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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 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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2021 Sioux County Bertha Lammers

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:56 PM
Bertha, alongside her husband, Harlan, spent decades giving to the 4-H community of Sioux County. She believed deeply in the values of education, agriculture, and hard work that move the 4-H program forward, and she was committed to seeing the program continue to grow in Sioux County. With the sudden...

2021 West Pottawattamie County Matt & E’lise Bracker

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:43 PM
Matt & E'lise Bracker were raised in West Pottawattamie County. Both were members of the Hazel Dell Challengers 4-H Club and exhibited beef projects. Chelsea and Cade were members of the same 4-H club and exhibited beef projects. During those 16 years, Matt and E'lise assisted at 4-H meetings with...

2021 Iowa County Arlen Seeman

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 1:36 PM
Iowa County feels that Arlen is one in a million. He is a tremendous wealth of information for Iowa County 4-H First Lego League teams. Arlen and his family arrived in Williamsburg August 2014 when he took a job at KINZE Manufacturing. During this time of transition for his family,...
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2021 Clayton County Linda Zuercher

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:49 AM
Linda Zuercher is a very dedicated supporter of the Clayton County 4-H program. Growing up she was a member of the Luana Sunny Sues 4-H Club, and later she served as a leader of the Grand Meadow 4-H Club. While in 4-H she attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, Citizenship...

2020 Dallas County: Sandy Bland

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Sandy Bland was raised on her family’s farm in Wilton, Iowa. Her involvement in 4-H started during her youth as a member of the local girls 4-H Club, the Farmington Fairies, and the county’s boys/agricultural club, the Farmington Flashers. After about five years of showing dairy cows she decided to...
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2020 Cerro Gordo County: Megan Hithuzen

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Megan Hitzhusen has been involved in Cerro Gordo County 4-H from the time she was a child. From 4-H member to summer intern to County Youth Coordinator to valued volunteer, Megan is nearly synonymous with 4-H. As a child, Megan joined the Grimes VIP 4-H Club. She was eager to...
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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 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...
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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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 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...

2017 Winnesheik County: David and Brenda Broghamer

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:09 AM
David and Brenda Broghamer both joined 4-H when they were 9 years old. David belonged to the Pleasant Pushers 4-H Club, and Brenda was a member of the Glenwood Future Homemakers 4-H Club, both in Winneshiek County. As 4-H members, they exhibited at the county, district, and state levels. David...

2017 Monona County: Larry Kreger

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:07 AM
Larry Kreger first became part of the 4-H family when he was a youth member. His most memorable experience was the Citizenship-Washington Focus trip to DC he took in 1969. The values he learned from 4-H stuck with him throughout his life. When his four children wanted to join the 4-H...

2017 Jefferson County: Gene Hoy

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:32 AM
Dr. Gene Hoy grew up on a family farm in Mahaska County in a town called Bussey, Iowa. Dr. Hoy started his 4-H career in 1955 as part of the Jefferson Go-Getter’s 4-H Club. His first 4-H project, remembering it as if it were yesterday, was a Hereford heifer. Unfortunately,...

2017 Jackson County: Mark Anderson

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:20 AM
Mark “Sparky” Anderson began his Jackson County 4-H career in the 1960s as a member of the South Fork Stockman 4-H Club. One of the first project areas he was involved in was dairy cattle. He had a good eye for quality calves and ones that would earn him a...

2016 Washington County Jim and Louella Schneider

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:52 AM
Jim and Louella Schneider carry on a strong family tradition of 4-H. Jim grew up as a Riverside Rambler 4-H member in Washington County. He has been a 4-H leader of the Ramblers since 1976 taking over the reins from his brother, John, who took over from their dad, Elmer....

2015 Wayne County- Leroy and Pat Perkins

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:28 PM
Wayne County would like to introduce Leroy and Pat Perkins as our Hall of Fame selection for the 2015 Iowa State Fair. We would like to honor Leroy and Pat for their countless contributions they have provided to our Wayne County Fair for the last 50 years. Their dedication and...
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2015 Muscatine County- Marla Maas

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Marla Mass’s first experience with 4-H began as a nine year old when she joined the Wapsie Best 4-H club. Little did she know the impact 4-H would have on her life. As a 4-H’er, she enrolled in the usual projects, home improvement, food & nutrition, photography, sewing, and market and...

2015 Jefferson County- Linda McIntire

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
Linda McIntire started her 4-H affiliation growing up on a farm in Wapello County. On weekends her love of horses kicked in travelling and competitively showing horses all over including the Iowa State Fair. Linda also competed in the cowgirl Queen contest twice, both times receiving 1st runner up. She...

2015 Boone County- Bill Martin and Kristine Johansen

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:37 PM
Bill Martin and Kristine Johansen have opened the world of science and technology for 4-H’ers in Boone County. They created the Science & Technology 4-H Club, through which they have ignited a passion for science and technology for many 4-H’ers. Bill and Kris did an excellent job of launching and...
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2014 Warren County - Jason and Kim DeLay

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:36 AM
Jason and Kim DeLay live in Milo and have become very involved in the 4-H program. When asked why they volunteer Kim responded, “We volunteer for 4-H because it is a great program. 4-H teaches kids lifelong skills and responsibility. It has helped me become the person I am today.” Kim...

2014 Wapello County - Sue Wasson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:34 AM
There are some people that want it to happen, some that wish it to happen, and others that make it happen. That was Sue Wasson. A dedicated mother, volunteer, employee, and leader. Along with being the mother of two children, Sue gave her all for the cause. From 1982 -...

2014 State Recognition - Loren Kruse

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:19 AM
Loren Kruse grew up on a family farm in Grundy County and joined 4-H when he was 10. His 4-H experiences led to his choice of journalism as a career path. In 1970, Loren began his journalism career as Extension 4-H editor at Oklahoma State University. In 1976, he became...

2014 Greene County - Doug Hawn

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:03 PM
Greene County native Doug Hawn has served as Greene County Fair Board Secretary for 32 years. A life-long 4-Her, he spends hundreds of hours each year in both physical labor and administrative tasks to assure Greene County 4-H members have the best fair experience possible. Doug provides use of his farm...

2014 Appanoose County - Jerald and Judi Lawson

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 4:26 PM
Jerald and Judi Lawson have been lifelong residents of Moulton. After four years in the Air Force, Jerald and Judi returned home, and they engaged in farming row crops and raising cattle and goats. Judi started her 4-H career as an associate member of the Rainbow 4-H Club in Washington...

2014 Bremer County - Kevin and Peney Rasing

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:23 AM
Kevin and Peney Rasing are huge supporters of the Bremer County 4-H program and have always followed the motto “To Make the Best Better.” They were recipients of the 2012 Bremer County Honorary Award given to adults that were not former 4-H members, but have made a significant contribution to...

2013 Page County - Joyce Johnson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:41 PM
Joyce Johnson’s involvement with the Page County 4-H program began in 1972 when a group of girls started a new club, the Peppy Pals. Her oldest daughter was a charter member. To support their daughters, all the farm moms were designated as project leaders. Joyce was the Food and Nutrition...
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2013 O'Brien County - Duane "Mick" Konz

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:40 PM
Duane “Mick” Konz was born and raised in the Hospers area in NW Iowa. He graduated from St Joe’s Catholic School in Granville. In 1965 he purchased 160 acres across from where he grew up. He started crop farming and raising livestock. He was married in 1966 to Mary Pohlen....

2013 Monona County - Sharyl Bruning

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:35 PM
Sharyl Bruning began her service as a 4-H leader with the Castana Cloverines in Monona County in 1984. She later became leader of the Mapleton Starspinners 4-H Club and was recognized as the Monona County 4-H Leader of the Year in 2004. Sharyl was a 4-H member of the Garfield...

2013 Jefferson County - James R. Gevock

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:19 PM
Jim Gevock contributed for many years to the Jefferson County 4-H program through award presentation, volunteerism and encouragement of the youth. After serving 20 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corp, Jim retired to the Fairfield area with his wife Linda and began his contribution to the Jefferson...

2013 Floyd County - Joyce Night

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 10:56 PM
Joyce Knight has been a volunteer for the Floyd County 4-H program for at least 45 years. She volunteered in many capacities including time spent as a 4-H leader, 4-H Committee Member, and parent volunteer. In 1982, she was presented the 4-H Honorary Member recognition for her contributions to the...
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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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2013 Cass County - Jim and Patty Rodgers

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:35 AM
Jim served on the Cass County fair board beginning in the early 1990’s, retiring a couple of years ago. During his years of service, he volunteered in many capacities, but really put his heart and hard work into one big entity – the Cass County Fair 4-H food stand. As...
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2013 Adair County - Deb Hall

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:12 AM
Deb Hall began her 4-H career as a member of the Blaine Shamrocks (girls’ clubs) and the Blaine Elks (boys’ club) in Ida County. Her 4-H involvement spanned a lifetime as a member, 4-H parent, employee, mentor, personal friend, and co-worker. Her career in Iowa includes working in Cass and...
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2012 Dallas County- Derry Pitsenbarger

Posted on 09/06/2012 at 9:42 AM
Derry Pitsenbarger of Dallas County was a member of the Lincoln Workers 4-H Club starting at the age of 10. Exhibiting beef and swine was the main focus of project involvement. He assisted his younger siblings as they exhibited at the Dallas County Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben and the Clay County Fair....

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...

2012 Jackson County - Vern & Cindy Poll

Posted on 08/20/2012 at 10:54 AM
Vern and Cindy Poll live in Maquoketa and are the nominees for the 4-H Hall of Fame for Jackson County. They have been involved with 4-H for many years. Cindy started in 4-H in the Buckhorn Busy Bodies 4-H club. While in that club she exhibited in clothing and food...

2012 Howard County - Howard & Jane Goldsworthy

Posted on 08/20/2012 at 10:53 AM
Howard and Jane Goldsworthy have been dedicated 4-H volunteers and "cheerleaders" for more than 30 years. They were 6-year members of the Howard County 4-H Youth Committee. Howard and Jane have been advocates of 4-H, and the positive self-confidence 4-H instills in youth and encouraged the idea of "Learning By...

2012 Grundy County - Denise Freeseman

Posted on 08/08/2012 at 12:56 PM
Denise Freeseman was a longtime member of the Blackhawk Blackhawks 4-H Club taking a variety of exhibits to the county fair in food & nutrition, home improvement and clothing. She was also an active youth member of the 4-H Youth Committee. Denise and her husband Dave have three children, Melissa,...

2012 Monroe County- Helen & Gene Kline

Posted on 08/03/2012 at 11:03 AM
A mainstay is defined as “a thing on which something else is based or depends.” Helen and Gene Kline certainly fit that definition for 4-H in Monroe County. In 1990 they became co-leaders of the Georgetown Shamrocks 4-H club and remained in those positions for 17 years, and their son...

2012 Benton County- Judi Hertle

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 4:23 PM
Judi Hertle’s mother was a 4H leader and introduced her to 4H when she was nine years old. Judi was a 4H’er in Benton County for nine years. She was the county secretary in 1961 and met her husband, Terry, at 4H events. They were married in 1964. Judi received...

2012 Cass County- Marlene Miller

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 4:19 PM
Marlene Miller, currently leader of the Cass County Cowpokes, has nearly 50 years of experience as part of the Cass County 4-H program. Marlene Miller was a youth member of the Massena Merry Maids from 1965-1972. As a member, horse was one of her favorite project areas. She did not...
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2012 Hamilton County- Dean and Adele Bowden

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 4:09 PM
Dean and Adele Bowden have given a substantial gift to Hamilton County Extension and to the 4-H program when they gifted the Newcastle Building on June 30th, 2011. Dean Bowden bought the Newcastle Building in 1982 as an investment, which he managed until he gifted it. In 2006, the Hamilton County...

2012 Fayette County- David Turner

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 10:43 AM
David Turner of Arlington has been a life-long supporter of the Fayette County 4-H program. David is the parent of two children, Dan and Mary, who were also members in Fayette County. He is the proud grandfather of two. Over the years, Dave has been very instrumental to the 4-H...

2012 Audubon County- Dianna Peterson

Posted on 07/31/2012 at 10:38 AM
As told by her daughter: For as long as I can remember, Dianna has been a huge part of Audubon County 4-H. She was a member of the Cameron Future Homemakers. It was very important to her that I become part of the 4-H family, also. At this time, our...

2012 Wayne County- Rhonda Mason

Posted on 07/30/2012 at 11:06 AM
Rhonda began her involvement in 4-H as a 9 year member of the Washington Willing Workers and Union Hotshots 4-H clubs. She exhibited both projects in the exhibit building as well as livestock, including showing her dog at the state fair. She was club leader of the Washington Willing Workers...
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2012 Louisa County- Robert & Marillyn Schlutz

Posted on 07/30/2012 at 11:01 AM
This year’s inductees to the 4-H Hall of fame from Louisa County are in what they describe as their “giving back” phase. Robert Schlutz and Marillyn Furnas were born and raised on farms in Louisa and Muscatine Counties, respectively. They had both been in 4-H since 4th grade and found...

2012 Floyd County- Maurice Johnson

Posted on 07/30/2012 at 10:45 AM
For 25 years, Maurice Johnson of Floyd, Iowa, has been an enthusiastic and engaged volunteer for the Floyd County 4-H Program. Maurice served as the club leader for the Floyd Farmers Club from 1988-1998. After his sons graduated from high school, he continued to help young people in the area...
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2012 Allamakee County- Dale and Karen Green

Posted on 07/30/2012 at 10:37 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H & Youth Committee is proud to recognize Dale and Karen Green as the 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees. Dale became a member of the Bloomfield Jr. Farmers in 1956. Karen was not a member of 4-H growing up, but all five of their daughters...

2012 Clarke County- Bill Short

Posted on 07/26/2012 at 1:43 PM
Having grown up in Dallas County, Bill Short was a part of an active 4-H family. He and his sisters raised hogs and exhibited them at the county and state levels. As a youth, he served as the county’s 4-H president, and that passion for 4-H only continued throughout his...

2012 Lucas County- Paul & Betty Umbenhower

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:09 AM
Paul and Betty Umbenhower have contributed to the local 4-H program throughout their lives but more so after their children started in 4-H. During their children’s 4-H years they could be found helping with club functions and projects around the fairgrounds . For many years, Paul and Betty have supported...
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2012 Ringgold County- Alan Smith

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:09 AM
Alan Smith has supported 4H his entire life—even by going with his mother who was an Extension Home Economist. Alan lived in a multitude of states always understanding the importance of 4H in his life, as well as others. In Ringgold County, Alan is the owner and publisher of the...

2012 Wright County- Shirley Lager

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:08 AM
Shirley Lager joined 4-H when she was 10 years old. At that time the kids could enroll in three project areas: food and nutrition, clothing and home improvement. Every month they met at someone’s home for a meeting and demonstration. Shirley did lots of cooking and sewing. One of her...

2012 Winneshiek County- Steven & Donella Darrington

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:07 AM
Steven and Donella Darrington have been a deep history with the 4-H program in Winneshiek County. They both impacted the 4-H program in many ways. At the club level, they have been 4-H leaders of the Hesper Helpers 4-H Club for 22 years. Steve and Donella are 2 of only...

2012 Warren County- Kevin & Jane Putney

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:07 AM
Kevin Putney joined the White Oak Climbers 4-H Club when he was 10 years old. He was actively involved in 4-H through high school. After high school he helped with Senior 4-H where he met Jane. Jane Putney was also in 4-H growing up and graduated from Iowa State University....

2012 Wapello County- Rosemary Peterson

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:06 AM
Rosemary Peterson has been a strong supporter of the Wapello County 4-H program for many years. She helped start and was the leader of the Polk XL 4-H Club for over 30 years. Many young people benefited from her knowledge and support. Rosemary was the superintendent of the photography department...

2012 Story County- Claire Hall

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:05 AM
Claire Hall’s love for children and interest in horses was the beginning of her involvement in the Story County 4-H program. She grew up in the Chicago area, graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and later received her Master’s degree from Iowa State University. She married and soon...
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2012 Sioux County- Terry Hooyer

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:05 AM
“It’s all about the kids.” For those of us who work and volunteer within the 4-H organization, those are familiar words. For Terry Hooyer, those words are a lifestyle. Since 1972 Terry has volunteered his time, money, animals, expertise, advice, help, and more to the 4-H program, more specifically, to...
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2012 Shelby County- Charile & Judy Obrecht

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:04 AM
Charlie and Judy Obrecht began their years of dedication to 4-H when they were joined 4-H. Charlie joined the Center Comers 4-H club in Shelby County. His main reason for joining 4-H was to learn about livestock and how to successfully raise them. He showed Shorthorn beef cattle at the...

2012 Palo Alto- Devona Perkins

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:04 AM
The Palo Alto County 4-H program and fair would not be what it is today without the efforts of a very special lady. Devona Perkins of Emmetsburg, IA began her 4-H career when she was in the 5th grade as a member of the Sioux Braves 4-H Club. She excelled...

2012 Madison County- Mike Erdman

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:02 AM
Mike was an eight year member of the Boone Boomers 4-H club, Dallas County. Encouraged by his parents, he was very active, participating in a variety of projects including beef, foundation beef herd, swine, woodworking, welding, leadership, and citizenship. Some of the county awards he earned included swine, beef, leadership,...

2012 Linn County- Loyd & Lois Martin

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:01 AM
Loyd and Lois Martin are both 4-H alumni. They began working as a team when Loyd was the 4-H boys county president and Lois was the 4-H girls county president. They served their terms from 1945-1946 and became engaged during their year in office. “I pledge my heart to greater...
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2012 Jones County- Gene & Shirlee Brunscheen

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 11:00 AM
Gene and Shirlee have been involved in the Jones County 4-H Youth program since they were both 4-H’ers members. They were active 4-H members successfully exhibiting steers and heifers at the county and state levels. They treasure the memories of their 4-H careers and the many friendships they made along...
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2012 Jefferson County- Mark Goehring

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 10:59 AM
Mark’s involvement with 4-H began in grade school as a member of the Jefferson County Ceniteers 4-H Club. More recently he judged livestock at the Jefferson County Fair as well as several other Iowa county fairs. He also has judged both Open and 4-H Sheep and Wool classes at the...

2012 Cerro Gordo County- Verna Thenhaus

Posted on 07/24/2012 at 10:58 AM
Verna Thenhaus, has served Cerro Gordo County 4-H in many, many ways throughout her 30 year career as an office assistant in the Cerro Gordo County Extension Office. While Verna worked for Extension she served under five Extension Directors, “She was still there when we got there, and still there...

2012 Adair County- Dan Westpahl

Posted on 07/23/2012 at 10:36 AM
Dan Westphal of Bridgewater first became involved in the Adair County 4-H program when he joined the Washington Workers 4-H Club. His involvement spanned 50 years as member, parent, and volunteer. Dan received the Emerald Clover Award for 25 years of volunteer service in 2011. He was honored as the...
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2012 Hardin County- Staci Reifschneider

Posted on 07/20/2012 at 10:48 AM
Staci Reifschneider took the 4-H Pledge to heart. This gave her the ambition to give back with a lifetime of service to her family, church, community, and all aspects of her life. Staci was a continuation of a generation of traditions exhibiting livestock, consumer science, communications, running for Hardin County...

2012 Crawford County- Harold & Elaine Chapman

Posted on 07/20/2012 at 10:43 AM
Harold and Elaine Chapman have been a lifelong farm family in Crawford County. They have 4 sons and 3 grandchildren. They continue to operate a dairy farm operation. Neither Harold nor Elaine had been in 4-H themselves. Harold was in FFA. Harold and Elaine served as leaders of the Good...

2012 Cherokee- Francis Conley

Posted on 07/20/2012 at 10:41 AM
Francis “Mickey” Conley took the 4-H Pledge for the first time as a young girl sometime in the 1940’s and has never forgotten it. Mickey understands the value of learning through 4-H by continuing to help young people learn life skills and career options. Mickey is service minded and devotes...

2012 Carroll County- Julie Eich

Posted on 07/20/2012 at 10:39 AM
In August of 2003, Tom and Julie Eich, along with Tom’s sister Tracy, decided to revive Tom and Tracy’s childhood 4-H Club, the Arcadia Energetics. Since that time, their membership has grown from just a few kids to being the 2nd largest club and at times the largest club in...

2012 Adams County- Joan Preston

Posted on 07/20/2012 at 10:37 AM
Joan “Jo” Preston grew up as a 4-Her in Montgomery County. As a youth, she participated in the 4-H communications competition at the Iowa State Fair and always cherished her memories of demonstrating “how to sew” to the audience. Jo shared her enthusiasm for 4-H by helping 4-Hers in Adams...
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2012 Worth County- Alan Stevens

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:20 AM
Alan Stevens has been a long time supporter of the Worth County 4-H program in a number of ways. All of his children were extremely active 4-H members of the Deer Creek Wohelos and Ribbon Takers 4-H Clubs for all the years they could be members of 4-H. They had...
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2012 Woodbury County- Lou Roach

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:18 AM
Lou Roach has been a volunteer, advocate and cheerleader for the 4-H program for over 40 years…..Lou was introduced to the 4-H program by her veterinary husband, a former state 4-H officer, Dr. Ken Roach when the oldest of their three children was old enough to join a club. Little...

2012 Webster County- Emerson Anderson

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:17 AM
Emerson (Andy) Anderson has been active with the Webster County 4-H program and Webster County Fair Board for several decades. He was active as a club leader where one member of the club remembers Andy driving throughout the county to pick up 4-H’ers so they could attend the meeting. He...

2012 Washington County- Nancy Adrian

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:15 AM
Nancy Adrian grew up in Washington County as a 4-H member. Her long 4-H experience started as many do – she was first a 4-H member. She was active at the county level as a member of county council. She participated at many State Fair communication events and also State...

2012 Van Buren County- Marvin & Doris Strait

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:13 AM
Marvin & Doris Strait have been long-time supporters of the 4-H program. His parents were 4-H leaders and dad served many years on the fair board. As a 4-H’er, Marvin received many livestock honors during his 9 years in 4-H. After college and military service, he and his wife, Doris,...

2012 Union County- Darwin West

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:11 AM
Darwin started 4-H as a member in Montgomery County where he showed cattle. Then he moved to Union County and later married his wife June. Darwin has been involved in 4-H for many years and in many ways. He was a leader of Platte Producers when his son, Rod, was...
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2012 Taylor County- Gwen Maynes

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:09 AM
Gwen Maynes has been a tremendous example as to what the four “H”s in 4-H represent. Head – She is always thinking of what she could do to help others. She has used her knowledge in various areas, such as cooking, sewing, and livestock to teach and help her five...

2012 Tama County- Bernard Dostal

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:07 AM
The late Bernard R. Dostal’s lifelong commitment to Tama County 4-H programs began when he enrolled in his local 4-H Club as a ten year old. During the next decade of his ten year membership he completed dairy and purebred litter projects, participated in a wide variety of activities, and...
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2012 Scott County- Mike Holst

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:06 AM
Mike started coaching the Scott County 4-H Livestock Judging Team in 1986 and twenty six years later is still coaching 4-Her’s. The program has enjoyed many state championship teams and many of the youth involved over the years have gained the experience of competing at national livestock shows. What has...
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2012 Sac County- Bill Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:04 AM
Bill Thompson was a nine year 4-H member, first as a Newark Beaver in Webster County and then as a Woolstock Junior Stockman in Wright County. He enjoyed showing beef, exhibiting extensively in county, area, state, and out-of-state shows. In his high school years Bill became involved in communications, citizenship,...
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2012 Poweshiek County- Jerry Dale

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 9:03 AM
The chief lesson I learned is not what you do, but how you do it. By Jerry Dale Quote taken from his 4-H Record Book in 1958 Jerry Dale has over a sixty year history with 4-H. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 52 years and have...

2012 East Pottawattamie County- Ralph & Junellyn Pierce

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:56 AM
Four generations of family, in East Pottawattamie 4-H, began with the 4-H club memberships of Ralph and Junellyn Pierce in the 1930’s. Ralph remembers his 4-H calf falling over and breaking off its horn, one year, so he was unable to show it. He also remembers traveling to Ames to...

2012 Polk County- Mike & Sheri Cory

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:53 AM
Mike and Sheri Cory have been involved in Polk County 4-H for over thirty years. The Cory’s are lifelong residents of Polk County and in 1965 Mike Joined the Elkhart Rising Son’s 4-H Club, a club founded by his father and fellow 4-H Hall of Fame inductee Ira Cory. He...
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2012 Pocahontas County- Jean & Steve Trimble

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:51 AM
Steve & Jean Trimble are strong believers in the 4-H program and very active supporters of the Pocahontas County 4-H organization. Jean grew up in a family with a rich history of 4-H participation. Her maternal grandparents were 4-H leaders in Kansas. Her parents were both long time leaders in...

2012 Plymouth County- Rich Kalas

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:49 AM
Rich’s 4-H experience began back in 1940 when he first joined the Liberty Perry Pacers 4-H Club at the age of ten! One of his fondest memories was helping to build the first building on the current fairgrounds. At that time 4-H members rode their bikes to the neighbors to...

2012 Page County- Norman Mier

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:47 AM
Norman L. Mier has always had a strong passion for 4-H. He was an active member in the Nodaway Nuggets 4-H Club for nine years and served as president in 1969. He enjoyed showing market beef as well as entering non-livestock exhibits. After graduating from high school, Norm left for...
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2012 Muscatine County- Janice Walker

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:44 AM
Muscatine County’s 2012 inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is Janice Walker of Nichols. Janice has been connected to Extension for years in one way or another. As a youth she was an active member of the Cedar Cheerful Chums 4-H club where she attended State 4-H Conference...

2012 Montgomery County- Lee & LaVern Strickland

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:41 AM
When people in Montgomery County think of the Montgomery County Fair, they think of the Strickland family. Both Lee and LaVern were 4-H members as youth. Lee was a county officer while in 4-H. Later, Lee became a 4-H leader. They worked with the Montgomery County 4-H Fair static exhibit...

2012 Monona County- Jill Hausman

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:39 AM
In 2011 Jill Hausman was recognized for 25 years of volunteer service to the Monona County 4-H program. As a 4-H leader, she has made a valuable contribution to the youth of our county. Her club, the Franklin Go-Getters, is involved with many community service projects. Jill was a 9-year...

2012 Mitchell County- Neil Wubben

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:37 AM
Neil Wubben has been an asset not only to Mitchell County and our program here, but the entire state of Iowa 4-H program. During the many years he served as the County Extension Education Director, he was an advocate for youth development and ensured that the 4-H program stayed strong...

2012 Mills County- Scott Hillyer

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:34 AM
After eight years as an active 4-H member, Scott Hillyer developed a passion for sharing the benefits of the 4-H program with others. His experiences in 4-H helped prepare him for his first career as owner and operator of his own dairy herd and business, and taught him the value...
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2012 Marshall County- Jodi Breniman

Posted on 07/19/2012 at 8:32 AM
Jodi Breniman started her career in the beef industry at the age of five when she showed her first heifer at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, IA. She has been hooked ever since. Jodi was a nine year 4-H member of the Melbourne Livestock and Merry Mams 4-H Clubs...

2012 Kossuth County- Ronda Gray

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:37 PM
Ronda Gray comes from a family with a long 4-H history. Her grandmother was a leader, her dad was an active 4-H member, her mother was a 4-H leader, and she herself was a ten year member of the Ledyard 4-Leaf Clovers, as were her three sisters. Ronda became a...

2012 Keokuk County- Enid Phillips

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:22 PM
Enid Phillips, a farm wife for 62 years, became a leader of the Keswick Klover Leaves 4-H Club in 1964. Her daughter volunteered her for this position. She was one of three leaders. At that time the 4-H Club had a home improvement, clothing, and food and nutrition leaders. She...

2012 Johnson County- George Dane Family

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:18 PM
George Dane was a Johnson County 4-H member in the 1930’s showing Holstein calves. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an engineering degree and later retired in 1987 as Senior Vice President and Trust Officer from Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. He served in WWII and retired...

2012 Jasper County- Karla Jordan

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:05 PM
Karla Jordan is a long time supporter of the 4H Program and Youth of Jasper County. She is in her forty second year of being a 4-H leader and is currently the leader of the Lucky L’s 4H Club. Not only has she been a club leader for forty two...
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2012 Iowa County- Robert & Loy Walker

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 4:02 PM
Robert and Loy Walker have been involved in Iowa County Extension and 4-H programs for many years. Loy grew up in Henry County and exhibited in the areas of clothing, home improvement, communications and beef. As a result of her hard work she gave a presentation at the National Cattle...
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2012 Ida County- Lois Spaulding

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:55 PM
Ida County feels privileged to nominate Lois Spaulding to the 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Lois has been an integral part of Ida County 4-H in a vast array of areas. As leader of the Maple Huskies 4-H Club for 21 years, she provided endless opportunities for club members....
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2012 Humboldt County- Ron & Mary Reedy

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:49 PM
Ron & Mary Reedy began their 4-H involvement as 4-H members during the 1950’s Mary was a member of the Amity Learning Lassies in Page County and as a member she enjoyed: food projects (canning peaches), art projects (learning about the color wheel), doing demonstrations at the county fair and...

2012 Henry County- Carol Gard

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:43 PM
The recipient of this year’s induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame from Henry County is Carol Gard. Carol was born in 1945 and was raised on a crop and livestock farm. As a child, Carol wasn’t able to be a part of 4-H due to responsibilities she had...
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2012 Harrison County- John & Carol Bertelsen

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:39 PM
John and Carol Bertelsen are not flashy characters who expect praise for volunteer work. John and Carol worked with the Missouri Valley Whiz Kids 4-H Club, first as project leaders and then as organizational leaders. Their 5 children are all 4-H alumni, and now John and Carol are actively working...

2012 Hancock County- Richard & Ladonna Schaefer

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:35 PM
Richard Schaefer was a 4-H member growing up in the early to mid 1950s and especially liked showing cattle. When Richard’s children were old enough to join 4-H in the 1980’s he got the entire family involved. Richard and Ladonna were club leaders and very involved 4-H parents for nearly...

2012 Guthrie County- Verlin & Susan Kraft

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:24 PM
Verlin & Susan Kraft were involved with Guthrie County 4-H for over 30 years. They supported their children through 13 years of 4-H. Their children were involved in goats, sheep, horses, turkey and home economics projects. During this time they also hosted 4-H exchange members from Colorado and Wisconsin. During...

2012 Greene County- Wendy & Gary Mount

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:22 PM
Wendy was raised on a farm in Jasper County. Wendy was a member of the Jasper County Hickory Grove Sunbeams, an all girls 4-H club, and was a state fair exhibitor. Wendy worked as a secretary and helped Gary with the farming and recordkeeping. She is now retired, but continues...

2012 Fremont County- JoAnn Birkby

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:09 PM
JoAnn Birkby started out as a nine year 4-H’er in Nodaway County Missouri. During those nine years, she had cattle, cooking, sewing, and home improvement projects. JoAnn said those were the days when the whole family went to the 4-H meetings. They played games, had a great time, and each...

2012 Franklin County- Connie Meyer

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 3:05 PM
Many families and friends walk the winding roads and bike trail under the oak trees of Hillside Cemetery If you find the right spot, you will see a headstone showing a farm scene and the 4-H emblem centered at the bottom of the farm. No one but the family knows...

2012 Emmet County- Layne Anderson

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:59 PM
Layne Anderson was an active 4-H member in Nebraska as a youth, participating in the livestock judging team and beef area. He especially enjoyed showing his cattle at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha. As an adult in Emmet County, he was the livestock judging team leader for several years. Layne has been...
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2012 Dubuque County- Darlene Conrad

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:55 PM
Darlene Conrad began her 4-H career as a member of the Graf Go-Getters and later the Peosta Peppy Pals in Dubuque County. Her main project areas were food and nutrition, clothing, home improvement, and horticulture. She was 4-H club president and also elected Dubuque County 4-H Girl’s President. A highlight...

2012 Des Moines County- Edward & Agnes Breuer

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:52 PM
During their years as 4-H members, these two were both exhibiting steers against each other in the Grand Champion Steer class. Her steer won the class and she eventually won his heart. She won the Grand Champion Honor! Edward was a member of the Burlington Harvesters 4-H Club and Agnes...

2012 Delaware County- Lloyd & Kay Deahl

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:48 PM
Lloyd Deahl: “When I was the Industrial Arts teacher at West Delaware Schools in 1967, I became interested in the local 4-H program in Delaware County. From that time until the present, I have served as woodworking project leader. Our woodworking meetings have been held at either the West Delaware...

2012 Davis County- Beverly Guinn

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:46 PM
Beverly Guinn is a very dedicated volunteer. She was a 4-H Club Leader for 10 years. During that time she also served on the 4-H and Youth Committee. Beverly continued working with youth in the 4-H program as a Clover Kid Leader for the past 8 years. She is currently...
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2012 Clinton County- Allan & Jeanne Rogis

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:43 PM
Allan and Jeanne Rogis from rural DeWitt have a long history with Clinton County 4-H. Jeanne has been involved in some aspect of 4-H for over 50 years, as a member of the Minnehaha club and a leader of the DeWitt DDD club as an adult. Allan became involved with...

2012 Clayton County- Delores Schultz

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:35 PM
Delores Schultz has been active in 4-H for nearly 70 years. She was a 4-H member under Charlotte Olmstead, who was very important to Delores and the path she took with 4-H. Delores was the organizational leader for 27 years for the Peppy Pals 4-H club. The Peppy Pals was...

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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2012 Chickasaw County- Garth & Nancy Griffin

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:27 PM
Garth and Nancy Griffin have been chosen as Chickasaw County’s 2012 Hall of Fame recipients. Both Garth and Nancy were members of clubs in Chickasaw County. Some of the project areas that Garth took interest in were beef, swine and crops. He earned many awards at the county level. As...

2012 Butler County- Dennis & Sharon Schipper

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:20 PM
It would be very difficult to find a couple in Butler County who has given more to the 4H youth and the county 4-H program than Dennis and Sharon Schipper. Not even the Parkersburg tornado in 2008 was strong enough to keep these 4H volunteers down for long. Sharon had...

2012 Buena Vista County- Jane Meyer

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:17 PM
This year’s Hall of Fame honoree from Buena Vista County is Jane Meyer. For over 30 years if you stop by the Storm Lake High school on a Tuesday night in May, June, or July you will see Jane Meyer and a whole host of 4-Hers and their dogs. What...

2012 Buchanan County- Kaye Reiling

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:06 PM
Kaye Reiling has been a huge 4-H supporter for many years in Buchanan County. She started getting involved in 4-H when her kids were members of the Madison Mixers 4-H club between the 80’s and 90’s. Since that time she has served in several roles to help youth in Buchanan...

2012 Bremer County- Kay Pagel

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:04 PM
Kay Pagel has been an important part of the Bremer County 4-H program and has always been a positive presence to those involved. Not only is Kay a wonderful 4-H leader and volunteer, she has been an inspiration to many and a friend to all. Kay’s story started in Floyd...

2012 Boone County- Joyce Safly

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:00 PM
Joyce was active in Boone County 4-H all her life. As a child, she was a member of the Harrison Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. As an adult, she was an active 4-H volunteer for 37 years holding many volunteer positions. She had four children that where active members in 4-H...
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2012 Black Hawk County - Soo Greiman

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 1:49 PM
Soo Greiman began her 4-H career in the 1960's in Black Hawk County as an "Orange Bud", later was an "Orange Petal" and graduated to an "Orange Blossom", with projects like swine, horse, beef, home improvement, foods and nutrition and clothing. When her 3 children, Dusty, Kate and Cassi were...
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