2017 Lyon County: Cheryl Blankespoor

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:44 AM
When you hear the phrase “Bleeds Green” in Lyon County, Cheryl Blankespoor’s name instantly comes to mind. Cheryl has a passion and love for the 4-H program and her club. Cheryl is from Inwood in Lyon County. She is a wife to Harvey and mom to Noah and Tate. Cheryl...
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2017 Louisa County: Fred and Vonnie Carlson Family

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:42 AM
Service to others was a hallmark of the late Fred Carlson. Fred served in the Army Air Force, Army National Guard, and the Navy, before he married the love of his life, Vonnie and settled down in Louisa County to raise 6 children. But military service was only the beginning....

2017 Linn County: Linda Bigley

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:40 AM
Linda Bigley is Linn County’s inductee for 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Linda served as Linn County Extension Director for 30+ years and kept the Extension wheel well- greased. There were no closed doors in her office! During Linda’s tenure at the Linn County Extension Office, she supported the...

2017 Lee County: Garry Wayne Seyb, Sr.

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:39 AM
Garry Wayne Seyb, Sr. was born on July 22nd, 1947 in Keokuk, Iowa. He lived with his parents and brother in Donnellson, Iowa although he spent most of his days with his grandfather on the family farm in rural Donnellson. The family farm was composed of 120 acres of land...
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2017 Kossuth County: Kim Ruby

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:37 AM
Kim Ruby has been an active 4-H volunteer for many years in Kossuth County. He started out helping his sons with their 4-H projects, then moved on to being a 4-H leader for the local club. In 1995, he accepted the beef superintendent position for the county fair and holds that...

2017 Keokuk County: Ron and Janis Collins

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:36 AM
Growing up in Keokuk County has made it easy for Ron and Janis Collins to be excited to be part of the 4-H program. Ron being a member of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club and Janis a member of the Stick To It 4-H Club, prepared them to serve on...

2017 Jones County: Lavern and Dorothy Nagel

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:34 AM
Lavern and Dorothy Nagel have supported Jones County 4-H for many years. Lavern exhibited dairy animals as a 4-H member. Although Dorothy was not in 4-H she and Lavern started farming and were active 4-H volunteers after their marriage in 1950! Dorothy was an active Richland Roc-etts girls club leader and...

2017 Jefferson County: Gene Hoy

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:32 AM
Dr. Gene Hoy grew up on a family farm in Mahaska County in a town called Bussey, Iowa. Dr. Hoy started his 4-H career in 1955 as part of the Jefferson Go-Getter’s 4-H Club. His first 4-H project, remembering it as if it were yesterday, was a Hereford heifer. Unfortunately,...

2017 State Recognition: Jerry Perkins

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:24 AM
People may know Jerry Perkins best for his 40 year journalism career covering farm and agribusiness news, both domestically and internationally. Those in 4-H know him best for his advocacy and support of Iowa 4-H’ers attending National 4-H Conference and his reporting of 4-H shows and activities at the Iowa...

2017 Jasper County: Robert Maher

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:22 AM
Robert Maher has been active in the Jasper County 4-H program for over 45 years. He has been a parent, leader, superintendent, fair board member and grandparent. Robert started his 4-H career in 1972 as an assistant 4-H leader of the Poweshiek Pals 4-H Club. He was assistant to his father-in-law,...

2017 Jackson County: Mark Anderson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:20 AM
Mark “Sparky” Anderson began his Jackson County 4-H career in the 1960s as a member of the South Fork Stockman 4-H Club. One of the first project areas he was involved in was dairy cattle. He had a good eye for quality calves and ones that would earn him a...

2017 Iowa County: Diane Wilson

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 3:36 PM
Being a volunteer takes someone with a big heart, enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a passion for “making the best better”. Iowa County has been lucky enough to have many volunteers meeting that description but one in particular has gone above and beyond for many years. Diane Wilson has worn...

2017 Ida County: Bob Butcher

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 3:35 PM
Robert L. Butcher was raised on the family farm south of Holstein, Iowa. Bob followed in the footsteps of his parents, Robert J. and Betty, who were very active in 4-H as well as his two siblings. He was a nine year member of the Battle Badgers 4-H Club. Some...
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2017 Howard County: Geraldine Tlusty

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 3:33 PM
Agriculture has been a part of Geraldine Tlusty’s entire life. She was born into a farming family and was raised on her family’s farm in southern Winneshiek County. When she married Ron she moved just outside Protivin. Agriculture continued to have an influence as together they lived and worked on...

2017 Humboldt County: Deanna Nervig

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 3:31 PM
My affiliation with 4-H began when a neighbor girl invited me to a meeting. Without my mother’s permission I joined the West Grovettes 4-H Club that day. 4-H quickly became a very important part of my life, and eventually for my three sisters and brother. Each year was spent learning...

2017 Harrison County: Linda Hennessy and Barbara Schafer

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 3:30 PM
This being the 20th anniversary of Iowa Clover Kids, it is appropriate to honor the two ladies that started Clover Kids in Harrison County, Linda Hennessy and Barbara (Barbie) Schafer. Linda started the club in Logan while Barbie served in Woodbine. Harrison County hasn’t had Clover Kids for the 20...

2017 Hardin County: Harris and Dianna Haywood

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:40 AM
Harris and Dianna Haywood are committed to making the Hardin County 4-H Program a rewarding experience for its youth. Whether it’s volunteering their time and labor to help at the fair, or organizing special projects and fair events, they are a couple that has truly made an impact in the...

2017 Hancock County: Rob Willms

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:38 AM
Rob Willms grew up as an 8 year Beaver Hotshot 4-H member in Guthrie County. His projects included beef and swine along with demonstrations at the county level. Rob was involved in showing his livestock and held various officer positions in his club, including president and treasurer. He was also a...

2017 Hamilton County: Kris Walker

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:37 AM
Her head is clear; eager to aid youth as they lead one another. Her heart is loyal; joyful in her desire to see others find a place to belong. Her hands are poised for service; calloused by the years of hard work and dedication. Her health feeds into her commitment to live better;...

2017 Guthrie County: Frank Johnson

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:35 AM
Frank was an avid 4-H’er from the start. He joined the Pioneer Hawkeyes 4-H club in the fall of 1956 and was active in showing hogs, sheep and woodworking. He held various officer positions within the club and county 4-H while also being involved in livestock judging, camps, and a...

2017 Grundy County: Karen Benson

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:34 AM
Never being involved in 4-H as a youth Karen Benson has been a very active 4-H parent, volunteer and friend of Grundy County 4-H. Karen was introduced to 4-H through her children, Kevin and Russell, as they were interested in participating each year. Karen and her husband Richard raised 3...

2017 Greene County: Alice Walters

Posted on 08/25/2017 at 9:32 AM
Alice Walters began 4-H as a Carroll County 4-H’er at the age of 9. Alice remembers wearing her 4-H uniform when she did a demonstration at the Iowa State Fair. Alice’s mother worked in Extension services and was a 4-H leader. Alice is a 1938 graduate of Iowa State University with...

2017 Fremont: Doug and Kerry Aistrope

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:28 PM
Doug and Kerry Aistrope of rural Randolph have devoted their lives to improving Fremont County and find 4-H to be the ideal platform for strengthening individuals, families and communities. Doug grew up in a 4-H family as the middle child of three. His parents, Dave and Lois, were the 2011 Iowa...

2017 Franklin County: Darwin Meyer

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:24 PM
Franklin County volunteer, Darwin Meyer was a member of the West Fork Winners 4-H club from 1961-1967. Darwin's projects included gardening, showing Brown Swiss calves, and a swine project. He served as the club leader when his son, Brian, was in 4-H. Darwin served on the County 4-H Youth Committee...

2017 Floyd County: Amy Staudt

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:21 PM
Amy Staudt has been involved with the Floyd County 4-H program for a number of years as a parent volunteer, crops superintendent at the Floyd County Fair and a 4-H leader. With the Floyd County Fair Board she served as chair of the grants, entertainment and publicity committees and most recently...

2017 Fayette County: Patti Dillon

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:19 PM
The 2017 Fayette County 4H Hall of Fame recipient is Patti Dillon, of Volga City, Iowa. Ever a pioneer, Patti moved to Ames from the east coast in 1962 to attend Iowa State University. She obtained a master’s degree in Home Economics and subsequently taught at Union Witten School district....

2017 Emmet County: Clara Valen

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:14 PM
Clara Valen was a 10 year member of the South Summit Sizzlers 4-H club in Steele County, Minnesota. Her projects included market swine, foods, dairy, horticulture/gardening, and home improvement. She really enjoyed baking, especially breads, where she received a blue plus ribbon. Another highlight was when she earned a trip...

2017 Dubuque County:Jim Pancratz

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:11 PM
Jim Pancratz was a Dubuque County 4-H’er as a member of the Washington Senators 4-H Club. He was active in the dairy project and also participated in the State 4-H Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus as a 4-H’er, then later as a Dubuque County chaperone. Jim was a leader for...

2017 Des Moines County: Joanne Denney

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:08 PM
This year’s 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipient, from Des Moines County, simply put…loved 4-H! From being a former 4-H youth participant, to county fair volunteer and judge, to mother and grandmother of future generations of 4-Hers. It was a way of life that Joanne Denney truly treasured! Joanne...

2017 Delaware County: Larry and Sandy Swanson

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:06 PM
Larry and Sandy Swanson are honored to be recipients of the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recognition. They have long been supporters of 4-H and appreciate the life-skills taught by this organization. Larry grew up in rural Delaware County and has fond memories of his years in the Delaware Hustlers...

2017 Davis County: Janis Howard

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:02 PM
Janis started working as a fill-in for the office assistant at the Davis County Extension Office in April 1998. She became a full-time employee in July 2000, serving as the office assistant until she retired in April 2017. In addition to all the normal office assistant tasks, Janis worked tirelessly...

2017 Dallas County: Randy Gibson

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 8:59 PM
Doctor Randy Gibson, Minburn, Iowa has been a long time 4-H supporter. Randy was a Dallas County 4-H member in his youth. His daughter was also a 4-H member in Dallas County. Randy is an ISU graduate in the veterinary program. He has been the designated county fair vet for...

2017 Clinton County: Don and Terri Swanton

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 8:56 PM
Don and Terri Swanton live in Goose Lake, Iowa, where they’ve raised four children and own a Pioneer Seed Sales Agency. They both grew up in strong, traditional 4-H families; their parents and grandparents were 4-H members, club leaders and county committee members. The Swanton’s have been heavily involved in...

2017 Clayton County: Judy & Gary Burrack

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 8:55 PM
4-H has been an important part of the Burrack family for four generations. Gary and Judy Burrack’s parents served as 4-H leaders in Clayton and Fayette counties. Gary was a member of the Giard Future Farmers in Clayton County. Judy was a member of Fairfield Indians and Putnam Peppy Pals...

2017 Crawford County: Dr. Doyle and Rhonda Slavik

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:37 PM
Dr. Doyle and Rhonda Slavik founded the Schleswig Sharks 4-H club in 1996 and served as the leaders of the club for 10 years. Before the creation of the Schleswig Sharks, no 4-H club existed in Schleswig in Crawford County. Doyle and Rhonda provided 4-H club members with opportunities to...

2017 Clay County: Bill Biedenfeld

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:35 PM
While Bill Biedenfeld was never a 4-H member, he exemplified the 4-H Motto “To Make the Best Better” and lived the portion of the 4-H pledge “My Hands to Larger Service” as a volunteer for Clay County 4-H and Extension Service for nearly 40 years. His service to Clay County 4-H...
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2017 Clarke County: Darwin Downing

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:33 PM
Darwin Downing was a member of the Greenbay Gophers 4-H Club for nine years, from 1961 – 1970. He showed in numerous project areas including; swine, beef cattle, photography, sheep, and participated in many communication projects. His 4-H leader was his father, Arlan. Darwin continues to remember that in the...

2017 Chickasaw County: Marguerite ‘Marge’ Ashley

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:32 PM
Marguerite ‘Marge’ Ashley has set a good example of a 4-H leader and community citizen in Chickasaw County. She has been an inspiring leader by coaching and mentoring new leaders and youth throughout her career. Marge has been the leader of the Jolly Blue Bells 4-H club in Ionia since 1992....

2017 Cherokee County: Margaret Woltman

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:29 PM
Margaret Woltman began her 4-H membership at age 9 with the Cavaliers. She won several awards throughout her 4-H career. She was a 4-H leader for many years. Margaret still helps with evaluating 4-H record books, writing comments for static judging, and is a big 4-H supporter of the Cherokee County...

2017 Cerro Gordo: Sterling Young

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:28 PM
Sterling Young has been excited and dedicated to 4-H since he joined his Greene County 4-H club at the age of 9 and was finally able to exhibit his livestock at the fair along with his older brothers. Fair time was and still is Sterling’s favorite time of the year!...

2017 Cedar County: Ann Mente

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:24 PM
Ann Mente has spent many hours involved in the 4-H program. Ann and her husband Marty have placed an active emphasis on rural living with 4-H playing a large role in their daily life. As a young girl growing up Ann was actively involved in the 4-H program. She was involved...

2017 Cass County: Dennis & Karen Oathoudt

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:22 PM
Dennis was in 4-H and FFA during the 50’s and 60’s. He was an active member of the Washington G.E.M. 4-H Club. He and his wife Karen, had four children that participated in 4-H during the 80’s and 90’s and today have many grandchildren active in 4-H. Dennis was a...
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2017 Calhoun County: Darcy Murley

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:21 PM
Darcy Murley was an accidental volunteer. When her daughter’s 4-H club needed a leader, Darcy stepped up. While a leader, Darcy discovered more opportunities to serve the 4-H program beyond the county and attended judges training. When her daughter graduated, Darcy wanted to continue to be involved so she ran for a...

2017 Butler County: Susan Schrage

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:20 PM
Butler County is pleased to recognize Susan Schrage of Allison as their 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. While Sue was not in 4-H herself, she has made a huge impact on Butler County 4-H! Sue has been a leader of the Butler County Young Riders 4-H club for...

2017 Buena Vista: Melissa Fahr

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:18 PM
Melissa Fahr has been a Buena Vista 4-Her seemingly all her life. She grew up as a member of two clubs, the Maple Valley Motivators 4-H Club as well as the Maple Valley Agriculturists- the same club where both of her parents were active leaders. (Melissa’s mother, Kathy Fahr, was...
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2017 Buchanan County: Kaye Manson

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 11:45 AM
Reliable and dedicated is what comes to mind when you hear Kaye Manson’s name. She was a 4-H leader for the Town & Kountry 4-H Club for 11 years and served on the Buchanan County Dairy Promotion Board for many years. For the last 10 plus years she has spent countless...

2017 Bremer County: Galen Kramer

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:46 AM
Galan Kramer has dedicated over 15 years to the 4-H program serving as a 4-H leader, Shooting Sports instructor, and swine superintendent. He has also spent countless hours helping at workshops and camps. He is an expert when it comes to outdoor activities and anything with livestock. Galan has been an...

2017 Boone County:

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:40 AM
Larry and Sandy Seeman are the perfect 4-H volunteers. They are the first to volunteer to help, the first to offer donations if money needs to be raised and the first to call and offer assistance if tragedy strikes. Their willingness to help has positively impacted the Boone County 4-H...

2017 Black Hawk:Al & Jane Eilderts

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:29 AM
Jane Eilderts and her husband, Al, have a rich history with 4-H involvement. Jane (Johansen) comes from a strong 4-H oriented family in Franklin County, (a Marion Majorette club member) who still has her record book as well as the dress she sewed in the 1970's that was chosen to...

2017 Benton County: Michelle Thoma

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:26 AM
Michelle Thoma spent 16 years in her role as County Youth Coordinator in Benton County. This length of service to the 4-H program says much about her love of 4-H, dedication to the members, families, and volunteers. She worked hard to ensure fairness for all was followed in her role...

2017 Appanoose County: Elizebeth Logsdon

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:19 AM
Elizebeth Logsdon plays a huge role in the Appanoose County 4-H Program as well as serving faithfully at the Appanoose County Fair. Elizebeth came to Centerville in 2008 as the Centerville High School Agriculture teacher and the FFA advisor. She immediately jumped into being involved with the Appanoose County 4-H...

2017 Allamakee County: Teresa Myers

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:15 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize Teresa Myers as the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Allamakee County. Teresa Teresa was also a member of the Youth Development Committee, and served as an advisor for the County 4-H Council. to her many years as a...

2017 Adams County: David Walter

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:08 AM
David L. Walter joined the Jasper Specialists 4-H club in 1964. His first year in 4-H his family was living on a farm and Dave showed pigs at the Adams County Fair ---- an experience Dave dearly loved. The following year, his family moved to Corning and he could no...

2017 Adair County: Lynn & Elaine Bohling

Posted on 08/22/2017 at 4:13 PM
Every community and 4-H program needs individuals possessing the qualities of Lynn and Elaine Bohling. Lynn and Elaine are community minded, caring individuals who see a challenge and involve themselves and others in meeting that challenge. When they volunteer to work with an activity or project, you can be sure...
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