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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...

2021 Marion County Mark Drost

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:07 AM
Mark Drost grew up in Tracy, Iowa. He was a member of the Tracy Tigers during his time as a 4-H member. Mark showed both cattle and a pony at the Marion County Fair. Mark really enjoyed his time in 4-H and has a lot of lifetime friendships that were...

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,...
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2017 Marion County:Deb VanWaardhuizen

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

2015 Marion County- Martha Reed

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Martha Reed has been involved in Marion County 4-H for most of her life. Growing up, she exhibited sheep at the Marion County Fair. While raising three sons with her husband John she was a leader of the Melcher Mi-Ts 4-H club for 16 years. Martha took a club that...

2012 Marion County - Sharon Thill

Posted on 08/20/2012 at 11:03 AM
Sharon Thill is the true definition of a 4-H volunteer. Her career in 4-H started when she joined the Merry Maidens 4-H Club in 1970. She held multiple leadership positions, took many exhibits to Iowa State Fair, volunteered her time for community service, served on the area 4-H council, and...

2009 Marion County - Geneva Harrison

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 9:14 AM
Geneva Harrison is the true definition of what it meanes to be a 4-H volunteer. She definitely brightens people's lives and makes the area around her shine. Geneva has significantly contributed to Marion County and demonstrates integrity, dependability, has a sense of community and a strong work ethic. Geneva's dedication...

2010 Marion County - Janet Ritchie

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:01 PM
Janet Ritchie is a 4-H volunteer in the true sense of the word. Her career as a 4-H volunteer started in 1967 when asked to help with the Dalcher Go Getters 4-H Club. In the fall of 1967 Janet and her husband moved , but when they returned Janet decided...

2008 Marion County - Kitty and Bill Shepherd

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:17 AM
Kitty has been a club leader for 24 years and served on the county youth committee numerous times. She has been a true advocate and supporter of 4-H. Kitty has helped with numerous events at the count level such as clothing and communication days, awards banquets and evaluated record books....

2007 Marion County - Benny Brooks

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:11 PM
For Benny, 4-H was a life-long activity. He began in 1939 as member when he was 12 years old showing his beloved Shorthorn cattle. He served in many capacities but probably was most happy as a father of 4-H members. He promoted his belief in strong values through his dedication...

2006 Marion County - Larry & RoseAnn Rowley

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:57 PM
Larry and RoseAnn Rowley have been heavily involved in 4-H for 34 years. After being leaders and parents of three 4-H sons (heavily involved in dairy and other projects), they have never stopped helping the 4-H program. Both are very involved in the Marion County 4-H and Youth Foundation, which...

2005 Marion County - Ralph Klootwyk

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 2:23 PM
Ralph is in his 40th year as a club leader in Marion County. He was made an honorary alumni member in 1999. Ralph started out in 4-H when girls had to wear uniforms and the dairy show at the fair was a big event. His involvement encouraged all his children...

2003 Marion County - Melvin and Beverly Toom

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 12:54 PM
Both Mel and Bev Toom have been connected to the 4-H program for many years. Mel was a 4-H leader, member of the Marion County Extension Council and 4-H & Youth Committee, and spent many hours chaperoning youth trips. From hosting at the State Fair to judging Sportsmanship at the...

2002 Marion County - Irma Williams

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:10 PM
Irma has been involved in 4-H in numerous ways: as a long time 4-H member, as the mother of four very active 4-H’ers, as a volunteer club leader, and as an Extension staff member for 30 years. Irma has distinguished herself by always lending support to those who are struggling, whether...
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