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Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

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2019 State Recognition: Darrell Busby

Posted on 08/20/2019 at 3:22 PM
Darrell Busby was raised in St. Francis, Kansas, a small town in the northwest corner of the state. He and his three younger brothers raised cattle, sheep and pigs. He was a member of the Lawn Ridge 4-H club for eight years and received the State 4-H recognition award in...

2019 State Recognition: Roy Hougen

Posted on 08/20/2019 at 3:19 PM
Roy Hougen began his 4-H experience as a member with club work in both South Dakota and Minnesota spanning the years of 1947-52. His top memories from then were showing Poland China hogs at the county fair. Other club memories include the sharing of project learning, practicing parliamentary procedure, and...

2019 Wright County: Richard and Sue Hammen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 4:10 PM
Richard (Rick) and Sue Hammen of Clarion were not youth members of 4-H, but their contributions to 4-H and the club in adulthood reach far and wide, and that's why they have been selected as Wright County's 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees. When Sue (who grew up in...
Posted in Wright, 2019 |

2019 Worth County: Curt Schaub

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:39 PM
Curt Schaub has been a loyal volunteer to the Worth County 4-H program in multiple ways. He was a long time 4-H club leader of the Golden Banner 4-H club and is a member of the Worth County 4-H Committee. Curt served more than 20 years and multiple terms on...
Posted in Worth, 2019 |

2019 Woodbury County: Cheryl Zobel

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:39 PM
Over the decades, Cheryl Zobel played an integral part in the Iowa 4-H program; her early years as a 4-H’er in Crawford County, later as parental support for her daughter who was a 4-H’er in Woodbury County, and over the last 27 years as a leader of the Good Luck...
Posted in Woodbury, 2019 |

2019 Winneshiek County: Ken and Sue Keune

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:38 PM
Ken and Sue Keune of Decorah joined the 4-H program in 1992, when their oldest daughter joined the Madison 4-H’ers club. As each of their four children entered into the program, Ken and Sue devoted years supporting the Madison 4-H’ers club attending and hosting meetings, participating in various club fundraising...
Posted in Winneshiek, 2019 |

2019 Winnebago County: Carol Peterson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:37 PM
Carol Peterson’s love for 4-H began when she was a 4-H’er herself. She started working for Winnebago County Extension in 1980 as the Home Economist. Later she added Director to her title and held that position until she retired in 2012 after 32 years. Carol loved her job, and it showed...
Posted in Winnebago, 2019 |

2019 Webster County: Vernon Bauer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:36 PM
Webster County is excited to nominate Vernon Bauer to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. 4-H has been an important part most of Vernon’s life. He was a nine year 4-H member and showed chickens, sheep, and cows. He sang in the 4-H county chorus in the 1970s. The chorus...
Posted in Webster, 2019 |

2019 Wayne County: Cindy Miller

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:27 PM
The 2019 Wayne County 4-H Hall of Fame inductee was a longtime 4-H member and a dedicated and effective volunteer for a much longer period of time. She is known for her love of kids and love of horses. Cindy Miller joined 4-H as a 9 year-old with her mother as...
Posted in Wayne, 2019 |

2019 Washington County: Shirley Pfeifer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:26 PM
When Shirley Pfeiffer, 90, joined Emmet County 4-H as a high schooler, she had no inkling she was beginning a lifelong relationship. Her 4-H career began when her mother agreed to become leader of a girls’ club. Now, some 75 years later, the longtime Washington County resident continues to serve...
Posted in Washington, 2019 |

2019 Warren County: Kathy McCoy

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:25 PM
Kathy (McCormick) McCoy grew up in Warren County where she was a 9 year 4-H member. Her roles on the county and state levels have been crucial to Warren County and Iowa 4-H success. Kathy is married to Tim McCoy and has 4 children who are in or have been...
Posted in Warren, 2019 |

2019 Wapello County: Elaine Heisdorffer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:24 PM
Elaine Heisdorffer began her passion for 4-H when she was a child. Her Mother Hilda (2002 Hall of Fame Inductee) passed on her commitment for 4-H to Elaine. When she joined the Keokuk County 4-H program, she was a member of an all-girls club. After graduating from High School Elaine attended...
Posted in Wapello, 2019 |

2019 Van Buren County: Sheryl Muhs

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:22 PM
Sheryl Muhs was the office manager for the Van Buren County Extension office for 12 years, from 1992 to 2004, under the direction of Sandra McLain, the County Extension Director. Sheryl served as fair superintendent of the horse barn for the county fair. She served as the 4-H horse club...
Posted in Van Buren, 2019 |

2019 Union County: Wayne and Joan Hartsook

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:22 PM
Wayne and Joan Hartsook began their 4-H journey as a couple in 1960 when the first of their children joined 4-H, and they kept busy with many aspects of the program until their last daughter completed 4-H in 1985. In addition to encouraging many 4-H youth throughout Union County and the...
Posted in Union, 2019 |

2019 Taylor County: Joan Belding

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:21 PM
Joan Belding played a key role in maintaining and fostering the 4-H program in Taylor County. Her dedication to ensuring 4-Hers understand the core values of what 4-H stands for has always been at the forefront of her leadership role. Joan’s heart bleeds the 4 H’s of 4-H! She currently lives...
Posted in Taylor, 2019 |

2019 Tama County: Dale and Connie Whaley

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:20 PM
Who do you call when you need something fixed on the fairgrounds, when you need a woodworking workshop, you need record books judged, a plate of cookies, or you need the overall support of 4-H and more? The people to call in Tama County are long time volunteers, Dale and...
Posted in Tama, 2019 |

2019 Story County: MaryAnn Gardner

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:14 PM
MaryAnn Gardner’s dedication to the 4-H program goes back to when her great grandmother was a 4-H leader, and her father was a County Extension Director in Jones, Adams and Union Counties. MaryAnn and her sister, Betty, were active 4-H members. She carried many projects in her local club and...
Posted in Story, 2019 |

2019 Sioux County: Anita Jeltema

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:12 PM
Constant, loyal, kind and knowledgeable are words I would use to describe Anita Jeltema. Anita was a crucial part of the Sioux County Extension office and 4-H program for 20 plus years. Anita is missed since her retirement, and we appreciate the years she committed to the 4-H program. Because of...
Posted in Sioux, 2019 |

2019 Shelby County: Arlo Petersen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:11 PM
Arlo M. Petersen of Petersen Pony Farms in Kirkman, Iowa is the Shelby County 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Arlo has been coming to the Shelby County Fair since he was a baby. He is the youngest of 4 children and was the child who chose to carry on...
Posted in Shelby, 2019 |

2019 Scott County: Angie Keeney

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:10 PM
Angie Keeney believes in teaching young people skills that will be beneficial to them throughout their lives. She learned as a 10 year member of the Blue Grass Sunshine Workers 4-H club that 4-H is an organization that strives to provide youth with good information for their lives. As a...
Posted in Scott, 2019 |

2019 Ringgold County: David and Joy McFarland

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:09 PM
Every 4-H program loves to have volunteers that are dedicated, passionate, kind-hearted and level-headed. Those words right there describe David and Joy McFarland. Ringgold County 4-H feels lucky to have had them serve as leaders of the Tingley Toppers 4-H Club for eleven years – 1997 - 2008. David and...
Posted in Ringgold, 2019 |

2019 Poweshiek County: Garnet Gertsma

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:08 PM
Garnet Gertsma, age 83, of Lynnville has been active in the Lynnville-Sully community for many years. She and her husband David live on a farm near Lynnville where they raised 3 children. From 1968-1981 she was a 4-H leader for the Sugar Creek Peppy Pals girls club. At the time the...
Posted in Poweshiek, 2019 |

2019 West Pottawattamie County: Tom Trede

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:07 PM
In 1986, the West Pottawattamie County Extension Director asked Tom Trede to fill a seat on the Extension Council as a township representative for one year. That one year lasted until 2002 when Tom stepped down after 16 years to let someone else have the opportunity to serve on the...

2019 East Pottawattamie County: Don and LaDonna Applegate

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:06 PM
“4-H has a different meaning to every person, but to me it means being part of the greatest organization in the world. It means being a part of democracy itself.” This is a quote from the 4-H record book of Don Applegate and is reflected to this day through Don...

2019 Polk County: Colleen Sattler

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:05 PM
Colleen Sattler has been a 4-H volunteer for over nine years. She has two daughters who have been heavily involved in the 4-H program, and Colleen wanted to be able to share the experience with them. Her volunteer experience with 4-H began by co-leading the Polk Possibilities 4-H club. Colleen’s love...
Posted in Polk, 2019 |

2019 Pocahantas County: Dean and Deb Ekstrand

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:04 PM
Dean and Deb Ekstrand live on the family’s Century Farm in Pocahontas County. Dean grew up on the farm and was involved in the Grant Guides 4-H Club for 8 years, showing swine and dairy. Deb grew up in southeast Iowa, but was never involved in 4-H as a youth....
Posted in Pocahontas, 2019 |

2019 Plymouth County: Iris Hemmingson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:03 PM
Iris Hemmingson got her 4-H roots started in Mitchell County, Iowa. She was a member from age 10 through high school graduation. She then attended Iowa State University to study home economics because of her connection with the ISU Home Economist while in high school. She felt it was a...
Posted in Plymouth, 2019 |

2019 Palo Alto County: Linda Rouse

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:02 PM
The time and commitment Linda Rouse of Emmetsburg has committed to supporting 4-H in Palo Alto County and surrounding counties is definitely worthy of great appreciation and recognition. Linda began her involvement with 4-H in Pocahontas County where she was a 4-H member most of her childhood years. In the...
Posted in Palo Alto, 2019 |

2019 Page County: Judy Fastenau

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:01 PM
Judy Fastenau is from Clarinda in Page County Iowa. Judy and her husband Robert live and farm near Clarinda with their son Allen. Her family from her mother to her great grandchildren have been actively involved in Extension and 4-H for many years. My family has been involved in Extension and...
Posted in Page, 2019 |

2019 Osceola County: Roxanne Hayenga

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:42 PM
Inspiring youth has always been a mission of the 4-H program. When it comes to inspiring youth to lead, grow, create and serve, Roxanne Hayenga truly excels. After serving as the Osceola County Director, Roxanne continues to serve Osceola County as a 4-H Lego League leader. She allows youth to design...
Posted in Osceola, 2019 |

2019 O'Brien County: Mike Meyer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:41 PM
Mike Meyer’s 4-H story started as most kids’ stories do: he was encouraged to join by older friends and his parents, David and Janet, when he entered 4th grade in 1982. Mike recalls getting picked up by the neighborhood boys who could drive to head to the school in Germantown...
Posted in O'Brien, 2019 |

2019 Muscatine County: Joe and Denise Gaeta

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:33 PM
Joe and Denise Gaeta have been a great asset to the Muscatine County 4-H program and the Muscatine County 4-H horse project. During their time in Muscatine County they have shown leadership and compassion for many years. Joe and Denise were leaders of the ’76 Wranglers 4-H club until their daughter...
Posted in Muscatine, 2019 |

2019 Montgomery County: Donovan and Karlette Hultman

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:32 PM
4-H has played a very important part in the lives of this year’s Montgomery County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees, Karlette and her late husband Donovan Hultman, for over 70 years. From their early years as 4-H members, to their service as a club leader and member of the...
Posted in Montgomery, 2019 |

2019 Monroe County: Mardyll Albertson Benson and Earl Albertson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:31 PM
Mardyll was a 4-H leader for 32 years leading the Troy Good Homemakers 4-H club to many successful county fair and club activities. Mardyll also served on the Monroe County Fairboard for as many years. Earl was a 4-H member in his youthful years, and as an adult, became a 4-H...
Posted in Monroe, 2019 |

2019 Monona County: Mary Black

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:29 PM
Mary Black and husband, Jim, live on a farm near Onawa, Iowa. They have been married 35 years and were blessed with 3 children. Laura, Christine and Alex, are all grown up now, were active in 4-H throughout their school years. Mary was a 4-Her for 9 years while growing...
Posted in Monona, 2019 |

2019 Mitchell County: Carrie Mayer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:28 PM
Carrie Mayer has been dedicated to the Mitchell County 4-H program for the past 25 plus years; as a 4-H parent, leader, fair volunteer, guest speaker, and Clover Kids program volunteer. Carrie and her husband Roger reside in the community of St. Ansgar. With her guidance and support, all three...
Posted in Mitchell, 2019 |

2019 Mills County: Mary Bolton

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:28 PM
Mary Bolton grew up in Montgomery County with her parents as 4-H leaders. She was a member of the Happy Home Helpers 4-H club for 9 years, where she exhibited static exhibits and beef projects at the county level, Iowa State Fair and Aksarben. As a 4-H’er she attended numerous...
Posted in Mills, 2019 |

2019 Marshall County: Sharon Stewart

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:27 PM
Sharon Stewart is a great 4-H volunteer for Marshall County. She was the assistant 4-H leader for the Liscomb Lively Laborers for over 25 years, active at the club, county, and state level with 4-H. Sharon and her family have been instrumental in the organization of the Central Iowa Fair Youth...
Posted in Marshall, 2019 |

2019 Mahaska County: Gary Verploegh

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:26 PM
Gary Verploegh has been involved with Mahaska County 4-H for multiple years, wearing many different hats. He served the county as a 4-H parent, superintendent, Extension Council member, and continues to assist with various 4-H and Extension activities. Gary served on the Southern Iowa Fair Board and was active in planning...
Posted in Mahaska, 2019 |

2019 Madison County: Mary Gordon

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:25 PM
2019 marks a milestone for Mary Gordon. This will be Mary’s 23rd year as manager of the 4-H food stand at Madison County Fair. Mary has a long history of 4-H involvement. “I grew up in Jefferson Jolly Jets and Jefferson Boosters 4-H Clubs,” Mary stated. While involved in both...
Posted in Madison, 2019 |

2019 Lyon County: Ruth Rens

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:24 PM
Ruth has been involved in 4-H starting as a youth in Sioux County. Her projects consisted of sewing, gardening, baking and canning, and showing beef cattle. These experiences led her to furthering her education at Iowa State University with a degree in home economics. Following her college education, she taught...
Posted in Lyon, 2019 |

2019 Lucas County: Ron Burgett

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:23 PM
Ron Burgetts’ love and dedication to the Lucas County 4-H program can be seen and proven throughout his 48 years of involvement in the program. He joined 4-H at the age of nine and continues to serve as a club leader and sheep superintendent today. He believes the program teaches...
Posted in Lucas, 2019 |

2019 Louisa County: Gloria Hafner Newell

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:22 PM
What happens when you are no longer involved in something you truly loved as a youth and young adult; when you believe in the value of something for youth, even though you have no children involved? What do you do when you feel that something should carry on after you...
Posted in Louisa, 2019 |

2019 Linn County: Janet Lacy

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:21 PM
Janet Lacy has a 4-H career as some would say. When it comes to volunteering she is there and ready to help. She joined 4-H as a youth in 1960 with the Linn County Happy Bluebirds 4-H club in Cedar Rapids. She made skirts, aprons and more. She also attended...
Posted in Linn, 2019 |

2019 Lee County: Joel Bobb

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:20 PM
Joel Bobb was raised on a family farm/ranch in western North Dakota with three things being constant in his childhood: drought, church and 4-H. From his earliest memories, the 4H meetings, trips, county fair and state fair comprised the center of family activities. As Joel grew, 4H and livestock stayed...
Posted in Lee, 2019 |

2019 Kossuth County: Dianne Zeller

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:19 PM
4-H has been a big part of this 2019 4-H Hall of Fame inductee’s life. Growing up in Kossuth County, she was an active member of the Cresco Chums 4-H club from the 4th through 12th grade. Some of her fondest memories of being a 4-H’er will always be county...
Posted in Kossuth, 2019 |

2019 Keokuk County: John Webb

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:18 PM
From an early age, 4-H was part of John Webb’s life. He began his 4-H career as a member of the Plank Jr. Farmers 4-H club in Keokuk County where his father was the leader. He took garden baskets and rabbits to the county fair and helped his older brothers...
Posted in Keokuk, 2019 |

2019 Jones County: Joe Yedlik

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:17 PM
Jones County is pleased to nominate Joe Yedlik as our 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Joe Yedlik has dedicated his career to the youth of Iowa serving as Vocational Ag Instructor for 20 years before coming to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for an additional 20 years as...
Posted in Jones, 2019 |

2019 Johnson County: Barb Goff

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:16 PM
Participation in 4-H influenced Barb Goff’s career choice of becoming a home economics educator. She had some practice in her junior leader project in rural Missouri 4-H by leading clothing and foods projects. Her 4-H experience lead her to major in Home Economics Education at the University of Missouri. When...
Posted in Johnson, 2019 |

2019 Jefferson County: Mark and Laura Taglauer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:14 PM
Mark and Laura Taglauer reside on a farm in rural Jefferson County. The couple raise beef cattle, as well as row crops. In addition to farming, Laura works full time at Dexter Laundry in Fairfield as their assistant controller of accounting. Mark owns and operates Taglauer Construction, Inc., and is...
Posted in Jefferson, 2019 |

2019 Jasper County: Mike Vander Molen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:13 PM
Mike Vander Molen has been actively volunteering with 4-H and fair activities since graduating from high school. Mike co-led the Jasper County Senior 4-H club for ten years and has been a beef superintendent at the county fair for over twenty-five years and is always willing to assist kids wherever needed. Mike...
Posted in Jasper, 2019 |

2019 Jackson County: Lorin and Shirley Deppe

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:12 PM
Lorin and Shirley Deppe are great examples of what it takes to be a valuable 4-H volunteer and supporter. Residing in rural Jackson County near Maquoketa, both Lorin and Shirley have been part of the 4-H program in Jackson County for many years. When their two children, Adam and Sarah were...
Posted in Jackson, 2019 |

2019 Iowa County: Nancy Welsh

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:11 PM
Nancy Welsh has been a tremendous asset to Iowa 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 clothing and food and nutrition projects, but also loved...
Posted in Iowa, 2019 |

2019 Ida County: Cary K. Conover

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:10 PM
Cary K. Conover was raised on the family farm south of Holstein, Iowa. He followed in his parents’, Red and Harriet, footsteps who were very active in 4-H as were his three brothers. Cary was a nine year member of the Battle Badgers 4-H club and held different offices in...
Posted in Ida, 2019 |

2019 Humboldt County: Jim Kellner

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:26 PM
Jim Kellner is the Humboldt County 4-H Fall of Fame 2019 inductee. Jim owns and operates Dream Carriage of Humboldt. Dream Carriage offers horse drawn carriage and sleigh rides to the public all season long. One of his busiest times is around Christmas for sleigh rides around town to view the...
Posted in Humboldt, 2019 |

2019 Howard County: Bill and Joan Kosters

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:24 PM
Bill and Joan Kosters are the recipients of the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame award for Howard County. Joan was a co-leader of the Flying Hoofs 4-H Club from 1987-2000. The Flying Hoofs 4-H club became a very active club under the leadership of Joan Kosters and Audrey Nosbisch. The...
Posted in Howard, 2019 |

2019 Henry County: McArtor Family

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:23 PM
For the McArtor family 4-H has been a way of life for several generations. Members of this family have grown from being club members to club leaders and livestock exhibitors to livestock committee members. Whether you are at the dog show, in the livestock arena or in the barns, at...
Posted in Henry, 2019 |

2019 Harrison County: Dianne Mann

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:22 PM
Dianne Mann has always been a great supporter of 4-H in Harrison County. She was a member of the Pisgah Pixies 4-H Club. Dianne always saved fair week, even when she was still working full-time, to “help out” at the Harrison County Fair and a few extra days before the...
Posted in Harrison, 2019 |

2019 Hardin County: Doug and Cindy Gillmore

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:21 PM
Doug and Cindy Gillmore have been involved in Hardin County 4-H for 16 years, since their oldest daughter first joined. Parents of Amber, Amy, and Nathan, the Gillmore’s were involved in their kids’ projects and were supportive of new adventures they wanted to try. If it was a new project, they...
Posted in Hardin, 2019 |

2019 Hancock County: DeEtta Kluver

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:20 PM
As a lifetime 4-Her DeEtta Kluver started with 9 years of membership and 4-H involvement. She held numerous club officer positions, was selected for state trips, and volunteered to help with fair set up, carnival booths, exhibit building hostess, and more. As her kids were growing up, DeEtta continued her...
Posted in Hancock, 2019 |

2019 Hamilton County: Glenda Meyer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:18 PM
Glenda Meyer has a long line of 4-H participation in her blood. She was a nine year 4-H member of the Hi Ho Lassies 4-H Club in Kamrar, Iowa. During those years she was active in horse, swine, foods, and visual arts project areas. She took those nine years of...
Posted in Hamilton, 2019 |

2019 Guthrie County: Douglas Frels DVM

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:16 PM
Dr. Doug Frels is a familiar face at the Guthrie County Fair as he has been the official vet for the fair since 1986. Doug grew up in Hershey, Nebraska and was involved in 4-H from a young age. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in...
Posted in Guthrie, 2019 |

2019 Grundy County: Jackie Stevens

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:14 PM
Getting to know other people, working with them and learning from them is this honorees favorite part about 4-H. She was a Mills County Indian 4-H member, helped with fundraisers, traveled to the National 4-H Center in Washington DC, was an Iowa photography delegate to National 4-H Congress and held...
Posted in Grundy, 2019 |

2019 Greene County: Dawn Rudolph

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:13 PM
Dawn Rudolph has been a lifelong member of Greene County 4-H and the community. Her father was a Greene County 4-H’er and he passed on his love for agriculture to his children. Dawn was a member of Kendrick Merry Maids 4-H Club. As a member of 4-H, she remembers that...
Posted in Greene, 2019 |

2019 Fremont County: Greg and Teresa Johnson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:12 PM
The Indian Deerettes, Busy Boosters, Henderson Hornets, Ambitious Andies, West Walnut Evereadies, and Riverside Rockets, are all 4-H clubs Greg and Teresa Johnson have left their mark on as outstanding members and leaders of the Iowa 4-H program. Greg and Teresa grew up in Mills County 4-H. Teresa served on the...
Posted in Fremont, 2019 |

2019 Franklin County: Beverly Peters

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:10 PM
Beverly Peters began her involvement with 4-H as an 8-year member in Linn County, and then served there as a summer 4-H Program Assistant. After graduating from Iowa State, she had a 40-year career in Franklin County with 4-H and Extension, serving as a 4-H and Youth leader, Home Economist,...
Posted in Franklin, 2019 |

2019 Floyd County: Steve Buseman

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:08 PM
Steve Buseman was a HUGE supporter of 4-H and the Floyd County Fair. He served on the 4-H Youth Committee as a valuable member for many years. During his tenure on the 4-H Youth Committee, Steve put in endless hours helping wherever he was needed. Always available to support and...
Posted in Floyd, 2019 |

2019 Fayette County: Bill Dohrmann

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:07 PM
Bill Dohrmann has been an asset over the years to the Fayette County 4-H Program. Bill was a 4-H member in Franklin County and to this day, he shares his excitement winning his first ever ribbon showing his baby beef. He was a member of the Hamilton Go-Getters 4-H Club and...
Posted in Fayette, 2019 |

2019 Dubuque County: Sally Heacock

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:06 PM
Sally Heacock has been involved in 4-H as a volunteer for over 30 years. In 2008, she received her 30 year Volunteer Award certificate and pin. Even though Sally has “retired” from 4-H, it is still in her blood. She is very active in the yearly fruit sale fundraiser. Sally is...
Posted in Dubuque, 2019 |

2019 Dickinson County: Dave and Karen Schwaller

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:04 PM
It is with honor the Dickinson County Extension Council nominates Dave and Karen Schwaller to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Dave and Karen raised three children Emily, Dustin and Doug in the 4-H program and instilled in them the heart of service. As their children grew, they followed in...
Posted in Dickinson, 2019 |

2019 Des Moines County: David Holsteen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:03 PM
The 2019 Des Moines County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee has been involved in 4-H for many years; as a 4-H member, 4-H leader, 4-H parent, and now a 4-H grandparent. Dave Holstein is a 1965 graduate of Mediapolis High School and was an 8 year member of the Junior...
Posted in Des Moines, 2019 |

2019 Delaware County: Steve Schwietert

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 12:02 PM
Steve Schwietert and his three sisters grew up on the family century farm southwest of Colesburg, the children of Martin and Bonnie Schwietert. All four were nine year 4-H members. Steve belonged to the Colesburg Livestock 4-H Club and the girls to the Colony Co-Workers 4-H Club. Throughout his 4-H career...
Posted in Delaware, 2019 |

2019 Davis County: Debbie Jarr

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:59 AM
Debbie has been involved with Davis County 4-H for the past 15 years as a leader and volunteer. During this time Debbie has shaped our young people’s minds to believe they can always do anything they have their minds set on. She is always pushing our 4-H’ers to try new...
Posted in Davis, 2019 |

2019 Dallas County: Shane and Lori Boston

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:58 AM
Shane and Lori (Luellen) Boston have been involved in 4-H since 1978 with their passion for the organization and what it stands for still running deep in their daily lives. Lori grew up as a Dallas County 4-H member of the Beaver Jr. Farmers club. Her father was her leader. Shane...

2019 Crawford County: Mike Vogt

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:57 AM
When this individual, Mike Vogt, isn’t spending time with his family or tinkering on projects around the house, you’ll find him working with their cattle and promoting the Iowa beef industry through grill outs, shows, fairs or any other cattle function they can get to. Mike has served on the Crawford...
Posted in Crawford, 2019 |

2019 Clinton County: Roland and Bette Petersen

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:55 AM
Roland and Bette Petersen are life-long supporters of 4-H, the club show, the Pork Producers, Porkettes and Cattlemen. Growing up, Roland was a member of the Miles Baby Beef 4-H Club exhibiting beef projects. Roland was a leader of this same club from 1970-1976 while his kids were members. Bette was also...
Posted in Clinton, 2019 |

2019 Clayton County: Tammy Muller

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:48 AM
Tammy Muller began her involvement in 4-H as a member of the Luana Sunny Sues 4-H club in Clayton County. While in 4-H she attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Citizenship Washington Focus trip, and participated in a county exchange to Wyoming. She served as various club officers and carried...
Posted in Clayton, 2019 |

2019 Clay County: Greg Lear

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:47 AM
Greg Lear is very deserving of being the Clay County 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Greg’s devotion to helping youth showcase their abilities is witnessed throughout the county and state level in the swine industry. Greg has been active with swine since the 1970’s with various involvements in the...
Posted in Clay, 2019 |

2019 Clarke County: Nancy Crabtree

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:45 AM
Nancy’s perspective; If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Nancy Crabtree of New Virginia, in Clarke County began her dog obedience classes when she was 14 years of age. Being on the lookout for something new, Nancy chose dog obedience as one...
Posted in Clarke, 2019 |

2019 Chickasaw County: Leon Sheets

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:44 AM
Leon Sheets is a pork producer from Chickasaw County. He has been producing pork for 39 years operating a wean to finish operation that produces 33,000 hogs per year. He also farms 600 acres of corn, soybeans, and hay. Leon was an 8 year member of the Orthel Eagles 4-H...
Posted in Chickasaw, 2019 |

2019 Cherokee County: Val Cedar

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:42 AM
Val Cedar has tirelessly served the 4-H youth of Cherokee County for nineteen years. She has a great knowledge not only of horses, but also of youth development. She is always willing to share helpful hints to help the rider and horse work as one. She guided the club in...

2019 Cedar County: Rob Bohnsack

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:41 AM
Rob Bohnsack was a 4-H member and has always loved animals. His grandpa bought 6-8 ewes at the sale barn and brought them to their house to eat weeds. Rob chose a pen of market lambs as his first 4-H project and it expanded from there. Rob bought his first...
Posted in Cedar, 2019 |

2019 Cass County: Duane and Gwen Weirich

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:38 AM
Duane and Gwen Weirich have been lifelong supporters of the Cass County Fair and the youth. Duane has dedicated countless hours helping improve the fair, the fairgrounds, and 4-H opportunities in the county. Duane’s tenure on the fair board began in 2003. He worked his way up to president from...
Posted in Cass, 2019 |

2019 Carroll County: Cindy Erickson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:36 AM
Cindy Erickson has been a Carroll County 4-H Youth Development volunteer as a leader of the Carroll Champs 4-H club for the past 15 years. While she was not in 4-H herself she was able the see the positive impact 4-H has on youth. She became involved with the club...
Posted in Carroll, 2019 |

2019 Calhoun County: Andrew Lauver

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:35 AM
Andrew Lauver, from Lake City was an active 4-H member during his membership in the Jackson Pioneer 4-H club. He had a passion for showing cattle and doing activities with his club. Andrew believes many of his accomplishments in his adult life are due to the strong foundation he was...
Posted in Calhoun, 2019 |

2019 Butler County: Nolan and Kim Junker

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:34 AM
Butler County is pleased to select Nolan and Kim Junker of New Hartford as their 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees. Nolan was a 9-year member of the Albion Go-Getters 4-H club and was active at the county fair during those years. In 2003, immediately after graduating from 4-H,...
Posted in Butler, 2019 |

2019 Buena Vista County: Virginia Carlson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:32 AM
This year Virginia Carlson has been nominated to the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Buena Vista County. She has contributed to the 4-H program in many roles! Virginia began working for the Buena Vista County Extension Office in 1997 as the Office Assistant. At that time, she began...
Posted in Buena Vista, 2019 |

2019 Buchanan County: Nancy and Gary Maurer

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:31 AM
Nancy (Reed) and Gary Maurer joined Fayette County 4-H in 1956 and continued until graduation in 1965. During that time, they both were very successful in showing beef. Nancy exhibited registered Angus and Gary registered Shorthorns. They also exhibited miscellaneous exhibits in the exhibit hall. These two were seen together...

2019 Bremer County: Jan Mitchell

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:29 AM
Jan Mitchell has been a selfless contributor to the 4-H program over her lifetime. She was a 4-H leader for the Bremer County, Do-R-Best 4-H Club for over 30 years. She started as a leader when her children joined and then continued in this role after they were out of...

2019 Boone County: Tom Kauffman

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:27 AM
Tom Kauffman has been a passionate volunteer for the 4-H program in Boone County for over 30 years. His encouraging attitude and infectious laugh have left a positive impact on Boone County 4-H. Tom started his 4-H career as a Boone County 4-H’er in the Boxholm Bearcats 4-H club. His first...
Posted in Boone, 2019 |

2019 Black Hawk County: Ron and Charlotte Nielson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:26 AM
Ron and Charlotte’s children, Katie, Jaccie and Stephanie, were 4-H members and each continue to remain involved. Ron and Charlotte encourage their six grandchildren to participate in 4-H. They are active members of St. Mary Church in Waverly as volunteers for events, committees and other opportunities to serve their faith. Their...
Posted in Black Hawk, 2019 |

2019 Benton County: John Holst

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:24 AM
This year’s Benton County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee is a person who truly believes in the lifelong benefits of 4-H. John Holst is a Benton County 4-H alumni and began his life-long love for 4-H in the Eden Blue Racer 4H club. We’ve heard many stories of his “Fur...
Posted in Benton, 2019 |

2019 Audubon County: Jeanne and Bruce Nelson

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:23 AM
Jeanne and the late Bruce Nelson, lifelong Audubon County residents, raised their five children as active 4-H members. Bruce lived on a farm southwest of Hamlin where his family milked cows and later raised hogs.​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jeanne lived on a dairy farm southwest of ​​​​​​​Audubon. After Bruce and Jeanne were married...
Posted in Audubon, 2019 |

2019 Appanoose County: The Morris Brothers

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:20 AM
The Morris Brothers provide trucking for the County Fair Livestock Auction free of charge to lessen the burden for 4-H members, which is greatly appreciated by all. In addition, they have organized the carcass contest and weighing before county fair even begins for many years. The Morris Brothers are often...
Posted in Appanoose, 2019 |

2019 Allamakee County: Brad and Mary Kerndt

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:19 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize Brad and Mary Kerndt as the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. Brad and Mary are both Allamakee County 4-H Alumni. In their 4-H days Brad exhibited Holstein’s and Mary exhibited Guernsey’s, participated in dairy judging...
Posted in Allamakee, 2019 |

2019 Adams County: Cliff Mann

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:15 AM
As a youth, Cliff Mann was a member of 4-H in Fremont County Iowa. His love for the program led him to serve on the Youth and 4-H Committee and as Horse Project Leader in Adams County Iowa as an adult. Cliff has served on the Adams County Extension Council as...
Posted in Adams, 2019 |

2019 Adair County: Gary and Karen Schulteis

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 10:48 AM
Gary and Karen Schulteis have been avid volunteers of Adair County 4-H for over 17 years participating in and donating to countless 4-H activities. Karen’s 4-H career began as a member of the Hawk Husky Healthy Helper’s. Her father was a member of this same club and her parents were...
Posted in Adair, 2019 |
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