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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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2021 Clay County Becky Simons

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:48 AM
Becky is a long-time Clay County 4-H volunteer. She is a bright spot during the Clay County Fair and is always friendly, welcoming, and helpful. A recollection from former Clay County 4-H’er and current Clay County 4-H volunteer, Jamie Lucht, describes Becky’s style of volunteering: “My first encounters with Becky would...
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2020 Clay County: Janel Maurer

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Janel Maurer is extremely deserving of this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Clay County. Janel serves on the Clay County Poultry Committee and was a club leader for the Lincoln Lions in the past. Janel has done wonderful things with youth in our community. In her nomination, Clay...
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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...
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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...
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2017 Clay County: Bill Biedenfeld

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:35 PM
While Bill Biedenfeld was never a 4-H member, he exemplified the 4-H Motto “To Make the Best Better” and lived the portion of the 4-H pledge “My Hands to Larger Service” as a volunteer for Clay County 4-H and Extension Service for nearly 40 years. His service to Clay County 4-H...
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2016 Clay County Roger Clarke

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:03 AM
Roger Clark has been a dedicated volunteer in Clay County for over 30 years. He models generosity and hard work through his volunteerism. In his work as a beef project leader, he has given many hours to the youth as a mentor and worked with volunteers and staff to manage...
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2015 Clay County- Hardie J. Ball Jr.

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Butch Ball has been a dedicated 4-H program volunteer for 50 years. He’s served the youth of Clay County through his volunteerism and caring mentorship as a club leader and an event volunteer for multiple livestock departments at the Clay County Fair. His mentorship has inspired both his kids and...
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2014 Clay County - Roger and Kay Zieman

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:29 PM
Roger and Kay Zieman have volunteered countless hours for the 4-H youth in Clay County. Their positive attitude and willing spirit is an inspiration to all those who have worked with them in mentoring youth. They were nominated by a community member who was mentored by them as a youth....
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2013 Clay County - Bonnie Johnson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:41 AM
Bonnie Johnson is a life-long 4-Her, who loved being a member, leader and advocate for the program since the early 1940’s. Bonnie belonged to two clubs as a teen, the “Gillett Grove Clippers” and the “Gillett Grove Happy Helpers”. As a 4-Her, she participated in project areas like clothing, home...
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2012 Clay County- Mike Schoning

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:30 PM
For decades, Mike Schoning has been an active member, volunteer and supporter of 4-H programs in Clay County. Being a “4-H’er” has been a life-long endeavor –Mike has been a 4-H member, parent, and volunteer for decades! As a 4-H parent he was an active helper with the members of...
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2011 Clay County - Tom Manley

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:05 PM
Tom Manley has been a dedicated Clay County 4-H volunteer and advocate for over 20 years. He has readily endorsed the local program and exhibited the values of the 4-H program as a member of the Clay County Community. As a volunteer, Tom has been dependable to help with the...
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2010 Clay County - Jim and Joyce Spieker

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:07 PM
Jim and Joyce Spieker have been volunteers for the Clay county 4-H program for over thirty years. They have been involved in almost every aspect of the 4-H program from being parent volunteers, committee members, and being leaders of the Meadow Motivators 4-H Club. work in his schedule. His son,...
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2009 Clay County - Bob & Colleen Speed

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:37 PM
Bob and Colleen Speed have been valued volunteers for the Clay County 4-H program many years. Colleen began her years of service as a club leader for the Garland Cloverettes 4-H club in 1971. Bob was an elected volunteer on the Clay County Extension Council in 1974. From that point...
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2008 Clay County - Dave Hessman

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:13 AM
Merle Hyett, Dave’s 4-H leader in Mercer County Illinois inspired his decision to choose a career in Extension. His love for children, agriculture and livestock prompted a great deal of enthusiasm for 4-H programming, education and organization. During his 32 years with ISU Extension, he served Muscatine County 4-H &...
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2007 Clay County - Ann Lohman

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:18 AM
Ann Lohman, who retired on April 30 of this year, spent the past 22 years of her career with Iowa State University Extension – initially as a Home Economist and for the last 15 years as Clay County Extension Education Director. Although 4-H was not a part of her youth,...
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2006 Clay County - Donald C. Steffen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:00 PM
For decades, Don Steffen has been an active member, leader, voluntee4r and supporter of 4-H programs in Clay County and in Iowa. Being a “4-H’er” has been a life-long endeavor – spanning an impressive 70 years! Below are just some of the ways Don has contributed: · Along with his...
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2005 Clay County - Linda Swanson

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:10 AM
Linda Swanson is an enthusiastic advocate for 4-H, and seeks every opportunity to educate or involve others. Whether it is a planning meeting, an educational workshop, a youth beef show, or a promotional event, Linda Swanson displays exemplary leadership. As the liaison to the Clay County 4-H Beef and Swine...
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2004 Clay County - Randall and Kathy Anderson

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:13 PM
Randall and Kathy Anderson, two individuals who have earned a multitude of prestigious awards in Clay County, are most deserving of induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They have made significant contributions to their community, Iowa State University Extension and the 4-H program. Randall and Kathy, both former...
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2003 Clay County - Marilyn White

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:42 PM
Marilyn White has chosen to dedicate 33 years of service to the growth and development of Clay County 4-H youth. Marilyn began her 4-H career as a club leader for her daughter Kathleen’s 4-H Club in 1970. Her service continued with three terms on the 4-H and Youth County Committee,...
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2002 Clay County - Don Schoelerman

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:15 PM
Don, a Clay County cattle producer for many years, contributed greatly to 4-H through his local Lone Tree Boosters Club and the county 4-H program. Don was a member of a family committed to the ideals and goals of the Iowa 4-H program. Generations of Schoelermans have been active participants and...
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