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2017 Adair County: Lynn & Elaine Bohling

Posted on 08/22/2017 at 4:13 PM
Every community and 4-H program needs individuals possessing the qualities of Lynn and Elaine Bohling. Lynn and Elaine are community minded, caring individuals who see a challenge and involve themselves and others in meeting that challenge. When they volunteer to work with an activity or project, you can be sure...

2016 Adams County: Jim Amdor

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:05 AM
James R (Jim) Amdor joined 4-H as a member of the Adams County Jasper Specialists 4-H club in the 1950’s. He came from a strong 4-H family. His parents and 4 siblings were involved in 4-H at the county and state levels. Jim had a passion for livestock projects. That...
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2016 Allamakee County: Louise Wild

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:05 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize Louise Wild as the 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Allamakee County. Louise has been a long-time supporter of the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Her 4-H involvement spanned several years from her early start as a member...

2016 Adair County: Jim and Bobbi Williams

Posted on 08/25/2016 at 10:01 AM
Jim and Bobbi Williams of Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa, continue to be dedicated 4-H volunteers. Jim served as Chairman of Adair County 4-H Youth Action Committee and spent tireless hours securing items for their silent auction fundraiser. Bobbi served as 4-H club leader, county fair dog project superintendent, and now...
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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 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 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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2013 Wright County - Larry and Karla Pals

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:14 AM
Larry and Karla Pals live in Belmond and have been dedicated to the 4-H program for many years. Karla grew up being an active member of the Bath Belles 4-H Club, taking many exhibits to the fair. Some of her memorable projects were the blue corduroy suit she made that...

2013 Worth County - Florence Ferden

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:13 AM
Florence Ferden’s long time dedication to Worth County 4-H began as a young Home Economist in 1954 when she was hired to serve families in Worth County. Florence touched thousands of 4-H youth members with a wealth of information about food and nutrition, family living, consumer management, weight control, clothing...

2013 Woodbury County - Marilyn Joy Engle

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:12 AM
Marilyn Engle grew up in a farm family in southern Iowa and became a member of 4-H in the club led by her mother. At Iowa State University she earned a degree in chemical engineering. With her husband Richard she moved to Sioux City where she became active in the...

2013 Winneshiek County - Ann Moen

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:11 AM
Ann Moen began working for Iowa State University Extension in Winneshiek County in 1980 serving as an office assistant. She was instrumental in the production of materials for the county fair often working far into the night to make sure everything was ready. She was also good at calling and...

2013 Webster County - Dan and Lou Ann Garst

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:10 AM
Dan and Lou Ann Garst have been active with the Webster County 4-H program for over three decades. They traveled to Washington D.C. together on the Citizenship-Washington Focus trip before they had children and their two daughters were in 4-H for nine years each. Dan has been a leader with...

2013 Wayne County - Donna Morgan

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:09 AM
Donna Morgan’s interests in 4-H started on a school bus as a 10 year old. Another girl on the bus, Sue Baker, was a 4-H member and answered her questions about 4-H. After a lengthy campaign to gain her father’s permission, Donna joined the Decatur County Leroy Merry Makers 4-H...
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2013 Washington County - James Frier

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:07 AM
Jim Frier’s involvement with 4-H began as a 4-H’er in Grundy County. He showed Berkshire hogs and fed cattle. He was on the Livestock Judging Team for three years and his last year earned 2nd high honors in the state. He attended ISU and was a 4-H summer trainee in...

2013 Warren County - Monty Freeman

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:06 AM
Monty Freeman of Warren County was a member of the Belmont Go-Getters 4-H Club from age 9 until he graduated from high school in 1976. During that time he showed Charolais cattle raised on his family farm, as well as sheep, at the county and state fair. He participated in...

2013 Wapello County - Doug Glosser

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:05 AM
Doug Glosser has served as a 4-H leader and supporter for many years. In fact, Mr. Glosser was the founder of the Cornhuskers 4-H club, which is still active today. He spent countless hours mentoring young 4-H members who looked up to him. He and his wife instilled the 4-H...

2013 Van Buren County - Kenneth Gilchrist

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 9:04 AM
In 1972 Kenneth Gilchrist started a boys’ 4-H club in the Douds area, which was named the Douds Livewires with 10 boys joining that first year. The year before this club began, only one animal had been entered in the Van Buren County fair from the area and that was...

2013 Union County - Dennis and Pauline Sweet

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:43 AM
It is in a quiet and unassuming way that Dennis and Pauline Sweet of Arispe, Iowa, have supported 4-H through the years. Dennis, who inherited his father’s love for children and working with youth, began as a 4-H member in Ringgold County, then switched to Union County 4-H when his...
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2013 Tama County - Keith and Carol Earles

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:41 AM
Keith and Carol Earles have been active fair volunteers and supporters of 4-H youth in Tama County. Keith’s work as a volunteer, club leader, superintendent, and fair board member spanned more than 20 years. Carol worked by his side to support his efforts at the local and county level. The...
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2013 Story County - Mary DeBaca

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:40 AM
Mary deBaca joined an Indiana 4-H club as a 10-year old and has been associated with 4-H ever since. It is hard to find anyone who has followed the pledge and the spirit of the 4 "H" goals for living and helping others more than Mary. Her project work frequently...

2013 Shelby County - Elaine Baughman

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:38 AM
The Shelby County 4H Committee is proud to announce their 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, Elaine Baughman. Elaine is a special education teacher at the Harlan Community High School. The start of Elaine’s 4-H experience was in Ringgold County as a member of both the Beacon Bombers and the Beacon...

2013 Scott County - Mary Schwarz

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:37 AM
Mary Schwarz has been an important part of 4-H in Scott County since her days of showing dairy cattle as a member. Her children were longtime members and Mary served as a 4-H leader, 4-H Youth Committee member and volunteer at special events. Her commitment to the program has also...
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2013 Sac County - Darold Jacbson

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:36 AM
Darold was a member of the Eureka Eden boys’ 4-H club from 1945 to 1949, where he participated in market lamb, market litter, breeding beef, and purebred litter. Even though he was only in 4-H his last five years of school his fondness for 4-H continued to grow. Darold was...
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2013 Poweskiek County - Maynard Lang

Posted on 08/09/2013 at 8:35 AM
Maynard Lang's 4-H career began in 1936 as a member of the Madison Go-Getters 4-H Club. He served in various officer positions within his club and at the county level. Maynard exhibited registered Ayrshires at the county fair, Iowa State Fair and National Dairy Cattle Congress. In 1942, he was...

2013 Pottawattamie (East) County - Nancy Hering

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:48 PM
Nancy Hering’s life-involvement in 4-H began as a member of the Pleasant Plucky Workers in Cass County. Later, she joined the Pleasant Noblettes. Her desire to show livestock meant she had to join a ‘boys’ club as well, and she became involved in the Pleasant Nobles United. In this new...

2013 Polk County - Craig and LaVon Griffieon

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:46 PM
Craig and LaVon Griffieon of rural Ankeny have been involved in Polk County 4-H for many years. Both are 4-H alumni and former club leaders. Three generations of the Griffieon family have been involved with The Ankeny 4-H Club. Craig's father served as leader for the Ankeny Boys 4-H Club...
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2013 Pocahontas County - Graig and Terry Ferguson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:45 PM
Craig and Terry Ferguson became involved with the Pocahontas 4-H program when their daughter, Brooke, joined the Swan Lake Cloveteers in 1993. Some of Brooke’s first projects were in the cattle and horse department. They were both interested in these project areas and became active on these livestock committees. Craig...

2013 Plymouth County - Gary Larson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:44 PM
Much credit is given to Gary Larson for helping establish the 4-H Shooting Sports club in Plymouth County in 2008. While Gary himself was not a 4-H member as a youth, he embraced the goals of the Iowa 4-H program and shared his love of the outdoors through the various...

2013 Palo Alto - Karen Schwartzkopf

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:42 PM
The time and effort that Karen Schwartzkopf of Whittemore, IA has committed to improving and supporting 4-H in Palo Alto County is truly astonishing. Karen was a 4-Her herself while growing up in Mercher County in Illinois. She was a member of the Sunbeam Peps and enjoyed the project areas...

2013 Page County - Joyce Johnson

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

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

2013 Muscatine County - Mike Aversing

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:38 PM
This is a story of how two simple gifts from caring adults can have a life-long influence on the interests of a child. Little did Mike Avesing know when he became a 4-H member that it would lead him on a path that would take him around the world. Mike...

2013 Monroe County - Dean Bettis

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:37 PM
Dean Bettis joined 4-H in 1959 and bought his first calf with help from Gooches labels that his mother and grandmothers saved for him. Deans father, Donald was in 4-H in his youth and Dean’s 3 brothers also followed the 4-H calling. Dean graduated high school in 1967 and so...

2013 Monona County - Sharyl Bruning

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

2013 Mitchell County - Julie and Scott Niess

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:34 PM
Julie and Scott Niess of Osage, IA, have been 4-H club leaders in Mitchell County for a number of years. 4-H leaders are expected to help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential through meaningful, educational experiences. Leaders are also expected to inform and encourage members, parents and...

2013 Mills County - Stephen and Nancy McGrew

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:32 PM
Stephen and Nancy McGrew represent every aspect of the 4H mission and program. This can be seen in every part of their lives through their leadership in the community, their children, and their farm business. The McGrew’s have dedicated more than half their lives to volunteering for the 4-H organization...
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2013 Marshall County - Pat VonAhnen

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:30 PM
Pat (Ebers) VonAhnen grew up with 4-H, as her mother was a 4-H leader. Pat, a lifelong 4-Her, was born and raised in Cedar County, Iowa. She was a nine year member of the Clarence Junior Homemakers 4-H Club, serving as treasurer and president of the club. Her project interests...

2013 Mahaska County - Ron Bever

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:28 PM
Ron Bever has been active with Mahaska County 4-H and the Southern Iowa Fair for over 30 years. He helped shape the lives of numerous young people in those years as the North Mahaska FFA Advisor. Ron retired this year and moved to Oklahoma to be closer to family. He...

2013 Louisa County - Janet Pretz

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:27 PM
From 1948 to 1957 this year’s Louisa County inductee, Janet Pretz, for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was a member of the Cotter area girls Cloverleaf 4-H Club. During that time she especially enjoyed the years that the club focused on the home improvement project area. She also wanted...

2013 Linn County - Mike Rice

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:26 PM
Thirty-nine years ago, at the ripe age of 19, Mike Rice signed the dotted line and became one of Linn County’s outstanding 4-H volunteers and the leader of the Putnam Pals 4-H Club, now named the Barnyard Buddies. During those years, he has served on the Linn County Swine Committee...
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2013 Kossuth County - Jean Kent

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:25 PM
Jean grew up in the 4-H program as a 10 year member of the Lotts Creek Lassies & Lads 4-H Club. She volunteered for a few years following high school and found her way back to the 4-H program after graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College. She became the County...

2013 Keokuk County - Donna Decker

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:24 PM
Donna started working for the Keokuk County Agricultural Extension District in 1980 and retired in 2013, from thirty three years as Office Assistant. She did every aspect of work in the office. As turnover in the Extension Office naturally occurred she would jump in and help take over the work...

2013 Jones County - Betty Wolken

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:21 PM
In 1935, at the age of 12, Betty Wolken, along with her mother, helped organize the Lovell Happy Helpers 4-H club in their home area. Betty served as President of the Jones County 4-H Girls and also was named Outstanding Jones County 4-H Girl. She won the opportunity to compete...

2013 Johnson County - Jim and Carolyn Smith

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:20 PM
For more than 30 years, Jim and Carolyn Smith have contributed hundreds of volunteer hours as 4-H club and photography project leaders, provided unlimited advice for 4-H photographers, taught photography and life skills to hundreds of 4-H members, and supported the Johnson County 4-H program in immeasurable ways. Jim was...

2013 Jefferson County - James R. Gevock

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

2013 Jackson County - Charles and Linda Lane

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:17 PM
Charles and Linda Lane of Preston are Jackson County’s nomination for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They have been connected to 4-H since their youth, meeting on an exchange trip. Charles was a member of the Preston Calf Club and Linda a member of Miles Meadowlarks. As parents, Charles...

2013 Iowa County - Teresa Heudepohl

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:16 PM
Teresa Widmer Huedepohl has always been a part of a 4-H family. Both her parents were 4-Hers. You had to be 10 years old to be a 4-Her at that time (1968) and Teresa was an eight (8) year member of the Deep River Lassies 4-H Club in Poweshiek County....
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2013 Ida County - Janette Drevs

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:14 PM
Growing up in 4-H was a way of life for this Ida Grove resident. Jeanette’s 4-H career began with the Merry Maids which later was part of the Logan Stars. During the 60’s and 70’s Jeanette entered many different exhibits in the exhibit hall and showed livestock, both of which...
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2013 Humboldt County - Diana Lehman

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:13 PM
Diane began her 4H career as a 7 year 4Her in Humboldt County belonging to the Rutland Lucky Stars. One of her fondest memories was as a 12 year old. She made a 3 tier gathered skirt that made it through achievement show judging, county show judging, and state fair...

2013 Howard County - Craig and Gladie Church

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:12 PM
Since Craig Church and Gladie Schott met as youth participants at the Howard County Fair, it was natural for 4-H to remain a vital part of their family life. They joined Craig’s parents in their farm operation and raised four children. As dairy farmers, Craig and Gladie have been strong...

2013 Henry County - Diana Weigert

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:11 PM
Diana began 4-H as a young girl and was a member in Mt. Union for 9 years. 4-H was her passion as a youth and it has continued into her adulthood. Diana spent significant time with her grandmother who always inspired her to try new things. Diana learned to crochet...
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2013 Harrison County - Evelyn Oliver

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:10 PM
Evelyn comes from a family where everyone of the seven siblings start with the letter E – Eldon, Earl, Elaine, Elsa, Ellen, Emily, and Evelyn. We would like to add another E to the list, Excellent! Evelyn McAlexander Oliver came to Harrison County from a strong 4-H family in Ringgold...

2013 Hancock County - Stan and Michele Greiman

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:09 PM
Stan & Michele Greiman have dedicated many years of service to the 4-H program. Through the years they served in many capacities to better the 4-H program in Hancock County. They have given countless hours as volunteers where they have shared their time and talents. Stan served on the Hancock...

2013 Hamilton County - Tom and Pat Rittscher

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:07 PM
Tom & Pat Rittscher have been a very active couple during the time their children were involved in the Iowa 4-H program and now with their grandchildren. Pat was an eight-year 4-H member. She attended the last all Girls’ State 4-H Conference and the first coed State 4-H Conference in...

2013 Guthrie County - Carol Dorsey

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:05 PM
Carol Dorsey has served as the Rabbit & Poultry Superintendent at the Guthrie County Fair for the last 28 years. In addition to her role as a superintendent, Carol oversees the coordination of the pet show held each year at the county fair. She has been, and continues to be,...

2013 Grundy County - Ken and Nadene Van Hauen

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:03 PM
Growing up in Grundy County, Ken and Nadene Van Hauen have always been around the agriculture scene. Nadene was a member of the Melrose Merry Maids 4-H Club while Ken was active in the Wellsburg High School FFA, showing cattle at the local and national levels. In fact, Ken earned...

2013 Greene County -Steve and Julie Karber

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:01 PM
Steve and Julie were born, raised and made their home in Greene County, living in rural Jefferson. Julie was part of a farm family of seven in rural Scranton and active with school activities during her teens. Steve lived on the opposite side of the county in Grand Junction and...

2013 Fremont County - Rebecca Schull

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 10:59 PM
Rebecca (Brownlee) Shull was born and raised in Farragut, Iowa and joined 4-H for the first time as a “betty member” in 1959 at the age of 8. She recalls begging her parents to let her join. Her parents, both 4-H leaders, were happy to find a way for Becky...

2013 Franklin County - Boyd Dohrmann

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 10:57 PM
Boyd Dohrmann of Franklin County served as a volunteer in many ways. Boyd was the 4-H Sheep Project Leader for 30 years, a 4-H Club Leader of the Marion Jr. Farmers for 10 years, leader of the County Senior 4-H’ers, (a county program for high school age members to get...

2013 Floyd County - Joyce Night

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

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 10:54 PM
Neil and Julie Lansing of West Union have been life-long supporters and have gone the extra mile with the 4-H program in Fayette County. All six of their children were very active in 4-H and five of them served or are currently serving on the Iowa State 4-H Council. Neil...

2013 Emmet County - Holle Smith

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:57 AM
The 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honoree from Emmet County is Holle Smith. Holle worked at the Emmet County Extension Office for over 30 years. When people in Emmet County think of 4-H, they think of Holle Smith. Holle believes in the 4-H program and the ideals it represents,...
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2013 Dubuque County - Henery Kruse Jr.

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:56 AM
Henry Kruse Jr. had been active with the 4-H program since he was 11 years old. In 1965 he represented Dubuque County 4-H at the State 4-H Conference and was the alternate in the state demonstration program. A year later he became the Dubuque County Fair King. Henry served as...

2013 Dickinson County - VerDon and Donna Schmidt

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:53 AM
Dickinson County Extension and Outreach is proud to nominate VerDon & Donna Schmidt to the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. The couple resides on the Schmidt family farm north of Everly, Iowa. Because of their close proximity with Dickinson and Clay Counties in Northwest Iowa, they have contributed to...

2013 Des Moines County - Emmett and Carol Messer

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:52 AM
4-H volunteers, Emmett and Carol Messer have a 4-H background that expands many decades! Carol has volunteered 75 years and Emmett 65 years! Carol’s 4H career started in her youth with all 9 years in Henry County as a member of New London Lassies and Farm Boosters Clubs. She exhibited...

2013 Delaware County - Larry and Nancy Shover

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:50 AM
Larry and Nancy Shover feel that they have been blessed by the many fine people they have known and worked with in 4-H. Larry grew up in a 4-H family. His parents were the township booster couple and his father his 4-H club and dairy project leader. Larry’s siblings, as...

2013 Davis County - Charles and Carolyn Scott

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:49 AM
Charles and Carolyn Scott are life-long residents of Davis County. They both began their involvement in 4-H in 1952. Charles was a member of the Yearlings 4-H club, in which his father, Delbert Scott, was leader. Carolyn was a member of the Tiny Toilers 4-H club led by her mother,...
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2013 Dallas County - Steve and Sharon Luellen

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:48 AM
Steve and Sharon Luellen have been involved with Dallas County 4-H for most of their lives. Both joined 4-H in 1959 and their passion for 4-H continued into adulthood. Steve assumed leadership of the Beaver Jr. Farmers club during the years their two daughters were in 4-H, and he served...

2013 Crawford County - Dwight Boeck

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:45 AM
Dwight Boeck was born and raised on a dairy farm in Crawford County and comes from a strong agricultural background. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Dairy Science Degree. When he completed college, he decided to make his home north of Denison and fulfilled his dream of working...

2013 Clinton County - Glen McCulloh

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:43 AM
Glen McCulloh has been involved in 4-H since he was a member of the Mohawk 4-H Club in the 1950’s. He grew up in a 4-H family where he and his brothers were all actively involved. Glen not only showed cattle at the club show, but remembers the thrill of...

2013 Clayton County - Lendall and Fern Schievelbein

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:42 AM
Lendall & Fern Schievelbein have been dedicated and involved in 4-H for more than 70 years. Fern (Marting) Schievelbein was a member of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club from 1940 - 1947 in Clayton County. Lendall and Fern became very involved with the 4-H program when their two daughters, Monica...

2013 Clay County - Bonnie Johnson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:41 AM
Bonnie Johnson is a life-long 4-Her, who loved being a member, leader and advocate for the program since the early 1940’s. Bonnie belonged to two clubs as a teen, the “Gillett Grove Clippers” and the “Gillett Grove Happy Helpers”. As a 4-Her, she participated in project areas like clothing, home...
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2013 Clarke County - Leland Dolecheck

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:40 AM
Having grown up on a farm in rural Ringgold County, Leland Dolecheck quickly gained a passion for the land and livestock. After high school he served two years in the armed services and then attended college at Iowa State University. In 1961 he received a job as an Ag teacher...

2013 Chickasaw County - Roger and Laurie Tiemessen

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:39 AM
Roger and Laurie Tiemessen have been involved in 4-H for many years. Roger was an active 4-Her of the Washington Cadets with horse and woodworking projects. He was very active on County Council, completing county presentations every year with some going to state level. He was awarded the Citizenship-Washington Focus...

2013 Cerro Gordo County - Al Nickerson

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:37 AM
Al Nickerson, was a third-generation 4-H member and leader. His grandfather, Raymond Nickerson, established the Lakes Ambitious Feeders 4-H Club in Clear Lake where Al was a member and his father, Walter Nickerson, was a leader. In 4-H, Al’s main project was sheep and bucket bottle calf. In the mid-1990s,...

2013 Cass County - Jim and Patty Rodgers

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

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:32 AM
Virginia Hagemann has been volunteering for the Carroll County 4-H Youth Development Program for over 40 years. She was a co-leader for the Jollyettes. The club name changed to Jolly Jays and in 1998 the club merged with the Jolly Jets. In 2001, Virginia joined as co-leader for the Halbur...

2013 Calhoun County - Delmer Zinnel

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:32 AM
A humble man, Delmer Zinnel says he just did it because he loves kids. Following a pretty successful 4-H career which included winning top honors in livestock judging at the Iowa State Fair in 1948, and being selected to attend National 4-H Congress in Chicago, Delmer went on to serve...

2013 Bulter County - Ron Henning

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:31 AM
Butler County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominee for 2013 is Ron Henning of rural Clarksville. Ron began his 4-H journey as a member in Bremer County where he grew up on a farm in rural Denver. Throughout his long 4-H career, Ron’s favorite project was beef and his favorite activity...

2013 Buena Vista County - Todd and Laura Sievers

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:30 AM
Todd and Laura Sievers are always willing to help wherever needed, whether the need is large or small,l with the club or on the county level.They have been leaders of the Fairfield Pioneers 4-H Club for many years. Todd has been the beef superintendent at the fair and worked with...

2013 Buchanan County - Richard and Wendy Sperfslage

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:29 AM
“Every 4-Her we considered ours, there was no one we wouldn’t help if we were able” said Wendy. This was evident in Richard and Wendy’s continued involvement in the Buchanan County 4-H program. Buchanan County 4-H and its members have grown stronger because of their help and support. Their involvement...

2013 Bremer County - Dave and Nancy Foelske

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:27 AM
Living to make the best better would be a great motto for Dave and Nancy Foelske. This couple has been a strong family for the Bremer County 4-H program, and can be seen dedicating their time to the program and youth of the county. Dave helps support the youth by...

2013 Boone County - Marshall King

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:25 AM
Over the years, Marshall has been involved in many different facets of the 4-H program in Boone County. He was a club leader for the Dodge Go Getters 4-H Club for 20 years (1963-1982), the Beef Superintendent for 28 years (1963-1990) and a member of the Auction Committee from 1991...
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2013 Black Hawk County - Dale and Marty Port

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:24 AM
Service to youth and community has marked the lives of Dale and Marty Port. Both were “joiners” early in life! Dale was a member of the West/East Martelle 4-H Club in Jones County, Iowa and Marty as a member of the Graham Crackers 4-H Club in Johnson County, Iowa. Both...

2013 Benton County - Tim and Jean Schmidt

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:23 AM
Jean Schmidt was a 9 year 4-H member in Benton County where she showed hogs, cattle and exhibited in Food & Nutrition, Home Improvement and Clothing. She was elected onto the 8 member Benton County Council. She participated at the Iowa State Fair showing cattle and received an Excellence for...

2013 Audubon County - Dennis Grimm

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:22 AM
The 2013 Hall of Fame recipient is Dennis Grimm of Manning. He has been a longtime advocate for 4-H, FFA and the Audubon County Fair. Graduating high school in 1959 and marrying the love of his life, Sharon, in 1963, this Hall of Fame recipient began farming, raising hogs and...

2013 Allamakee County - Kermit and Ann Klees

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:20 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Development Committee is proud to recognize Kermit and Ann Klees as the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. Kermit and Ann were selected for their outstanding service and dedication to the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Kermit was a member of the...

2013 Adams County - Jim Curtis

Posted on 08/08/2013 at 11:19 AM
Jim Curtis has been a business leader and 4-H supporter in Corning and Adams County for more than 50 years. Jim bought hogs for Wilson Co. for 30 years, owned an animal health store in Corning for several years and today, after 27 years, continues to own and manage Feeders...
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2013 Adair County - Deb Hall

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

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

2012 Marion County - Sharon Thill

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

2012 Jackson County - Vern & Cindy Poll

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

2012 Howard County - Howard & Jane Goldsworthy

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

2012 Grundy County - Denise Freeseman

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

2012 Monroe County- Helen & Gene Kline

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

2012 Benton County- Judi Hertle

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

2012 Cass County- Marlene Miller

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

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

2012 Fayette County- David Turner

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

2012 Audubon County- Dianna Peterson

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

2012 Wayne County- Rhonda Mason

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

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

2012 Floyd County- Maurice Johnson

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

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

2012 Clarke County- Bill Short

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

2012 Lucas County- Paul & Betty Umbenhower

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

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

2012 Wright County- Shirley Lager

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

2012 Winneshiek County- Steven & Donella Darrington

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

2012 Warren County- Kevin & Jane Putney

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

2012 Wapello County- Rosemary Peterson

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

2012 Story County- Claire Hall

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

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

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

2012 Palo Alto- Devona Perkins

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

2012 Madison County- Mike Erdman

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

2012 Linn County- Loyd & Lois Martin

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

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

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

2012 Cerro Gordo County- Verna Thenhaus

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

2012 Adair County- Dan Westpahl

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

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

2012 Crawford County- Harold & Elaine Chapman

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

2012 Cherokee- Francis Conley

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

2012 Carroll County- Julie Eich

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

2012 Adams County- Joan Preston

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

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

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

2012 Webster County- Emerson Anderson

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

2012 Washington County- Nancy Adrian

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

2012 Van Buren County- Marvin & Doris Strait

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

2012 Union County- Darwin West

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

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

2012 Tama County- Bernard Dostal

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

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

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

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

2012 East Pottawattamie County- Ralph & Junellyn Pierce

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

2012 Polk County- Mike & Sheri Cory

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

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

2012 Plymouth County- Rich Kalas

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

2012 Page County- Norman Mier

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

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

2012 Montgomery County- Lee & LaVern Strickland

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

2012 Monona County- Jill Hausman

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

2012 Mills County- Scott Hillyer

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

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

2012 Kossuth County- Ronda Gray

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

2012 Keokuk County- Enid Phillips

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

2012 Johnson County- George Dane Family

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

2012 Jasper County- Karla Jordan

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

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

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

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

2012 Henry County- Carol Gard

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

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

2012 Hancock County- Richard & Ladonna Schaefer

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

2012 Guthrie County- Verlin & Susan Kraft

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

2012 Greene County- Wendy & Gary Mount

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

2012 Franklin County- Connie Meyer

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

2012 Emmet County- Layne Anderson

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

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

2012 Des Moines County- Edward & Agnes Breuer

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

2012 Delaware County- Lloyd & Kay Deahl

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

2012 Davis County- Beverly Guinn

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

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

2012 Clayton County- Delores Schultz

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

2012 Clay County- Mike Schoning

Posted on 07/18/2012 at 2:30 PM
For decades, Mike Schoning has been an active member, volunteer and supporter of 4-H programs in Clay County. Being a “4-H’er” has been a life-long endeavor –Mike has been a 4-H member, parent, and volunteer for decades! As a 4-H parent he was an active helper with the members of...
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2012 Chickasaw County- Garth & Nancy Griffin

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

2012 Butler County- Dennis & Sharon Schipper

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

2012 Buena Vista County- Jane Meyer

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

2012 Buchanan County- Kaye Reiling

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

2012 Bremer County- Kay Pagel

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

2012 Boone County- Joyce Safly

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

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

2011 Adair County - Rolan & Marilyn Jensen

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:24 PM
Marilyn (Lovely) and Rolan Jensen of Fontanelle have supported 4-H in many ways from serving as club leaders to volunteering countless hours at the fair. Marilyn joined the Orient Rural Queens 4-H Club as a girl. Some of the highlights of her 4-H career included serving as president of her...
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2011 Adams County - Joyce James

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:23 PM
Joyce James of Prescott has been involved with the 4-H program from an early age. Her parents, Herb and Mary Patience of Winterset, were 4-H members themselves and leaders for many years. Her older sister, Bev and brother Gary, were also 4-H members. Joyce was a 9 year member of...
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2011 Allamakee County - Patsy Kerndt

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:22 PM
The Allamakee County 4-H Youth Committee is proud to recognize Patsy Kerndt as the 2011 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Lansing. Patsy was selected for her outstanding service and dedication to the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Patsy has been a long time supporter of the Allamakee County 4-H...

2011 Appanoose County - Clarence Ballanger

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:21 PM
Clarence Ballanger has been actively involved in the Appanoose County community his entire life. His main interest has always been in Appanoose County and the young people in the community. Clarence and his son are directly involved in many of the surrounding 4-H fairs, by helping weigh, load, and sell...

2011 Audubon County - Chris Jensen

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:21 PM
Chris Jensen was never a 4-H’er as a youth, but has been a longtime supporter of both 4-H and ISU Extension. She truly believes in the 4-H motto “To make the best, better”, and has demonstrated that over the past 20 years. She lived the 4-H experience through her daughters...

2011 Black Hawk County - Dan & Nancy Schmitz

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:20 PM
Nancy was raised on a farm in Black Hawk County. She graduated from Waterloo Columbus High and Gates Business College. Nancy was an 8-year member of the Mt. Vernon Pal 4-H Club, served on County 4-H Council and was a state fair exhibitor. She has been a 4-H leader for...

2011 Boone County - Shelly Schall

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:19 PM
Shelly Schall grew up in Boone County and was a member of the Yell Modernattes 4-H Club. Shelly became a 4-H volunteer when her daughters (Amanda and Megan) joined the Southside Pioneers 4-H Club. Over the next 18 years, Shelly held many different volunteers roles. She was a leader of...
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2011 Bremer County - Randy & Dawn Bergmann

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:18 PM
This year’s choice for Bremer County regarding the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is a married couple that has impacted adults and youth throughout the Bremer County 4-H program. Randy and Dawn Bergmann have been an influential volunteers that can always be relied on to lend a helping hand, great...

2011 Buchanan County - Dr. Don Dutler

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:17 PM
Dr. Don Dutler has been a veterinarian at the Winthrop Veterinary Clinic since 1973. During his time with the vet clinic Don volunteered to help with many aspects of the Buchanan County Fair livestock program. He has organized fellow veterinarians to assist with animal inspections, coordinated the transportation of swine...

2011 Buena Vista County - Kent & Cindy Smith

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:16 PM
This year’s Buena Vista Hall of Fame honorees are Kent and Cindy Smith. Kent has been an outstanding leader of the 4- H Executive Committee, helping to shape the Buena Vista County 4-H program to what it has become today. He was instrumental in starting the county livestock judging team...

2011 Calhoun County - Randy & Cindy Souder

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:15 PM
Randy and Cindy Souder have been active volunteers in 4-H for many years. Randy served one term on the Calhoun County Extension Council as president, has been a chaperone for the State 4-H Youth Conference for more than 8 years and judges at several county fairs and at the Iowa...

2011 Carroll County - Franklin & Arlene Mohr

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:14 PM
The Mohr Family is a remarkable 4-H family. Franklin and Arlene Mohr started being involved in 4-H when their 2 oldest children were old enough to join. Arlene became a leader of the Manning Cadets while Franklin became a leader of the Manning Win or Grin. Each of them spent...

2011 Cass County - Dean & Virginia Eilts

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:13 PM
Dean Eilts began his volunteer career for Cass County years ago and 2010 marked his 55th fair, with plans to continue for years to come. His wife Virginia helped clerk the Cass County Fair Sale in 1973; then took over as sale clerk in 1974. She retired 30 years later...
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2011 Cedar County - Ken Schmidt

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:12 PM
Ken Schmidt is someone who always has a smile on his face. Even if things are not going well you can still find him with a little smile. Ken has been involved with 4-H through his experience as a youth member and when his children were involved. Ken continues to...
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2011 Cerro Gordo County - Dean Weber

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:11 PM
Dean Weber has dedicated his professional and personal life to empowering youth. By encouraging the best in youth and providing opportunities for self-directed learning for over 40 years, Dean served the 4-H youth development organization in a variety of capacities, as a 4-H club volunteer for the Geneseo Haymakers/Rockwell Rough...

2011 Cherokee County - Sally Wilkie

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:08 PM
Sally Wilkie is one of Cherokee County’s brightest shining 4-H volunteers. She received the “Leader of the Year” recognition in 1996 and again in 2003. She was the leader of the Mill Creek Valley 4-H Club 21 years. She stresses to the club members the importance of citizenship and getting...

2011 Chickasaw County - Calvin & Nancy Poppe

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:06 PM
Calvin, a native of Chickasaw County and Nancy, a native of Hamilton County were 4-H members in the 60’s. They were both active members during this time with Calvin having dairy heifers and enjoyed 4-H softball. Nancy focused on the non-livestock projects. She gave presentations at the county level with...

2011 Clay County - Tom Manley

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:05 PM
Tom Manley has been a dedicated Clay County 4-H volunteer and advocate for over 20 years. He has readily endorsed the local program and exhibited the values of the 4-H program as a member of the Clay County Community. As a volunteer, Tom has been dependable to help with the...
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2011 Clayton County - Larry Landsgard

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:04 PM
Larry Landsgard is an advocate for young people to become involved in 4-H and other youth organizations. Growing up Larry was not a member of 4-H, but over the last 38 years has become very involved. Larry started out by helping with the county fair horse show in in 1973....

2011 Clinton County - Joanne Guise

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:04 PM
Joanne (Goodall) Guise from Delmar has a long history with Clinton County 4-H. She has been involved in some aspect of 4-H for over 65 years. As a member of the Delmar Hot Shots 4-H Club from 1945-1951, Joanne spent time in the ring showing cattle. Little did she know...

2011 Crawford County - Blair & Marlene Baughman

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:03 PM
Marlene was nominated by a former 4-Her who thought Marlene truly influenced her life and the couple was nominated by another 4-Her who had them has leaders. Marlene was a member of Jolly Workers and the Vail Volunteers 4-H clubs for 10 years. She held all club offices and was...

2011 Dallas County - Becky Simpson

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:02 PM
Becky Simpson was born and raised in a 4-H family in central Illinois, where she participated in both “boys” and “girls” 4-H clubs for 11 years. Her parents were 4-H leaders and were the first husband-wife duo to have their respective clubs named “Club of the Year” at the same...

2011 Davis County - Deborah VanHorn

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:01 PM
Davis County Extension is proud to recognize Debbie VanHorn as the 2011 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Bloomfield. Debbie has been involved with the 4-H program beginning as a 4-H member showing market pigs, then as a 4-H parent. She was a club leader in Wapello County for...
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2011 Delaware County - Jack & Gladys Tinker

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 2:00 PM
Jack and Gladys Tinker have been long time supporters of 4-H in Delaware County. Jack was a member of the Elk Chargers 4-H club and later served as club leader for 15 years. Much of that time, he was the only leader for a group of 26 boys, which was...

2011 Des Moines County - Pat Darbyshire

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:59 PM
The recipient of this year’s induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame has a 4-H and fair background that expands over many decades. Her 4-H career started as a member of the Yarmouth Hawkeye Sisters 4-H Club where she exhibited in clothing, food and nutrition, home economics, and the...

2011 Dubuque County - Bernice Schuster

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:57 PM
Bernice Pancratz Schuster was the first club president when the Washington Wonder Workers 4-H club organized in November 1941. Over the next six years, she held all of the other offices in the club. She was named "Outstanding 4-H Girl" in Dubuque County. She was part of a demonstration team...

2011 Emmet County - David & Robin Enerson

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:56 PM
The Emmet County 4-H program is happy to induct David and Robin Enerson into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2011. The Enerson,s have been a very essential part of the Emmet County 4-H program for many years. Their passion for 4-H, and its impact on the youth who...
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2011 Fayette County - Kenny & Evelyn Vagts

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:55 PM
Ken & Evelyn Vagts of Eldorado have been involved in the Fayette County 4-H Program for many years. Evelyn and Kenny are the parents of seven children, 20 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren with all of their children and several of their grandchildren being members of 4-H. Evelyn became a...

2011 Floyd County - Patty Staudt

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:54 PM
Patty Staudt was a leader of the Union Busy Bees 4-H Club for 13 years (1994-2007). Her passion for education and spirit of service helped to inspire a generation of 4-H’ers to be present, passionate, engaged members of their club, community, country, and world. The members baked and delivered cookies...
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2011 Franklin County - Charles & Mary Beth Sukup

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:53 PM
Anyone who has traveled the country roads in the Midwest has seen the Sukup name on many grain storage bins, but it is the people behind the name that have made more of an impression in the minds of Franklin County 4-H families. Charles and Mary Beth Sukup have played...

2011 Fremont County - Dave & Lois Aistrope

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:52 PM
Dave and Lois were both active 4-H members in Mills County, held 4-H club offices and became 4-H leaders in Fremont County. As 4-H parents, Dave and Lois helped chaperone American Royal, State 4-H Conference and CWF. Dave and Lois received the 4-H alumni award in 1977. Lois was an...

2011 Greene County - Donel & Maxine Ebersole

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:51 PM
It was 39 years ago that Donel and Maxine Ebersole started working with young people in the 4-H program. They inspired another couple with the same love of horses to join them as project leaders. Maxine was a 6-year leader of the Hardin Girls 4-H club, and served on the...

2011 Grundy County - Janet Schildroth

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:50 PM
Janet Schildroth has been involved in 4-H since she was a little girl growing up in Black Hawk County. She participated in a variety of projects such as cattle and home economics and was involved in demonstrating at the fair. She was also a club president. Janet and her husband...

2011 Guthrie County - Dennis & Jacque Hoover

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:48 PM
Dennis and Jacque Hoover have been involved with 4-H for over 19 years. As members of the Valley Boosters, both Dennis and Jacque exhibited livestock. Whether it was Dennis showing his hogs or his cattle named Mr. Sam, Lady and Ginger or Jacque with her cattle named Frisky, Bullet, Huck...

2011 Hamilton County - Duane & Frances Enger

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:47 PM
Hamilton County 4-H Youth Committee has chosen to honor Duane & Frances Enger, who have dedicated many years to the Hamilton County 4-H program and the Hamilton County Fair. Frances started working with Hamilton County 4-H’ers in 1990’s while serving on the Hamilton County Extension Council. She volunteered numerous hours...

2011 Hancock County - Marilyn Leerar

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:46 PM
Marilyn Leerar began her 4-H career in Emmet County as an 8 year member of the Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H Club. She was selected as the Outstanding 4-H Girl as an eighth grader, served as a county vice president, was a delegate to the State 4-H Conference and sang in the...

2011 Hardin County - Edward & Ione Ziesman

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:45 PM
A farm boy and a city girl, Edward and Ione Ziesman, have been dedicated to Hardin County 4-H since there first daughter joined the Pleasant Peppy Teens 4-H Club in 1970. For fourteen years many girls learned the fundamentals of sewing, food and nutrition, home improvement, and how to give...

2011 Harrison County - Beth Magill

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:44 PM
Beth Magill was a 10-year member of the Loveland Angels (Missouri Valley) 4-H Club in Harrison County. She loved participating in communications at the county fair and her skills usually advanced her to the Iowa State Fair. Beth enjoyed showing cats and presented county workshops on cats. Beth founded the...

2011 Howard County - Vic & Sharla Fencl

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:43 PM
Vic and Sharla Fencl were each 9-year members of the Howard County 4-H Program and have been dedicated volunteers for more than 30 years. Sharla served as a 4-H Club Leader to the Diligent 4-H’ers for over 25 years and has been a 4-H judge for over 20 years with...

2011 Humboldt County - Christine Frohling

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:42 PM
Christine Frohling waited with enthusiastic patience to become a 4-H member following in the footsteps of her mother and two older sisters in their 4-H experiences. She was always willing to give demonstrations and lead workshops and help organize activities. Her stories indicate she really enjoyed food and nutrition and...

2011 Ida County - Roger & Karen Bumann

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:41 PM
Ida County is proud to honor Roger and Karen Bumann as they are inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. They served the Ida County 4-H program for numerous years. Karen was a 4-H leader for the Grant 4-H’ers from 1982 – 1997. She served on the Ida County...
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2011 Iowa County - Dean Ward

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:40 PM
Dean Ward, from Ladora is this year’s Iowa County 2011 Hall of Fame nominee. Dean has been a 4-H’er, a 4-H parent, 4-H leader and fair superintendent. Dean was a 7 year member of the Fairview Zippers 4-H Club, where he exhibited hogs and dairy cattle. Dean’s next step in...
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2011 Jackson County - Mike & Kandy Franzen

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:39 PM
Mike and Kandy Franzen have been a part of 4-H since the 1980’s when their kids joined 4-H. They also have been a part of the Jackson County Fair in Maquoketa, IA for many years. Currently Mike is the president of the fair board there. So he knows all about...

2011 Jefferson County - Dennis Thomes

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:38 PM
Dennis Thomes spends countless hours helping 4-H members and their families. He is a member of our county fair board as well as being a livestock superintendent. H helped with the 4-H club his children are members of for many years. He is a kind, patient, knowledgeable individual who is...

2011 Johnson County - Gerry Lackender

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:38 PM
Gerry Lackender lived the 4-H motto “To make the best better”. She strived to make the Johnson County 4-H Fair one of the best in the state. Gerry always went above and beyond. Gerry was a part of the Johnson County fair for about 50 years. Every one of her...

2011 Jones County - Ann Schrader

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:37 PM
Ann’s 4-H experience started in the fall of 1957 when two neighbors invited her to join them as leaders of the Castle Grove Fortune Finders 4-H Club. It has been a wonderful part of her life ever since. Good times were had in baking biscuits, sewing clothes, refinishing furniture, giving...
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2011 Keokuk County - Connie Sieren

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:36 PM
Connie Sieren has twenty plus years working with youth in the 4-H program. She served as a local club co-leader and also as a Keokuk County Committee representative. As a leader she strived to give individualized attention to each member; helping with sewing, cooking, and home improvement during the designated...

2011 Kossuth County - Dee Ann Bierstedt

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:35 PM
Dee Ann (Jensen) Bierstedt began her 4-H career at the age of nine. Her parents, encouraged her to use the four H’s of the club pledge, head, heart, hands and health, to contribute to her community and world. She was active in the Swea-Harrison Boy’s 4-H club in Kossuth County...

2011 Lee County - Maryella Johnson

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:34 PM
Maryella Johnson was born and raised on her parents’ dairy farm in rural Keokuk, Iowa. She was a member of the Busy Bees 4-H Club, a girls club where she learned sewing, cooking and home furnishing skills. She was a member of the Montrose Mohawks 4-H Club, a boys club...
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2011 Linn County - Leon & Joyce Soukup

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:33 PM
Leon & Joyce farm outside of Central City. They are the parents of 5 children, 6 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. All of their children were in 4-H as well as their grandchildren. Leon & Joyce were leaders of their children’s 4-H club, which is the same club that some...

2011 Louisa County - Dr. Raymond Dill

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:32 PM
It’s understandable when a parent or grandparent contributes time, money, sweat and tears to the 4-H program in Iowa, especially when they were also in 4-H; that’s an investment in family and the future. But how do you explain someone that makes that kind of investment without family ties to...

2011 Lucas County - Bob Greubel

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:31 PM
Bob and Colene Greubel have farmed all of their married life and also both have been bus drivers for 30 plus years for Melcher-Dallas schools. Bob was involved in 4-H in his youth and was an active member of the Chariton FFA Chapter throughout high school. He renewed his involvement...
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2011 Mahaska County - Van Engelenhoven

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:30 PM
There are so many reasons that Deb is deserving of this great opportunity for recognition. I have worked on many different projects and activities with Deb over the past 6 years. She is one of the great smiling faces of the 4-H program in Mahaska County. Deb has been involved...

2011 Marshall County - Kay Eggers

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:28 PM
Kay Eggers has been involved with Marshall County 4-H since 1988 when her son became a member of the Central IA Livestock 4-H Club. She continued in that position for 20 years. Her daughter was also a member of the club. The livestock club merged with the State Center Clovers...

2011 Mills County - Teri Sanderson

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:26 PM
Teri Sanderson is one of those rare gems who makes volunteering a top priority. No matter how busy she is with her own family and work, she never hesitates to say, “yes” when it comes to making a difference in the lives of our young people. She is a positive...
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2011 Mitchell County - Steve & Jolene Norby

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:25 PM
Steve and Jolene Norby have been long time supporters of the Mitchell County 4-H program. Jolene Norby was the 4-H leader of the Mitchell County Outlaws, a community 4-H club with an emphasis on horses. She has been an instructor for the Girl Talk program for over 10 years and...

2011 Monona County - Robert & Fran Haack

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:24 PM
Bob and Fran Haack of Whiting are dedicated to positive youth experiences and development in Monona County. Both are tremendous assets to 4-H, Extension and to the Whiting community. Bob taught math and computers at the Whiting High School for 40 years. He also had various coaching positions, served on...

2011 Monroe County - Leo & Catherine Beary

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:23 PM
Nearly sixty years ago, Leo and Catherine Beary began their involvement with the Monroe County 4-H program when, in 1951, Leo became co-leader of the newly formed Weller Champions 4-H Club. A few years later, Catherine became a leader for her daughters’ home economics club, the Union Leaderettes. Her participation...

2011 Montgomery County - Leland & Carolyn Jones

Posted on 08/30/2011 at 1:22 PM
When people in Montgomery County think about the county fair – the name Leland Jones often comes to mind. Leland and his wife Carolyn have been part of 4-H and the county fair since the early 1960s. Carolyn was a 4-H member as a teen and when her daughters were...

2011 Muscatine County - Marylu Watkins

Posted on 08/27/2011 at 2:40 PM
Marylu Watkins was not a 4-H member in her youth because she lived in town and back then 4-H was only for rural youth; however, just because she didn’t grow up green doesn’t mean she couldn’t turn green! Marylu became a leader of the Moscow Busy Miss 4-H club, a...

2011 O'Brien County - Mark Hansen

Posted on 08/27/2011 at 2:38 PM
Mark Hansen was a valuable part of the O’Brien County 4-H program for over 30 years. As a member of the Center Farmers 4-H Club, he understood the importance of contributing to “my club, my community, my country and my world”. His love for livestock and farming grew through 4-H...

2011 Page County - Tom Beavers

Posted on 08/27/2011 at 2:33 PM
Tom Beavers was a ten year member of the Valley Boosters 4-H Club with a sheep herd as his major project. He also had field crops, swine and cattle as minor ones. He held every office in the local club and ran for county office. He exhibited the Grand Champion...
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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...

2005 Adams County - Lawrence Peterson

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 10:06 AM
Lawrence Peterson and the Adams County Fair are synonymous to most 4-Hers and adults in Adams County. As Adams County Youth and 4-H/FFA Fair board president since 1991 and board member since 1988, Lawrence “Pete” Peterson is a main force in keeping the Adams County Fair in Corning alive and...

2005 Adair County - Paul Steele

Posted on 04/28/2011 at 10:03 AM
Paul Steele has volunteered his time as scale master for the Adair County 4-H program for 30 plus years. Paul sees that every market beef and market hog is weighed at the beginning of the fair so they can be properly classed. It doesn't matter if it’s raining buckets or...

2002 Taylor County - Frank Jones

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

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...

2010 Sac County - Steve and Barb Determan

Posted on 04/26/2011 at 1:25 PM
Steve and Barb Determan have been leaders of the Early Achievers 4-H club for over two decades. Barb started as a leader 30 years ago with Steve joining two years later, now giving him 28 years of being a leader. When Steve and Barb started, Early's 4-H clubs were separated...
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2010 Adair County - Don and Marie Lents

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:30 PM
Don and Marie Lents’ association with 4-H began back in the late 1930’s when they were Adair County 4-H members. Don’s 4-H club was organized by the Fontanelle Superintendent of Schools.. Marie (Stephenson) Lents was in 4-H for a few years and then her family moved to Guthrie County. This...
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2010 Adams County - Joan Haley

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:29 PM
Joan Haley is in at least her second go-around of service to Adams County Extension and the Adams County 4-H program. As a youth, Joan was an active 4-Her in Adams County as a member of the Loyal Lassies 4-H club. In that Nodaway-area 4-H club, Joan especially focused on...
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2010 Allamakee County - Betty Howe

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:28 PM
The Allamakee County 4-H & Youth Committee is proud to recognize Betty Howe as the 2010 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Waukon. Betty was selected for her outstanding service and dedication to the Allamakee County 4-H Program. Betty began her 4-H career when she became a leader of...

2010 Appanoose County - Tom and Janet Demry

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:26 PM
Tom and Janet Demry of Centerville have been involved in the Appanoose County 4-H program for over 35 years. They are the parents of four children, have eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Tom and Janet have been an integral part of the livestock auction at the Appanoose County Fair...

2010 Audubon County - Mary Ottmar

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:25 PM
She was also able to participate in IFYE, which is the Iowa Farm Youth Exchange Student program and was able to spend time in the Netherlands because of it. Mary Ottmar was a 4-H’er in Cass County, involved in a variety of activities and projects. She participated in the IFYE...

2010 Benton County - Glenn Werning

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:24 PM
Glenn Werning has been a 4-H parent, a 4-H supporter and a 4-H volunteer. His many contributions have included running the scale at beef weigh-in during snowy and bitter cold weather and as an announcer for the cattle shows including the Beef Barnyard Babies and the Dairy Kiddie Cattle Kapers....

2010 Black Hawk County - Arnola Jean Siggelkow

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:23 PM
Arnola’s involvement and interest in 4-H goes back to when she was a 4-H member in Fayette County. That’s when the 4-H girls wore blue, long –sleeved, middy style uniforms. 4-H has always been a special part of her life whether it is as a 4-H parent, leader, fair judge,...

2010 Boone County - Family of Fran Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:21 PM
Fran Thompson worked for Boone County ISU Extension as an Office Assistant for 27 years (1960-1987). Fran was a favorite person among 4-H families because of her easy smile, great sense of humor, and capable organizational skills that served as the backbone of the 4-H program. Prior to her retirement,...
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2010 Bremer County - Danny and Patsy Buls

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:20 PM
Danny and Patsy Buls have been lifelong supporters in the Bremer County 4-H program. Patsy has volunteered her time being a past 4-H leader for the Dayton Dodgers, current Photography and Visual Arts Superintendent, fair board volunteer, and is a key part on Bremer County Communications Day committee. Patsy can...

2010 Buchanan County - Paul Short

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:19 PM
Paul Short was a 4-H member in Buchanan County from the time he was 10 years old until he graduated from high school. He was a member of the Newton Sodbusters club and returned years later to serve as a leader. Paul was also a very active member of the...

2010 Buena Vista County - Robert and Rhonda Christensen

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:18 PM
Robert (Bob) and Rhonda Christensen have been involved in the 4-H program for 45 years in one capacity or another. Rhonda started 4-H as a nine-year old and was a member of the Maple Valley Majorettes 4-H Club, where her mother, Arlene Rohlk, became a 4-H leader when Rhonda became...

2010 Butler County - Lucille Leerhoff

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:17 PM
Lucille Leerhoff has been involved with the 4-H program in Butler County for 30 years. She has served on the 4-H & Youth Committee for 4 years and has been a local club leader of the Butler BB’s for over 25 years. Her name is synonymous with 4-H in the...

2010 Cass County - Dawn Marnin

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:14 PM
Dawn Marnin started her 4-H career as a Program Leader when her children started 4-H. Soon she became the Organizational Leader for the Grant 4-H Club, for 16 consecutive years. As leader she attended each activity and shows in which the members of her club were involved. She was also...
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2010 Cedar County - Dr. Alan Beyer

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:13 PM
We would like to recognize Dr. Alan Beyer for his support of the Cedar County 4-H program. Dr. Beyer is a supporter of the 4-H program in numerous ways. - He served on the youth committee for six years, serving as chairperson during that time. You will find him helping...
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2010 Cerro Gordo County - Marilyn Witte

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:11 PM
Marilyn Witte has been involved in many aspects of 4-H throughout her 25 years. She began as a parent of a 4-Her helping her son and others with many projects. The projects varied from photography, woodworking, swine, and beef. She also worked as a clerk with the small building projects....

2010 Cherokee County - Jerry and Lynn Ebert

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:10 PM
Jerry and Lynn Ebert reside in Cherokee County,.on the same family farm Jerry purchased 42 years ago and became actively involved in 4-H when each of their 5 sons became of age to join. Jerry had always passed on stories of his past involvement with 4-H in his youth. When...

2010 Chickasaw County - Joyce Mueterthies

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:08 PM
Joyce Mueterthies started her 4-H journey with the support of her parents when she joined the Lawler Lively Lassies in 1972.. All of her siblings were nine-year members of either the Lawler Lively Lassies or the Lawler Lively Lads 4-H clubs, which later combined into one club. This was the...

2010 Clay County - Jim and Joyce Spieker

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:07 PM
Jim and Joyce Spieker have been volunteers for the Clay county 4-H program for over thirty years. They have been involved in almost every aspect of the 4-H program from being parent volunteers, committee members, and being leaders of the Meadow Motivators 4-H Club. work in his schedule. His son,...
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2010 Clayton County - Jerry and Sylvia Spykerman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:06 PM
Jerry & Sylvia Spykerman are content to work and support the 4-H program quietly in the background. They enjoy doing all those little things that pull everything together – whether it be a monetary donation, filling in as a last minute judge, setting up or cleaning up for an event,...

2010 Clinton County - Linda (Witt) Wiese

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:04 PM
Linda (Witt) Wiese, from rural Charlotte has been a 4-H leader in Clinton County for 32 years. Growing up, Linda was an 8 year 4-H member of the local Charlotte club. Linda married a fellow 4-H member, Dean Wiese and has been an active leader since. Her two grown daughters,...

2010 Crawford County - Bob and Theresa Sullivan

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:03 PM
Bob and Theresa Sullivan have been active in Crawford County 4-H, first as members and then as leaders and parents of 4-H youth. Both joined 4-H in 1937. Theresa (Dieter) Sullivan was a member of the Westside Calf Club and showed cattle (in a skirt). Her family showed cattle at...

2010 Dallas County - Robert and Kathy Harkrader

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:02 PM
Robert and Kathy Harkrader have been strong 4-H supporters who have been involved with 4-H for over 25 years. They have raised 6 children who all participated in the 4-H program. Robert and Kathy helped start the first photo club in Dallas County. With their encouragement, 4-H members were able...

2010 Decatur County - Sandy Erickson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 2:01 PM
Sandy Erickson has been instrumental to the Decatur County 4-H program for nearly 40 years. Until recently, Sandy assumed many of the program management functions, including providing volunteer resources and managing the 4-H Blue Ribbon enrollment and recordkeeping process. The Extension Office is also the Fair Board’s business and management...

2010 Delaware County - Tony and Delrose Broghammer

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:59 PM
Tony and Delrose Broghammer have been involved with 4-H in many capacities. For Tony it began as a teenager when he was a member of the Coggon Clippers 4-H Club for several years. Together they became involved in 4-H by supporting their 7 children through each one’s nine years of...

2010 Des Moines County - Carroll Oberman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:58 PM
With his father as the leader of his club, Carroll Oberman joined 4-H in 1946. His main project areas were swine and beef cattle. A highlight of his 4-H career was winning Grand Champion Pig in 1952 with a Chester White pig. Carroll returned to 4-H in 1968 when his...

2010 Dickinson County - The Northey/Pringnitz Family

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:57 PM
There are definitely familiar faces around the Dickinson County Extension Office, and for years the Northey Family have diligently supported and promoted all facets of 4-H. Recognizing the benefit of this program to Dickinson County youth, the entire family has consistently supported the educational opportunities, real-life experiences and the significance...

2010 Dubuque County - LeRoy Pancrantz

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:56 PM
LeRoy belonged to the first 4-H club in Dubuque County. The name of this club is the Washington Senators. The club still flourishes today. When he became old enough, LeRoy was one of many leaders to teach the next generation the many daily living skills needed to be a successful...

2010 Emett County - Diane Nelsen

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:54 PM
Emmet County’s 2010 Iowa Hall of Fame inductee, Diane Nelsen, has been one of the best advocates for 4-H that the county has had. She was a very active 4-H’er herself and now is “giving back” to 4-H as an adult. She was a leader of the Jack Creek Feeders...
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2010 Fayette County - Vernelle Malven

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:46 PM
Vernelle Malven joined 4-H in January, 1955 as a fifth grader in Butler County and remained a member for eight years. Her mother, Nelda (Myrick) Hassman, was instrumental in encouraging her to join 4-H as she had been a member in Dickinson County during her youth in the early 1930’s....

2010 Floyd County - Betty Jo Staudt

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:45 PM
Betty Jo Staudt has been involved with Floyd County 4-H since assisting as the leader of the Ulster Future Homemakers. During those years of leadership, she assisted her club members in developing Iowa State Fair quality exhibits and demonstrations. Projects for her own six children included creative arts, clothing and...
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2010 Franklin County - Jay and Sally Van Wert

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:42 PM
The Van Wert family has a long tradition of involvement in Franklin County 4-H and Extension programs. As a youth Jay was part of a family that was active not only in 4-H but had leadership roles in many Franklin County and Iowa organizations. Jay and Sally served as 4-H...

2010 Fremont County - Vern and Mary Lightfoot

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:40 PM
Vern and Mary Lightfoot are one of Fremont County’s very unique couples. The Lightfoots, married in 1948, have lived at their current house since 1950. Although neither Vern nor Mary were in 4-H themselves, they raised four children—Rita, Janet, Rob and Theresa--who were all active 4-H members. Both Vern and...

2010 Greene County - Vernon and Corinne Bancroft

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:38 PM
Vernon has a rich history in the 4-H program beginning when he became a member of the Paton Pioneers and showed beef, dairy and hogs at the county and state fairs. In his 4-H career, he served on the boys’ county council, attended 4-H camp, participated in the Washington Washington-Focus...

2010 Grundy County - Jim and Brenda Everts

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:37 PM
Jim & Brenda Everts have been long time supporters of the Grundy County 4-H Program. Jim was a member of the Grundy County Pleasant Valley Pals club (1958-1967), active in the beef project area. His wife Brenda is originally from Waterloo and had no connection to agriculture or 4-H until...

2010 Guthrie County - Bryan and Teresa Mowrer

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:36 PM
ryan began his 4-H experience as an 8-year 4-H member in Boone County and later the Bear Grove/Union Bears in Guthrie County. As a club member, he served as president and exhibited swine, horses, beef and sheep at the fair. He was also active in the County Council group. Teresa...

2010 Hamilton County - Gary Gourley and Gerald Gourley

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:33 PM
Hamilton County has decided to honor this wonderful dedicated father/son combo who have dedicated at total of more that 50 years to the Hamilton County 4-H program and the Hamilton County Fair.. Gary Gourley started working with Hamilton County 4-H’ers in the1960’s by serving as leader of the Hamilton Herders...

2010 Hancock County - Philip Sweers

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:32 PM
Philip Sweers started his 4-H career in Hancock County as a junior member of the Erin Enterprisers 4-H Club. His first project was showing cattle. In high school Phil was an active member of his club as well as served on the 4-H County Youth Council. As an adult he...

2010 Hardin County - James Ostheimer

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:30 PM
James was born into a farming family in Hardin County where his father raised dairy cattle and purebred Duroc pigs. As a 4-H member in the Ellis Go-Getters 4-H Club, Jim loved being outside and found his passion for animals. As an adult, Jim volunteered as the club leader for...

2010 Harrison County - Rozanne King

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:29 PM
Rozanne King has been a part of 4-H for most of her life. She was an eight year member of the Missouri Valley Merry Makers 4-H Club. She worked at the Harrison County Extension Office as the 4-H Aide and served on the Extension Council. Rozanne has been a 4-H...

2010 Howard County - Frank and Jan Moore

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:28 PM
Frank Moore began his 4-H involvement as a member of the Buchanan Co 4-H Program. Frank was a town boy, who at age 9 rented a acreage on the outskirts of Hazelton to raise hogs as a 4-H project. Frank also planted an acre of asparagus and sold the produce...

2010 Humboldt County - Bonnie Gates

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:25 PM
Bonnie Gates served the Iowa 4-H program for approximately 35 years. Her roles were many, starting as an assistant 4-H leader when her daughter began her 4-H career. Diane was very active and continued through her senior year of high school. After her daughter’s graduation, Bonnie continued to serve on...

2010 Ida County - Mary Dreeszen

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:24 PM
Ida County takes great pride in nominating Mary Dreeszen to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Mary served as a 4-H leader in Ida County for 15 years and was selected as the first annual Ida County 4-H Leader of the Year as leader of the Griggs Lassies in 1999....
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2010 Iowa County - Garth Grafft

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:23 PM
Garth was a nine year 4-H member in Jones County. Garth received the State Achievement Award with a trip to Club Congress in Chicago. Locally, Garth was a leader of Marengo Cool Cougars, a member of the Iowa County 4-H Committee and Fair Board representative. Garth and the ‘Big G’...
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2010 Jackson County - Connie Jo Weirup

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:22 PM
Longtime Jackson County resident, Connie Jo Weirup has been involved with 4-H since she was a young girl. Connie, who was a member of the Andrew Future Farmerettes and the Andrew Future Farmers did well with her projects at the county and state level. She participated at the State Convention...

2010 Jasper County - Deborah (Wertz) Osborn

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:20 PM
4-H has always been a very important part of Deborah Osborn. She was a member of Prairie City Champions and Homemakers 4-H Clubs from the years of 1965 – 1973. During that time, she held multiple offices, was Jasper County Beef Queen in 1972, showed Market Beef, and took multiple...

2010 Jefferson County - Lona Harbison

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:18 PM
On behalf of the Jefferson County 4-H and Youth Committee, we have chosen Lona Harbison for the 4-H Hall of Fame 2010. She lives on a farm near Brighton with her husband Jerry. They raise cattle and have raised numerous other animals throughout the years. Their two children were both...

2010 Johnson County - Diana and Ralph Cox

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:17 PM
iana and Ralph Cox are dedicated, outstanding 4-H volunteers in Johnson County. Diana has been a 4-H leader of the Sharon Center Sensations, a member of the Johnson County 4-H Youth Development Committee, and an active team member for the Iowa 4-H Volunteer Forum. Ralph is a trained instructor in...

2010 Keokuk County - Neoma Wonderlich

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:16 PM
From 1931 to 1942, Neoma Wonderlich was a member of the Junior Homemakers 4-H Club in Ollie, Iowa. Highlights of her 4-H years included: · Showing her Brown Swiss at the National Dairy Cattle Congress in the 4-H division at Waterloo · Attending the 4-H State Conservation Camp at the...

2010 Kossuth County - Robert J. Behnkendorf

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:15 PM
4-H is a big part of Bob’s life and a part of the reason he finished his working career in Extension. He belonged in 4-H in both Kossuth and Humboldt counties as a youth. He showed cattle and played 4-H basketball. He was elected vice president at the Humboldt County...

2010 Lee County - Don and Joann Shannon

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:14 PM
Doctor Don Shannon and Joann Shannon together make one of those power couples that have had an incredible and lasting impact on the 4-H Program in Iowa. Joann started in 4-H as a child in Tama County and in fact won the Top Girl Award in Tama County 4-H in...
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2010 Linn County - Kathy Clemens

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:13 PM
Kathy Clemens has been involved in 4-H since the age of 10. As a 4-H leader of the Indian Creek 4-H club for over 20 years she has mentored her kids, grandkids and many other kids through 4-H, with community service as a major factor in her leadership. She has...
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2010 Louisa County - Royce and Charlotte Bonnichsen

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:12 PM
A lifetime 4-Her….that’s how Charlotte describes her involvement in the program. The ISU Extension Yearbooks in Louisa County show her as a 1st year 4-Her in 1944. She was a member of the Live Wires, a club in the Wyman area, for the next 7 years. Later as a mom...

2010 Lucas County - Linda Coffman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:10 PM
Linda Coffman was a firm believer in what 4-H has to offer youth. She was very involved in the Lucas County 4-H program, helping not only her own children, but members of the club she was a leader of and the neighborhood children. Linda was a club leader from 1971...
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2010 Madison County - Phil and Jan Moore

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:09 PM
Phil started his 4-H career as a young child growing up in Madison County. He joined his local 4-H Club and participated in the Madison County Fair, Iowa State Fair, and Ak-sar-ben, exhibiting cattle. His passion for 4-H did not end when he left school, he decided to volunteer his...

2010 Mahaska County - Carleton Meinders

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:08 PM
Carleton Meinders was a 4-H leader in Mahaska County for 15 years, starting in 1952. During that time of volunteer service, he assisted many youth with their livestock projects, especially cattle. Carleton enjoyed raising black Angus cattle and loved working with the cattle and youth. He raised 2 daughters and...

2010 Marion County - Janet Ritchie

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

2010 Marshall County - Marilyn Preston Hilleman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 1:00 PM
Marilyn Preston Hilleman began her 4-H career as a member of the Marshall County 4-H club the Logan-Go-Get-It’s at Van Cleve in the 1940’s. She enjoyed projects in gardening, sewing, and furniture refinishing. She was a member for seven years and held several offices including historian, which helped form her...

2010 Mills County - Kathy Scott Pearce

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:56 PM
Kathy Scott Pearce grew up in rural Malvern, Iowa and has lived on the family farm most of her life. She and her husband, Tom, have two children, Renee and Rod who are also 4-H leaders. All five of her grandchildren have participated in the 4-H as members of the...
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2010 Mitchell County - Dennis and Joyce Rachut

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:54 PM
Dennis and Joyce Rachut were leaders of the Rocky Ramblers 4-H Club in Mitchell Co. for 13 years. Their club accomplishments include raising money for flower planters and helping put the flower planters in on Main Street in Osage.. Their club has been responsible for planting and maintaining these planters...

2010 Monona County - Geri Johnson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:53 PM
Geri Johnson is sincerely a generous and hard-working community leader. She agrees to serve the county in so many ways because she truly cares about people and communities. Geri has served on the Monona County Extension Council since 2003 and has been the council representative on the Extension 4-H &...

2010 Monroe County - Vaughn and Patricia Faber

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:51 PM
Vaughn and Patricia Faber of rural Blakesburg have lived on their farm in Monroe County, Iowa for the past sixty-three years. They purchased their first farm in the fall of 1947, the same year they were married following Vaughn’s return from the military service in the South Pacific during World...

2010 Montgomery County - Doris Larson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:48 PM
Doris Larson joined the Extension Service in 1967. She was hired as the office assistant. Her organizational skills and desire to work with the county 4-H program made her an excellent choice for this position. She kept the filing system orderly, typed correspondence, and helped with the design of brochures,...

2010 Muscatine County - Claudia Putman

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:46 PM
Claudia Putnam had already been a 4-H mom for several years before she decided to become a club leader in 1998 and the Muscatine County 4-H program hasn’t been the same since. Her accomplishments over the last 12 years are enough to make winded the most in shape runner. Her...

2010 Page County - George Crawford and John Crawford

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:39 PM
John and George Crawford grew up on a farm Southwest of Clarinda and both attended country school for a time, graduating from Clarinda High School and later from Northwest Missouri State University with degrees in Ag business. 4-H was an important part of their lives, being active in their club,...
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2010 Palo Alto County - Bert and Julie Naig

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:28 PM
Bert and Julie Naig are both native Palo Alto County 4-H’ers. Bert joined the Independence Boosters as a teenager. He was primarily involved in livestock activities. Julie was a nine-year member of the Rush Lake Peppy Pals 4-H Club and served as club president. She was the county council vice...

2010 Plymouth County - Wayne & Julie Beitelspacher

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:27 PM
Wayne was a Plymouth County 4-H member for nine years in the Grant Little Giants Club. It was here that Wayne learned how to set goals and developed a strong work ethic. After he and Julie were married and had children of their own, this 4-H tradition would continue. Both...

2010 Pocahontas County - Jerry Weiss

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:25 PM
Jerry Weiss was nominated by Pocahontas County for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame, but shares his talents in many counties throughout the state. Jerry started his career at ISUE in 1984 as an Agriculturist housed in the Buena Vista County office. In 1991 he began as a Swine Field...

2010 Polk County - Carol Stock

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:19 PM
Carol began her involvement with the 4-H program in 1961. She was a member of the Boys & Girls Happy Hollow 4-H Club from Sioux City in Woodbury County for 5 years, and she completed her 4-H youth years swimming in the new pool at 4-H State Camp at Luther,...
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2010 East Pottawattamie County - Dorothy Myers

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:15 PM
Dorothy Myers started as a 4-H member in East Pottawattamie County during her years in school. As her children became 4-H members she served as a local 4-H Club leader and also was selected to the County Youth Committee. In these positions she helped many 4-H members in the county...

2010 Poweshiek County - Deborah (Van Arkel) Goold

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 12:07 PM
Deborah Jene Lockie knew very early in life that she was going to be a true 4-Her. When she was old enough she joined the Jamestown Jolly Juniors 4-H club in Howard County. She actively did sewing, cooking and home improvement projects as well as exhibited dairy projects. Debbie was...

2010 Ringgold County - Jim Smith

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:46 AM
Jim Smith, is a well known farmer, auctioneer, and volunteer in Ringgold County. Jim has had involvement in 4H his entire life. He was a member of the Tingley Toppers 4H Club as a young man. Jim especially excelled in his beef project work. He participated in every aspect of...

2010 Scott County - Carol Klindt

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:44 AM
Carol Klindt’s lifelong involvement in 4-H began as child, when she was a member of the Lincoln Go-Getters 4-H Club. Carol has been involved in 4-H as an adult for more than 20 years, starting when her two sons, David and Dan, joined 4-H. She served as leaders of two...
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2010 Shelby County - Donald Anderson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:42 AM
Don grew up in a family with a very strong 4-H tradition. He became a member of his local club, the Monroe Standbys, as soon as he was old enough. During his 4-H years, he held many offices and participated in a variety of local and county activities. Fair was...

2010 Sioux County - Harlan and Phyllis De Haan

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:41 AM
People who benefited by membership in the 4-H program often continue to be involved long past their senior year in high school. They encourage their children’s involvement in the program and give of their time to see the program continues to be strong. Harlan and Phyllis De Haan are two...
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2010 Story County - Larry Anderson

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:39 AM
Larry Anderson has a passion for 4-H which led him to join the leader team for the Palestine Peppy Pushers 4-H Club in 1982 and he is still involved. He served as the organizational leader for at least 14 of those years. When one works with Larry on a committee...
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2010 Tama County - Marilyn Thoms

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:36 AM
Marilyn Thoms from Gladbrook in tama County, became involved in 4-H when her children were 4-H members and she has been involved ever since. Her daughter’s local club needed a leader and Marilyn volunteered to be co-leader and she was a leader for 20 plus years. While still a 4-H...
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2010 Union County - Dr. Alvin and Patricia Pokorny

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:33 AM
Dr. Al and Pat Pokorny are very humbled and honored to represent the many people of Union County who keep the 4-H program strong. Their greatest joy in serving 4-H has been to watch a young, shy 4-Her blossom into a mature, confident adult ready to be an asset to...
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2010 Van Buren County - Dale Muntz

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:28 AM
Dale Muntz is a strong supporter of youth and 4-H in our county. He assists yearly with the 4-H/FFA beef weigh-in for Van Buren County. Dale attends our annual 4-H awards banquet in November and oversees the sound system. He helps at the county fair by checking in the livestock...

2010 Wapello County - Max and Linda Jones

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:26 AM
Max and Linda Jones have been long time supporters of the Wapello County 4-H program. Linda was a nine year 4-H member. They had two sons, Troy and Jason, who were also 4-H members. Max and Linda were both 4-H leaders for 27 years. Linda was the leader of the...

2010 Warren County - Charlotte Mosher

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 11:24 AM
Charlotte Mosher was born and raised in Indianola, IA. Charlotte and her husband Jay Mosher have been married for 52 years, and have been blessed with five children: Jayne (Mark) Sherwood, Janna (Mark) Putz, Jeanet (Scott) Crowell, Joel (Beth) Mosher and Jon (Karen) Mosher and 16 grandchildren. All five of...

2010 Washington County - Pat Greiner

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:58 AM
Pat Greiner of Keota, Iowa has been actively involved with Washington County 4-H and Fair for 35 years. Growing up there were no 4-H clubs in Pat’s area so he wasn’t able to have the 4-H experience as a child, but as an adult he has been very actively involved....

2010 Wayne County - Jane Cooley

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:56 AM
Jane has been a long-time supporter of the 4-H program in Wayne County since her sons were members in the mid-1970s through early 80s. She served as a leader for the Benton Battlers 4-H Club, a member of the County 4-H Youth Committee and a member of the Wayne County...
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2010 Webster County - Shirley and Ron Webb

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:55 AM
Ron and Shirley Webb have been long time supporters of the Webster County 4-H program. Their four children all were active in 4-H and enjoyed exhibiting baked goods, clothing, furniture as well as hogs and sheep. The family raised and showed purebred Suffolk sheep for many years after their children...

2010 West Pottawattamie County - Donald D. and Flora B. Felton

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:54 AM
Donald Felton, 78, and the late Flora Felton of Neola have been involved with the 4-H program for most of their lives. Don started his 4-H career at age 12 and has been involved ever since, except for two years when he was serving his country overseas. His projects included...

2010 Winneshiek County - LeRoy McClintock

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:52 AM
LeRoy was raised on a family farm where they milked cows, raised chickens, pigs, sheep, rabbits, and crops. After his family moved to Winneshiek County he was asked to join 4-H and became an active member for 7 years. His projects included gardening, trees, forestry, woodworking, farm safety, tractor, and...

2010 Woodbury County - Venita Marie Wilcox

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:49 AM
Venita Wilcox began her 4-H career in Dixon County, Nebraska, joining both the Liberty Belles and Missouri Valley Feeders 4-H Clubs. She became a Woodbury County 4-H Leader in 1980, starting the Rock Branch Producers 4-H Club because she wanted to take her oldest two children to a boys’ and...

2010 Worth County - Timen Brunsvold

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:47 AM
Timen Brunsvold was a long time leader of the Grove Progressive Farmers 4-H Club in Worth County. Timen touched the lives of a hundreds of 4-H youth and provided a wealth of 4-H experiences to young people. He worked very hard at organizing agricultural projects in the livestock area and...
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2010 Wright County - Gary and Sally Woodley

Posted on 04/21/2011 at 10:39 AM
Gary Woodley was a nine year member of the Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club in Wright County. Some of Gary’s projects were beef, horticulture, woodworking, communications, citizenship, and leadership. Following his high school graduation, he participated in a People-to-People exchange to Europe. After his 4-H career, Gary served as a 4-H...

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 lea