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2015 Wright County- Rita Mersch

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:38 PM
Rita Mersch was a 4-H leader of the Eagle Red Peppers for 20 years from 1964-1984. Sadly, Rita passed away in 2002. She became a leader when her oldest daughter, had been a 4-H member for approximately three years. She was a 4-H leader for all three of her daughters....

2015 Worth County- Jayne Lupkes

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:35 PM
Jayne Lupkes has been very dedicated to embracing and enhancing the 4-H program in Worth County throughout the past 30 years. She is serving on the County Extension Council, the 4-H committee, has been a 4-H leader and helper throughout those 30 years along with having her children and now...

2015 Woodbury County- Allan and Polly Pithan

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:34 PM
I PLEDGE MY HEAD TO CLEARER THINKING… Allan and Polly Pithan began their 4-H careers representing Woodbury County in 1960. Polly, a nine-year member of the Active Anthonettes where she exhibited in the Foods, Textiles, and Home Improvement projects.. She was involved in numerous community service activities, held club officer positions,...

2015 Winneshiek County- Mildred Lyons

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:32 PM
Mildred Lyons has been involved in 4-H since her teen years when she was a member of 4-H in Wright County. She participated and exhibited at the local and state level. One of her favorite stories is telling about the time she went to the state fair with her father....

2015 Webster County- Ruth Schmalenberger

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:30 PM
While contributions can be measured in many ways, the ultimate contributions most important to any 4-H program are those that keep strong the legacy of learning by doing. In the case of Ruth Schmalenberger, her contributions have not only expanded the legacy and importance of the 4-H program through her...

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 Washington County- Harold and Shirley Bohr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:26 PM
Harold and Shirley Bohr have been involved with 4-H and the Washington County Fair for a number of years in a multitude of ways. Harold passed away in 2014 and Shirley has stepped down from some of her organizational duties. Their smiles, cheerful ways, and helping hands have made 4-H...

2015 Warren County- Joy Rouse

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:24 PM
Joy Rouse lives in Indianola, Iowa. Joy was the Warren County Extension Director for many years. She had the knowledge and history to answer questions, find information, and make sure tasks were being completed. One 4-H volunteer commented that, “For as long as I can remember, Warren County 4-H meant Joy...

2015 Wapello County- Ron and Cindy Donahue

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:22 PM
Ron and Cindy Donohue's involvement in 4-H can be traced back to when they were both children. Ron vividly remembers showing the reserved grand champion steer at the Johnson County 4-H fair while Cindy entered exhibits and demonstrations at the Hamilton County Fair. Ron and Cindy passed on the 4-H tradition...

2015 Van Buren County- David L. Smith

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:20 PM
David L. Smith was an assistant leader and leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H club for 25 years. Before that, he was the leader of an all-boys club, the Harrisburg Beavers. The Jolly Trio Club has always been one of the largest and most active clubs in the county. As...

2015 Union County- Mary O'Riley

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:09 PM
Mary O’Riley is a teacher at heart. The opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of young people and help them develop their potential to be the best they can be attracted Mary to 4-H as a young mother. She has been a devoted 4-H volunteer in Union...
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2015 Taylor County- Linda Wheeler

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:06 PM
Linda Wheeler joined the Platte Peppy Pals, all girls 4-H club, in 1977 at the age of nine, in Taylor County. During her 10 years in 4-H she enjoyed taking exhibits to the fair to be judged. Many of her exhibits included clothing, photography, woodworking, ceramics and pottery. As an active 4-H...

2015 Tama County- Ann McMullin

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 4:00 PM
Ann McMullin began what has become a lifelong association with and dedication to 4-H and Iowa State University Extension while growing up on the family dairy farm. At age 10 she joined both a girls club and 4-H boys club. During the next decade, she completed many home economics and...
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2015 Story County- Jarilyn Upchurch

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:54 PM
Jarilyn (Jerry) Upchurch has been an integral part of the Story County 4-H program for over 35 years. In 2005 she was recognized for 25 years of service as a 4-H club leader. She continues to serve as the Story County superintendent of the Flower Garden project. As a 4-H...
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2015 Sioux County- Mark Pottebaum

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:47 PM
Past recipients of this award have volunteered for 4-H for 20, 30 and even 40 years. Mark Pottebaum may be a more recent volunteer with a mere decade as an official volunteer, but his voice, influence and passion for 4-H have all made an impact. Mark shares his passion for...
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2015 Shelby County- Paula Behrendt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:44 PM
Paula Behrendt has dedicated over 50 years of her life to Shelby County, 10 of which were spent working as the office assistant at the ISU Extension office in Shelby County. Paula graduated from Irwin-Kirkman High School and the University of Northern Iowa. She spent 36 years as a teacher...

2015 Scott County- Scott Campbell

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 3:43 PM
Scott Campbell may know all the 4-Hers in Scott County better than anyone! For over 30 years, he has spent time with them at each fair, listening to their stories, sharing in their successes and recording their accomplishments for a special fair edition of The North Scott Press. He spends...
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2015 Sac County- Marilyn Obmann

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Marilyn started as 4-H leader for The Viola Violets in 1977 when her daughter was active in the club. Later when her son was of the age to join 4-H, Marilyn and husband Fred, along with 2 other couples helped start a boys club that continues today. Marilyn continued to...
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2015 Ringgold County- Lois Hunt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Lois “Cookie” Hunt from Ringgold County is remembered for her many years of service to 4-H and Extension programming in this county as well as all over Iowa. She was a co-leader in the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club for 16 years. The wide variety of learning and community service projects...

2015 Poweskiek County- Betsy Cranston

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
The Poweshiek County 4-H Program is proud to honor Betsy Cranston as their 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee. Betsy became actively involved in the Poweshiek County 4-H program in 2011 by taking on a leadership role within the Deep River Helping Hands 4-H Club. As a club leader, Betsy...

2015 Pottawattamie County (East)- Gene and Sharell Fritz

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Gene and Sharell Fritz’s life-long passions began in 4-H. Both began their 4-H career in 1951. Their parents were club leaders, and Sharell’s grandmother was also a leader. They have guided two more generations of youth in 4-H; their own three children: Melissa, Greg, and Guthrey and grandchildren. Gene’s love of...

2015 Polk County- Ron and Bev Shivers

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
Ron and Bev Shivers exhibit outstanding service to the Polk County 4-H program and have done so for several decades. The Shivers’ investment in youth development is that of time, support and monetary contributions. From donating Polk County Fair t-shirts for exhibitors to buying livestock from 4-H members, the Shivers...
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2015 Pocahontas County- Sarah Munson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
4-H tradition runs deep within Sarah’s roots. Sarah’s parents were 4-H leaders and Sarah was an active 4-H’er throughout her youth. Keeping with tradition, Sarah married a 4-H’er (Glenn) and raised 2 children in the Iowa 4-H program. Sarah was a 4-H leader until her youngest child graduated from high...

2015 Plymouth County- Dennis Baldwin

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
In July of 1988, Dennis’s son Chad showed lambs in his first sheep show. This began a long association with the Plymouth County Fair. Within a few years Dennis was asked to join the sheep committee and the rest is history. During the past 25 years Dennis has watched his...

2015 Palo Alto County- Keyron and Esty Rogarty

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
As we reflect back, the time and commitment that Keyron and Esty Fogarty of Cylinder have given to supporting and improving 4-H in Palo Alto County has been truly amazing. Keyron Joseph Fogarty was born in December of 1926 and was a member of the Fern Valley Wide Awakes 4-H...

2015 Page County- Neil McCoy

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:40 AM
Neil McCoy was an active member of the Valley Boosters 4-H Club for nine years and held many offices. He served as the Page County Boys 4-H President in 1967. Neil especially enjoyed showing Guernsey dairy cattle. After graduating from high school, Neil attended Iowa State University. After graduation, he...
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2015 O'Brien County- Sherry Durst

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Sherry Durst has been involved with the 4-H program for a number of years. She was the O’Brien Extension office secretary for 15 ½ years. While working at the Extension office she learned and became familiar with the 4-H program. Sherry currently serves as the O’Brien County Fair Board secretary....

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 Montgomery County- Carol Sparr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Carol Sparr grew up on a farm near Rulo, Nebraska. She graduated from Falls City, Nebraska High School and Peru State College. Carol has been married to her husband Ted for 48 years and they have made their home in Red Oak, Iowa. Carol became involved in 4- H when...

2015 Monroe County- Ron and Marlene Clark

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
4-H has strong roots in the Clark family. Ron grew up showing cattle and holding various offices in the Union Leaders 4-H club in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He was the oldest of five Clark children to be active members of that club near the town of Lovilia,...

2015 Monona County- Cheri Hardison

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:39 AM
Cheri Hardison and husband, Bob, manage and live on an acreage near Onawa, Iowa. They have been married 40 years in August of 2015. They are blessed with 3 children, Colton, Carla, and Kelsey, that were all active in 4-H. Cheri was a 4-H member of the Jordan Sunshine 4-H...

2015 Mitchell County- Terry and Allison Kruse

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Terry and Allison Kruse have served the Mitchell County 4-H program in a variety of ways over the past years. Terry has been the lead beef superintendent and has helped with the weigh-ins, workshops and the County 4-H Beef Show for more than a decade. Allison has been a 4-H club...

2015 Mills County- James Paul

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
James Paul began his career as a Henderson Hornets 4-H member in 1966. He learned organizational and leadership skills while serving as secretary and president of his club. He enjoyed showing beef, swine, rabbits and photography at the county fair. As a youth, James understood the importance of going the “extra...
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2015 Marshall County- Larry and Jacki Henchal

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Larry and Jackie Henchal were instrumental in growing 4-H’ers on the west side of Marshall County in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Larry took charge of the “boys club,” Central Iowa Livestock, where his son Randy was a member while Jackie assisted in the leadership of the State Center...

2015 Marion County- Martha Reed

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

2015 Mahaska County- Richard Sammons

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Richard Sammons was passionate about the Southern Iowa Fair. In high school, he was a member of the Eddyville FFA chapter. After high school, he married his wife Julie. They became parents of a daughter, Tayler. Taylor was active in 4-H and FFA, so Richard became involved with her projects...

2015 Madison County- Rita Huntrods

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Rita Huntrods was a nine year member of the Lee Stars 4-H Club in Madison County, Iowa. She was a very active 4-H’er, participating as an elected officer in her club numerous years. She participated in a variety of project areas, including sheep, clothing, style review, home furnishings, and food...

2015 Lyon County- Harriet Metzger

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:38 AM
Harriet Metzger became a leader of the Alvord Hawkeyes 4-H Club in the early 90’s. She was told by her daughter “You should be the leader or I may go to 4-H in another town.” Harriet decided that she would take on this challenge. Harriet was always willing to try new...
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2015 Lucas County- Ed and Sid Shanks

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
Father and son, Ed & Sid Shanks were both lifelong residents of the Lucas County. They were always big supporters of Lucas County 4-H program. Whether it was actually being in 4-H themselves, parenting their own kids in 4-H, serving on the youth committees, sleeping at the fairgrounds all night...
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2015 Louisa County- F.D. and Lucile Smylie

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
F. D. grew up in Columbus Junction and Louisa County and graduated from Iowa State. Then he did what so many young people want to do – he left Iowa for California! Lucile was raised on a farm, graduated from Grandview High School and the University of Iowa then began...

2015 Linn County- Clifford Henderson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
The Linn County 4-H Horse Committee was established in 1968 by Clifford J. Henderson of Marion and several other dedicated volunteers. Under his direction, Horse Camp was established at Camp Wapsi. One-day workshops on specific topics and skills were presented, such as: nutrition, grooming, horsemanship and showmanship. Youth especially enjoyed...
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2015 Lee County- Cathy Holtcamp

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:37 AM
Cathy Holtkamp was born and raised in Lee County. She and her husband, Larry Holtkamp, have four children who were all very active in 4-H. In 1986, Cathy took a job working for Lee County Extension. She became the County Youth Coordinator and was actively involved in a program that...
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2015 Keokuk County- David and Kay Witte

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:30 AM
Both David and Kay served on the Keokuk County Extension Agricultural Council. It was a rewarding and learning time for both of them. Kay helped judge the Clover Kids at the Expo as they proudly brought in their exhibits to be shared. Kay stated, “I just praise them for their...

2015 Jones County- Gerald and Verlyn Stolte

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
Verlyn & Jerry have been married 52 years. Their volunteer 4-H experience began when their daughter was in her third year of 4-H. Verlyn was a 4-H club leader for Morley Merry Maidens and Morley M & M’s for the next 35 years! Verlyn continues to support Jones County 4-H...
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2015 Johnson County- Nick and Georgie Greiner

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:29 AM
The Greiner’s involvement with the Johnson County 4-H program began in approximately 1970. Nick was asked to assist with the 4-H sheep program at the Johnson County Fair. He soon became the sheep superintendent, a position he held until 2013. Nick and Georgie organized and taught many sheep/lamb workshops 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 Jasper County- Jeannie Boetcher

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Jeannie Boetcher has been involved with the 4-H program most of her life. At the age of nine she joined the Atomic Starlets for a year and then she became a member of the Jolly Workers 4-H club. She remained a member until graduating high school. She became an assistant...

2015 Jackson County- Leland and Jeanette Lane

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Head, Heart, Hands & Health; these are all things that are part of Leland & Jeanette Lane’s everyday life. Leland has been active in 4-H since youth as a member and involvement has continued into Leland and Jeanette’s married life as club leaders, committee members, Dairy Promotion Board members and...

2015 Iowa County- George Hunt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
For the past 26 years, George Hunt has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours. From serving as 4-H Club Leader, Beef Superintendent, 4-H Committee Member, Iowa County 4-H Foundation Director, Iowa County Extension Council Member, and as a member on the Iowa County Fair Board overall his support for Iowa...
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2015 Ida County- Tom Conover

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Tom Conover was born and raised at Bonnie Acres Farm south of Holstein, in Ida County. As a youth, he was active in the Battle Boys 4-H Club for 8 years. His projects included Hereford breeding cattle, Belgian draft horses, and Berkshire swine. He earned the “I Dare You” Award,...
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2015 Humboldt County- Daniel and Jean Holste

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:28 AM
Daniel and Jean have been positive influences to the Humboldt County 4-H program and have enjoyed the time they have invested in this program. They were asked to be a part of the program by former Humboldt County Youth Coordinator, David Stephens. The Holstes are Master Gardeners. They have taught...

2015 Howard County- Glen and Alice Klimesh Family

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:27 AM
The Klimesh family has been involved in 4-H since 1966. Alice and (the late) Glen Klimesh had 10 children: Glenda, Arla, Keith, Lyle, Ronnie, Loren, Jan, Stac, Kurt and Kent. Of their ten children, eight of them were members in the 4-H organization. The Klimesh children were members of the...

2015 Harrison County- David Seilstad

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:17 AM
David Seilstad has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach for over 25 years. He is the Youth Program Specialist for Region 17 which is made up of 7 southwest area counties with his office in Harrison County. David started the First Lego League in Harrison County several years ago which has...

2015 Hardin County- Richelle Stowe

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:17 AM
She’s been a 4-Her for life – literally. Since before she could walk, Richelle Stowe was attending Pleasant Peppy Teens 4-H meetings with her six older sisters and her mother, who was the leader of the club. When she was finally able to join the club, she thrived in the...

2015 Hancock County- Glen and Terry Greiman

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Glen and Terri Greiman have a history rich with 4-H involvement. Glen grew up as a 4-Her and made sure his kids were involved as soon as they were old enough. Glen and Terri have given countless hours to Hancock County 4-H and the county fair. Glen served on the...

2015 Hamilton County- Dan and Donna Ryherd

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Dan and Donna Ryherd have been very active volunteers for the Hamilton County 4-H program for the past 30 years. They began their volunteer services during the time their children Mark, Lee, Grant and Jan were involved in the 4-H program and have continued serving Hamilton County 4-H’ers. Donna was a...

2015 Guthrie County- Jim and Lisa Calvert

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:16 AM
Jim Calvert began his 4-H career as a member of the Wichita Wildcats 4-H club in Guthrie County. After going to college and receiving a degree in agricultural education he returned to Guthrie Center High School as the agricultural and FFA instructor where he taught for the past 35 years....

2015 Grundy County- Curtis and Lorieann Kyhl

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:14 AM
Curt & Lorieann Kyhl have been actively involved in 4-H from the time their son Chris and daughter Kayla enrolled in 4-H. They have always offered a helping hand wherever it is needed during the year and especially during the week of fair. They have always been huge supporters of...

2015 Greene County- David and Cheri Roquet

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Over the years, David and Cherie Roquet have greatly impacted countless youth and families through the Greene County 4-H program. This influence was especially significant during the 15 years Cherie served as 4-H Youth Coordinator and David was an active member of the fair board. Cherie grew up in Knoxville...

2015 Fremont County- Tom and Norma Troxel

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Tom and Norma Troxel, living on a Century Farm in rural Farragut have been involved in Fremont County 4-H for most of their lives. Tom, a 4th generation ag producer was both a member, and a leader, of the Southeast Future Farmers 4-H Club. Norma, one of 11 kids, was...

2015 Franklin County- Carolyn Oleson

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
For the past 48 years, Carolyn Oleson has been a 4-H Volunteer in Franklin County! Carolyn began her involvement in 4-H as a member of the Scott Scotties 4-H Club, and later became a leader of that same club when her daughters joined. Carolyn continued lending a helping hand to...

2015 Floyd County- Sue Sedgwick

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:13 AM
Susan Sedgwick began her 4-H volunteer career while working on the family farm south of Charles City. She served on the Floyd County Extension Board of Directors Council from 1990-present. She has held many offices on this council with the most recent as treasurer. Her personal and dedicated leadership as...
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2015 Fayette County- Norma Kerr

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:12 AM
Norma Kerr started 4-H as a Clayton County member in the Garnavillo Farmerettes 4-H Club. Due to her family moving, she selected not to continue with 4-H as a youth. In 1971, Norma became one of the leaders of the Clermont Country Cousins 4-H Club. She continued as a leader...

2015 Emmet County- Athlyn Black

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Emmet County’s 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee is Athlyn Black. As a 4-H’er herself in Wright County, Athlyn was a member of the Eagle Red Peppers 4-H Club. She really enjoyed participating in skits, sewing, baking, and 4-H Fun Nights. A highlight of her 4-H career was winning the...
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2015 Dubuque County- Marilyn Lawler

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Marilyn Collins Lawler grew up on a farm in Jackson County and was a member of the Otter Creek Starlets 4-H Club for ten years. She held every office throughout that membership. As a 4-Her her favorite memories were of talks, demonstrations, club Christmas parties and camps, but mostly, the...

2015 Des Moines County- Robert and Marlene Beckman

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:11 AM
Marlene and Robert Beckman both started 4-H when they were 10 years old. As 4-H members, Marlene showed poultry, cattle, and participated in showmanship, along with doing gardening, sewing, and many other indoor projects. Robert showed dairy cattle, receiving grand champion numerous times over the years, and participated in showmanship....

2015 Delaware County- John and Ruth Deutmeyer

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:10 AM
For the past thirty-five years, John and Ruth Deutmeyer have spent time volunteering to support the 4-H program of Delaware County. They are the parents of four children; Jenifer Deutmeyer-McGovern, Pharm D, from Petersburg, Jason Deutmeyer, M.D., from Bettendorf, Iowa, Angela Fontaine, graphic artist/accountant, from Elgin, Illinois and Alex Deutmeyer,...

2015 Dallas County- Linda Nelson

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:34 AM
Linda Nelson started as a 4H member in Montgomery County as a Frankfort Clovia Clan. She said at that time there were separate girls and boys clubs but if a girl wanted to show livestock she joined in both a girls and boys club. The girls clubs would work primarily...

2015 Crawford County- Coletta Weeda

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:34 AM
Coletta Weeda from Denison, IA is the 2015 Crawford County Hall of Fame Honoree. Coletta’s thirty years of outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H program makes her an excellent inductee. Her ability to model service, volunteerism, integrity, and leadership has assisted hundreds of 4-H members in reaching and surpassing...

2015 Clinton County- Ray and Evelyn Stuedemann

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Ray and Evelyn Stuedemann were very active in the Clinton County 4-H program for many years and continue to be avid supporters. Ray and Evelyn were both involved in the 4-H program as youth. Ray’s father was the leader of his club. Ray was a member of the Lincoln Cowmilkers and...

2015 Clayton County- Vernon and Joyce Cherne

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Vernon and Joyce Cherne of rural Guttenberg have farmed in Clayton County since early 1972. Vernon served in the United States Navy for seven years before returning home to farm. Vernon and Joyce married in 1972. They have four children: Eric, Julie, Amy and Scott. Their children were all...

2015 Clay County- Hardie J. Ball Jr.

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

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:33 AM
Melanie Eddy’s passion for 4-H began at a very young age. She grew up on a farm in rural Osceola and joined 4-H in the 5th grade. She was a member of the Ward Washington Wanderettes girl’s 4-H club, and showed interest in food and nutrition, clothing and home furnishings....

2015 Chickasaw County- Patty Phillips

Posted on 08/23/2015 at 9:32 AM
Patty Phillips contributed a great number of hours to the Chickasaw County 4-H program through her 8 years of 4-H involvement and 6 years of service on the Youth Development Committee. In 2007, Patty was integral in developing the County Fair food stand; coordinating food, scheduling workers, grilling hamburgers and brats,...

2015 Cherokee County- Dennis and Lois Alquist

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:06 PM
Although Dennis and Lois Alquist were not youth 4-H members, however, they became involved when their children entered the 4-H program. Dennis was a co-leader of the Sheridan-Sure-Shooters 4-H Club who were active in the area of showing livestock. Each year the leaders provided leadership and help for members to make...

2015 Cerro Gordo County- Randy and Janet Grey

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:04 PM
Randy and Janet Grey’s 4-H participation started young. Both were 9 year members of the Iowa 4-H program Randy in Dallas County and Janet in Cerro Gordo. Both were active in their clubs and counties exhibiting and participating in a wide variety of project areas. They continued to expand their...

2015 Cedar County- Russ Cook

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:02 PM
Russ Cook has been involved in 4-H helping youth most of his life. He volunteers with all aspects of the Cedar County 4-H program for years including: --Serving as one of the beef superintendents for the fair for many years, --helping with market beef weigh-in, --serving as a ring man for...
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2015 Cass County- Mary Ottmar

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 2:00 PM
Mary was an outstanding 4-H member who showcased her leadership & communication skills throughout her membership in 4-H. Mary began her professional Extension career in 1972 as the Cass County Extension 4-H and Youth Leader for 20 years. Mary strived to increase 4-H membership by building strong relationships with the...

2015 Calhoun County- Marlene Meyer

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:59 PM
Marlene Meyer of Lytton was a 4-H Leader for the Calhoun County, Iowa Garfield Gleam Girls 4-H Club for 11 years. Club membership ranged from 27 to 19 members. Marlene was patient, organized, and thoughtful wanting all girls to learn and to have fun as a group. One of her...

2015 Butler County- C. Dale Boelman

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:55 PM
Butler County’s Hall of Fame Inductee is C. Dale Boelman of Clarksville. In looking back, I’m not sure there was never a time when Dale was not involved in 4-H. His parents were both long time leaders and Dale was always active as well. He was particularly active in the...

2015 Buena Vista County- Lee Meyer

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:54 PM
Buena Vista County 4-H is proud to recognize LEE MEYER as the 2015 Iowa Hall of Fame Honoree. Lee’s first experience with 4-H was as a member of the former Elk Antler 4-H Club in Elk township near Alta, Iowa. From there, Lee has experienced the full range of 4-H...

2015 Buchanan County- Ken and Kathy Kehril

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:44 PM
Ken and Kathy Kehrli have enjoyed being involved with 4-Hers for over 20 years. Through these years many lifelong friendships have been made, and they are thankful for the opportunity to witness so many quality young people benefit from their 4-H experiences as they begin their own families and careers,...

2015 Bremer County- Chris and Shannon Knapp

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 1:42 PM
Chris joined the Jackson Beavers 4-H Club as soon as he was old enough, where he held several club offices and served on county council. Chris exhibited cattle all years that he was active. Shannon was active in 4-H in Wisconsin, Wyoming and Iowa. She joined 4-H in 5th grade...

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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2015 Black Hawk County- Barbara and P. Lee Miller

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 12:29 PM
Deeply-held commitment to 4-H, church, community, family and farming have defined the lives of Barbara and P. Lee Miller for many years. As young people growing up on farms each became avid 4-H members. Lee, a member of the Orange Boosters club, participated with dairy projects where he was able...

2015 Benton County- Rick Claeys

Posted on 08/21/2015 at 12:25 PM
Rick Claeys was a member of the Benton County Pork Producers, a member of the Benton County 4-H Committee and served as Swine Superintendent at the Benton County Fair. He truly enjoyed working with the youth, the parents and supporters and had a listening ear for parents and members who...

2015 Audubon County- Virgil Sorensen

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:22 AM
Virgil Sorensen has been a longtime supporter of the Audubon County 4-H Program. His 4-H career began in 1952 when he joined the Hamlin Ribbon Winners 4-H Club and exhibited Brown Swiss Dairy Cattle at the fair. He also participated in plowing contests and many other activities through 4-H....

2015 Appanoose County- Carolyn Bauman

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:20 AM
Carolyn Bauman has been actively involved in the Appanoose County 4-H Program and the Appanoose County Fair since 1961. Carolyn was a leader of the True Blue 4-H Club during the late 70’s and early 80’s when her children were in 4-H. She was also on the Appanoose County 4-H...

2015 Allamakee County- Don and Michelle Dee

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:18 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is pleased to recognize Don and Michelle Dee as the 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. Don and Michelle are long-time supporters of the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Their 4-H involvement has spanned several years — from their years...

2015 Adams County- Evelyn Lund

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:14 AM
Evelyn Pauline Thomas Lund was born and raised in Adams County. She and her sister were raised by their mother at an early age, 9 and 6, after the sudden death of their father, Wilfred. Their mother, Agnes, worked in private homes, cleaning and caring for people. Things weren’t easy,...
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2015 Adair County- Ralph Lents

Posted on 08/19/2015 at 10:09 AM
Ralph Lents of Menlo comes from a strong 4-H oriented family with his parents, two brothers and one sister all being involved as a 4-H family at the county and state levels. Ralph participated with cattle and hog projects, and livestock judging, but leadership was one of Ralph’s strong points. His...
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2014 Wright County - Dale Haugland

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:54 AM
Dale Haugland began his 4-H volunteer career while working at the local photography studio. Wright County Extension staff stopped in the studio and asked if someone could do a workshop on photography for the 4-H’ers. Dale was sent to do his first photography workshop and from that day on led...

2014 Worth County - Paul Ferley

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:53 AM
Paul Ferley has served the Worth County 4-H program in a variety of ways. He co-managed the Worth County 4-H Food Stand for a number of years with great success in recording increased funds for the Worth County 4-H Foundation. Paul also was 4-H Beef Superintendent after his children completed...
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2014 Woodbury County - Maggie Locke

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:51 AM
To say when it all started, is probably when Christine, the oldest Locke child, joined 4-H in 1983. Being the involved parent that she was, Maggie became the assistant leader and then the organizational leader of the Woodbury Westsiders 4-H Club. She was a leader for seven years past her...

2014 Winneshiek County - Norbert Lovstuen

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:42 AM
Norbert has been a 4-Her since 1959 when he became a member of the Burr Oak Builders 4-H Club. He exhibited Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle and participated in dairy judging, advancing to the national competition. He also won numerous showmanship awards while showing his animals. Norbert met Diane Ruen in...

2014 Webster County - John and Sandee Bonner

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:40 AM
John and Sandee Bonner have been involved with 4-H and Extension & Outreach in many ways since moving to Webster County in 1991. John retired as CEO/EVP of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) in 2013 and Sandee is employed as a Special Education Consultant for Prairie Lakes...

2014 Wayne County - Jan Winslow

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:38 AM
Jan Winslow started working for Iowa State University Extension in 1968 as a Home Economist. She worked primarily with 4-H conducting leadership training in home economics and photography. She worked in Wayne, Appanoose & Lucas counties which were part of the Ottumwa District. She was very busy each summer as those...
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2014 Washington County - Robert Emde

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:37 AM
Robert Emde never met a stranger. He loved talking to people and loved getting them to his county fair. As a Washington County 4-H and FFA member, Robert exhibited cattle at the county and state level. His friends explained he had an eye for good black cattle and they had...

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 Van Buren County - Norma Whitaker

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:33 AM
Norma Whitaker is a leader of the Jolly Trio 4-H Club in Van Buren County. She has been a leader for the past 9 years. She is dedicated to the success of the Van Buren County 4-H program. Before becoming a leader she was a 4-H mom. She is the...

2014 Union County - Verna Bailey

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:31 AM
Union County Friends of 4-H has proudly selected Verna Bailey and the late Paul Bailey as 2014 inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Verna and Paul, of Creston, became involved in Union County 4-H in the 1970’s, first as parents and then as leaders of the Douglas Boosters,...
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2014 Story County - Doris Olson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:27 AM
Doris Olson has been an integral part of 4-H in Story County for many years. Her name was synonymous with the 4-H horse program. Although she is not currently active in the program, she still enjoys visiting the fair every year to catch up with old friends and to see...
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2014 State Recognition - Jerry Parsons

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:20 AM
Jerry Parsons has had a memorable career and vocation with the Iowa State Extension Service. In 1952, he received his bachelor’s in Agriculture Education from Iowa State College (ISC). Following his stint in the US Navy, Jerry joined the State Extension staff as Youth Assistant in Jones County in 1954....

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 Sioux County - Cheryl Palsma

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 10:15 AM
Cheryl Palsma has committed to being a 4-H club leader and the caring adult for countless 4-H’ers in Sioux County. The 4-H program depends on selfless people like Cheryl to willingly give back to the 4-H program. Change is inevitable. Club names change. We no longer have the Reading Rough...
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2014 Scott County - Jeanette Korthaus

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 9:29 AM
It was 1943 when Scott County’s inductee, Jeanette (Keppy) Korthaus, joined 4-H at age 10. After 11 years, she graduated from 4-H. Since then she has continued as a 4-H volunteer to develop the skills of youth and adults. She was Scott County 4-H vice president, counselor at 4-H Camp Abe...
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2014 Ringgold County - Cindy Schlapia and Cheryl Whittington

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:34 AM
Cindy Schlapia and Cheryl Whittington have devoted over 25 years enhancing the lives of 4-H members in Ringgold County. The educational experiences, positive role modeling, youth led activities, community service, and hands on in the community and fair will forever impact the young people in all they do and in...

2014 Poweshiek County - Larry Sears

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:32 AM
Poweshiek County 4-Hers are proud to honor Larry Sears as their inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. He is best known to county 4-Hers as an auctioneer in the sale ring every year when members sell their projects. Many have met him in the show ring , and...

2014 Polk County - Jim and Judy Nelson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:31 AM
Jim & Judy Nelson have been advocates and leaders of the Levis N Lace 4-H Club in Polk County for over a decade. Judy has been involved with the 4-H Program Advisory Board for several years. She has helped out with the food sale and the Bar-B-Que at the Polk...
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2014 Pocahontas County - Nancy Jenson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:29 AM
Pocahontas County had the privilege of having Nancy Jenson as a part of their 4-H program for over 30 years. Nancy started her 4-H journey in Crawford County as a 4-H’er herself and continued as an Extension Home Economist serving Pocahontas, Humboldt and Calhoun County before becoming the County Extension Director...

2014 Plymouth County - Carol Schneider

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:28 AM
Carol Schneider had to beg her parents two different times before they let her join 4-H. Little did she know just how much 4-H would shape her life for years to come. Carol was a member of the Franklin Friendly Farmerettes and the Franklin Happy-G0-Luckies 4-H Clubs. After high school Carol...

2014 Palo Alto County - Roberta Hersom

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:26 AM
The time and commitment that Roberta Hersom of Emmetsburg has committed to supporting and improving 4-H in Palo Alto County has been truly astonishing. She has been a 4-H organizational leader for the Junior Clippers 4-H Club for the past fifteen years. Through the years she has taught members many...

2014 Page County - Harold and Shirley Anderson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:24 AM
Harold and Shirley Anderson have been involved with the Page County 4-H program for many years. They were both 4-H members. Harold was a member of the Fremont Farmers, and Shirley was a charter member of the Shenandoah Tri M’s. They were also club leaders. Harold was the leader for...

2014 Muscatine County - Irene Lary

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:22 AM
Back in 1952, Irene’s first encounter with 4-H was not a good one when she enrolled in an agriculture club with a baby beef project as there was no “girls” club in her township. Fortunately for her, she saw 4-H girls home economics projects exhibited at the county fair and...

2014 Montgomery County - Wanda Johnson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:20 AM
Wanda originally came to SW Iowa from Nodaway County, Missouri. There she was a member of the Burlington Jet 4-H Club. While a 4-H member, Wanda enjoyed showing Jersey dairy cows and had picked up a knack for judging chickens. Shortly after moving to Iowa, she met her husband, Harlan Johnson,...

2014 Monroe County - Dean and Nathalie Lathrop

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:18 AM
Dean and Nathalie Lathrop have been lifelong supporters of the 4-H program in Monroe County. Both have served on the Monroe County Fair Board for many years putting hours in to volunteer to help make the best better. They also serve as Fair Board secretary-treasurer. With their outstanding support they...

2014 Monona County - Dave Hausman

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:17 AM
Dave Hausman was recognized for 25 years of volunteer service to the Monona County 4-H program in 2007 and in 1985 he received the Monona County 4-H Alumni recognition. He was a 9-year member of the Franklin Go-Getters 4-H Club growing up in Onawa. Dave and wife, Gloria, have lived in...

2014 Mitchell County - Marlene Weis

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:15 AM
Marlene Weis has been a 4-H leader for the Stacyville Shooting Stars 4-H club in Mitchell County for the past twelve years. Her organization and dedication to the club has helped the club to continue its strong membership throughout those years. 4-H leaders are expected to help their club members learn...

2014 Mills County - Robert Moore

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:13 AM
Bob Moore has been an active volunteer for Mills County 4H in many capacities. While serving as a club leader, he was also a member of the fair board. He was instrumental in getting the County Road Department to donate a dump truck during fair week to haul animal waste...
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2014 Marshall County - Tom Hemesath

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:11 AM
Tom has been involved with the Marshall County 4-H program since 2000. Along with his wife Lisa, he served as co-leader of the Central Iowa 4-H Club for ten years. During those ten years, enrollment increased from 29 in the first year to over 50 members for the next nine...

2014 Mahaska County - Eileen Blom

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:10 AM
Eileen Blom has a rich history in Mahaska County 4-H. She served as a 4-H club leader, volunteer, Extension volunteer, and currently partners with 4-H through her work in horticulture, floriculture and with the local Farm Bureau. Eileen’s children participated in Mahaska County 4-H and now her grandchildren are Mahaska...

2014 Louisa County - Mike Hendrickson

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:08 AM
Legend has it that Mike Hendrickson’s grandfather was one of the founders of the Louisa County 4-H Club known as JCAB. Perhaps that’s true, but the Louisa County 2014 inductee for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was never a member of that club – or any other 4-H club....

2014 Linn County - Marilyn Butler

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:06 AM
Marilyn Butler’s career as a 4-H volunteer leader started in 1977 when she became the organizational leader of the College Chickadees 4-H Club in Linn County. That’s 37 years of “true green” 4-H dedication! In her role as leader she has shepherded her 4-H flock providing guidance with record books,...
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2014 Keokuk County - Terry and Marsha Steinhart

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:53 PM
Terry and Marsha were eager to become 4-H members, as they had older brothers and sisters who were active members, so they joined 4-H as soon as they were eligible at age 10. Terry was a member of the Oak Hill Feeders and Marsha, a member of the Liberty Future...

2014 Jones County - John Harmes

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:50 PM
John Harms is well aware of the important role that a county fair can have in developing and operating a successful county 4-H program. John’s personal experiences as a Jones County 4-H’er and a member of the county youth committee kindled his goal and desire to help grow the opportunity...
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2014 Jefferson County - Eileen Pickard

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:39 PM
Eileen Pickard has been an instrumental part of the Jefferson County 4-H program for many years. She began her involvement in 4-H as a member of the Busy Bees 4-H Club in Wapello, where she participated in sewing, furniture refinishing, home decorating, and decoupage projects. When her children joined 4-H,...

2014 Jackson County - Larry and Mary Lou Johnson

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:38 PM
Larry and Mary Lou Johnson reside in rural Maquoketa where they own and operate the family farm. While still in high school, Larry started farming with 25 head of cows and feeder cattle, 200 hogs and 80 acres of corn. Today, the operation has grown to 450 stock cows, 4,500...

2014 Iowa County - Theresa Heitman

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:36 PM
Theresa Heitman of Williamsburg is Iowa County’s nomination for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Theresa Walker Heitman began her 4-H career in the 1970’s in Iowa County as a member of the Sumner Sweethearts, with projects like beef, clothing, home improvement, foods and nutrition, citizenship, communication and child development....
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2014 Ida County - Dale and Sandy Ullrich

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:34 PM
The Ida County nomination for the 4-H Hall of Fame is Dale and Sandy Ullrich of Arthur. Dale and Sandy have supported the county 4-H program and the county fair in numerous ways. Dale and Sandy served as leaders for the Blaine Clovers for many years. Their group planted many...
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2014 Humboldt County - Marilyn Hundertmark

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:24 PM
Marilyn was a member of the Rutland Lucky Stars of Humboldt County for 8 years and later became a leader of that club for 9 years. By being a member of 4-H, Marilyn made new friends, gained skills in homemaking, and became a good citizen. She was able to pass...

2014 Henry County - Deborah Sinclair

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:22 PM
The Henry County inductee to the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame truly lives every day making the best better. Deborah Goering Sinclair was born in Iowa County in August of 1961 to Don and Doris Goering. To say she was born bleeding green is an understatement as she is...
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2014 Harrison County - Paul Lane

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:20 PM
Paul Lane has always been a strong supporter and believer in the 4-H program. He was a member of the Missouri Valley Hot Shots 4-H Club. Ever since then, he has supported the county 4-H program. Paul always attends the Harrison County Fair each year, even when he...

2014 Hardin County - Jackie Tibbs

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:15 PM
Jackie Tibbs grew up on a farm in Preston, in Hardin County where her family raised crops and livestock. She attended Iowa State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education. Jackie then taught at a middle school in St. Joe, Iowa, until she married Allen Tibbs, a Hardin County...

2014 Hancock County - LaVern and Della Velau

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:13 PM
LaVern and Della Velau have given many years to the 4-H program in Hancock County. For 23 years they co-managed the 4-H food stand at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. They began as volunteers, but their efforts were so fruitful in increasing traffic and, therefore, profits for 4-H, that the Extension...

2014 Hamilton County - Pam Henderson

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:11 PM
Pam Henderson has been a very active volunteer for the Hamilton County 4-H program for the past 30 years. She began her volunteer service during the time her children were involved in the Hamilton County 4-H program and has continued with her grandchildren’s participation. Pam’s 4-H career began when she joined...

2014 Guthrie County - Jim and Mary Jo Laughery

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:09 PM
4-H has been a large part of the Laughery family. Mary Jo Laughery grew up in Guthrie County 4-H and was a part of the Beaver Valley Girls 4-H Club. While in 4-H she was busy with clothing, home improvement, and demonstrations. She was unable to show cattle in the...

2014 Grundy County - Bill Noteboom

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:08 PM
Bill Noteboom has been involved in the Grundy County 4-H program for many years. He started his 4-H career in 1972 as a Black Hawk County 4-H member in the Orange Boosters 4-H club. He showed swine, beef and ponies. He also participated in non-livestock projects such as corn, beans,...

2014 Fremont County - Phillip Wing

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:01 PM
Phillip (Phil) Wing, is a fixture at the Fremont County Fair, serving as a superintendent of the 4-H Beef Show for nearly 30 years. Phil, a native of Fremont County, was raised on the farm that he now calls home near Farragut. As a youth, Phil was a member of the...

2014 Franklin County - Dr. Richard Flickinger

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 10:00 PM
Dr. Richard Flickinger was a veterinarian in Franklin County for over 30 years. He was a great friend to 4H and helped many youth with their livestock and pet projects. Dr. Flickinger always had time to explain any question 4H’ers had for him. He also liked to take advantage of...

2014 Floyd County - Joe and Sue Paulus

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:57 PM
Joe and Sue Paulus have been Floyd County 4-H supporters for many years. Their involvement in 4-H began when their children became interested in what the organization had to offer. Joe and Sue have been both parent supporters and community supporters of the 4-H organization for almost 20 years. During the...
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2014 Fayette County - Don Bahe

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:55 PM
Don Bahe, rural Stanley, was a Fayette County 4-H member from 1954-1963. He has been a great supporter and contributor to the Fayette County 4-H program and to Fayette County Extension. Don was the Scott Hot Shots club leader from1994 to 2002, earning an Award of the Clover in 1998. He...

2014 Emmet County - David & Carol Solberg

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:54 PM
David and Carol Solberg have been lifelong volunteers for the Emmet County 4-H program. As youth they both participated in the 4-H program. Carol was a member of 4-H in Palo Alto County, where she enjoyed showing swine, creating home improvement and food & nutrition exhibits, and being active as...
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2014 East Pottawattamie - Boyd M. Nilan

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:52 PM
Boyd Nilan was instrumental in the development of 4-H in East Pottawattamie County. In 1950, with motivation from his wife, Norma, he helped to start the Westside Feeders 4-H Club and continued as a leader for fifteen years. His passion with 4-H youth, as well as in his family life...

2014 Dubuque County - Betty Pins

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:45 PM
Betty Pins served as a Dubuque County 4-H leader for 32 years. She and her sister-in-law started the Bankston Congenial Girls 4-H Club in 1967. The first club’s meeting consisted of 25 girls. Each year the membership successfully grew. At one point the club had over 40 members. She enjoyed...

2014 Howard County - Lowell and Marge Dohlman

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:43 PM
Lowell and Marge Dohlman from Howard county have been active within 4-H in every way since their youth. They were members, club leaders, judges, Youth Development Committee members, Alumni Committee members, project leaders, Clover Kid leaders and as they would probably say their most important role – they were 4-H parents. Lowell...

2014 Des Moines County - Andy and Lyn Brader

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:41 PM
Andy and Lyn Brader have a background going back to 1947. Andy Brader joined the Sperry Sodbusters 4-H club around 1947 and Lyn Brader joined the Huron Peppy Pals in 1949. When Lyn joined there were boys clubs and girls clubs and at that time the boys were the ones...

2014 Delaware County - Martin and Joann Kruse

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:40 PM
Martin and Joann Kruse’ 4-H roots date back over 60 years. Joann Ries was a member of the Polly Pigtails 4-H club and Martin Kruse was a member of the Petersburg Livestock 4-H club when they made their début at the 1950 Delaware County Fair. Little did either know that...

2014 Dallas County - Chuck and Lorinda Inman

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:38 PM
Chuck & Lorinda Inman have been involved with 4-H since they were club members. They coached and encouraged their three children, Coralie, Bradley and Katharina through the Dallas County 4-H program, participating in club and county activities. Their involvement with 4-H activities has continued to expand. Lorinda served two terms on...

2014 Crawford County - Dick and Rona Bromert

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:37 PM
Dick Bromert grew up in Carroll County and was an active 4-Her and showed cattle. Rona Bromert grew up south of Vail and was very active in 4-H. They became 4-H leaders of the 4-Leaf Clovers 4-H Club the year after their son, Justin, joined 4-H. They encouraged all their club...

2014 Clinton County - Marvel Smith

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:35 PM
Marvel Smith from DeWitt served many years in the Clinton County Extension office in DeWitt. She began as an office assistant in the fall of 1969, serving for 26 years, retiring in 1994. 4-H leaders and members remember Marvel for her ability to know all the forms and all the changes...

2014 Clayton County - Sandy Ruckhaber

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:31 PM
Sandy Ruckhaber grew up on a farm south of Menomonie, in Dunn County Wisconsin. Sandy was a member of the Little Elk Creek 4-H Club. Sandy has had a passion for horses and all things connected to horses all her life. The year she had a colt eligible for the...

2014 Clay County - Roger and Kay Zieman

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

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:28 PM
Joyce began her career with Clarke County Extension in 1981 as an office assistant and retired in 2010. Many of her hours were spent helping enroll 4-Hers, organizing show bills and creating and assembling the fair book each year. Joyce said, “At that time, this was a big job and...

2014 Chickasaw County - Ron Zelle

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:25 PM
Since becoming the Nashua FFA Instructor in 1983, Ron Zelle has been a strong leader for both 4-H and FFA programs. Ron has lead through his own family’s involvement in 4-H, by serving on committees, and challenging youth to do their best. One of Ron’s biggest 4-H influences is family. Ron’s...

2014 Cherokee County - Jim Corrington

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:22 PM
Jim Corrington was a 4-H member of the Cavaliers 4-H Club for 9 years, focusing on horse and ag-related projects. Jim earned his Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Agriculture Education at Iowa State University and taught Vocational Ag at Aurelia High School. He has lived on the century farm all his...

2014 Cedar County - Teri Baird

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:16 PM
When talking about volunteers and the amount of time given to the youth program in Cedar County, you automatically think of Teri Baird. Teri is a third generation 4-H volunteer and is very actively involved in the Cedar County 4-H Youth program. She is currently in her 17th year as...
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2014 Audubon County - Ed Ahrendsen

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 4:29 PM
Ed Ahrendsen is a longtime supporter of 4-H, the Audubon County Fair, and the Iowa State Fair. He started his 4-H career in 1938 as a member of the Leaping Leaders. Throughout his 4-H career he helped with many club and county projects, and served on several committees for the Audubon...

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 Adams County - James (Jim) Stalcup

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 4:22 PM
James (Jim) Stalcup had a huge and lasting impact on the Adams County 4-H program. He and his wife, Judy, raised 3 children who were Adams County 4-Hers participating in beef, horse and static exhibit 4-H projects. He and Judy were Adams County 4-H horse project leaders for several years and...
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2014 Adair County - Deb Stalter

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 4:10 PM
Deb Stalter was always an advocate for positive youth development, so it wasn’t a surprise that despite never being a 4-H’er herself she became a 4-H volunteer extraordinaire. Assistant leader, club leader, cheerleader, hostess, chauffeur, mentor to new volunteers, 4-H Conference chaperone… no matter the role or assignment Deb was...
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2014 Cass County - Eleanor Hoover

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:34 AM
Eleanor’s 4-H career began when she was 10 years old in Mills County where she and her brothers showed horses. She loved helping her dad tend to the horses and was an accomplished barrel racer. In her younger years, she even entered a men’s barrel race at a county fair....
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2014 Carroll County - Julie Clancy

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:33 AM
Julie Clancy has been volunteering for the Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Program for 20 years. She is currently the 4-H leader for the Halbur Lads and Lassies 4-H Club. She was a 10 year member of the Halbur Happy Lassies where she found an interest in sewing projects that...

2014 Calhoun County - Jamie Buenting

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:30 AM
Jamie Buenting loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting. Therefore, when the opportunity to get trained to help educate youth in Calhoun County’s 4-H shooting sports program came along; Jamie jumped on it. Jamie assisted youth in the rifle discipline and during that time he had a positive impact on...

2014 Butler County - Doug Schueler

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:29 AM
Doug Schueler was a member of the West Point Junior Farmers for 9 years. He was an avid swine project member and enjoyed showing his pigs at the Butler County Fair throughout his 4H career. Doug was also a member of the swine judging team while in high school. Doug showed...

2014 Buena Vista - Marty Olsen

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:27 AM
Minnesota native, Marty Olsen, first experienced 4-H as a youth. She faithfully served 13 years in Buena Vista County as a Newell Boosters 4-H Club parent-leader. Marty most recently served as a sheep superintendent until 2011. Marty has taken a lot of pride in building 4-H homecoming floats. She has always...

2014 Buchanan County - Rustie and Lori Kane

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:26 AM
Rustie and Lori Kane were introduced to 4-H when their oldest child was old enough to join 4-H. This was an exciting time for Lori as she was not a former 4-Her. Rustie had been a 4-Her in Fayette County and showed dairy with his siblings. Rustie and Lori’s four...

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...

2014 Boone County - Jim Magee

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:22 AM
Jim Magee is the very definition of 4-H supporter. For 19 years, Jim was the superintendent of the Beef Pen of 3 project. In Boone County, the goal of the Beef Pen of 3 is to be a realistic cattle-feeding experience where the emphasis is placed on the actual record...
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2014 Black Hawk County - Louis and Pat Beck

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:20 AM
Service to youth and community has marked the lives of Louis and Pat Beck. Both were active 4-H members: Louis in Black Hawk County for 10 years as a member of the Bright Eagles Club and Pat in Scott County for 9 years as a member of the Lincoln Go-Getters....

2014 Benton County - Greg Svoboda

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:18 AM
Greg Svoboda has been an amazing asset to Benton County 4-H and to the youth in Benton County. It’s a little known fact that he spent summers at his grandparents working with livestock, but he was never involved in 4-H in his youth. It wasn’t until his children started their...

2011 Palo Alto County - Terry Rouse

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:56 PM
The time and effort that Terry Rouse of Curlew, IA has committed to improving and supporting 4-H in Palo Alto County is truly astonishing. While growing up he was a member of the Silver Lake Cruisers 4-H Club and showed dairy cattle. He graduated high school in 1973 and in...

2011 Plymouth County - Jeff Klemme

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:53 PM
Jeff Klemme has always had a passion for agriculture. He grew up helping on the family farm and then he and his wife Cindy, would continue farming and raising livestock on their farm. Jeff’s favorite time of year was the county fair! His three children, Jessica, Cassie, and Chance were...

2011 Pocahontas County- Doug and Sue Wenell

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:51 PM
Sue Wenell served as a 4-H leader in Pocahontas County from 1986-1992 and 1995 to 1999. Doug Wenell served as a 4-H leader in Pocahontas County 1995 and 1998-1999. Doug has served in many 4-H/Fair Board volunteer roles including chairman of the beef committee, beef show announcer, and Pocahontas County...

2011 Polk County - Norman and Sherry Veldhuizen

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:49 PM
Norman and Sherry Veldhuizen have been proud supporters and volunteers in Iowa 4-H since before their children were able to attend school. Norman was a 4-H leader in Wapello County for two years from 1974 through 1976. After that the family moved to Polk County and when their oldest son...
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2011 East Pottawattamie County - Dr. Jim Hoffman

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:46 PM
Jim Hoffmann was introduced to 4-H along with his brothers and sisters as a member of the Layton Livewires 4-H Club in Walnut. Jim’s parents believed in the 4-H program and encouraged their children to participate in the many 4-H activities that were offered to members in East Pottawattamie County...

2011 West Pottawattamie County - Richard Torneten

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:43 PM
Richard has been involved with every aspect of the West Pottawattamie County Fair for all his life, first as a member, then giving back to the fair as a volunteer. He was instrumental in tearing down the old fairgrounds in Council Bluffs with his father, Oscar. They recycled the old...

2011 Poweshiek County - Frances Hall

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:40 PM
Frances Hall devoted her life to teaching others. She spent over 20 years as a 4H club leader in Poweshiek County. She served on the Poweshiek County Fairboard for 21 years (1979-2000) and was co-founder of Heritage Park located on the fairgrounds. During her years of service as a 4H...

2011 Ringgold County - Preston Hayes

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:37 PM
Preston Hayes is an example of someone who bleeds green – he believes in 4-H. Preston was always interested in livestock growing up as a youngster in Sioux City, and although he was never a 4-H member he believes in 4-H. From there his passion continued as he served as...

2011 Sac County - Cathy Cook

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:33 PM
Cathy (Healy) Cook was born in to a 4-H family. Her involvement in the program began at a very young age with the Happy Helpers Juniorettes and Happy Hustlers 4-H Clubs in Crawford County. During her tenure as a 4-H’er, Cathy participated in all available project areas; and even joined...
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2011 Scott County - Gene and Shirley Newell

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:28 PM
Gene and Shirley Newell feel 4-H is an educational experience no one should miss! Their lives have been involved with Extension and they value the influences it has had in their lives and the lives of their children. Skills learned in 4-H enabled their 3 children to find fun filled...
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2011 Shelby County - Patti Blum

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:25 PM
The Shelby County 4-H Committee is proud to nominate Patti Blum to be a member of the State 4-H Hall of Fame. Patti has been involved in 4H for over 30 years. She began as most do, helping out her son with his 4H projects, gradually taking on the role...

2011 Sioux County - Harlan Lammers

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:21 PM
Many things in 4-H have changed -- livestock numbers have shifted, buildings and volunteers have come and gone, 4-H’ers have grown-up, gone, and come back, but one face has been a constant at the Sioux County Youth Fair, Harlan Lammers. Serving as a swine superintendent for 33 years, Harlan is...
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2011 Story County - Don and Doris Goering

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:17 PM
Don and Doris Goering’s involvement in 4-H has been a life-long commitment. Each of them were 4-H’ers as youth, Don in Scott County and Doris in Keokuk County. Doris served as County girls' 4-H president. Don was also an active 4-H’er, participating in livestock shows. Both Don and Doris became...
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2011 Tama County - Pat Oettchen

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:13 PM
Pat Oettchen, from Gladbrook in Tama County has been involved in 4-H for fifty plus years in a variety of ways. Pat started 4-H in fourth grade, completing many sewing and cooking projects. She takes pride in her award-winning demonstrations presented at the National Cattle Congress and Iowa State Fair....
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2011 Taylor County - Cheryl Wilson

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:06 PM
Cheryl Wilson’s vibrancy and enthusiasm for the 4-H program has greatly impacted the youth in Taylor County. Her leadership and organizational skills influenced many 4-Her’s throughout the years. With her compassionate personality and unselfish generosity, 4-Her’s immediately felt connected to the 4-H programs. Cheryl lives on a farm with her...

2011 Union County- Carol Glynn

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:02 PM
Whether Carol Glynn was searching for treasures at a garage sale or junk shop or teaching a shy, awkward young 4-Her self-confidence and other life-skills, she was the epitome of “to make the best better.” With staunch determination, no amount of external tarnish or internal doubt ever deterred Carol from...
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2011 Van Buren County - Steve Kisling

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:58 AM
Steve Kisling is a strong supporter of youth and 4-H in Van Buren County. Steve was a 4-H member for nine years, a 4-H club leader and assistant leader for four years. Steve is also dedicated to the county fair. He was a fair board member for 21 years, serving...

2011 Wapello County - Paul and Janet Jacobs

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:55 AM
Paul and Janet Jacobs have always had a passion for the Wapello County 4-H program. They raised their four children, Mark, Susan, Becky and Kathy through the 4-H program and instilled in them the importance of giving back through volunteerism, leadership & citizenship. Janet was active in 4-H as a...

2011 Warren County - Wanda Hunter

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:53 AM
If you have ever visited the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair in the evenings then you have probably been greeted by Wanda Hunter of Warren County. She has been a wonderful volunteer who served as one of the evening building hosts for over 45 years. As well...

2011 Washington County - Gale Whitacre and Harold Wylie

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:50 AM
When you add their years of service together, Gale Whitacre and Harold Wylie have been leaders of the Washington County Horse and Pony Club for 64 years. That is ironic when you learn between the two of them they only have one year of experience as 4-Hers themselves. During their...

2011 Wayne County - Missy Petty

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:36 AM
Missy began her 20 year journey with Wayne County 4-H as a member. At that time, members were required to belong to a boys club to show livestock. Therefore, she was a member of three clubs; the Benton Battlers, Warren Warriors, and Jefferson Clay Livewires. She was an active member...
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2011 Webster County - Jim Patton

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:32 AM
Jim Patton retired July 1, 2011, after serving two years as ISU Regional Extension Education Director for Region 7 (Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster and Wright Counties) and as ISU Webster County Extension Education Director, from 1995-2009. While with ISU Extension, he was founding staff member of Agriculture-Environmental Classroom. During its first...

2011 Winneshiek County - Bonnie Sorum

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:23 AM
Bonnie began working for Iowa State University Extension in Winneshiek County in 1969. She started as a part-time receptionist and worked her way to Administrative Assistant. In March 2011, Bonnie retired from ISU Extension- Winneshiek County. Because of her dedication to people, Bonnie has been recognized by many local community...

2011 Woodbury County - Sheryl McGowan

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:20 AM
Sheryl McGowan has a connection to 4-H that reaches back to its origins and promises to continue far into the future. Sheryl’s father, George Fulcher, was a 4-H club member from Sac County in the 1920s. Sheryl and each of her five siblings were 4-H members in Calhoun and Pocahontas...

2011 Worth County - Gay Schneider

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:15 AM
Gay was a dedicated 4-H leader, 4-H Committee member and a 4-H County Youth Coordinator at the Worth County Extension Service in Northwood. Gay was a former elementary school teacher who believed in a solid education and learning experience for youth. She worked to maintain a strong educational focus in...
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2011 Wright County - Larry and Shorty Anderson

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 11:06 AM
Based on their dedicated involvement with the Wright County 4-H program, you would never guess Larry and Shorty Anderson of Clarion had limited 4-H experience in their youth. All three of their children were active in a variety of project areas and leadership roles. Their involvement and support of the...
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