Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees

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2022 Adam County Chris Nelson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 3:49 PM
Chris Nelson worked for Extension in Adams County from 1986 until his retirement in 2019. During his years in extension, his work with and for youth was very important to him From the beginning, he worked to increase the number of 4-H livestock project fair exhibitors by starting a Share-a-Calf program...

2022 Wayne County Joyce Lash

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 1:13 PM
Wayne County is pleased to recognize Joyce Lash as the 2022 inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Joyce was not a 4-H member as a youth. Her first connection to 4-H happened when her son became a member of the local township club. Several years later, Joyce agreed...

2022 State Recognition Dennis Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:38 PM
Dennis Thompson was raised on a central Iowa farm where his family raised grain crops and livestock. As a boy, he was charged with raising a breeding flock of purebred poultry for a local hatchery. He continued his interest in poultry through 4-H as a youth and into adulthood where...

2022 Wright County Mike Marshall

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:37 PM
Mike provides leadership to others while enjoying retirement. He was a 4-H leader for his local club in the 80s. In the years since he continued to work for the benefit of the youth and the community. He is a member of the Wright County Extension Council. The Hall of Famer...

2022 Worth County Peter Julseth

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:36 PM
Peter Julseth has been a loyal volunteer to the Worth County 4-H program in multiple ways. He is serving as a long-time 4-H club leader of the Brookfield Boosters 4-H Club and is a member of the Worth County 4-H Committee. Peter has served more than 20 years and multiple...

2022 Woodbury County Denise Knaack

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:35 PM
Denise Knaack, 4-H alum, former fair queen of Dubuque County, and 4-H volunteer for over 30 years is Woodbury County’s 4-H Hall of Fame for 2022. Denise was the 4-H leader of the Pierson Blue Ribbons. As a leader, she inspired her club members to do record keeping, communicate exhibits, and...

2022 Winneshiek County Steve Langland

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:33 PM
Winneshiek County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame to recipient Steve Langland. Steve has been involved with the 4-H program in Winneshiek County for many years. Steve was a member of the Highland Hawks 4-H club. Throughout his time in 4-H, he enjoyed showing cattle...

2022 Winnebago County Julie Hagenson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:32 PM
Julie is a resident of Winnebago County and has been an Extension Council volunteer for 15 years. She is a vital part of the community, especially the organizations where she volunteers. Julie provides leadership for Extension and 4-H as an Extension Council member. Her dedication and hard work benefit the youth and...

2022 Webster County Richard & Colleen Eslick

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:32 PM
Webster County is proud to announce the induction of Richard and Colleen Eslick into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Richard and Colleen Eslick are the true definitions of a 4-H’er for life. The Eslicks have been a multi-generational Webster County 4-H family. Richard began his life-long 4-H involvement as a...

2022 Washington County Bill & Mickey Blum

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:29 PM
The 4-H program is special and unique because it allows a family to try new things together. The Bill and Mickey Blum family took full advantage of this when their girls, Ruchel and Leslie, wanted to try out the rabbit project area. Despite their first fair with their rabbits stalled...

2022 Warren County Kay Spear

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:28 PM
Kay started her 4-H career back in 1967. As most farm kids found, 4-H aligned with their upbringing and a natural step to continue their growth. Kay was a member of two 4-H clubs, one boy’ and one girls’ because back then, in order to show livestock, a girl could...

2022 Wapello County Allison Angle

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:27 PM
Wapello County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee to Allison Angle. Allison portrays the image of the ideal volunteer. She doesn’t just do great volunteer work, she strides to find newer, better ways to face complex situations to make a difference in the lives...

2022 Van Buren County Carol Harlan

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:27 PM
Carol Harlan is the leader of the Horseshoe Bend 4-H club in Van Buren County. She has been a leader for the past nine years. Previously she was a leader of the Twinkling Stars 4-H club for three years back in the 70s. She was also a 4-H member herself for...

2022 Union County Danny & Cheryl Purdum

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:25 PM
For more years than anyone can count, Danny and Cheryl Purdum of rural Kent have contributed significantly to Union County 4-H and Clover Kids. These programs would not be where they are today without the Purdums’ efforts. Danny’s involvement began as a 10-year member of Union County 4-H, showing beef cattle...

2022 Taylor County Louise Weir

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:25 PM
Louise was a 4-H’er in her youth, a member of the only boys club in Taylor County, as well as the Clayton Cloverleaf Girl’s club. She enjoyed exhibiting static projects, doing demonstrations, and showing cattle at county and state fairs. As an adult, Louise was a leader of the Jackson...

2022 Tama County E.P. & Donna Willey

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:24 PM
Mrs. E.P. Willey, more universally known as Donna, and to many of her 4-H girls as “Aunt Donna”, began as a 4-H member for 11 years. The Chelsea Challengers 4-H Club was founded in 1948, and in the fall of 1949, just a few months after her marriage to E.P....
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2022 Story County Bob Jamison

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:22 PM
Bob grew up on a small farm in eastern Story County, the same farm he lives on today. Bob was a nine-year member of the Colo Champs 4-H club. While in 4-H he was involved in a variety of livestock projects including swine, beef, and sheep. Many of these projects...

2022 Sioux County Cheryl Heronemus

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:21 PM
Sioux County is proud to nominate Cheryl Heronemus as their 2022 4-H Hall of Fame candidate. Cheryl has served, guided, and provided leadership to Sioux county for 45 years. She started her career as a county youth coordinator in 1977 for five years. Cheryl then moved into the county director...

2022 Shelby County Cindy Hanson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:20 PM
Cindy (Adams) Hanson is a lifelong Shelby County resident. Cindy grew up near Kirkman and graduated from Irwin Kirkman Community School in 1969. Growing up, Cindy was a very active member of the Douglas Dixies 4-H club and Boots and Saddles 4-H club exhibiting clothing, food, and nutrition projects, as well...

2022 Scott County Dan & Nancy Urmie

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:19 PM
Dan and Nancy Urmie are the kind of volunteers that every county wants to have. They began their involvement as 4-H parents. They then moved into working with projects and shows at the county level. The work they put into the dog project with the trainings during the spring and...

2022 Sac County Roger & Judy Kenny

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:18 PM
Roger Kenny grew up near the Cumberland, Iowa area with his two brothers, Bruce and Keith. Roger was a 4-H member growing up and exhibited cattle and hogs at the county fair. Judy grew up in the Schaller, Iowa area with her three sisters, Rosalie, Sharan, and LaRae. Roger and Judy...
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2022 Ringgold County Eugene & Esther McAlexander

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:17 PM
Eugene and Esther McAlexander became involved in 4-H with a gentle nudge of a family member stating they should get their kids involved in showing animals at the fair. Shortly after Eugene was asked to become the leader of the Beacon Bombers with the promise that it would only be...

2022 Benton County Dwight & Bonnie Sanders

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:17 PM
Dwight and Bonnie (Schadle) first met on a 4-H Chicago Award Trip. Bonnie served two, 2-year terms (1975-1976 and 1977-1978) on the Benton County 4-H Committee and was the committee's 4-H Chicago Trip Award recipient in 1976. For a number of years, Bonnie was a Benton County 4-H Garden Tour Leader, visiting...

2022 Poweshiek County Brenda Allen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:16 PM
Poweshiek County 4-H Extension and Outreach are very proud to nominate Brenda Allen for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Brenda has exemplified outstanding service and leadership in 4-H honors Poweshiek County 4-H, the state of Iowa, and National 4-H. Her 4-H involvement has been part of her whole life...

2022 West Pottawattamie County Diane Huddle

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:15 PM
Diane Huddle has been involved with West Pottawattamie 4-H since 1982. She was a member of the Neola Victorettes from 1982-1989 and then a member of the Neola Busy Members from 1989-1991. While in 4-H, she was a member of the County Council from 1988-1991 and a member of the...

2022 East Pottawattamie County Kenneth and Marie Suhr

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:12 PM
The late Kenneth (Kenny) and Marie Suhr raised four boys on a farm south of Walnut, Chris, Scott, Brian, and Kevin. The boys showed all livestock, such as cattle, sheep, hogs, dairy cattle, and poultry. Kenny and Marie encouraged their children to not just show livestock but be involved in other...

2022 Polk County Becky Langholz

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:12 PM
Becky was a member of the Blue Bells 4-H Club in Marshall County. She was an active participant in music, clothing, food and nutrition, home improvement, leather craft, and photography project areas. She was also engaged in leadership and citizenship roles within her community. One of her most memorable experiences...
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2022 Pocahontas County Larry Movall

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:11 PM
Larry Movall started his years of service to the ISU Extension and 4-H program while a child in Buena Vista County. He was a member of 4-H for nine years. Larry has dedicated many years to serving others. He was a 4-H leader of the Bellville Boosters in Pocahontas County...

2022 Plymouth County Vernon & Karen Harrington

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:09 PM
Vernon and Karen Harrington are no strangers to Plymouth County 4-H! Vernon was a 4-H’er in the Washington Wild Cats and exhibited beef. Karen was a member of the Plymouth Peppers and exhibited foods, clothing, home improvement, personal development and photography. She also was a member of the Merrill Blue...

2022 Audubon County Brian & Molly Klocke

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:07 PM
Brian and Molly Klocke were both active on their family farms as children, and they have remained dedicated to the agriculture industry. They are the owners of Klocke Ag, a family-owned century farm located in northern Audubon County. Brian and Molly are active volunteers in the Audubon community. Molly steps in...

2022 Page County Terry Rolf

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:06 PM
Terry Rolf has lived in Page County, in the Shenandoah area, all his life and attended Shenandoah schools from kindergarten through high school. He graduated from Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda, Iowa with an Associate of Science degree in 1976. Terry began farming with his dad that same year....
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2022 Osceola County Dr. Daniel Berkland

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:04 PM
Giving opportunities to learn and grow is the main goal in 4-H. Daniel Berkland, DVM, is the epitome of this goal. In his 38 years as a volunteer, he has worked as a fair veterinarian, sheep superintendent, workshop presenter, served on the Osceola County Extension Council, helped the Westerners 4-H...

2022 O’Brien County Dennis Mars

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:03 PM
Denny was a nine-year 4-H member in rural Paullina. He was also a member of the Paullina High School FFA chapter. Denny showed cattle at the O’Brien County fair growing up. As an adult, Denny was a member of the O’Brien County Fair Board for 38 years, retiring in 2019....

2022 Muscatine County Jodi McConnaha

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:02 PM
Muscatine County Extension and Outreach are pleased to nominate Jodi McConnaha for the 2022 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. As a child, Jodi was introduced to 4-H as a member of the Fulton 4-H Club. When her two children reached enrollment age, she decided to support them in their 4-H endeavors...

2022 Montgomery County Axel & Bette Larson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:00 PM
Montgomery County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominees for 2022 are Axel and Bette Larson. Axel grew up as a member of the Stennett Panthers 4-H Club in Montgomery County before graduating from Stennett High School in 1954. After two years in the United States Army, Axel returned home to farm....

2022 Monroe County Angela Wilson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:00 PM
Angela Wilson resides in Monroe County, Iowa and has been a lifelong 4-H member and supporter of the 4-H program. Angela is the proud mother of three children, Chelsea, Ashley and Jeffrey, and a grandmother to three lively boys. Her children and grandchildren are the highlights of her life. She...

2022 Monona County Conni Anderson

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:57 AM
Conni and her husband, Jeff, live on a farm near Moorhead, Iowa. They have been married 40 years and were blessed with three children Sandy, Andrea, and Kelly, all grown up now, who was active in 4-H throughout their school years. Connie was a 4-Her member of the Moorhead Merry Maidens...

2022 Mitchell County Janet Ham

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:56 AM
Janet Rose Ham has been an avid supporter of the Mitchell County 4-H program volunteering in various roles throughout the years. Janet was a dedicated leader for the Osage Warhawks 4-H Club from 1987 until she “retired” in 1994. She continued to be a great helper for the fair as...

2022 Mills County Bob Blum

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:55 AM
Bob Blum has served Mills County for several years as a dedicated volunteer. He serves on the Mills County Fair Board and volunteers as a 4-H horse superintendent, two roles that take up a significant amount of time, especially from May through August! As horse superintendent, Bob has set a strong...

2022 Marshall County Norval K. Mosher

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:54 AM
Norval Mosher was young at heart, never met a stranger, loved to visit, and truly valued the 4-H program! He began his career as the Butler County 4-H youth assistant in Allison. After Norval and his wife, Esther, moved to Liscomb to farm with his father and mother-in-law, he was the...

2022 Marion County Duane Ver Ploeg

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:53 AM
4-H has been a part of Duane’s life for many years. First at the age of 10 as a member of the Lake Prairie 4-H club. Then as the founding leader of the Triple R 4-H club of which he was a leader for 24 years. During that time, he...

2022 Madison County Wendy Burkett

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:51 AM
Wendy Burkett has made many valuable contributions to Madison County 4-H over her eight-year tenure. Wendy spends innumerable hours throughout the year planning club activities, helping members prepare projects and communication presentations, and formulating intentional, active, and educational club meetings. Outside of her regular duties leading the club and officer...

2022 Lyon County Alvin Smidstra

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:50 AM
Alvin Smidstra's interest in 4-H began about the time his son started attending 4-H. Alvin was a 4-H leader for six years in the 1990s. He served on the 4-H youth committee for six years and then started helping with the 4-H and FFA dairy show at the Lyon County...
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2022 Lucas County Kim Etter

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:49 AM
Kim Etter grew up on her parent’s farm near Russell, Iowa, where she went to school and church. She joined 4-H when she was in 4th grade and actively participated in 4-H meetings, activities, projects, and the county fair. Some of her projects included Pen of 5 market beef, food...

2022 Louisa County Irv Meier

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:48 AM
The gentleman nominated for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Louisa County was actually raised in the 50s and 60s in Wright County. Living just outside of a town there, he was a perfect candidate for a 4-H club, so his parents signed him up -- and he loved...

2022 Linn County Trudy Waybill

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:47 AM
The 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee from Linn County takes the phrase 'Finding Youth Spark' to a level of excellence. Trudy Waybill is an alumna of the Linn County Wapsi Willoettes 4-H Club. After graduation, she volunteered to help chaperone many trips and lock-in events bringing her then-boyfriend, now husband,...
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2022 Lee County Brad Vandenberg

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:45 AM
Brad Vandenberg is a lifelong resident of Lee County. In his 60+ years, he’s contributed much to his county and state. As a young boy, he was active in 4-H and Saddle Club, participating in both the county and state fairs. His excitement and commitment to both has only increased...
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2022 Appanoose County Tom Jr. & Kristy Demry

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:44 AM
Tom Jr. and Kristy Demry of Centerville have been involved in Appanoose County 4-H for the majority of their lives. For many years, Tom and Kristy have played a major role in the Appanoose County Fair’s Annual Exhibitor Livestock Auction along with helping with the Annual Pie & Cake Auction. Over...

2022 Kossuth County Julie Larsen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:43 AM
Julie became involved in 4-H while growing up in Dallas County in the era of the 4-H uniform dresses that you sewed yourself. She was an active member of the local girls 4-H club in her area and was always interested in her family and consumer science classes in high...

2022 Keokuk County Sharon Fritchen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:41 AM
Sharon (Atwood) Fritchen has been a 4-H leader in Keokuk County for 39 years. Her 4-H journey started in the early 1970s when she joined Stick-to-It 4-H Club for indoor exhibits and Riverside 4-H Club to show her beef cattle and sheep in Keokuk County for nine years. She also...

2022 Jones County Cindy Dirks

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:40 AM
Cindy Dirks is a very active supporter of Jones County 4-H. She has been a 4-H leader, Youth Committee member and Extension Council member for 21+ years. Cindy is also superintendent of the dog committee and helps with various additional committees in Jones County 4-H. Cindy is a passionate and...

2022 Allamakee County Tom & Bev Heim 2

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:39 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H program is proud to recognize Tom and Bev Heim as the 2022 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. This year’s recipients have been active, long-time supporters of the Allamakee County 4-H program. They have served on various committees throughout their time with the Allamakee...

2022 Johnson County David & Michele Raim

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:39 AM
David and Michele Raim are strong believers that 4-H is a great way for youth to grow into leaders, communicators, and servants in the community. David grew up in a Johnson County 4-H family. His dad, Kenneth, was a club leader. When he joined 4-H he showed cattle, poultry, dog, photography,...

2022 Jefferson County Richard & Kortney Heald

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:36 AM
Richard and Kortney live in the Packwood area and have been married for 43 years. They have three children, Cynthia Post, Jeremy Heald, and Bethany Fishel, and six grandchildren. They understood the importance that 4-H brought to their kids’ lives and encouraged them to participate and get involved. They would...

2022 Jasper County Henry Zuidema

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:32 AM
Henry Zuidema, of rural Sully Iowa, has been involved in the Jasper County 4-H Program for many years in one capacity or another. Henry was one of the first founding members of the Killduff Hotshots 4-H Club in 1947 and remained an active 4-H member throughout his youth. In the 1960’s and...

2022 Jackson County Lola Trenkamp

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:31 AM
Lola Trenkamp was born in 1960 to Leroy and Charlene Johnson. She spent her childhood on their family farm near Maquoketa, Iowa. There they owned and operated a Dairy Cow herd before transitioning to row crops and feedlot cattle. Lola was very involved in her youth in 4-H with the...

2022 Iowa County Wendy Hagen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:30 AM
Wendy Hagen has been a tremendous asset to Iowa County 4-H Program. As a child, her love and passion for 4-H and livestock were evident as a Benton County 4-H’er for nine years. She was a member of the Fremont Lively Lassies 4-H Club and her projects included: Beef and...
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2022 Ida County Kyle & Mary Rohlk

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:29 AM
Ida County takes great pride in nominating Kyle and Mary Rohlk into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Kyle and Mary have supported the county 4-H program in many ways. Starting with Mary being an active 4-H leader for numerous years, starting when her children were old enough to join...
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2022 Humboldt County Greg & Jill Lempke

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:28 AM
Greg was in 4-H and showed beef cattle for six years. His favorite memories are all the great times had at the fair and hanging out with 4-H’ers from his club, the Livermore Bulldogs and getting to know members from other clubs. He gained a great appreciation for all the...

2022 Howard County Nate & Naomi Church

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:26 AM
Howard County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame award to recipients, Nate and Naomi Church. When a young 4-H’er makes project choices, oftentimes those choices affect their future course in life. Such is the case of this hall of fame recipients. At a retirement auction north...

2022 Henry County Dr. Steve & Dr. Shelly Wickham

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:25 AM
Dr. Steve and Dr. Shelly have been and continue to be active supporters of the Henry County 4-H Program. Shelly served as the Secretary of the Henry County Extension Council for eight years. Both Shelly and Steve were 4-H Leaders. Steve was a leader of the Wayne Soil Savers 4-H Club...

2022 Harrison County Gary Brock

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:23 AM
Gary Brock has been a dedicated 4-H volunteer in Harrison County for 35 years. Gary’s family has a long history with 4-H, dating back to his father Robert “Bob” Brock, who started the Dunlap Knight Riders 4-H club in 1963. After 29 years as the club leader, Bob passed the...

2022 Hardin County Ed Bear

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:22 AM
Ed Bear and his wife Susie live on his family farm by Steamboat Rock. Ed has been involved with the Hardin County 4-H program, and particularly the Hardin County Fair, for nearly all of his life. Some of Ed’s first memories of the Hardin County fair involve his dad’s ponies,...

2022 Hancock County Trece Lonneman

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:21 AM
Trece Lonneman has served Hancock County Extension for 30 years. She has been the first smiling face that 4-H families, community members, and clients see when they arrive at the office. She has the answer to any question you might think to ask. Trece is an advocate for serving all...

2022 Hamilton County Darrell Hay

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:19 AM
From his childhood days of raising and selling rabbits to hauling grandkids from cattle shows to cattle shows, Darrel Hay has done it all. Darrel moved to Hamilton County in 1991. He began his career with Shelton/Hay Ag, where he continues to work as co-owner. From 1991 on, he has become...

2022 Guthrie County Sam & Sherry Carney

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:18 AM
Sam and Sherry Carney have been involved in 4-H since their childhood days as members of the Grant Sky Eagles 4-H club. They provided direction and support for their three children throughout their time in 4-H showing cattle, swine, sheep, rabbits, and a variety of static displays. Sam has served as...

2022 Grundy County Dee Gene & Linda McMartin

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:16 AM
DeeGene & Linda McMartin have devoted over thirty years in make the best better for youth in Grundy County. Both DeeGene & Linda grew up in 4-H and made 4-H participation a priority for their five children. They were right there beside all of their kids for all of their...

2022 Greene County Peg Morlan-Gannon

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:15 AM
Peg Morlan-Gannon began her 4-H career in the 1960s as a member of the Kendrick Merry Maids. During her time as a 4-H’er she participated in sewing, photography, and showing cattle. Her proudest accomplishment as a 4-H’er was receiving a blue ribbon at the state fair for her dress-in dress...

2022 Fremont County James & Carla Nahkunst

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:14 AM
In Fremont County, Jim & Carla Nahkunst have been the whole hog for 4-H! The Nahkunsts both grew up in Fremont County 4-H, Jim as a Washington-Madison member in Hamburg, and Carla as a Riverside Wren in Randolph. Jim’s favorite projects were beef and woodworking. Carla had entries in swine, beef,...

2022 Franklin County Joe & Linda Scallon

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:13 AM
Joe and Linda Scallon have been huge supporters of Franklin County 4-H since 1997. Joe was a club leader of Lee's Fighting Midgets from 1997 through 2009. He was able to offer his members the experience of raising and caring for hogs at his farm and in turn these members...

2022 Floyd County Dennis & Lisa Sonberg

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:12 AM
Dennis and Lisa Sonberg have been 4-H supporters for many years. Their involvement in 4-H began when their children became interested in what the organization had to offer. Dennis and Lisa have been both parent supporters and community supporters of the 4-H organization for almost 20 years. During the years...

2022 Fayette County Susan Friedrich

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:11 AM
Susan Friedrich’s started 4-H in 1970 in Madison County with the dog project being her favorite. Over the years her knowledge in this area expanded and she began providing leadership at the county dog project training meetings. She was honored to be named the state and a regional winner in...

2022 Emmet County Steve & Dee Jensen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:09 AM
The saying “4-H is for a lifetime” is impactful, and Steve and Dee Jensen are true role models of this statement. Steve has been involved with this program for nearly his entire life. During school, he was involved in 4-H and FFA, which fueled his love for all kinds of...

2022 Dubuque County Paul Vaassen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:08 AM
When Paul Vaassen talks about 4-H, he calls the national program a "character builder" for young people. "I have seen, not only in Dubuque County but at the state fair, youngsters involved in projects that begin at the start of the year, and are displayed at both the county and...

2022 Dickinson County Mary Weaver

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:07 AM
Mary Weaver’s involvement in 4-H began many years ago when her children and step-children were involved. She started out as a 4-H parent, of course, then became a leader of the Milford Peppy Peppers, a position she held for a few years. Mary and her family became part of the Milford...

2022 Des Moines County Larry & Rhonda Warth

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:06 AM
This year’s 2022 Des Moines County 4-H Hall of Fame inductees love 4-H and fair, believe 4-H is a great thing to become involved in, and even advocate for involvement when the conversation arises. Larry and Rhonda Warth were never involved in the program itself, as children, but their belief...

2022 Delaware County Roger & Jody Helmrichs

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:04 AM
Roger and Jody Helmrichs have been involved with the Delaware County 4-H program in many capacities. Roger joined the Milo Livestock 4-H Club in 6th grade, where he exhibited dairy and beef at the Delaware County Fair, Ryan Dairy days, the Iowa State fair, and National Cattle Congress. He held...

2022 Decatur County Mike & Peggy Frost

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:03 AM
Mike and Peggy Frost are Decatur County natives. Still to this day, they reside on a Heritage Farm in Decatur County. Peggy was a member of the Center’s Cheerful Chums boys and girls clubs. She actively participated in showing cattle and taking projects to the static building in home economics....

2022 Davis County Shannon Smith

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:02 AM
Shannon Smith has been involved with Davis County 4-H for over 10 years as a leader and volunteer. She started volunteering when her boys were old enough to join 4-H. During this time, she has had a tremendous impact on the lives of many of our 4-H members. While Shannon did...

2022 Dallas County Aleta Cochran

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:01 AM
Aleta has a passion for 4-H and her willingness to serve people goes above and beyond the expectations of her position. She is well known and trusted in the community due to her years of dedicated service to the youth and volunteers in the county. Aleta lives and breathes extension. She...

2022 Crawford County Judy Gronau

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:00 AM
Judy McCollough Gronau grew up in rural Crawford County. She milked cows with her father on a farm near Vail. She always joked her father sold the cows when she went to college. She married Douglas Gronau and moved to a farm outside Vail in 1974. She was not a 4-H...

2022 Clinton County Luanne Barber

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:59 AM
Luanne has been active in the Clinton County 4-H program and the county fair since she was 10 years old. Luanne grew up with a strong encouragement to be active in the 4-H program. As a member of the Dewitt Dutiful Daughters, (DDD) and the Mohawk 4-H clubs, she carried...

2022 Clayton County Dan Lane

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:58 AM
Growing up Dan was a 4-H member in Jackson County where he served as a member of 4-H county council. Dan attended Iowa State for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He taught at Central School in Elkader and served as the FFA Advisor. Dan then taught at Hawkeye Tech in...

2022 Clay County Al Grigg

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:57 AM
Since 1972, Al has been involved with local 4-H and FFA events. These events have included quiz bowls, judging for FFA contests, assisting students with learning and preparation of skills, AgCiting at the Clay County Fair, Tractor & Farm Safety instructor, KICD Annual tractor ride, tractor pull event at the...
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2022 Chickasaw County Rhonda Wehling

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:55 AM
Rhonda started in 4-H while she was in school and showed dairy cattle during her time in 4-H. Rhonda and her husband Larry have five children and, their kids have all participated in several livestock projects during their time in 4-H. Their youngest, Miranda, graduated this year and completed her...

2022 Cherokee County David & Becky Whited

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:53 AM
Becky was a 10-year member of the Garfield Cloverettes in Ida County. She exhibited static projects in various areas, as well as gave demonstrations and Share the Fun. She also showed cattle, horses, and rabbits. Going to the Ida County Fair was considered her vacation, and she looked forward to...

2022 Cerro Gordo County Bart & Jody Pals

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:51 AM
Bart and Jody Pals have 4-H in their blood. Bart’s 4-H journey started as a youngster showing chickens at the Hancock County fair and the Iowa State Fair. Bart’s love of poultry never faded, and he has served as the Cerro Gordo County poultry superintendent for 38 years. He has...

2022 Cedar County Lynne Rechterman

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:50 AM
Lynne Rechterman has been a supporter of 4-H her whole life. She herself was a 4-H member. She was a club leader in Cedar County for over 10 years and more recently, has served as rabbit superintendent. In Cedar County, she is the face of all things rabbits! From raising and...

2022 Cass County Linda & Larry Shafer

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:49 AM
Linda and the late Larry Shafer have been supporters of the Cass County 4-H Program and Cass County Fair for many years, having daughters Jennifer and Amy participate in 4-H and FFA. Linda was a judge’s helper during static exhibit judging for many years both while Amy was in 4-H...
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2022 Calhoun County Brandi Murley

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:47 AM
Brandi Murley started 4-H in 5th grade. Her 4-H experiences included nine years as a club member, four years as a County Youth Council member, and two years as a Northwest Iowa Council member. As both a club member and council member, she assisted with and led many workshops and...

2022 Buchanan County William & Georgia West

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:44 AM
William and Georgia West were exceptional examples of what it means to have “lived a life of service.” With nearly forty years combined as 4-H leaders, they were committed to enriching the lives of countless youth, 4-H volunteers, and community members. After marriage in 1951, they raised four children on a dairy...

2022 Bremer County Tammy Curley

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:43 AM
In 2002, Tammy joined the Bremer County Iowa State Extension and Outreach team. With friendly customer service, support to staff, willingness to help, and a passion to make the best better, Tammy supported Bremer County 4-H in many important ways. She was a constant in the office that families, 4-Hers,...

2022 Boone County Rob & Lorna Scott

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:41 AM
Rob and Lorna Scott are known throughout Boone County for their generous hearts. They truly have made the best better through their actions. Lorna has strong roots in 4-H, actively participating in the program growing up and watching both her parents diligently volunteer. She followed in their footsteps as a 22-year...

2022 Black Hawk County Lyle Guldager

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:38 AM
Although he passed away earlier this year, Black Hawk County is truly honored to recognize Lyle Guldager for his many years of outstanding support of our 4-H program. Born in 1934 on a farm west of Cedar Falls, Lyle’s family raised dairy cattle, beef cattle, hogs, and chickens in addition...

2022 Clarke County Doug Heaberlin

Posted on 08/19/2022 at 10:56 AM
Clarke County 4-H is honored to induct Doug Heaberlin into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Doug has been a face around Clarke County for a very long time. He was an active member in 4-H and FFA showing at the county, state, and national levels, earning the Grand Champion...
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