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2002 Taylor County - Frank Jones

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 9:58 AM
Frank Jones has been dedicated to Taylor County’s youth and 4-H program for a span of many years. His involvement included being an organizational 4-H club leader for the Jackson and Ross Boys 4-H Club with emphasis on livestock projects. Fourteen to eighteen boys and one girl participated in baby...

2002 Wright County - Robert F. Bernhardt

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:59 AM
Bob Bernhardt began his 4-H career as a 4-H member in Sac County, IA. As a young man he started a 4-H club in Filmore County, MN and led I for 8 years. He attended Iowa State, earning a degree in Dairy Science. Robert was the 4-H Extension Youth Assistant...

2002 Worth County - Dennis Johnson

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:58 AM
Dennis began his career in Extension as Worth County’s Agriculturalist/4-H Youth Leader in 1981. Dennis became the Worth County Extension Education Director in 1986. Dennis personifies enthusiastic, optimistic, steadfast, and encouraging leadership. The commitment he has made to Worth County is evident in continuously successful 4-H programming, maintenance of numerous community...
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2002 Woodbury County - Esther Klingebiel McKee

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:56 AM
Esther Klingebiel McKee was Home Demonstration Agent/Extension Home Economist in Woodbury County from 1939 to 1968. For many, she was the standard by which all Extension personnel were measured. Esther was a graduate of ISU and received awards on both the state and national level for her work with 4-H clubs...

2002 Winneshiek County - Mary Leuenberger

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:55 AM
Mary Leuenberger served as leader of the Turkey Valley Clovers for 45 years. Mary and her husband Clinton are retired from farming and recently moved to Spillville. They are the parents of 4 children: Sharon Kleve, Jim Leuenberger, Anita Stock and Joann Martin. They have 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren....

2002 Winnebago County - Dorothy Ostrander Swanson

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:53 AM
Dorothy Swanson contribution to the 4-H program spans several decades. Dorothy was an active 4-H youth, holding all local and county offices as well as being girls state 4-H president in 1938. In 1940, Dorothy was awarded a trip to National 4-H Camp in Washington, D.C., for two weeks for...

2002 West Pottawattamie County - Leonard Timm

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:51 AM
Leonard Timm was born on October 15, 1915 in Hardin Township, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, on the farm his grandfather, then his father farmed. He in turn lived and farmed there until 1991, when he moved to Treynor, Iowa. As a farmer he fed cattle, raised hogs and had a purebred...

2002 Webster County - Virginia Bothe

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:48 AM
From the late 1950’s through the 1990’s, as Webster County Fair Secretary, Virginia always had the 4-H’ers best interest in mind. She could often be seen encouraging, applauding, and congratulating a member’s achievements. Virginia was also known to sit down and shed a tear along side an emotional club member...

2002 Wayne County - Wendell Chastain

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:46 AM
Wendell Chastain, long-time 4-H volunteer, is affectionately known to several generations of Wayne County 4H families as "Wink". Wink has been announcing the annual 4-H & FFA livestock shows at the Wayne County fair since 1958. When he first started announcing shows, the livestock was shown in an open-air fenced-in...
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2002 Washington County - H. Esther Birney

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 10:38 AM
Esther Birney has been a long time supporter and volunteer for the 4-H program both in Washington County and on the state level. She was the leader of the Iowa Maidens 4-H Club for 12 years. Following her retirement as club leader, Esther continued her involvement with 4-H as superintendent...

2002 Warren County - Clarence Moffitt

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:10 PM
Clarence Moffitt was a charter member of the Be-Square 4-H Club formed in January 1932. He previously belonged to the Purebred Beef Heifer Club. As a 4-H’er he participated in State Fair six years, Boys Short Course three years, National Club Congress five years. He also served as a county...

2002 Wapello County - Carl Willhoit

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:08 PM
Building on his own successful experience as a 4-H member, Carl Willhoit has dedicated himself to the Wapello County 4-H program and Extension. Carl has been a local club leader for over 25 years and is a past member of the County 4-H committee. He has been a member of...

2002 Van Buren - Kathy Noll

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:07 PM
Kathy has been an active supporter of the Van Buren County 4-H program for many years. The last 11 years she has served as the Jolly Trio 4-H Club leader. Kathy has been an inspiration and quiet encourager to many 4-H members. Kathy is an elementary teacher at the Harmony School...

2002 Union County - Judge Maxwell

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:05 PM
Judge Maxwell is credited with being one of the initial organizers of club work in Union County. In 1922 he was responsible for providing purebred gilts to boys enrolled in the Maxwell Pig Club. Nineteen boys entered the club and finished the work. One litter from this club won over...
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2002 Tama County - Dick Bruene

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 3:02 PM
Dick Bruene is a former 4-H member, past leader of the Wolfcreek Whirlwinds, former committee member and a member of the Friends of Extension Committee. Dick was instrumental in raising the money for a new show ring in 1993 when the old building collapsed from a heavy snow load in...
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2002 Story County - C.J. Gauger

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:59 PM
C.J. Gauger is a 34-year Cooperative Extension Service veteran who served as Story County Extension Director from 1951-1956 and later guided Iowa’s 4-H Youth Development Program as State 4-H Leader from 1959-79. During his tenure, C.J. worked on a national 4-H leadership team to lay the foundation for life skill...
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2002 Sioux County - Marcia Mulder

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:58 PM
The Sioux County Extension Office recognizes Marcia Mulder as one of the outstanding 4-H’ers from Sioux County. Marcia earns this distinction for her lifelong commitment to 4-H. Her family was one of the founding families of 4-H in Sioux County in the 1920’s. Marcia grew up in 4-H and has...
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2002 Shelby County - Audrey Carroll

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:56 PM
Audrey Carroll is a real cheerleader for 4-H! She has been a 4-H leader since 1965 and is also active as a 4-H judge. Audrey has spent many years teaching and encouraging 4-H’ers. She is first to volunteer and works tirelessly until the end of the event. Audrey’s contributions to the...

2002 Scott County - Joanne Fahrenkrog

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:54 PM
Joanne Fahrenkrog is one of the most dedicated volunteers that the 4-H program has ever had. Her commitment to helping young people has been a daily commitment for all of her life. Joanne has instructed thousands of youth about gardening in ways ranging from 4-H workshops to a phone call...
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2002 Sac County - Myra Steinkamp

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:53 PM
Myra Steinkamp has been dedicated to 4-H for many years. She and her husband, Orlin, were club leaders for 18 years. They started the Wall Lake Bandits in Sac County and today it is still a strong and healthy club. Myra helped organize many citizenship projects for the club, such as...
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2002 Ringgold County - Milt Henderson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:51 PM
Milt Henderson spent a lifetime loving youth and encouraging them to be the best possible persons they could become. Milt became involved in ISU Extension work in 1946 and served on the local, area and state level. At one time Milt could name all the 4H members in the six counties...

2002 Poweshiek County - Fannie Buchanan

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:49 PM
Fannie Buchanan became involved in the 4-H music program in the 1920’s. She wrote 5 4-H songs that became part of 4-H memories across the nation. “The Plowing Song”, dedicated to farm boys, and “Dreaming”, for 4-H girls, were introduced at National 4-H Club Camp in 1927. Previously, during World...

2002 Polk County - Chip Mathis

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:47 PM
Chip has been a life long resident of Polk County and a life long supporter of Polk County 4-H activities. Chip was a charter member of the Elkhart Rising Suns 4-H club that was founded in 1952. He continued to serve the Polk County 4-H community as Fair Board President...
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2002 Pocahontas County - Darwin Svuba

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:46 PM
During the past 8 years, Darwin Svuba has served on the Pocahontas County Extension Council and has been the chair for the past 6 years. He has also been on the fair board for 6 years and had served as the chair for 3. Darwin has shown outstanding leadership in...

2002 Plymouth County - Lowell Baldwin

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:44 PM
Lowell has been a dedicated 4-H volunteer for 27 years serving as a leader for the Liberty Perry Pacers 4-H Club. He started his 4-H career as a charter member of the Johnson Jr. Farmers 4-H Club near Akron when the club organized in 1940. He and his wife, the...

2002 Palo Alto County - Julie Nelson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:39 PM
Julie Nelson has been a 4-H leader of the Highland Happy Hustlers for 24 years. She has served on the 4-H Youth Committee for the last 14 years. Under her leadership the club has made many generous contributions to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Her club raises money by making and...

2002 Page County - Jessie Field Shambaugh

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:38 PM
Jessie Field Shambaugh is called the "Mother of 4-H." She started after-school clubs in 1901 while teaching at Goldenrod School in Page County, Iowa. When she became County School Superintendent in 1906, she organized Boys Corn Clubs and Girls Home Clubs in all 130 country schools. Students developed their Head,...
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2002 Osceola County - Charlie & Leona Eggink

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:37 PM
When one speaks about 4-H and the 4-H programs in Osceola County and the volunteers that make it happen, the Eggink family name immediately comes to the forefront. Charlie and his wife Leona have been faithful 4-H leaders for a combined 41 years, Charlie for 23 and Leona for 18....

2002 O'Brien County - Darwin Gaudian

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:35 PM
Darwin and his family have been involved in 4-H for many years in O’Brien County. He has lived in the Primghar area his entire life, where he raises corn and soybeans and has a swine finishing operation. Darwin and his wife Jan have two daughters, Darcy and Danielle, who also...

2002 Muscatine County - J.W. Merrill

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:30 PM
Muscatine County recognizes J.W. Merrill for his pioneering work with 4-H. In 1915, as the second county agent in Muscatine County, J.W. Merrill wrote in the annual reports about “boys and girls club work.” References are made to corn clubs, beef and pig clubs. In a report to the Muscatine...

2002 Montgomery County - Helen Bredberg

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:25 PM
Helen began her 4-H involvement as a youth in Richardson County in Nebraska. For 14 years, Helen was the leader of the Red Oak Rustlers 4-H club in Montgomery County. In addition, she served on the county 4-H and Youth committee. Helen was the 4-H and Youth program assistant for Montgomery...

2002 Monroe County - Lucille Bettis

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:23 PM
Volunteering has always been a way of life for Lucille Bettis. “My dad always did whatever he could for other people,” she said. Lucille has continued in his footsteps. “It is so important to do everything that we can to help others,” she said. Lucille is always compassionate, enthusiastic, and...

2002 Monona County - Larry DuVal

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:21 PM
Larry DuVal worked for ISU Extension as a county director for 33 years and retired in 1989. During that time, Larry very actively worked with the 4-H program. He started the Safety and Education in Shooting Sports program in Monona County and provided leadership in all the state for training...

2002 Mitchell County - May Johnson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:20 PM
May started Extension work in Mitchell County in October of 1942 as the Home Economist, with 10 years off from 1945 to 1955 to raise her children. In 1966, May assumed the duties of 4-H and Youth leader for the county. She served in this role until her retirement in...

2002 Mills County - Korliss Angusp

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:18 PM
Korliss Angus retired in 1991 from 40 years as leader of the Busy Bees 4-H Club. It’s been a fun-filled four decades. “Working with the kids and watching them grow was the most enjoyable part of those 40 years, ”Mrs. Angus said. She said it’s been particularly enjoyable to watch...
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2002 Marshall County - Esther Mosher

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:16 PM
Esther Mosher came from a 4-H family that included both parents as 4-H leaders. She was a 4-H member as a child and served as a club leader for 10 years in the Liscomb area. Esther was a member of the Marshall County Extension Council for 6 years. Esther has been...

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...

2002 Mahaska County - Mary Rachel Eves Cadwallader

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:08 PM
Mrs. Cadwallader was instrumental in the early 4-H days of Mahaska County from about 1918 through the 1950’s, as was her husband. Mrs. Cadwallader was a leader with the Harrison Zippers, and her son, Eves, was a long time leader for the Harrison Hustlers. Mrs. Cadwallader firmly believed in the...

2002 Madison County - Mary Pat Wiedmann

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:59 PM
Mary Pat Wiedmann has been a lifelong Madison County 4-Her. Active in many exhibit areas as a youth, Mary Pat has continued her 4-H career as a parent volunteer and organizational club leader of the Crawford Hillsiders 4-H club. Encouraging 4-Hers and their families to become involved in a variety...

2002 Lyon County - Roger Baldwin

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:57 PM
Roger Baldwin has had a lifetime involvement with the Iowa 4-H program. He began as a 4-H alum from Jasper County and participated in many 4-H opportunities both in state and out of state. Roger was a National 4-H Congress delegate and was the first IFYE from the United States...
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2002 Lucas County - Twyla Evans

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:55 PM
Twyla Evans, 4-H alumni, has been a 4-H leader for 10 years and a member of the 4-H Youth Committee for 14 years. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to being a volunteer in Lucas County. Twyla is also the hub of her...
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2002 Louisa County - Keith B. Hiller

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:54 PM
Keith Hiller's, 4-H contributions began in 1924 when he joined 4-H and continued as a member for 12 years. During this time he carried a variety of agricultural projects and was active in county 4-H activities, attended the State Boy's 4-H Short Course and won a trip to the International...

2002 Linn County - Oralee Grabau

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:51 PM
Oralee’s 4-H career began in the mid 1920’s in Boone County. She was active in the Buds of Promise club and during the 1930’s became a club leader. Eventually Oralee and her family made their way to Linn County. She began the Monroe Merry maids 4-H club in 1950. The name...
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2002 Lee County - Ernie Rotter

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:49 PM
Ernie was a lifelong resident of Lee County. He was a true leader in the sheep industry. Ernie was well known for his outstanding sheep locally, on the state level and earned recognition on the national level as well. Ernie contributed greatly to today’s sheep industry by setting industry standards...
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2002 Kossuth County - Bernard (Barney) Thilges

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:48 PM
Barney is a 4-H leader in Kossuth County and has been a leader for 53 years. Barney, a bachelor, never had any children of his own and was never in 4-H, but he has many kids that he has helped mold into fine adults. Barney began his involvement in 4-H as...

2002 Keokuk County - Hilda Souer

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:46 PM
Hilda is a long time 4-H advocate. She attended club congress and was a county program assistant. Even after retirement, Hilda has continued to be a regular contributor to the 4-H program as a resource person for clubs, as a county 4-H historian, and as both an advocate and judge...

2002 Jones County - Joe E. Legg

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:45 PM
In Jones County, Joe Legg’s name is almost synonymous with the Extension Service and 4-H. Joe served as the Jones County Extension Director from 1950 to 1986. During those 36 years, Joe played a major role in developing and strengthening the 4-H program in the Jones County. His knowledge of...
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2002 Johnson County - Richard and Marilou Gay

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:43 PM
Richard and Marilou Gay have contributed thousands of hours to the youth involved in the Johnson County 4-H program. They believe strongly in a 4-H program that stresses “youth development.” Positive, forward-looking, encouraging, thoughtful, caring, and progressive describe the attitudes that Richard and Marilou have contributed to Johnson County 4-H. ...

2002 Jefferson County - Juanita Bray

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:42 PM
Juanita Bray is part of a 4th generation of 4-H leaders. Her grandmother, her mother, and her eldest daughter have all served as volunteer leaders. When asked about her years of volunteering, Juanita stated, "Most memorable is being able to help young persons who have trouble communicating. Drawing out a...

2002 Jasper County - Reuben Steenhoek

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:40 PM
Reuben Steenhoek has been an active supporter of 4-H for many years. He has served as club leader, county superintendent, and assisted at state fair. Reuben continues to assist with the advance cattle feeders at the Jasper County Fair. Reuben is a very devoted and dependable volunteer and supporter of 4-H....

2002 Jackson County - Jeannett Kruse

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:39 PM
Jeannett Kruse has for 23 years been at the center of the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Program. While her position has been that of Office Assistant, she is the focal pint in administration of our 4-H program – from answering hundreds of calls every year, to walk-ins needing every...

2002 Iowa County - Marilyn Miller

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:36 PM
Marilyn Miller was a member of the Honey Creek Honeys 4-H Club. Nearing her high school graduation, Marilyn was offered the position as secretary in the Iowa County ISU Extension office. After a couple of year’s service, Marilyn married and left Extension employment. Marilyn was a leader of the Hilton Willing...
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2002 Ida County - George Hoffman Jr.

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:33 PM
George Hoffman, Jr.’s contribution to 4-H started in 1932 when he joined at the age of 9. He has attended every Ida County Fair since then, a record of 71 consecutive years. He has participated in 4-H as a member, a junior leader, a leader (for 26 years) and a...
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2002 Humboldt - Homer Eastman

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:31 PM
Homer began his association with 4-H as a ten year old and it became a lifetime association. He became a 4-H club leader in 1944. Homer and a co-leader organized the boys’ food stand at the Humboldt County fair. They raised $500 and sent the proceeds to the Iowa 4-H...

2002 Howard County - Thomas Barnes

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:29 PM
Tom has played a significant role in the 4-H program of Howard County for many years. Tom served on the 4-H & Youth Committee nearly 20 years and currently serves as our Committee chairperson. Tom is incredibly involved in our community and serves as Executive Secretary of the Howard County Agricultural...

2002 Henry County - Catherine McCormick

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:28 PM
Radiating deep warmth and good cheer, a helpful and friendly nature always, Catherine McCormick reached into the hearts and minds of the people and 4-H’ers in Henry County. Catherine completed 55 years of service upon her retirement in 1985. Catherine’s Extension experience started as a beef project club member from Canaan...
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2002 Harrison County - Grace Vandemark

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:26 PM
Grace Vandemark began her 4-H career as a member of the Douglas Daisies 4-H Club at Woodbine. Later Grace served as the adult leader of the Logan Lassies 4-H Club. Her children also participated in 4-H. Grace has served as a Harrison County 4-H and Youth Committee member for 17 years....

2002 Hardin County - Ken Butt

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:24 PM
The Hardin County 4-H program has benefited from 47 years of active involvement by Ken Butt. Ken was a 4-H member for 8 years, a club leader for 25 years, and spent 3 years on the youth committee. Ken served on the Hardin County Fair Board both as a member...

2002 Hancock County - Midlred Ax

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:22 PM
Mildred was a charter 4-H member in Ell Township in Hancock County1926. In 1927 she was a State 4-H officer serving in the role of Historian. Mildred became a 4-H leader for clubs in Hancock and Cerro Gordo Counties. Mildred believes 4-H teaches young people many valuable communications skills and how...

2002 Hamilton County - Doug Messerly

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:16 PM
The volunteer hours and resources that Doug Messerly has given to the Hamilton County 4-H program are tremendous. He willingly gives of his time as new 4-H members and families become involved, especially in livestock projects. Doug encourages parents, grandparents, and other adults to learn along with the youth and...

2002 Guthrie County - James Leo

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:14 PM
James was a leader of the Cass Pioneers Club in Guthrie County in the 1980’s and early 90’s. His gift to life was the “gift of giving” as he was always one of the first to volunteer when volunteers were needed. He was a role model to many members by...

2002 Grundy County - Celestine Miller Persinger

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:12 PM
Celestine Miller Persinger joined the Palermo Township Grundy County 4-H Club in 1925 where she was a member for nine years. During those years, she exhibited projects at the Grundy County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. Celestine was awarded a trip to the Chicago Livestock International in the beef...

2002 Greene County - Randy & Linda Hedges

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:10 PM
Associating Randy and Linda Hedges names to the Greene county 4-H program has become second nature for many. Leading the Greenbrier 4-H club for many years, Randy and Linda – 17 and 14 years, respectively – work as a team to portray the true power of YOUth and the 4-H...

2002 Fremont County - Ellen Rice

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:08 PM
Miss Ellen Rice was born and raised east of Hamburg, IA, attended Nebraska U. and taught school in Wyoming for several years before returning to the southwest Iowa area. Her career included work at the County Extension Office and the Hamburg Hospital. Rice served as a member of the Fremont County...

2002 Franklin County - J. Verald Brown

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:05 PM
J. Verald Brown has been an active part of the Franklin County 4-H program over his lifetime. He is currently one of the oldest 4-H alumni in Franklin County. As a youth, he was involved in 3 project groups and livestock judging. He was a member of V.B. Hamilton’s successful...

2002 Floyd County - Thelma G. Johnson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:03 PM
When Thelma Johnson joined her local 4-H Club, the Careful Canners, 78 years ago, she learned the value of the 4-H experience. Mabel Stoeber, Thelma’s mother served as the club leader. During the ensuing 8 decades, Thelma served as a leader of the Ulster future Homemakers 4-H club and created the Floyd...
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2002 Fayette County - Frances Graham

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:00 PM
Frances Hill Graham has been a dedicated volunteer all of her life. The former Linn County 4-H’er (from 1935 to 1942) married John Graham and moved to a farm near Hawkeye, Iowa, in 1947. Frances served as a volunteer 4-H club leader of the Alpha Clover Leaves girls club for...

2002 Emmett County - Colleen Enerson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:58 PM
Colleen Enerson has been very active in the 4-H and Youth program in Emmet County for many years. Colleen has been a 4-H leader, serves as the 4-H Building Superintendent with many years of experience, is an Achievement show judge, county fair judge, and is a guest presenter at local...
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2002 East Pottawattamie County - Bernie and Norma Bolton

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:54 PM
Bernie and Norma Bolton of Oakland, IA, exemplify the 4-H motto “to make the best better”. Bernie was a member of 4-H in his youth, and after their marriage, the couple continued to support the 4-H youth in East Pottawattamie County. All three daughters spent ten years each in 4-H....

2002 Dubuque County - Mable Hilton

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:52 PM
Mable was a leader for the Asbury Juliens 4-H Club in Dubuque County for 50 years until her retirement in 1998. Mable was also a teacher, was active in the Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women’s Group, and received a “Mother of 4-H” award in 1972. Mable was very particular about parliamentary...

2002 Dickinson County - Curt Smith

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:50 PM
Curt Smith is the 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Dickinson County. Curt is a former 4-H’er and an Ag Specialty graduate from Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He has five years experience as a 4-H Leader for the Superior Lakers Club with a membership of fifty plus...

2002 Des Moines County - Jane Wilson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:49 PM
Jane Wilson served as a 4-H Club leader for a number of years and even coordinated the Des Moines County 4-H program in the middle ‘80s, when the Extension office was without staff. She has been most extensively involved with service to youth through her membership on the county 4-H...

2002 Delaware County - Rhea Klaus

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:48 PM
Rhea Klaus and her husband Raymond live in Colesburg, Iowa. Rhea was the 4-H program assistant in Delaware County from 1970 to 1980. In that role she supported the total 4-H program in Delaware County under the supervision of County Extension Education Directors Bob Hall and Rod Hamer. Rhea has dedicated...

2002 Decatur County - Lucille Deemer

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:39 PM
Lucille began her association with 4-H as a youth member in Ringgold County. In Decatur County Lucille has worked in a number of leadership roles. She served as a community club leader from 1972-1984. During that time and beyond she has served on the Fair Board (several years as board...

2002 Davis County - Marcia Bear

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:37 PM
Marcia was a 4-H’er in Davis County. She carried a variety of home economic and livestock projects and received awards in those projects in addition to leadership recognition. She received the Outstanding Senior 4-H girl Award for Davis County. For the past 20 years, Marcia has been giving back to the...
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2002 Dallas County - Edwin Howard Hill

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:28 PM
Edwin Howard Hill was known to local Dallas county folks as “Howard”. In business he went by “E. Howard Hill”. Howard had three daughters who were active 4-H members in Dallas County, but his involvement reached far beyond the county level. Howard was one of the founders of the State...

2002 Crawford County - Walter Grell

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:26 PM
Walter Grell was well known for his leadership and support of the 4-H program and his numerous volunteer contributions to local and county projects. Walter organized the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club and was a 4-H leader of that club for 10 years. He served as 4-H hog superintendent and 4-H...

2002 Clinton County - Diane Claeys

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:24 PM
Diane Claeys was a member of the Elvira Hi-Ho 4-H club as a youth. She has been a leader of the Iowanna Junior 4-H club for 26 years and is also a member of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Diane says that 4-H is a very goal centered learning program and teaches...

2002 Clayton County - James C. Hosch

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:17 PM
Jim has been with Clayton County Extension Service for 40 years. He is a well-respected and identifiable community leader. Jim makes the youth program a very important part of the Clayton County Extension program in his marketing work and every day contacts. Jim has helped with day camps, county fair,...

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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2002 Clarke County - Merlin Newman

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:13 PM
Merlin Newman served on the Clarke County Fair Board for 17 years, replacing his father on the board. He served as president of the board for 8 years. He was always very enthusiastic about the fair and helping young people. Merlin was a 4-H’er himself and has received National 4-H...

2002 Chickasaw County - Joan Mueterthies

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:11 PM
Joan Mueterthies enjoyed being an active 4-H member and trying a variety of projects during her nine years in 4-H. When her oldest daughter joined the Lawler Lively Lassies in 1969, Joan began working with the club as an assistant leader. She helped the members with their projects and giving...

2002 Cherokee County - Emmet Wolf

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:05 PM
Emmet Wolf has been involved in Cherokee County 4-H for over 60 years. He was in 4-H as a youth and served as a 4-H club leader from 1944 to 1988. Emmet has helped 4-H and 4-H’ers in many ways. Emmet served on the Cherokee County Fair Board for many years...

2002 Cerro Gordo County - Marlene Bartlett

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:03 PM
Marlene was orginally from Sumner, Iowa, where she was active as a 4-H’er. As an adult she went on to be a leader for the “Lakes Ambitious Vestae”, latin for “Keepers of the Hearth”. Marlene was a 4-H leader in Cerro Gordo for more than 15 years Marlene currently serves as...

2002 Cedar County - Robert King Kelly

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:56 PM
King followed in the footsteps of his father and became a 4-H leader in 1962. He volunteered as a leader of the Harmony Hustlers 4-H club for 30 years. King and his wife Connie had three children participate in the community club program in Cedar County. King has been involved in...
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2002 Cass County - Raymond Butt

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:51 PM
Raymond Butt has served as a 4-H club leader in Cass County for 42 years. Membership in the Cass Coed Clan 4-H club has remained strong and active under his leadership. Raymond has always been willing to go above and beyond to help out the youth in Cass County. He...
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2002 Carroll County - Florence Genzen

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:46 PM
Florence was a leader of the Manning Cadets for 50 years. She started the second year of the club’s existence and retired in 1999. Under her leadership the Cadets regularly had members participate in presentations, clothing events, camps, CWF, County Council, State Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben, and many other county and area...

2002 Calhoun County - Susie Fouts

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:41 PM
Susie was a 4-H leader for 33 years for the Center Willing Workers 4-H Club. She was on the Youth Committee for 18 years and was the office assistant for 22 years for ISU Extension in Calhoun County. Susie also worked as an office assistant for the Calhoun County Exposition...

2002 Butler County - Ruth Haan

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:39 PM
Ruth Haan has spent countless hours supporting the 4-H Program in Butler County over a multitude of years. She was actively involved with the local club in her area as a leader for 15 years. Her club had a tremendous enrollment and unlimited enthusiasm for 4-H. After her dedicated years...

2002 Buena Vista - Doris Fondroy

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:35 PM
Doris Fondroy has contributed to the Buena Vista 4-H program in numerous ways. She was a 4-H leader in the B.V. County 4-H program for many years. Doris also served on the Executive 4-H Committee for four years. Her family has been actively involved to the 4-H program as members...

2002 Buchanan - Pat Arthaud

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 2:03 PM
Pat Arthaud of Hazleton has been actively involved in 4-H in Buchanan County. She began service to 4-H in 1956 as a consultant to her late husband when he worked with his club members on demonstrations. Pat then served as a project leader in clothing. She went on to serve...

2002 Bremer County - Betty Arns

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:57 PM
Betty Arns has been a leader of the B-Square 4-H Club for 39 years. She has been a leader to over 500 girls and has had as many as 54 members at one time. Betty is a big supporter of communications at the club, county, and state level. Six of...

2002 Boone County - Luella Miller

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:47 PM
Luella Miller began her 4-H involvement as a Greene County 4-H member participating in dairy, beef, foods, sewing, and gardening. She became involved as a local club leader after her marriage to Bob Miller and served a total of 21 years as a 4-H organization leader. In 1979 when her...
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2002 Black Hawk County - Mary TeWinkel

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:42 PM
Creative, dedicated and committed to youth describe Mary’s work as 4-H and Youth Development Field Specialist serving Black Hawk and Grundy Counties. Mary has been with Iowa State University Extension since 1979. When Mary first came to Black Hawk County in 1980, the enrollment in the youth program was 1337,...

2002 Benton County - Glennis Nissen

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:37 PM
Benton County feels that Glennis is one in a million! She is a tremendous wealth of information for 4-H leaders, 4-H’ers, and county extension staff. Many people look to her as a guide and mentor when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of 4-H. Glennis has been a...

2002 Audubon County - William Esbeck

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:33 PM
William Esbeck was a great contributor to the beginning of 4-H in Audubon County. He started the Baby Beef Club in 1922. He was a leader in 4-H for over 29 years. Through the years of leadership he had one guiding philosophy that “It isn’t the purple ribbon that is...

2002 Appanoose County - Gary Long

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:27 PM
When you think of 4-H in Appanoose County, you ultimately think of the Gary Long family. Gary and his wife Marla are the parents of four children, the last of which graduated from high school and 4-H this spring. Gary has been a leader of the Chariton Valley 4-H club...

2002 Allamakee County - Catherine A. Byrnes

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:13 PM
Catherine was a member of the Sunbeam 4-H club from 1927 through 1932. She organized the Eekamalla 4-H club in 1954, where she was a leader for 34 years. Catherine also volunteered her time by serving on the Allamakee County Extension Council for 4 years. Catherine has always been a very...

2002 Adams County - Sonja Bennett Walter

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 11:03 AM
Adams County is nominating Sonja (Bennett) Walter of Corning, Iowa, as its first Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. Sonja was a 4-Her in Adams County from 1951 to 1956. She served as Adams County Girls President in 1955-56 and was awarded outstanding 4-H girl in Adams County in 1956. Sonja...
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2002 Adair County - Carl Gilman

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 11:02 AM
Carl Gilman has been involved with Iowa 4-H for 68 years, beginning with his own 4-H project showing sheep from his father’s flock in 1934. Carl and his wife Ruth recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. As a family, they have been active in 4-H at the county and state level...
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