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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...

2009 Black Hawk County - Jim & Ann Sage

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 9:02 AM
4-H alumni Jim and Ann Sage are known for their dedication to Black Hawk County 4-H. They have been club leaders and served on the Mt. Vernon township 4-H sponsoring committee. They have also helped with numerous county activities, always eager to volunteer whenever and wherever there is a need....

2009 Benton County - Sylvia Jane Brockschink Schulte

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 8:53 AM
Sylvia Schulte was never a 4-H member but over the years, her five children, Florine (Swanson), Dale, Myrle, Alvin and Orlan Schulte participated in 4-H in Benton County, as well as 15 of her 17 grandchildren have been members in Benton, Johnson and Wright County and now six great-grandchildren are...

2009 Adair County - Ron & Becky Dreher

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 3:06 PM
Ron and Becky Dreher were never 4-H’ers themselves, but have touched the lives of hundreds of youth through their work as 4-H volunteers. They started out as leaders for the Summit Super Stars 4-H Club. Their work was confined to the local level. They both served on the Youth Action...
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2009 Adams County - Donald E. Mach

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 3:05 PM
Don Mach is a great supporter of 4-H in Adams County. He served as Adams County 4-H photography project leader from 1983 to 2003. Don has judged many 4-H photography contests in southwest Iowa. He has also done many 4-H photography project workshops for Adams County 4-H clubs and has...
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2009 Allamakee County - Frank & Carol Sivesind

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 3:04 PM
Frank and Carol Sivesind were 4-H members as youth and later became club leaders. They have always been supportive of the 4-H program and strongly encourage participation. Frank was a 4-H member of the Ludlow Future Farmers 4-H Club and showed dairy cattle at the local fair, district shows, Iowa...

2009 Appanoose County - Clete Swackhamer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 3:03 PM
Clete Swackhamer joined the Appanoose County Extension staff in 1983 as the County Extension Education Director. His goal was to provide quality service to his clients, that included hundreds of 4-H members. He has kept to that goal by working to provide timely responses to those seeking Extension assistance and...

2009 Audubon County - Gary VanAernam

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 3:02 PM
Gary VanAernam has always enjoyed working with 4-H youth and is a firm believer in what 4-H can do for an individual. He has fallen in love with county fairs and has taken his 4-H experience way beyond the county level. For almost 30 years, he has served on the...

2009 Boone County - Jon & Peg King

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:58 PM
Jon and Peg King met as 4-H members in Boone County, married and raised a son and daughter as active 4-H members, and continue as 4-H club leaders, beef superintendents, and donors today. During Peg’s 27 years as a 4-H club leader, she has influenced over 250 club members by...
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2009 Bremer County - Nylene & Gary Geerts

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:50 PM
Gary and Nylene Geerts have been a wonderful asset to the 4-H program in Bremer County. Always willing to help, Gary and Nylene can be found at fair events, farm safety day, youth events, and are always ready to help when needed. Both of these individuals understand the power of...

2009 Buchanan County - John C. Hogan

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:49 PM
John C. Hogan was a co-founder of the Middlefield Hustlers 4-H club in Buchanan County in 1943. This club is still in existence today and is very active in the community. John C. and his friends decided to start the club when 4-H was just being introduced into the county....

2009 Buena Vista County - Jane Duncan

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:47 PM
For 15 years, Jane Duncan was involved in the 4-H Horse Club, the BV Hoofbeats. Jane started leading the club with Delbert Tibbets. When Delbert passed away Jan continued the club with the help of Jane Rosenthal, followed by Jo Heschke. Jane provided strong leadership to those interested in horses...

2009 Butler County - Carolyn Johnson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:46 PM
Carolyn Johnson, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was introduced into the world of 4-H fifty years ago, and she has been involved ever since. She and her husband, Duane Johnson, have three children: Roy and his wife Shiloh and two girls Melanie and Megan who farm with them. Tamara is a teacher...

2009 Calhoun County - Marvin Blair

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:44 PM
When Marvin Blair became a 4-H member of the Jackson Pioneers, he did not know that 4-H would get in his blood and he would be involved for so many years to come. As a member, Marvin was active in showing livestock. Several years later, Marvin’s kids, Cara, Lyndsy, and...

2009 Cass County - Melodie Rubel

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:42 PM
Melodies’ start into 4-H was fueled by her parents involvement. She began in 1969 at age 10 and continued until graduating high school. She focused her project work on sewing and constructed many items including both her junior and senior prom gowns. She also was very active in planning activities...
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2009 Cedar County - Joyce Coppess

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:40 PM
The 4-H Program has been a part of Joyce’s life for many years. When her daughters were in 4-H she was a club leader and held the position for 22 years. She served on the Cedar County Youth Committee for 20 years. Joyce is currently the County Youth Coordinator for...
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2009 Cerro Gordo County - Sheree Sturges

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:39 PM
Sheree has been a valuable volunteer to the Cerro Gordo County 4-H program in many aspects. She helped with set-up and clean-up of the fairgrounds, assisted with judging day events, volunteered to register participants at hog weigh-in, and helped in the 4-H Foodstand. She volunteered her time to serve on...

2009 Chickasaw County - Richard & Joyce Schilling

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:38 PM
Richard was an active 4-Her of the Williamstown Jr. Farmers from 1947-1955 with sheep & lambs, hay & gardening as projects. He was awarded the National Convention Chicago trip in 1954. Not only did he serve all the offices during his 4-H years but was also a leader for 30...

2009 Clay County - Bob & Colleen Speed

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:37 PM
Bob and Colleen Speed have been valued volunteers for the Clay County 4-H program many years. Colleen began her years of service as a club leader for the Garland Cloverettes 4-H club in 1971. Bob was an elected volunteer on the Clay County Extension Council in 1974. From that point...
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2009 Clayton County - Greg & Deb Schulte

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:36 PM
4-H is a family affair with the Schulte family. Greg joined his father’s 4-H club, the Woodcenter Eagles at the age of 9. He later was elected to the Clayton County 4-H Council. Greg served as a volunteer leader for over 30 years as a 4-H leader or member of...

2009 Clinton County - Norman Bousselot

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:35 PM
Norman joined the Win or Bust 4-H club in 1947, and remained in 4-H for 11 years holding all offices in his local club. Since then he has served as the Boys County 4-H president, a counselor at 4-H camp, a member of the Youth Committee for 12 years, a...

2009 Crawford County - Kristy & Kent Hugeback

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:34 PM
Kent and Kristy Hugeback were leaders of the Aspinwall Achievers 4-H Club for seventeen years, before handing the club over to new leaders. Kristy was a 4-H member, so when she and her husband, Kent took over the club, it was not a surprise to them on much involvement was...

2009 Dallas County - Robert and Margaret Ann Ellis

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:33 PM
Dallas County would like to honor Margaret Ann And Robert Ellis this year as the Hall of Fame members. Robert and Margaret Ann were married in 1956 and raised 3 children. Two sons Wayne and Harold and daughter Gayle Ann. In 1963 They moved their young family to a two...

2009 Decatur County - John & Zana McKibben

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:31 PM
Statement by daughter (Serena Linn) about Zana: Mom was not one of the original leaders but did serve as a leader. She also in later years served on the Decatur County Fair Board. She was a true 4-Her. And it was fun to hear tales about her. Like, she made...

2009 Delaware County - Gary & Shirley Helmrichs

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:22 PM
Gary and Shirley were both 9 year 4-H members in Delaware County. They both served on the 4-H food stand committee for years. and are chairs of the Delaware County Pork Grill Team who grilled daily for the 4-H food stand at the fair. Gary served as superintendent of the...

2009 Des Moines County - Howard Keitzer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:20 PM
Howard Keitzer attended his first 4-H meeting in 1945 with his father but his father disapproved of 4-H and he was not allowed to join. Later in 1947 he joined the Mediapolis Junior Farmers at age 12 and his father later became a supporter of the 4-H program. During his...

2009 Dickinson County - Willie & Ruth Boettcher

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:19 PM
Willie and Ruth both became leaders when their children started 4-H and continued through their children’s 10 years of 4-H. Willie was involved with the Dairy department and assisted with the hog and horse project areas. Ruth was involved with the girl’s project areas. They continued their involvement with 4-H...

2009 Dubuque County - Gladys Aitchison

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:14 PM
Gladys Aitchison, leader of the Cascade Clever Clovers of Cascade, Iowa has contributed over 41 years of her time and talents to the 4-H program. She has served on Fair Committees, Extension Youth Committee, has done record book judging and has been a county, state, and national chaperone. Waving an...

2009 Emmet County - Ron & Sandy Kropf

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:05 PM
4-H has been a huge part of Ron and Sandy Kropf’s lives for many years. Both were active 4-H’ers themselves as youth, participating in many trips and leadership opportunities. As adults they made a significant impact on the lives of many Emmet County 4-H’ers. They are leaders of the High...
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2009 Fayette County - Helen M. Halstead

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:03 PM
For the past 40 years, 4-H has played an active role in Helen Halstead’s life. Her oldest son, Jim, joined the Eldorado Eagles 4-H Club in 1969. Following Jim’s lead came three brothers and five sisters who were either involved in the Eldorado Eagles or Diligent Doverettes (later renamed Diligent...

2009 Floyd County - David & Barb McGregor

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:03 PM
David was a member of the Maple Grove 4-H Club in Chickasaw County. David played 4-H softball as third baseman in the summer. He showed cattle at the fair. He talks about showing his calf Little Jo. He loaned $102. 68, at 7% interest, to his sister, Mary, so she...
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2009 Franklin County - April Hemmes

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:01 PM
April was an 8 year member of the Reeve Rosettes 4-H Club, where she served as an officer and completed projects in Clothing, Home Improvement, Creative Arts, Food and Nutrition, Horse and Veterinary Science. The past 6 years she has been the organization leader for the Reeve Hampton Hustlers 4-H...

2009 Fremont County - John Anderzhon

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 2:00 PM
John Anderzhon of Farragut is a quiet, unassuming man who feels there are far better choices for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame than him. The truth is, John has done a lot for 4-H. He was a nine-year 4-H’er, held all club offices and was county secretary. John had...

2009 Greene County - Lois Graven

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:59 PM
Lois Graven was a 4H Leader for over 20 years, served on 4H and Youth Committees at the county and state level. In 1969 she was recognized as an Honorary 4-H Member of her club. The 4H Alumni Award was given to Lois by Greene County in 1979 and a...

2009 Grundy County - David & Yolanda Butler

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:58 PM
David & Yolanda Butler have been actively involved in Grundy County 4-H as parents, 4-H Leaders of the Washington Wranglers and Swine Superintendents. Their focus has always been on making 4-H a great experience for our youth. David was a member of Palermo Money Makers. He showed swine, cattle &...

2009 Guthrie County - Donna Benton

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:57 PM
Donna began her involvement with the 4-H program as a member of the Deep River Lassies from Poweshiek County from 1967 to 1975. As a 4-H member, she participated in both County Council and Central Iowa Area Council. Donna's participation also extended to the state level by representing her county...

2009 Hamilton County - Virgene Monthei

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:56 PM
Virgene Monthei has served the Hamilton County 4-H program for nineteen years. She began as an outstanding club leader of the Clear Lake Sailors 4-H Club, as her children became involved in various project areas, Virgene saw a need for additional learning opportunities beyond what our program was offering. She...

2009 Hancock County - Roger & Deb Schmidt

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:55 PM
Roger and Deb Schmidt are no strangers to the 4-H program. Roger started out as a youth showing cattle and horses and then as an adult he was on the fair board for 9 years. As a fair board member Roger was instrumental in getting many projects started including the...

2009 Hardin County - Steve Landt

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:54 PM
Steve Landt has always loved the outdoors and working with animals. When he was old enough to join 4-H, it was a natural fit. A neighbor sold him his first Hereford calf and a lifelong hobby was formed. He was a nine year member of the Union-Whitten 4-H Club in...

2009 Harrison County - Rex & Debbie Gochenour

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:53 PM
Rex and Debbie Gochenour of Missouri Valley are strong Harrison County 4-H supporters. Debbie was a 4-H’er, has been a 4-H volunteer leader, an Extension Council member and continues to help at fair each year. Rex is always ready to help with Farm Safety Day Camp. They are both a...

2009 Howard County - Roger & Elaine Kleve

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:52 PM
Roger and Elaine Kleve have been dedicated volunteers in the Howard County 4-H Program for 30 years. Roger served as a 4-H Club Leader to the Space Age Farmers for over 20 years with Elaine’s support. Roger & Elaine’s five children were active 4-H members in 4-H with much attention...

2009 Humboldt County - Pat Hill

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:51 PM
Pat Hill was raised on a farm near Thor in Humboldt County. She started 4-H when she was ten years old and belonged to the Beaver Wide Awake 4-H Club. She began with a horse project and the required home economics projects to demonstrate at the Humboldt County Fair. She...

2009 Ida County - Roland & Virginia Jensen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:50 PM
Ida County is pleased to nominate Roland and Virginia Jensen to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Roland and Virginia were both very active 4-H members in their youth. Roland with the Blaine township boys’ club, and Virginia with the Logan township girls’ club. Virginia was one of the first...
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2009 Iowa County - Jon & Marcia Kinzenbaw

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:48 PM
Iowa County has the have the wonderful support of Jon and Marcia Kinzenbaw. The greatest passion of Jon & Marcia is to encourage our youth to try something new. Currently they along with KINZE Manufacturing, Inc. fund the KINZE Manufacturing Sweepstakes. The KINZE Manufacturing Sweepstakes is open to all 4-H...
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2009 Jackson County - Liz Lindstrom

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:47 PM
The Jackson County 4-H Program is honored to have Liz Lindstrom as the 2009 4-H Hall of Fame recipient. Liz was not a 4-H’er, but has been very active with 4-H since her children were young. Liz married Arnold Lindstrom and has four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; everyone...

2009 Jefferson County - Korwin Hinshaw

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:46 PM
Korwin Hinshaw has been a part of and involved with 4-H in a number of ways for a number of years. His wife is a 4-H leader and his daughters were very active in 4-H. His daughters are now grown and Jefferson County has welcomed a new generation of Hinshaws...

2009 Johnson County - Bill & Ruth Englert

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:44 PM
Bill and Ruth Englert have been involved in the Johnson County 4-H Program since 1963. Ruth grew up in the 4-H program and exhibited sewing, home economics, swine, and rabbit projects; along with participating in fashion revue and educational presentations. As a result of her hard work she had many...

2009 Keokuk County - Marie Lucille (Dyson) Atwood

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:43 PM
Marie (Dyson) Atwood joined 4-H in 1934 as a member of the Adams Hustlers 4-H Club, she served as County Secretary/Treasurer, and has continued to be involved to this day. She was a leader of the Stick-to-It 4-H Club from 1965 -1982 during which time four of her five daughters...

2009 Kossuth County - Al Lauck

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:41 PM
Most of the years that Al has been with KLGA radio, he has hosted a weekly radio broadcast with Extension. He incorporates much of ISU media interviews into his daily ‘Farm Reporter’ session. He has been willing to do 4-H County Council interviews on a regular basis and also interviews...

2009 Lee County - Betty Cruze

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:38 PM
It is impossible not to admire and respect Betty Cruze. Her contributions to the Lee County 4-H program have been tremendous. Betty handily organizes 4-H county-wide soup luncheons, workshops, cookouts and bakes cookies for outdoor classrooms; just to name a few. She unselfishly gives her services to the club she...
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2009 Linn County - Mary Dlouhy

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:35 PM
Mary’s involvement with 4-H began at age 10 when she became a member of a newly formed girl’s Linn County 4-H club, the Dandy Doers, with her mother as a leader. Since that day, 4-H has been a part of Mary. Her only disappointment was not being able to show...
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2009 Linn County - Marcia Engel

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:32 PM
Several years ago(30) Marcia began her 4-H volunteer career as leader of the Putnam Slick Chicks even though she had never been a 4-Her herself. This was the beginning of a dedication and commitment to 4-H that we honor today. Marcia has been a leader, member of Youth Committee and...
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2009 Louisa County - Bill & Helen Edwards

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:30 PM
He was the quiet, introverted type; she was outgoing and talkative: but they both found 4-H to be something that appealed to them when they were youngsters. For William (Bill) Edwards and Helen (Richardson) Edwards, that appeal has grown over a lifetime into something more like a love of 4-H...

2009 Lucas County - Joe Miller

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:29 PM
Joe Miller was the County Extension Education Director in Lucas County for 15 years (1962-1977). Joe Miller promoted the 4-H program in Lucas County with exchange programs for members with other states and working with the livestock judging teams broadening their knowledge and experience by taking them with him to...
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2009 Madison County

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:27 PM
· 4-H Leaders – Penn Prize Winners · Worked with 4-H’ers and their families in many different ways that help youth explore, learn about and help their community. · Ernie has been a long time supporter of many youth involved with livestock projects and has served as the coach of...

2009 Mahaska County - Lee Norris

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:24 PM
Lee Norris was an active 4-H member, leader, volunteer and advocate for 4-H in Mahaska County, starting at the age of 9 with his first Hampshire pig, laying the foundation for his lifetime career. He served on many local, county, state, and national boards and always worked towards making the...

2009 Marshall County - Pat Miltenberger

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:23 PM
Pat was a member of the Urbana Doers 4-H Club in Monroe County for six years. She was a leader of the Gilman Star Shiners Club in Marshall County for several years and an assistant leader, then leader of the Timber Creek Champs 4-H Club for seven years. In 2003,...

2009 Mills County - LaVerne & Pam Obrecht

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:20 PM
LaVerne and Pam Obrecht have made significant contributions to the Mills County 4-H program over the past 51 years. LaVerne was a 7 year 4-H member in Shelby County. His primary project was Shorthorn cattle which started with his first heifer named “Dutchess”. LaVerne held every office in his 4-H...
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2009 Mitchell County - Annabelle Fish

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:19 PM
Annabelle Fish served Mitchell County 4H for 35 years as the Extension Office manager. In this role, she was the ‘first contact’ for 4H’ers and their families. Annabelle helped these clients find the correct forms, shared due dates, monitored enrollments, and was a key person to a successful County Fair....

2009 Monona County - Irene Lantz

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:17 PM
Irene Lantz was recognized for 30 years of volunteer service to the Monona County 4-H program earlier in 2009. She has made a valuable contribution to youth as a 4-H club leader, and 4-H county fair superintendent for clothing and clothing events. Irene was a 9-year member of 4-H in...

2009 Monroe County - John P. & Lois M. Knowles

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:14 PM
John & Lois have been lifelong supporters of the 4-H program in Monroe County. Both served as 4-H leaders in the Melrose Community and with the outstanding support they flourished for two decades with the Melrose Majors and the Jackson Stars Clubs. John served on the 4-H Committee, Monroe County...

2009 Montgomery County - Dwaine & Helen Long

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:12 PM
Dwaine and Helen Long have been long time supporters of 4-H and youth in Montgomery County. Dwaine started helping with 4-H after his days in the military ended in 1953. He served as a 4-H leader for the Garfield Wolves for 10 years. Dwaine helped start the Montgomery County Fair...

2009 Muscatine County - John Wanfalt

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:07 PM
John Wanfalt was the Extension 4-H & Youth Leader for Muscatine County from 1968-86, a span of 18 years. During that time, John spent many hours planning events to keep the hundreds of youth involved in 4-H active. Day camps for younger members, co-ed camp at the State 4-H Camp...

2009 O'Brien County - Everand & Gladys McDowell Family

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:04 PM
The family of Everand & Gladys McDowell of Primghar have been supporting the O’Brien County 4-H program for nearly 50 years. Brad & Jane McDowell -Brad has been a leader of the Center Farmers 4-H Club for 15 years, and as a Fairboard member and livestock superintendent, has been helping...

2009 Page County - Ron Sanson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:02 PM
Ron Sanson was a strong supporter of 4-H activities during his 40 years as an Iowa State University County Extension worker in Harrison, Crawford, Taylor, and Page Counties. He provided leadership and support of the youth portion at the county fairs and is now a volunteer at the Page County...
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2009 Palo Alto County - Ann Stillman

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 1:01 PM
Ann Stillman is well known in her community as a volunteer for many worth-while causes. One of those worthwhile causes has been 4-H. She was a 4-H club leader for 19 years, three of those years in Audubon, and the rest in Palo Alto County. As a leader of the...

2009 Plymouth County - Norm & Ruth Barker

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:58 PM
Norm and Ruth Barker may not have been 4-H’ers growing up but that didn’t keep them from taking part in the town of Craig, Iowa’s 4-H Fair. This fair began in the 1940’s when the three area churches got together to hold the annual event that would take place for...

2009 Pocahontas County - Ron & Maralyn McLaughlin

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:57 PM
Ron and Maralyn McLaughlin have been long time supporters of the Pocahontas County 4-H program and Fair. They served as 4-H leaders for 8 years, and have judged herdsmanship for 10 years. Maralyn served as a member of the 4-H Youth Committee for 10 years and has been on the...

2009 Polk County - Don & Cheryl Timmins

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:55 PM
Don and Cheryl Timmins have been involved in 4H since young children as they both participated in their county 4H clubs in Iowa. Don was a member of Southern Hustlers 4H club in Jasper County. Cheryl was raised on a farm in Wapello County and was a member of Pleasant...
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2009 East Pottawattamie County -Tom Pattee

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:52 PM
Tom joined a local 4-H club when he was in fifth grade. He was an active member of the Pleasant Record Busters 4-H Club from that time until he graduated from high school. While a 4-H member in East Pottawattamie County Tom had a variety of livestock projects and took...

2009 West Pottawattamie County - Carroll R. Olsen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:48 PM
Carroll was from a 4-H family of members and leaders, and was an eight year 4-H member. He was a local 4-H club leader for many years and was a member and chair of the county 4-H committee. Carroll also served as the beef superintendent at Westfair. Carroll first started...

2009 Poweshiek County - Nancy Allen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:45 PM
As a member of the Clear Lake Sailors in Hamilton County Nancy Allen learned the 4H pledge. Throughout her career in 4H, as a member and as a professional she has lived the 4H pledge, particularly the line, for my club, my community, my country and my world. As a...

2009 Ringgold County - Judy Hensley

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:43 PM
Judy Hensley from Mount Ayr, IA is the 2009 Ringgold County Hall of Fame Honoree. Judy’s ability to care about the youth of Ringgold County and to positively influence adults as well as youth is ongoing. Judy has served as a 4H Club Leader, 4H Program Assistant, Office Assistant and...

2009 Sac County - Harold & Sue Peyton

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:42 PM
Harold has been a 4-H parent and leader for the past 6 years. He guides and instructs the Jackson’s 4-H club in several areas. Service is a main priority. The club has several community service projects such as meals on wheels, building & landscaping a directory at the Sac City...
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2009 Scott County - John & Claudia VenHorst

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:41 PM
Supportive of 4-H is a good description of John and Claudia VenHorst. They have contributed their time, effort, and finances over the last 30 years to help young people have exceptional learning experiences. John and Claudia’s incredible commitment to the Bucket Calf project has enabled young 4-H members to learn...
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2009 Shelby County - Gayle "Whitey" & Sharon Petersen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:40 PM
Gayle “Whitey” and Sharon Petersen have dedicated a significant amount of time, effort and resources over the years to the Shelby County 4-H program and the Shelby County Fair. They were both active in 4-H as youth and have done their share of giving back to 4-H as alumni. As...

2009 Sioux County - Shane & Connie Kirschten

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:39 PM
Shane and Connie Kirschten can testify that 4-H is a family experience. Connie served as the leader of the Valley Volunteers 4-H club for nine years and on the 4-H Awards Committee for the past three years. She has dedicated many hours of time, talent and efforts to 4-H in...
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2009 Story County - Don Struthers

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:38 PM
Don Struthers, long time Collins area farmer, was originally a member of the Collins Comets 4-H Club while his mother served as club leader. During the late 1960’s/early 1970’s Don also served the adult volunteer leader of the Collins Comets 4-H Club. To this day, Don continues a very active...
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2009 Tama County - Jackie Skala

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:37 PM
Jackie Skala has been involved with 4-H since 1987. For five years, she served as an assistant leader for the Toledo Techs 4-H Club and as a representative to the county youth committee. In 1992, she became the Tama County Youth Coordinator and retired from that position at the end...
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2009 Union County - Ruby M. Stephens

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:15 PM
Ruby Stephens started her career with 4-H in Pleasant Township in Union County in the mid 1940’s. She and husband John started the first 4-H horse club in Iowa in 1964. They have six children all of whom were in 4-H and two have served as 4-H leaders with the...
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2009 Van Buren County - Jean Birchmier

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:14 PM
Jean Birchmier has been a loyal and faithful supporter of the Iowa 4-H Program. She was a 4-H member in Keokuk County and a 20 year volunteer in the Van Buren County 4-H Program. She has encouraged youth in various community service projects, instilling in the youth the values of...

2009 Wapello County - Kenny & Audrey Bremer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:13 PM
Growing up, Kenny and Audrey were very active in their own 4-H clubs and each of them worked on livestock projects. Audrey was also very involved with home economics projects. They were great mentors for other youth in their clubs as well as their younger siblings. As teenagers, the two...

2009 Warren County - Donna Sereg

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:13 PM
Donna Sereg has taught and been involved in 4-H activities for over twenty years. She is a true example of dedication to the community and its youth. Building character and being involved with young adults has been her goal and her vision. Mrs. Sereg was a 4-H leader for 15...

2009 Washington County - Donald Davison

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:12 PM
As a youth Donald “Donnie” Davison was not able to be in 4-H. It was during the war and times were tough. However, as a young man he was contacted by a lady to see if he would be a leader for a struggling 4-H club. That was the beginning...

2009 Wayne County - Nancy Bellon

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:11 PM
Nancy Nickel Bellon was a member of the Corydon Happy Hustlers 4-H Club in Wayne County, Iowa, for nine years. Before becoming a 4-H member, Nancy attended 4-H meetings and activities as a young girl with her mother, Velma Jane Nickel, who was a club leader. After her marriage to...
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2009 Webster County - Bruce Long

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:10 PM
Bruce Long has been a Webster County 4-H volunteer for over 32 years. After being a 4-H member, he eagerly started volunteering as a leader almost right after high school. He was a club leader of the Gowrie Gainers then became beef superintendent. Bruce currently assists with the rabbit, beef...

2009 West Pottawattamie County - Richard Vorthmann

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:09 PM
Richard Vorthmann is a perfect example of a lifetime 4-Her. From his first projects at age 10, to serving the West Pottawattamie County 4-H program another 78 years, he has been instrumental, helping to build most of Westfair’s current livestock facilities, and other annual improvement projects. He has served as...

2009 Winneshiek County - Brenda Ranum

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:06 PM
Brenda started in Extension right out of high school. She was the summer assistant at the Extension office in Keokuk County for three years. In 1985 she went to Rock County in Wisconsin where she became a 4-H Youth Development Specialist for 1 year. She married David and they moved...

2009 Woodbury County - Lujean Faber

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 12:04 PM
Lujean was a nine year 4-H member of the Leeds Leaders 4-H Club. She has received both the 4-H Alumni Award and the Outstanding Service Award in Woodbury County. She has been employed as the 4-H County Youth Coordinator in Woodbury County for the past 30 years, finding and working...

2009 Worth County - Gloria Helgeson & Joan Dierenfeld

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:51 AM
Gloria and Joan have been 4-H leaders of the Green Shamrocks 4-H Club in the Kensett, Iowa area for a combined 45 years with Gloria at nearly 30 years and Joan with more than 15 years of service . They have worked together to build a strong club that has...
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2009 Wright County - Ron Swanson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:50 AM
Ronald Swanson was a member of the Lincoln Leader’s 4-H Club in Wright County for nine years including serving as County President of Boy’s 4-H and Wright County 4-H Fun Night King. His major project was showing Holstein dairy cattle. While attending Iowa State University he worked as one of...
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