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Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted in: 2018

2018 Woodbury County: Wayne and Janet Ralston

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:44 PM
Wayne and Janet Ralston are the 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees for the Woodbury County 4-H program. Together, Wayne and Janet have over 70 years of service for Woodbury County Extension and the Woodbury County 4-H program. Wayne served on the Woodbury County Extension Council in the late...
Posted in Woodbury, 2018 |

2018 Worth County: Jerry Hopperstad

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:43 PM
Jerry Hopperstad, has been “Mr. Worth County Fair” for over 40 years. He has served as president of the Worth County Fair Board and continues to serves as a tenured Worth County Fair manager. Jerry served in several positions on the State Fair Association and Iowa State Fair Board. He...
Posted in Worth, 2018 |

2018 Washington County: Nancy Schmidt

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:38 PM
Nancy Schmidt’s involvement with 4-H began as a member of the Cinderellas 4-H Club in Washington County. It was there she learned to set goals and work to reach them, skills that served her well throughout her career. Her project areas in 4-H prompted her to go into Home Economics...

2018 Winneshiek County: Kristi Berge

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:36 PM
Winneshiek County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Kristi Berge. Kristi has served as the 4-H leader for the Glenwood 4-Her’s (formerly known as Glenwood Future Homemakers 4-H Club) in Winneshiek County for 32 years. Her devotion to the program has encouraged many members...

2018 Winnebago County: Gary Wunder

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:33 PM
Gary was a vital part of the Winnebago County extension office for over 20 years while he served on the Extension Council, 5 of those years as Extension Council Chair. He was also an active member of the Winnebago County Fair Board for several years. During his time, he went above...

2018 Wayne County: Dan and Cheryl Goretska

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 7:27 PM
Wayne County would like to introduce Dan and Cheryl Goretska as our 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees. We recognize Dan and Cheryl for their numerous contributions they have given on behalf of the Wayne County Fair and 4H youth. Beginning in 1977, Cheryl served as leader for the...

2018 Webster County: JoAnn Lennon

Posted on 08/30/2018 at 6:16 PM
Webster County is proud to induct JoAnn Lennon into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Although JoAnn was never in 4-H growing up, she married into a strong 4-H family who encouraged her to enroll her own children in 4-H. When her children started 4-H, she did whatever was needed...
Posted in Webster, 2018 |

2018 Wright County: Dr. Doug Helgevold, DVM

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:34 PM
Dr.Doug Helgevold, lives on the Eagle Township family farm in Wright County where he was born and raised and actively participated in 4-H. Although he couldn’t recall the name of the club at the time he was a member (he said they’ve changed since he was a kid), he could...

2018 State Recognition: Lois Warme

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:13 PM
Lois Warme was a nine year 4-H’er from Calhoun County belonging to the Garfield Gleam Girls and Garfield Go-Getters 4-H Clubs. She served in several club officer positions as well as a County 4-H Girls Officer. Accomplishments included selection to attend the Home Improvement Award trip to Chicago, the State...

2018 State Recognition: Janis Stone

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:12 PM
Janis Stone joined 4-H as a 10 years-old in Illinois in 1948. Her first sewing project was a cotton print skirt and scarf. Her sewing projects were exhibited at Illinois State Fair three years in the 1950s. Another 4-H highlight was attending 4-H Leadership Camp. These details were as important...

2018 Pottawattamie (West): Richard Pigman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:09 PM
Richard Pigman was never a 4-H member himself, but he has embodied the 4-H spirit in West Pottawattamie County for the past 20 years. Aside from being a “4-H Dad” to Tyler and Brooke, he has served as chair of the West Pottawattamie Youth Committee, helped cook a 4-H alumni...

2018 Pottawattamie (East): Steve & Marge Pierce

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:08 PM
East Pottawattamie County is honored to nominate Steve and Marge Pierce into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Steve and Marge have been volunteering and dedicating their time to Pottawattamie County Fair and the East Pottawattamie County 4-H program for over 25 years. Steve is a past member of the...

2018 Polk County: Lois Scholbrock

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:07 PM
Lois (Ziesman) Scholbrock was born and raised on a family farm in Hardin County. She was a member of the Pleasant (Township) Peppy Teens. Lois was involved in many areas of 4-H including: dog obedience, food and nutrition, home improvement, and clothing. She also had working exhibits and presentations that...
Posted in Polk, 2018 |

2018 Pocahontas County: Judy Krips

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:02 PM
Judy has been involved in 4-H as long as she can remember. From making a yellow sundress, to baking countless cookies and breads she learned at a young age, it takes a lot of time and dedication to be successful at different tasks. Her journey with 4-H did not stop...
Posted in Pocahontas, 2018 |

2018 Plymouth County: Brett & Hallie McNaughton

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:59 PM
Brett and Hallie have always made 4-H a top priority in their lives! As a youth, Brett participated in Plymouth County 4-H for 9 years. They raised two boys, Ross and John, in the Plymouth County 4-H program, keeping active by exhibiting sheep, beef, and swine. Brett and Hallie were...
Posted in Plymouth, 2018 |

2018 Palo Alto County: Clyde Johnson

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:58 PM
The time and effort Clyde Johnson of West Bend has committed to improving and supporting 4-H and FFA in Palo Alto County is truly astonishing. 4-H and FFA have been a lifelong commitment for him. Clyde was a 4-Her while growing up in the Buffalo Center area and served on...
Posted in Palo Alto, 2018 |

2018 Page County: Kevin McNees

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:53 PM
Kevin McNees of Clarinda was involved with the 4-H program since childhood and remained a strong supporter of the Page County 4-H program. Growing up Kevin was a member of the Pleasant Ridge 4-H Club in Page County for nine years. Among his favorite projects was woodworking, of which he...
Posted in Page, 2018 |

2018 Osceola County: Deb Kosters

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:51 PM
Deb Kosters has been an active club leader and volunteer in our 4-H program for 11 plus years, serving also as Non-Livestock Project Superintendent for the Osceola County Fair. As a leader, she dedicated her time and energy selflessly to the youth in her club, as well as the community....
Posted in Osceola, 2018 |

2018 O'Brien County: Kris Keene

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:50 PM
Kris Keene came by her love of 4-H naturally. Both her parents were members, and later leaders, and all six of her siblings were also active participants. While much of their time in 4-H was outside, working with livestock, Kris could be found inside, at the sewing machine. With the...
Posted in O'Brien, 2018 |

2018 Muscatine County: Diane Brooks

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:49 PM
Diane Brooks has been a great asset to the Muscatine County 4-H program. Diane was a leader for the Home Grown Helpers 4-H Club for many years. Diane has given leadership over the Bucket Calf Show at the Muscatine County Fair and the program has grown tremendously because of her...
Posted in Muscatine, 2018 |

2018 Montgomery County: Teresa Russell

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:48 PM
The 2018 Montgomery County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipient has had many titles throughout her 4-H career. These include: 4-H member, leader, committee member, 4-H mom, superintendent and supporter. We are honored to announce this year’s recipient is Teresa Russell. Teresa started her 4-H journey when she became a...
Posted in Montgomery, 2018 |

2018 Monroe County: Mike & Ann Stocker

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:47 PM
Mike and Ann Stocker have been lifelong supporters of the 4-H program in Monroe County. Mike and Ann have put many hours into volunteering to help make the best better, for the community and for the Monroe County 4-H youth. Their outstanding support helps the Monroe County 4-H & FFA...
Posted in Monroe, 2018 |

2018 Monona County: Laura Neldeberg

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:46 PM
Laura Neldeberg and husband, Kurt, live on a farm near Whiting, Iowa. They were blessed with three children; Andrew, Christian, and Annika, all grown up now, who were all active 4-H members. Laura graduated from Nettleton Business College as an Associate Legal Secretary. She is active in her church helping...
Posted in Monona, 2018 |

2018 Mitchell County: Dale Anderson

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:45 PM
Dale Anderson grew up as a 4-H’er in DeKalb County, Illinois where he and his wife, Carol, were active members in the same club. He was an active 4-H’er who learned the value of 4-H early on in life, which followed him into adulthood. His passion for 4-H was passed...
Posted in Mitchell, 2018 |

2018 Mills County: Nathan Mass

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:43 PM
Nathan Mass was a very active member of the Loyal Lassies/Ingraham Straight Shooters 4-H club in Mills County. His 4-H career was highlighted by being selected to attend the National 4-H Congress in Chicago, attending Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington DC, and being a member of Mills County’s livestock judging...
Posted in Mills, 2018 |

2018 Mahaska County: Leon De Groot

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:42 PM
Leon De Groot served as a Mahaska County 4-H Beef superintendent for seven years. In that time, he assisted many youth with their beef projects and shared his knowledge with them. He assisted 4-H staff with weigh-ins and the county fair beef show. He enjoyed being at the Southern Iowa...
Posted in Mahaska, 2018 |

2018 Marshall County: Karen Betts

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:39 PM
Karen Betts was born and raised in Albion, Iowa, the town she still calls home. She is a life-long 4-Her. She was a 4-Her in her youth. She has been helping the next generation of youth for decades. She started the Albion Ables 4-H Club in 1975. She has been...
Posted in Marshall, 2018 |

2018 Marion County: Tom Nichols

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:38 PM
Not many individuals can claim to have more history in the Marion County 4-H program than Tom Nichols. He has been involved as a 4-H member, club leader, parent, and superintendent for about 75 years. Tom has significantly contributed to the beef program in Marion County through his integrity, dependability,...
Posted in Marion, 2018 |

2018 Madison County: Phyllis Jones

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:37 PM
Phyllis Jones of Winterset has been involved with the Madison County 4-H program from an early age. Phyllis has been a lifelong member of Madison County 4-H. Phyllis had many beef, dairy cattle, food, clothing, and home improvement projects throughout her 4-H career. She made some of her own clothes...
Posted in Madison, 2018 |

2018 Lyon County: Orvis & Diane Peters

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:35 PM
4-H and the Lyon County Fair have been a part of this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honorees for over 50 years! Diane (Hofstra) Peters joined the Rock Rapids Livestock – North 4-H Club in 1961. While in 4-H, she showed static exhibits and showed cattle at the Lyon...
Posted in Lyon, 2018 |

2018 Lucas County: Dan Reynolds

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:34 PM
Dan Reynolds grew up on a farm near Russell. This fueled his passion for farming and caring for livestock. He joined 4-H in 1972 and enrolled in swine and beef projects. In 1974, at the age of 12, he bought his first purebred Angus heifer. This led to his own...
Posted in Lucas, 2018 |

2018 Louisa County: James & LuAnn Everett

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:33 PM
Was she a 4-Her? Yes she was. Was he a 4-Her? Yes he was. Did they raise their family in 4-H? Yes, of course they did! But this year’s inductees for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Louisa County are not being inducted for the time they spent in...
Posted in Louisa, 2018 |

2018 Linn County: Joyce Anderson

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:32 PM
Linn County’s nominee for the 2018 4-H Hall of Fame was not a hard choice! Joyce Anderson has been involved in Linn County’s 4-H program since her youth, when she joined the College Chickadees 4-H Club. She was an active 10-year member in her club doing demonstrations (now called Educational...
Posted in Linn, 2018 |

2018 Lee County: Ronald Overberg

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:31 PM
The 4-H pledge states “my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health for better living”, for my club, my community, my country and my world.” Ron Overberg continually exemplifies these core values of 4-H through his actions and role within...
Posted in Lee, 2018 |

2018 Kossuth County: Faye Kuhlmann

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:29 PM
Kossuth County is proud to recognize Faye Kuhlmann as an Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. Faye volunteered countless hours for the 4-H youth in Kossuth County. She was not a member of 4-H growing up, but all four of her children and several of her grandchildren were or will...
Posted in Kossuth, 2018 |

2018 Keokuk County: Rhonda Wehr

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:28 PM
Veterinarian Rhonda Wehr and her family have a rich heritage in 4-H. Her mother-in-law was a charter member of the Stick To It 4-H Club, the oldest club in Keokuk County. Dr. Rhonda and her husband, Larry, both grew up in 4-H, as did their 3 children: Neil, Lisa, and...
Posted in Keokuk, 2018 |

2018 Jones County: Robert & Shirley Davis

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:27 PM
Life-long residents of Jones County, Iowa, Robert and Shirley Davis of rural Olin, Iowa have dedicated their life to farming and agriculture. Robert grew up on a farm near Center Junction, Iowa while Shirley grew up on a farm near Olin. Following their marriage in 1971, they began farming with...
Posted in Jones, 2018 |

2018 Johnson County: Jim & Mary Burr

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:26 PM
Jim and Mary Krejci Burr have been active supporters of 4-H. Mary was a 9 year member of both boys and girls 4-H growing up on a farm in rural Linn County. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and the Radiologic Technology Program at the University of Iowa. At...
Posted in Johnson, 2018 |

2018 Jefferson County: Brian & Sherry Taglauer

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:25 PM
Brian and Sherry Taglauer live in rural Jefferson County on their farm, where they have raised a family. The couple has always been more than willing to volunteer and dedicate their time to make the community a better place. One way they invested in the community was by investing into...
Posted in Jefferson, 2018 |

2018 Jasper County: Terry & Erlene Leonard

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:23 PM
Terry and Erlene Leonard of Colfax, have been actively volunteering with 4-H and fair activities since 1978, when Erlene began leading the Indian Creek Hustlers 4-H Club. Terry is currently a Jasper County beef superintendent and Erlene is a goat superintendent. During their years of volunteer service, Erlene has been...
Posted in Jasper, 2018 |

2018 Jackson County: David & Angie Burmahl

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:22 PM
David and Angie Burmahl, with their three kids; Drew, Ellie, and Jacob, own and operate a farm in Emeline, within Jackson County. The farm has been in David’s family since his parents purchased it in 1957. They produce grain crops, hogs, and have a cow-calf operation. Farming became a passion...
Posted in Jackson, 2018 |

2018 Iowa County: Julie Harriman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:20 PM
Volunteers who are willing to work with youth and also give of their time are hard to come by. Julie Harriman is one example of the volunteers we have in Iowa County. Julie has spent many hours involved in the 4-H program. Julie and her late husband, Terry, have placed...
Posted in Iowa, 2018 |

2018 Humboldt County: Clarence "Dutch" & Bernice Norman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:19 PM
Clarence “Dutch” and Bernice Norman started 4-H as youth in Greene County, Iowa. Clarence showed beef in Greene County as one of his exhibits. One of the exhibits that Bernice had judged at the Greene County Fair was her laundry bag that she sewed. The bag advanced on to receive...
Posted in Boone, Humboldt, 2018 |

2018 Henry County: Roland & Helen Lauer

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:17 PM
Helen and Roland Lauer of rural Mt. Pleasant, have been active supporters of the Henry County 4-H program throughout their lifetime. In 1962 their journey began with Helen actively helping the Lucky Lassies 4-H Club. She continued assisting the club for the next eight years and especially enjoyed opening up...
Posted in Henry, 2018 |

2018 Hardin County: Allen & Maryln Johnson

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:16 PM
Maryln Johnson started raising llamas in 1988. This year will be her 27th llama show at the Hardin County Fair and her 27th year as llama superintendent. In 1991 it all started with two pens under a tree by the show ring. At that time, Jim Johnson was the Extension...
Posted in Hardin, 2018 |

2018 Howard County: Max & Georgia Schmidt

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:14 PM
Max Schmidt has been around 4-H and extension work for most of his adult life. His wife, Georgia has been a huge supporter throughout their marriage. Not a stranger to 4-H, Max participated in the International Farm Youth Exchange in the 1960’s while in college. He was stationed in Israel....
Posted in Howard, 2018 |

2018 Harrison County: Pat Hoffman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:12 PM
Pat Hoffman of Missouri Valley was the club organizational leader for the Loveland Angels 4-H Club until it discontinued. She received her 45 year volunteer pin in 2011 and has continued to help at the Harrison County Fair every year. Pat helps with the static exhibit entry day as a...
Posted in Harrison, 2018 |

2018 Poweshiek County: Richard Cheney

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:12 PM
Richard Cheney has been active in the Poweshiek County 4-H programs in various roles for years. These roles include as a parent, leader, grandfather, and Poweshiek County Extension council member. During his time as a 4-H leader of the Deep River Busy Boys 4-H Club, he planned fun activities for...
Posted in Poweshiek, 2018 |

2018 Ringgold County: Dixie Taylor

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:11 PM
Dixie Taylor was an exemplary 4-H volunteer during her time as club leader of the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club in Diagonal. She touched the lives of countless youth in her 4-H club, as well as the Diagonal community. Dixie possesses many wonderful skills in the areas of food and nutrition,...
Posted in Ringgold, 2018 |

2018 Hamilton County: Marilyn Middleton

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:10 PM
Marilyn Middleton has served Hamilton County 4-H and numerous other counties in the years she has generously given of her expertise to the 4-H program. Among the many ways she has impacted the youth of our county, most notable may be her 20 years of advocating for 4-H as a...
Posted in Hamilton, 2018 |

2018 Sac County: Jan and Rich Mason

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:09 PM
Rich and Jan Mason have been long time supporters of the Sac County 4-H program. Jan was a member of the Spring Cedar Peppy Pals 4-H Club in Cherokee County. Their son, Chris, was a 4-H member in the Early Achievers 4-H Club. Rich and Jan were both 4-H leaders...
Posted in Sac, 2018 |

2018 Guthrie County: Cindy Lundy

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:09 PM
Cindy Lundy has served as a 4-H leader in Guthrie County for 25 years empowering youth to “make the best better”. She encourages youth involvement in the community and aims to build a “giving-back” perspective to members within her club. As a leader, she has assisted in leading several community...
Posted in Guthrie, 2018 |

2018 Scott County: Lana Davis

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:08 PM
Lana Davis has been helping Scott County 4-H youth learn about animals for over 45 years. She started and served as a leader for the 4-H Rabbit Club, “Ears Lookin’ at Ya!” while her children were members of 4-H. Members were encouraged to learn about rabbits, but also other projects...
Posted in Scott, 2018 |

2018 Grundy County: Barb Cunningham

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:08 PM
When you hear the words “I’ve got the Kids!” you know this volunteer really does have the kids in many ways. Barb Cunningham was not a 4-H member growing up, but has been very active in Grundy County 4-H as her own children became involved in beef, swine and various...
Posted in Grundy, 2018 |

2018 Shelby County: Rich and Bev Goshorn

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:07 PM
Richard and Beverly Goshorn have spent over 60 years of their lives proudly involved in the Shelby County 4-H program. They were each involved in the program as children. Rich was a member of the Southwest 4-H Club, and Bev as a member of the Lincoln Bluebirds. They were both...
Posted in Shelby, 2018 |

2018 Greene County: Bob Berns

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:07 PM
In 1995, Bob Berns was awarded the Ruby Clover award for his 30 years of service to the Greene County 4-H program. Throughout those 30 years, Bob was a leader of the Cedar Highland Boys 4-H Club and a long time swine superintendent. Before the fair, Bob’s 4-H club would...
Posted in Greene, 2018 |

2018 Sioux County: Neal Koole

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:05 PM
For decades, Neal Koole has been an essential part of the Sioux County Youth Fair. He has spent countless hours making sure the fairgrounds is ready to go for our youth. Whether that is getting the sound equipment running flawlessly, maintaining the buildings or encouraging 4-H’ers from the side of...
Posted in Sioux, 2018 |

2018 Franklin County: Carma DeVries

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:04 PM
Franklin County 4-H volunteer, Carma DeVries, was a 4-H club member for nine years. After her years as a member and seeing the volunteers that helped her, she knew she would like to help others someday. The county fair was Carma’s favorite part of the summer and she could see...
Posted in Franklin, 2018 |

2018 Story County: Deanna Collins

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:02 PM
Deanna Collins’ love for 4-H began in Keokuk County. There she excelled in the horse and dog projects. One result was her selection as the Iowa Draft Horse Queen. Deanna settled in Story County where she continued her love of 4-H and horses giving leadership to the Story County 4-H...
Posted in Story, 2018 |

2018 Fayette County: Tom Mann

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:02 PM
Tom Mann of West Union has been part of the Fayette County 4-H program for over 50 years. His love for cattle and farming started at a young age as he worked side by side with his parents. Tom was a member of the Windsor Spark Plugs and then the...
Posted in Fayette, 2018 |

2018 Emmet County: Donna Jensen

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:01 PM
Although Donna Jensen was only a 4-H member for two years in Palo Alto County, Iowa, she has continued to stay involved in the 4-H program for many years after her participation. She remained involved in 4-H when her two children were members of the program. Donna served as a...
Posted in Emmet, 2018 |

2018 Tama County: Paulette Wobeter

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:00 PM
Combining a love for 4-H, young people, communications, photography and record books, you have Tama Counties 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Paulette Wobeter. Paulette was a leader of the Toledo Techs 4-H Club for nearly 15 years. During her time as a leader, she had a very large,...
Posted in Tama, 2018 |

2018 Dubuque County: Dave & LuAnn Krapfl

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:00 PM
Dave and LuAnn Krapfl 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. Dave and LuAnn were relative late-comers to 4-H, with both of their first experiences coming as adults, as...
Posted in Dubuque, 2018 |

2018 Taylor County: Clyde and Helen Belding

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:59 PM
Clyde and Helen Belding from Taylor County are truly worthy of induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. One word to describe them is dedicated- to each other, to family, and grandchildren. Dedication mirrors their work ethic, values, and strong commitment to farming and raising livestock for over 60...
Posted in Taylor, 2018 |

2018 Dickinson County: Johnson Family

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:58 PM
ISU Extension & Outreach Dickinson County is proud to nominate the Johnson Family, of rural Milford, to be inducted into the 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Three generations of Johnsons, the late E.O., the late Dale and Dr. Jack have given a combined 90 years of service to the...
Posted in Dickinson, 2018 |

2018 Union County: Bob and Joyce Cooper

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:57 PM
Bob and Joyce Cooper of Creston in Union County have a long history with 4-H, having both been members as youth. Coopers were leaders in the days of boys’ and girls’ clubs. Bob was a co-leader for the Grant Toppers for nearly a dozen years, and Joyce was a co-leader...
Posted in Union, 2018 |

2018 Des Moines County: Ron & Joyce Stover

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:55 PM
The 2018 Des Moines County Hall of Fame inductees have many years of 4-H experience and involvement in 4-H on a vast variety of levels. From active 4-H club members, to committee members and leaders, to parents and now grandparents; many countless hours have been dedicated to the 4-H program....
Posted in Des Moines, 2018 |

2018 Van Buren County Martha Plowman

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:54 PM
In the early 1970’s, Kenneth Gilchrist asked Jerry Plowman to help with the Douds Livewires 4-H Club. Jerry helped not only as a club leader, but was also a member of the Van Buren County Fair Board for many years. Among the members receiving his guidance throughout the years were...
Posted in Van Buren, 2018 |

2018 Delaware County: Todd & Donna Boss

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:53 PM
Todd and Donna Boss have served over 30 years in the Delaware County 4-H program. Both are Delaware County alumni, and have been recognized and honored with the Delaware County 4-H Alumni award! You’ll continue to see Todd and Donna volunteering where their assistance is needed throughout Delaware County! Todd...
Posted in Delaware, 2018 |

2018 Wapello County Duane and Mary Bass

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:52 PM
Duane and Mary Bass’ involvement in 4-H started in rural Jefferson and Van Buren counties with local 4-H clubs. They had no idea the leadership and life skills they were learning would be so important in the future. Fast forward though dating, marriage, Iowa State University, a growing family and...
Posted in Wapello, 2018 |

2018 Decatur County: Gary Stripe

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:51 PM
Gary was first exposed to 4-H at age 3 when his older brother joined the LeRoy Merry Makers 4-H Club. Seven years later he felt like a “seasoned veteran” when he joined 4-H. Gary was active in the LeRoy Merry Makers club showing dairy and market beef until graduating from...
Posted in Decatur, 2018 |

2018 Davis County: Janice Batterson

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:49 PM
Janice Batterson has been a devoted 4H leader for the past 29 years in Davis County. She always goes way above and beyond the duties of leader to make sure all the members feel welcome, informed, and prepared for events and meetings. A co-leader said, “My son Carter joined her...
Posted in Davis, 2018 |

2018 Warren County Gary Dittmer

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:48 PM
Gary Dittmer was involved in 4-H for most of his life. He was a Warren County 4-Her for 10 years as a member of the Whitebreast Warriors 4-H Club which later became known as the Whitebreast 4-H Club. Gary was involved in market pigs, market beef, welding, and woodworking. His...
Posted in Warren, 2018 |

2018 Dallas County: Gary Geneser

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:47 PM
Gary was a member of the Grant Stockman 4-H club in Dallas County, Iowa and enjoyed showing cattle at the county fair. His volunteering for 4-H began in high school, when he helped one of the local veterinarians with blood testing for cattle by labeling test tubes and doing paperwork....
Posted in Dallas, 2018 |

2018 Crawford County: Jim & Sandi Sharp

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:46 PM
Jim and Sandi Sharp from Denison, Iowa are being honored as the 2018 Crawford County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees. They have been involved with 4-H and FFA activities for years. Sandi’s 4-H experience began as a 4-Her in Nebraska which led to her interest in teaching Family and...
Posted in Crawford, 2018 |

2018 Clinton County: Jackie Crowley

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:45 PM
This year Clinton County has nominated Jackie Crowley as the inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jackie Crowley has been active in Clinton County 4-H and club show activities since she was 10 years old. As a member of the Delmar Debettes and Debbies 4-H clubs, she always...
Posted in Clinton, 2018 |

2018 Clayton County: Dennis & June Wolter

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:43 PM
Dennis and June Wolter were not youth members of 4-H. June became involved with 4-H when their oldest daughter joined the Volga Readers 4-H Club in Clayton County and became a club leader. Dennis at that time was active as a club parent helping with various club activities. Dennis and...
Posted in Clayton, 2018 |

2018 Clay County: Charlie Elser

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:35 PM
Charlie Elser, the 2018 Clay County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honoree, has been involved with county 4-H programming for almost 40 years. Charlie was not a 4-H member as a youth, but worked hard with his boys on livestock and static projects. Charlie began as a swine committee member...
Posted in Clay, 2018 |

2018 Clarke County: Paula Hein

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:16 PM
Paula started with the 4-H program when she was nine years old as a member of the Washington Wonderettes 4-H Club. Sheep was her favorite project area. When Paula returned home from college, she volunteered to help with the sheep show, both in the ring and assisting the exhibitors. In...

2018 Chickasaw County: Dennis & Kendra Crooks

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:08 PM
Dennis and Kendra Crooks have spent countless hours helping serve Chickasaw County as well as multiple surrounding counties over the last two decades. Growing up in Waverly, Iowa, Kendra (Schwartz) Crooks was a member of Betty Arn’s B- Square 4-H Club in Bremer County. It is through B-Square that Kendra’s...
Posted in Chickasaw, 2018 |

2018 Cherokee County: Earl Cresap

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:05 PM
It is our honor to induct Earl Cresap into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame for 2018. Earl’s passion is 4-H and he truly enjoys working with the youth. Earl began his career with 4-H in 2004. We have listed many of his accomplishments: helping with the youth committee assisting...

2018 Cerro Gordo County: Becky Elsbernd

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:04 PM
Becky Elsbernd has been an active 4-H volunteer for 7 years. She is a club leader for Cerro Gordo Explorer’s 4-H Club and keeps them active with many activities including tours of various businesses in and around Mason City and lining up activities on their own farm such as salsa...
Posted in Cerro Gordo, 2018 |

2018 Cedar County: Craig Smith

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:03 PM
Craig Smith has been active in Cedar County 4-H for most of his life. Craig began as a youth member of the Stanwood Standouts 4-H Club in the mid 1970’s where he exhibited lambs, steers, and heifers. He became very involved in livestock judging, continuing that in college at Hawkeye...
Posted in Cedar, 2018 |

2018 Cass County: Steve & Laura Olsen

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:02 PM
Steve and Laura Olsen were active leaders of the Brighton 4-H Club for more than 15 years. They raised 5 children who were all 4-H members and participated in the Cass County Fair. Steve has been involved in agriculture his entire life; he graduated from Iowa State University with a...
Posted in Cass, 2018 |

2018 Carroll County: Myron Danzer

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 1:59 PM
Myron Danzer has served as a Carroll County 4-H Youth Development volunteer for 10 years serving as our beef superintendent and as a member of our 4-H Endowment Committee. However, his involvement with Carroll County 4-H started much earlier. Myron grew up in Carroll County and was a member of...
Posted in Carroll, 2018 |

2018 Calhoun County: Dawn Clark

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 1:58 PM
Dawn Clark from Lake City, Iowa was a 4-H leader for the Calhoun County Jackson Pioneers 4-H Club for 10 years. Dawn was very patient, organized, and thoughtful and wanted all members to learn and have fun while being part of the group. The club met each month in the...
Posted in Calhoun, 2018 |

2018 Butler County: Margaret Harris

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 1:00 PM
Butler County is pleased to select Margaret Harris of Clarksville as their 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Margaret has been part of a long family tradition of participating in Butler County 4-H. Growing up in Aplington, she was a member of the Monroe Clever Cloverettes 4-H Club from...
Posted in Butler, 2018 |

2018 Buena Vista County: Leann Baumhover

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:59 PM
Leann (Schwandt) Baumhover began her 4-H career as an eager 4th grader in Hamilton County. She was a nine year member of the Williams Hustling Homemakers 4-H Club. Later during her college summers, she was the summer 4-H assistant in Wright County. Upon college graduation and moving to the Lake...
Posted in Buena Vista, 2018 |

2018 Buchanan County: Emmett Donnelly

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:45 PM
Born and raised in Independence, Emmett Donnelly developed an early interest in agriculture while helping on the family farm. He carried that interest with him to the Washington Eagles 4-H Club, where as a member, he raised and showed beef cattle. While in high school, he worked at the Independence...
Posted in Buchanan, 2018 |

2018 Bremer County: Brittney Lentz

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:43 PM
Brittney Lentz served as a volunteer with the Bremer County 4-H program for over 10 years. In that time she served on the youth committee for 8 years where she was instrumental to the success of the 4-H program. Her willingness to try new things, work with community partners, and...
Posted in Bremer, 2018 |

2018 Boone County: Rich Wrage

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:39 PM
Boone County 4-H is proud to honor Rich Wrage as their 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Rich has been a strong supporter of 4-H and we thank him for helping to “make the best better”. Rich started his career with ISU Extension in February of 1994 serving Boone...
Posted in Boone, 2018 |

2018 Black Hawk County: Mike & Lynn Pipho

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:37 PM
Mike and Lynn Pipho of Dunkerton, are Black Hawk County’s 2018 inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They have developed their own unique story of involvement and commitment in the 4-H organization. Lynn, who grew up in Wakefield, Michigan began participating in 4-H during her grade school years,...
Posted in Black Hawk, 2018 |

2018 Benton County: Denise Schwab

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:36 PM
Denise Schwab has been a tremendous asset to Benton County 4-H. As a young girl her love and passion for 4-H and livestock was evident when she joined two 4-H clubs. She was involved in the traditional girls club with the sewing and cooking projects but also loved beef cattle...
Posted in Benton, 2018 |

2018 Audubon County: Wayne Hansen

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:31 PM
4-H and livestock have been important in Wayne Hansen’s life for a long time. Wayne was a member of the Sharon Sharp Shooters 4-H club in Audubon County and enjoyed raising and showing pigs and cattle. He used the money from the sale of a pig to buy his first...
Posted in Audubon, 2018 |

2018 Appanoose County: Janiece Self

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 11:35 AM
Janiece Self has been actively involved in the Appanoose County 4-H program and the Appanoose County Fair since the first of her three daughters started 4-H in the late 1980s, at which time she was a co-leader of a 4-H club. She has volunteered for many jobs including announcing on...

2018 Allamakee County: JoAnne Bodley

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 9:54 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize JoAnne Bodley as the 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. JoAnne has been a long-time supporter of the Allamakee County 4-H Program.  Her 4-H involvement began in 1985 after her husband became a leader of the Big 4...

2018 Adams County: Karl McCarty

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 9:52 AM
Karl McCarty joined 4-H in the Adams County Prescott 4-H Workers Club in the 1970’s and was a 9 year 4-H member. His projects included raising and showing cattle and pigs, woodworking and communications. He exhibited his 4-H pigs at the Iowa State Fair and also gave a 4-H presentation...
Posted in Adams, 2018 |

2018 Adair County: Dick & Donna Wallace

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 9:42 AM
Adair County has its very own dynamic duo, Dick and Donna Wallace, like peanut butter and chocolate, making the other better for over 50 years. Donna Wallace has been the face of 4-H to a generation of Adair County youth. Donna poured her heart and soul into the 4-H program...
Posted in Adair, 2018 |
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