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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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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 leader. During the late 1960’s/early 1970’s Don also served the adult volunteer leader of the Collins Comets 4-H Club. To this day, Don continues a very active...
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2009 Tama County - Jackie Skala

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

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

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

2009 Wapello County - Kenny & Audrey Bremer

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

2009 Warren County - Donna Sereg

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

2009 Washington County - Donald Davison

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

2009 Wayne County - Nancy Bellon

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

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

2009 West Pottawattamie County - Richard Vorthmann

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

2009 Winneshiek County - Brenda Ranum

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

2009 Woodbury County - Lujean Faber

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

2009 Worth County - Gloria Helgeson & Joan Dierenfeld

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

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

2008 Adair County - Dorothy & Charles Varley

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:45 AM
Charles and Dorothy Varley of Stuart were both 4-H members with a love for the beef project. They both served as 4-H club leaders in Adair County for Jefferson township clubs. In addition, they were chaperones for the Adair County exhibitors at the Iowa State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben for many...
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2008 Adams County - Blake Cooper

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:44 AM
Blake Cooper is a lifetime 4-H supporter in Adams County. He has served more than 20 years on the Adams County Youth and 4-H/FFA Fair committee, been an assistant 4-H leader in the Prescott 4-H Workers 4-H club, served on the Adams County Extension Council, and helped with countless 4-H...
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2008 Allamakee County - Myrna Jones

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:43 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H & Youth Committee is proud to recognize Myrna Jones from Postville as the 2008 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Allamakee County. Myrna has exhibited a life-long service to the Iowa 4-H program. Myrna Jones began her enduring 4-H career in 1978 when she joined...

2008 Audubon County - Cheryl Hansen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:42 AM
Cheryl was a long-time 4-H member in Audubon County and has continued her involvement as an adult. Both her children were active in 4-H. Cheryl has been a 4-H leader for 15 years and currently serves on the county youth committee. She coordinates the communications contest at county fair and...

2008 Benton County - Dick Meyer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:40 AM
Dick has been a tremendous asset to the Benton County 4H Program. He is constantly visible and accessible at weigh-ins, any activities at the fairgrounds and during fair and has never wanted anything but the best for the exhibitors and the fair. Our program is truly lucky to have such...

2008 Black Hawk County - Judy & Larry Anton

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:39 AM
The Antons met at the Iowa State Fair while Judy was working at the boy’s dormitory. That year Judy was working in the State Fair 4-H Office. Judy was a 9 year 4-H’er member of the Jolly Jackson 4-H Club in Bremer County. She held all of the offices in...

2008 Boone County - Joyce Patterson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:38 AM
Joyce Patterson has served as the Boone County 4-H Youth Coordinator for 21 years and a volunteer club leader for 27 years. In her county staff position, Joyce has a goal of informing 4-H members, families, and the general public about the many educational and fun opportunities in the 4-H...
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2008 Bremer County - Ron & Judy Leistikow

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:36 AM
Ron and Judy Leistikow are big 4-H supporters in Bremer County. Their six children were all 4-H members and several are now 4-H volunteers. Four grandchildren are involved in 4-H at this time. Ron and Judy are also very involved in their school, community and church. Ron was a club...

2008 Buchanan County - Richard "Dick" Frye

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:35 AM
Dick was a 10 year member of the Buchanan County 4-H program in Iowa as a youth. He served on the County Extension Council for several years and was a Buchanan County Fair Board member for over 40 years, serving as president for many of those years. Bruce Bearinger, Buchanan...

2008 Buena Vista County - Rusty Corderman

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:34 AM
Rusty Corderman volunteered his time, talent and energy as a 4-H Leader for over 20 years. As his children experienced 4-H, he made it possible for other youth to experience it as well. Rusty’s enthusiasm for involving, teaching and helping youth grow through 4-H experiences is contagious. As a sheep...

2008 Butler County - Arlan Laube

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:33 AM
Arlan Laube was a 4-H’er in the early 1960’s in Butler County and served as club historian. His favorite project was raising milking shorthorn heifers and a highlight was going to the Iowa State Fair with Stanley Severs as the State Fair alternate with their “pocket gopher trapping” demonstration. Arlan...

2008 Calhoun County - Kerri & Earl McAlexander

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:32 AM
Without volunteers like Earl and Kerri McAlexander, Calhoun County would not have the successful 4-H program that is has. They both started their involvement in 4-H as youth; Earl in Ringgold County and Kerri in Calhoun County, and continue still today through their involvement as club leaders, chaperones for CWF...

2008 Carroll County - Mildred (Millie) Heithoff & Freda Tigges

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:30 AM
Mildred (Millie) Heithoff and Freda Tigges have served 40 years as 4-H leaders for the Dedham Go-Getters 4-H club. They are strong supporters of both the county and state 4-H programs. They have been very active in member recruitment as well as strong supporters of the 4-Hers community and county...

2008 Cass County - Kathee & Jerry McCrory

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:29 AM
Jerry & Kathee McCrory have combined to give over 50 years of service to the Cass County 4-H program as parents, leaders, volunteers and committee members. Jerry has served as a leader of the Union Leaders 4-H Club for 21 years. Jerry has also served on the Cass County Extension...
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2008 Cedar County - Tim Dolan

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:16 AM
We would like to recognize Tim Dolan for his support of the Cedar County 4-H program. Tim was a supporter of the 4-H program in numerous ways – He served on the beef auction committee and as an auctioneer for the beef auction. You would find him helping in the...
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2008 Cerro Gordo County - Judy Levad

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:15 AM
Judy Levad is an active supporter of 4-H in Cerro Gordo County. A mom of two 4-H young people, Judy has been a 4-H leader for over 16 years. She was on the original 4-H Foundation group to raise funds and construct our 4-H Learning Center on the North Iowa...

2008 Chickasaw County - Ron McGregor

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:14 AM
Ron’s first involvement with 4-H was as a member of the Bradford club in Chickasaw County in 1940. Ron showed steers at the county fair for two or three years. His son, Steve, started showing steers in 1967. A few years later, Ron started helping as a beef superintendent and...

2008 Clay County - Dave Hessman

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:13 AM
Merle Hyett, Dave’s 4-H leader in Mercer County Illinois inspired his decision to choose a career in Extension. His love for children, agriculture and livestock prompted a great deal of enthusiasm for 4-H programming, education and organization. During his 32 years with ISU Extension, he served Muscatine County 4-H &...
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2008 Clayton County - Linda Orr

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:12 AM
Linda Hanson Orr comes from a family that has been involved in 4-H for nearly 70 years. Linda’s grandfather was a 4-H leader, her mother was a charter member of the Ful-O-Pep 4-H Club in Clayton County. Linda and her two sisters were also members of the same club. Linda...

2008 Clinton County - Lee Barber

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:11 AM
Lee Barber was a leader in the Clinton County 4-H program for the DeWitt Hustlers in the 1960’s. He was a leader for a number of years and also worked with the youth enrolled in the dairy project area as a superintendent for the Clinton County Club Show. He is...

2008 Crawford County - Shirleen & Freddie Jepsen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:10 AM
Freddie and Shirleen Jepsen got started in 4-H in 1984 when their three oldest sons wanted to join the Charter Oak Boosters. In 1992 they became leaders of the Charter Oak Boosters. Freddie and Shirleen were honored with leaders of the year in 1998. Shirleen has been involved with St....

2008 Dallas County - Barb Field

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:09 AM
Barb’s experiences with 4-H began when a friend of her parents suggested that 4-H would be a good organization for her to join. She joined that year and her sister and brothers joined as they became old enough. Barb had many great experiences in her eight years as a 4-H...

2008 Decatur County - Marlene & Jim Scott

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:04 AM
Jim and wife Marlene have both been active, long-time supporters of the 4-H program in Decatur County. Jim, a former club member (1946-54), has served in various leadership roles since 1961. He has been a club leader or assistant leader over a 20 year period; serving on various county 4-H...

2008 Delaware County - Virginia & Robert Hall

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 11:03 AM
Bob Hall’s significant leadership skills and his ability to communicate and connect with 4-Hers provided youth of Delaware County with opportunities to learn about citizenship and service. He inspired 4-H members to become achievers! Bob initiated the 4-H camping program at Camp Wapsi-Y. He saw the need and opportunity to...

2008 Des Moines County - Roberta & Wesley Pfadenhauer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:59 AM
Roberta Pfadenhauer was a five year member of the New London Lassies 4-H Club in Henry County, in which she carried projects in foods, clothing and home improvement. Wesley (Wes) Pfadenhauer did not have the benefit of 4-H membership. When their three children, Kimberly, Christy and Julie, joined 4-H in...

2008 Dickinson County - Beth Will

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:58 AM
Beth began her 4-H career at nine years old as part of Dickinson County 4-H by joining the Diamond Lake Darlings 4-H Club. She was an active member of the club through her school years with the Beef project being her favorite. Although she was not very excited about sewing,...

2008 Emmet County - Nancy and Keith Rosburg

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:57 AM
Keith and Nancy Rosburg have been extraordinary contributors to the Emmet County 4-H program for many years. They were both active 4-H members as youth and have done their share of giving back to the program as alumni. Keith has been a 4-H club leader, member of the Emmet County...
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2008 Fayette County - Mary and Dan Burkhart

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:49 AM
Dan and Mary Burkhart have been great assets to the Fayette County 4-H program. Dan serves as the Fayette County Extension Education Director and has for the past 36 years. Dan, along with two Fayette County 4-H Alumni spearheaded the Fayette County 4-H Foundation Endowment fund, which recently reached $25,000....

2008 Floyd County - Marian and Bob Dight

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:48 AM
Bob & Marian have been involved in the Floyd County 4-H Program for almost their entire lives. When they were younger, in school, they were both actively involved in their local 4-H Clubs and showed at the Floyd County Fair. When their children were old enough, they all were encouraged...
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2008 Franklin County - Lorna Brown

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:47 AM
Lorna Brown was active as a 4-H leader and 4-H committee member. She received the Franklin County 4-H alumni award for her dedication to helping members. Lorna judged 4-H achievement shows for many years, and then continued to help members with projects when clubs no longer held those shows. She...

2008 Fremont County - William Tyner

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:46 AM
Bill Tyner epitomizes a bygone era when 4-H, family, and county fairs were important to an individual, the family and the community. Bill’s mother, a 4-H leader for several years, may have been an inspiration to Bill as he was a nine year member of 4-H, graduating in 1940 and...

2008 Greene County - Marilyn E. Allender

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:45 AM
Marilyn was a 4-H member for 7 years, leader for 15 and has been a judge at all levels (local achievement shows, county fairs and state fair) for 55 year total—and is still active. She chaperoned everything from local trips to Des Moines, up to the Washington DC trip. She...

2008 Grundy County - John Schreck

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:43 AM
John became interested in 4-H when he was in 5th grade and joined the Grant County Go Getters 4-H Club in Grundy County. He was a member of this 4-H club for five years until his family moved to town. His 4-H projects won many awards and included beef, sheep,...

2008 Guthrie County - Dean Whitehead

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:42 AM
Dean has been a volunteer at the Guthrie County Fair for over 30 years serving on the 4-H swine committee and as Swine Superintendent. He participated in the share- a calf program and has sponsored 4-H trophies and supported the livestock program. He is always willing to help a 4-H...

2008 Hamilton County - Wesley L. Schaub

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:41 AM
Wesley L. Schaub was most widely known for his activities with the Hamilton County 4-H Band. He served as band leader from 1928 until his death in 1941. For 11 consecutive years he took this band to the International Livestock Exposition and 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, where it proved...

2008 Hancock County - Ida Mae Bock & Mitchell Bock

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:40 AM
Mitchell Bock was a founding member of the Hancock County Fair Board and served as Secretary/Treasurer then bookkeeper for over 30 years. He was a 4-H leader of the Ell Midgets and served as Dairy Superintendent. Ida Mae Bock was a 4-H leader for many years for the South Ell...

2008 Hardin County - Ken & Evelyn Cook

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:39 AM
Kenneth inherited his passion for 4-H from his parents, Maurice and Fern Cook, who truly took to heart the challenge to make the best better through 4-H. He enjoyed livestock judging and has many treasured memories of showing livestock at the county and state fairs. After both Ken and Evelyn...

2008 Harrison County - Julie and Charlie Wisecup

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:38 AM
Charlie and Julie Wisecup were both volunteer 4-H leaders in Harrison County. Charlie was a leader for 5 years from 1972-1977 and Julie was a leader for 25 years from 1967-1992. Charlie also spent 3 years on the 4-H & Youth Committee from 1986-1988. They are members of the 4H-400...

2008 Howard County - Rosalie and Steve Christensen

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:37 AM
Steve and Rosalie have both served as 4-H Leaders in Howard County impacting positive youth development for many years. Steve also served on the 4-H & Youth Committee from 1989 – 1997. Steve and Rosalie donate and sponsor 4-H advertisements, purchase 4-H ribbons and make contributions to the county 4-H...

2008 Humboldt County - Bob & Lois Molitor

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:31 AM
Bob and Lois started 4-H as youth, Bob in Calhoun County for 9 years where he exhibited beef, swine, and sheep at the Rockwell City and Manson fair. Lois was a member of the Corinth Red Stars 4-H Club for 9 years where she exhibited in three project areas at...

2008 Ida County - Fred J. Krenk

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:31 AM
Ida County has a rich history as a leader in the livestock and agribusiness industries. Fred Krenk is one of those who influenced many young 4-H members that today are leaders in production agriculture, education, banking, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and may other endeavors. He was willing to donate his time...
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2008 Iowa County - Kurt & Marilyn Meyer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:30 AM
Kurt and Marilyn Meyer have green running deep in their blood. They have been the 4-H Leader of Hilton Happy Hustlers for many years. Their contribution does not stop in the Iowa County 4-H program. In 2005 their club along with Iowa County Cattlemen, Extension Staff and local business started...
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2008 Jackson County - Floyd Peters

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:29 AM
Agriculture and 4-H has been a way of life for Floyd Peters. He became a member of the Andrew Future Farmers in 1942 at the age of eleven. His first year as a 4-H member he bought a Hereford steer from a neighbor as a “baby beef” project. He showed...

2008 Jefferson County - Doug Johnson

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:28 AM
Doug Johnson’s involvement with and contribution to 4-H was widespread and widely felt. Doug was most recently a member and driving force of our county fair board. As a beef superintendent, he helped promote and grow the beef program in Jefferson County. One of his favorite projects was the Bucket/Bottle...

2008 Johnson County - Portia Cooper

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:27 AM
Portia Cooper was a charter member of the Golden Rule 4H Club which was organized in 1929 and is still active - the oldest club in Johnson County. Portia’s contributions are shared through this “historical” view. From Portia Cooper, “A few things I remember during my 8 years as a...

2008 Keokuk County - Antona Nell Weber

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:26 AM
Antona Nell Weber started her career in 4-H as a member in 1939 in the newly created Warren Winners 4-H Club. She later became that clubs leader for over 20 years. Nell served on the county 4-H committee for over ten years, and served as county fair superintendent for small...

2008 Kossuth County - Karen and Don Heldorfer

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:25 AM
The Heldorfer family would be one of those 4-H families that every county wishes they could clone. Karen & Don were willing 4-H parents, leaders, Fair Superintendents, Extension Council and Youth Committee members. They were active in starting our school run farm safety day camp and starting the local foundation....

2008 Linn County - Lynn Dunn

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:23 AM
Lynn was leader of the Prairie Union Wildcats 4-H club and a sheep project leader in Linn County for over 15 years. He was a community leader and passionate about the county fair industry. Lynn served on the Linn County Fairboard and also as director of the Association of Iowa...
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2008 Linn County - Marcia Engel

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:23 AM
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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2008 Louisa County - Terry & Janice Pugh

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:22 AM
Terry and Janice Pugh of Columbus City have lived on a little ‘mini farm’ for 34 years. Raising sheep and seeing the beauty of each new baby lamb born in the spring. From the births to the bottle-fed the couple have enjoyed this chore together and share their interest of...

2008 Lucas County - Roy & Louise Sponsler

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:20 AM
Roy and Louise were former 4-H members themselves, who gave back to the program in Lucas County. For over 30 years, they volunteered in the Horse Department. They were committed to helping 4-H’ers have the same competitive edge as everyone else as they exhibited their horse(s). They conducted horse clinics...
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2008 Madison County - Fred Stookey

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:20 AM
Fred has been a 4-H leader for the Scottish Farm Feeders Club for 30 plus years. He has supported young members and helped them find a spot within the club and has helped them develop their talents. Fred was always open to suggestions and strived to make it the kids’...

2008 Mahaska County - Ray Poe

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:18 AM
Ray Poe was a volunteer for the Mahaska County 4-H program for 26 years. Ray had been an active 4-H supporter and role model for many young people in the county and continued leading the Union Pioneers 4-H club until he passed away in June of 2007. He led many...

2008 Marion County - Kitty and Bill Shepherd

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:17 AM
Kitty has been a club leader for 24 years and served on the county youth committee numerous times. She has been a true advocate and supporter of 4-H. Kitty has helped with numerous events at the count level such as clothing and communication days, awards banquets and evaluated record books....

2008 Marshall County - Patricia Breniman

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:16 AM
Patricia was the organizational leader of the Melbourne 4-H Club (Marshall Co.) for 41 years this year. She has helped to organize the clover kids 4-H program when it started. Patti has served on many county wide programs and worked with local club and county extension with many citizenship and...

2008 Mills County - Carol Tedder

Posted on 04/19/2011 at 10:15 AM
Carol Tedder was an 8 year 4-H member in Hancock County. Her favorite exhibits included refinishing furniture in Home Improvement, sewing, and food and nutrition. She enjoyed going to the Iowa State Fair every year. Carol was a Youth Leader and served on many committees throughout her 4-H years. In...
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2008 Mitchell County - Jeanne Watts

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:50 PM
Jeanne Watts began her 4-H experience in Minnesota in the club her parents originated. She attended that club for 6 years and completed her 9 years in Iowa when her dad, Bob Burnhart, became County Director in Wright County. As a 4-H’er, she participated in several project areas including sewing,...

2008 Monroe County - Deanie Walsh McDowell

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:47 PM
Deanie is a long time 4-H leader and 4-H county committee member. Deanie has served on Extension Council, assisted judges during judging at county fair, awards donor each year at county fair, donor each year to scholarship fund, donor for new entrances at the Monroe County 4-H & FFA Fairgrounds....

2008 Montgomery County - Dwaine Jipsen

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:44 PM
Dwaine has been very active in helping with livestock at the Montgomery County Fair. Dwaine has helped with the Montgomery County Fair swine show and with the livestock auction for over 35 years and is still helping today. He served as a club leader in the late 70’s and early...

2008 Muscatine County - Darlene and Tom Martin

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:35 PM
Tom and Darlene Martin have been 4-H leaders in the 4-H horse program for a combined 47 years - Tom for 18 years until his death in 2001 and Darlene continues to be a leader after already serving 29 years in that capacity. In 1997, two dreams were realized when...

2008 Page County - Don Williams

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:31 PM
Throughout his life, Don Williams was an ardent supporter of 4-H at the county, state, national and international level. He was a nine-year member of the Valley Boosters 4-H club. During that period, he was president, reporter, secretary-treasurer, and historian. Don was also elected as the vice-president for the Page...
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2008 Palo Alto County - Dan Voigt

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:25 PM
Dan Voigt of Graettinger, IA, a Palo Alto County 4-H alumnus, has been very generous with his time and talents for Palo Alto County Extension. Because of his job with the local newspaper, he gives us great media coverage, many times with colored pictures on the front page. He covers...

2008 Plymouth County - Donna Holck

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:18 PM
Donna grew up in O’Brien County in Paullina. At that time there were not any clubs in town and her parents were not able to take her out to any clubs in the country. After Donna married Don and had three children of her own, she knew what an impact...

2008 Pocahontas County - Dr. Jeff Arnold, DVM

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 12:07 PM
Dr. Jeff Arnold has served as the Pocahontas County Fair Veterinarian for 19 years. He works with the livestock committees, fair board, and Extension Staff to advise the best options for animal health at the local and county level. Dr. Jeff is a dedicated veterinarian who is respected in the...

2008 Polk County - Arlette Hollister

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:55 AM
For more than 20 years Arlette has been an invaluable volunteer to Polk County’s 4-H program, serving as a 4-H and Clover Kids club leader, sewing workshop coordinator, and BBQ Committee Chair (sole annual fundraising event serving 900 people). The BBQ is held during the Polk County Fair and gives...
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2008 East Pottawattamie County - Gary Nilan

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:51 AM
Gary’s parents established the Westside Feeders 4-H club in East Pottawattamie County. Gary was a member, his three daughters, Heidi, Robin and Missy were members of the club and Gary served as a leader for over 20 years. He now has grandchildren in 4-H that he enjoys supporting as they...

2008 West Pottawattamie County - Carroll R. Olsen

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:47 AM
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...

2008 Ringgold County - Connie and Doyle Richards

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:44 AM
Doyle and Connie Richards from Tingley, IA are the 2008 Ringgold County Hall of Fame Honorees. Connie’s ability to connect with youth and adults and to provide quality programs are a couple of traits that really stand out. She is a willing volunteers for a wide variety of Extenison programming...

2008 Sac County - Polly Raasch

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:38 AM
Polly Raasch has been actively involved in 4-H for over 50 years. Polly was a ten year 4-H member and a 23 year 4-H leaders. She currently helps with Achievement Day and photography exhibits. Polly has a deep rooted love and passion for 4-H which comes from seeing first hand...
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2008 Shelby County - Harold Lansman

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:35 AM
As a young man, Harold Lansman was instrumental in getting a 4-H club established in his township. The Monroe Standbys was established in 1947 with several members, and the club continued to grow in the coming years. Harold was active in soil conservation, and due to his leadership 12 farms...

2008 Story County - Shirley Pilgrim

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:29 AM
Shirley Pilgrim has been involved and supportive of the 4-H Extension program her entire life. Her mother was on the Jasper County Extension Council and a 4-H leader. Shirley, originally an active member of the Modern Maids 4-H Club in Jasper County, was a 4-H leader for over 40 years...
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2008 Tama County - Connie Mattingly

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:25 AM
Connie’s commitment to 4-H began while she was still a 4-H member. Her club leader quit during the year and Connie took the responsibility for the club until another adult leader could be found. Unmarried, with no children of her own, 4-H members have been and continue to be “her...
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2008 Union County - Sharon Bennett

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:23 AM
“From the time my mother told me to help my little sister, 7 years younger, with 4-H energy it has been my pleasure to assist other 4-Hers,” recalls Sharon Bennett, Union County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominee. She has served 4-H in many ways. In 1951 she joined girls 4-H,...
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2008 Van Buren County - Ron Fransen

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:15 AM
He served as 4-H Livestock Judging Team coach for 8 years, and have continued for 11 years serving as agriculture and natural resources judge and ultrasound contest superintendent at the county fair. Ron has served 7 years as Van Buren County Livestock Quiz Bowl coach, winning third place in the...

2008 Wapello County - Jim and Sandy Corder

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:14 AM
Jim and Sandy Corder started volunteer work with the Wapello County 4-H program in 1980 when they became the leaders of the Hooves & Hats 4-H Club which their daughters Julie and Diana joined. Over the years and still today, they are very active with the Horse project area, especially...

2008 Warren County - John Keeney

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:12 AM
John Keeney’s 8 year 4-H career started his connection with the 4-H program. He and his wife Janet also helped their daughters Melissa and Anna Marie with their livestock projects through their years in 4-H. John has served as a fairboard director and superintendent for over 30 years. As a...

2008 Washington County - Marie Hora

Posted on 04/15/2011 at 11:09 AM
As a young girl growing up, Marie can remember several things she was taught while in 4-H. Marie started as a 4-H Club Leader in the sixties in Jackson Township in Washington County, which she continued for several years. She later became the photography project leader as the project became...

2008 Wayne County - Pat Swartzlander

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:50 PM
Pat started her 4-H career as a 4-H member of the Lincoln township 4-H club in Hardin County. She was very active in her club, participated at State Fair, attended State Conference, and attended the Chicago trip twice. In 1986 she started working in Monroe County as a part time...
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2008 Webster County - Cheryl Christopherson

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:47 PM
Cheryl Ekstrom Christopherson was a nine year member of the Willing Washington Workers 4-H Club. This was the same 4-H Club her Mother Doris Williams Ekstrom belonged to in the 1930s. Cheryl was active on the club level as well as serving as President of the Webster County’s Girls 4-H...

2008 Winneshiek County - Madelyn "Maddy" Wise

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:44 PM
Maddy was born in 1933 to Leo & Mary Willson ~ a farm family in northern Winneshiek County. She attended and graduated from high school in Canton, Minnesota. In October 1956 she married Wilbur Wise. To this union, 5 children were born; Ann, David, Ruth, Halley & Dick. Maddy was...

2008 Woodbury County - Lucille (Lu) Matthey

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:41 PM
Lu grew up in the 4- H Program in North Dakota so when raising her family she knew the value, goals and aims of the 4-H program. Lu was always ready to volunteer as a 4-H Leader, Camp counselor, Judge, County Fair Superintendent, 4-H and Youth Committee Extension council and...

2008 Worth County - Fran Olson

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:35 PM
Fran Olson has served as Office Manager at the Worth County Iowa State University Extension Service for 38 years. She has dedicated many years of quality work and dedication to the Worth County 4-H program. The 4-H families of Worth County have benefited greatly from Fran’s loyal support and service....
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2008 Wright County - Evelyn and Dean Grandgeorge

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 12:30 PM
Evelyn has been very supportive and active in the Wright County 4-H program. She has served on the Extension Council and 4-H and youth committee. During one summer she was an aid at the Extension office. She is an honorary 4-H member, was on the Wright County fair board for...

2007 Adair County - Dave & Chris Gleason

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:39 AM
Dave and Chris met when they were students at Iowa State University. They landed in Adair County in 1974 when Dave took a job as a hog buyer. Neither Chris, a military kid who moved frequently growing up, nor Dave, a town kid from eastern Iowa, had been 4-H members...
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2007 Adams County - Rick and Jolene Bissell

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:37 AM
Rick and Jolene Bissell have supported 4-H in Adams County in many ways over the last 23 years. First, they raised four children through 9 or more years of 4-H during that time. As they were raising their family, they also both gave of their talents as Adams County 4-H...
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2007 Allamakee County - Bob & Bernie Heffern

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:36 AM
The Allamakee County 4-H & Youth Committee are proud to recognize Bob & Bernie Heffern the 2007 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. The Hefferns have exhibited life-long service to the Iowa 4-H program. Bernie became a member of the French Creek Farmerettes in 1949. Later Bob...

2007 Appanoose County - Pat Dole

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:35 AM
Pat Dole has dedicated many years to the Appanoose County 4-H and Extension programs. Pat served six years on the 4-H Adult Committee and continues to serve as the County’s Extension Council Treasurer. These are only a few of the many things that Pat contributes to Appanoose County. · Served...

2007 Audubon County - Gale VanAernam

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:34 AM
Gale exhibits a tireless commitment to 4-H. Whether he’s nose-printing a calf, contacting auctioneers, hooking up the PA system, moving bleachers, setting up gates, lining up sheep, working with superintendents on show orders, meeting with leaders on rule changes, discussing ways to update livestock classes, or consoling a 4-H’er who...

2007 Benton County - Yvonne Brecht

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:33 AM
Yvonne has a love for 4-H and the youth in Benton County that goes beyond compare. She has helped shape the minds and values of so many 4-H’ers in her career as a leader that the true numbers of the lives she has touched will never be known. The great...

2007 Black Hawk County - Rex & Phyllis Boatman

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:32 AM
Rex and Phyllis Boatman always go the extra mile to help youth and also adults understand the importance of doing your very best. Rex is a former 4-H’er from Clay County, Black Hawk County & Iowa 4-H Alumni, Coach for Black Hawk County Livestock Judging Team for10 years taking teams...

2007 Boone County - Deb Owens

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:31 AM
Deb Owens combines her love of kids and dogs as she volunteers in Boone County as dog obedience instructor and dog superintendent, which she has done for a total of 34 years. She is knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging with 4-H’ers and dogs. Deb assists with the State Fair 4-H dog...
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2007 Bremer County - Elston Buls

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:29 AM
Elston was a very active 4-H’er for many years and attained many top county awards in the late 50 and early 60’s from “Outstanding 4-H Boy”, “Outstanding Dairy Member”, to the top award – “Achievement.” The Leadership, Citizenship, Community Service, and several agriculture awards were also presented to him. He...

2007 Buena Vista County -Cindy Glienke

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:29 AM
Cindy (Bibler) Glienke was nine years old when she became a 4-H member in Buena Vista County. Cindy joined the Elk Antlers 4-H Club, holding many leadership positions, both at the local club level and the county level. She has served as a club leader for the Maple Valley Agriculturists,...

2007 Butler County - Nancy Jensen

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:28 AM
Nancy Jensen has been a long-time 4-H volunteer. Her contributions have included being a 4-H Leader, on the 4-H & Youth Advisory Board(both of which she is still doing), former member of the Extension Council, volunteered for 4-H day camps, workshops, Communications Day, fair, etc. Nancy is always more than...

2007 Calhoun County - Marlene & Dr. Paul Armbrecht

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:27 AM
Paul and Marlene have been involved with the Calhoun County 4-H program several ways since moving to the county in 1973. Marlene was a 4-H leader for 15 years, served on the Youth Committee, has helped with county and NW Area record book judging, judged at county fairs, and judged...

2007 Carroll County - Ralph & Mary Ann Bock

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:26 AM
Ralph Bock and his wife Mary Ann were married for 56 years and are the parents of eleven, nine-year 4-H members. They spent over 50 years supporting 4-H – not just as parents! Ralph was a 4-H leader for 25 years. and was a member of the Carroll County Youth...

2007 Cass County - Matt Rogers

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:22 AM
Matt Rogers was active in 4-H as a member of the Franklin’s Future 4-H club in Cass County. Even after graduating from high school, Matt’s passion for the 4-H program and for the Cass County Fair was evident. Matt joined the Cass County Fairboard in the fall of 2003. But...
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2007 Cedar County - Jim Crock

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:21 AM
Jim Crock was a 4-H member as a youth and has been involved in 4-H his whole life. His family has placed an emphasis on rural living with 4-H being a major part. His enthusiasm for the 4-H program carried over into his adult life. He was a leader of...
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2007 Cerro Gordo County - Donald Sapp

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:20 AM
Don has been involved in helping with 4-H youth in Cerro Gordo County since 1984. He is currently the co-chair of the Cerro Gordo Youth Committee and has served on the committee for 7 years. Don has worked with the Cerro Gordo Horse program for 23 years and has been...

2007 Chickasaw County - Tom & Cora Lynch

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:19 AM
Tom and Cora Lynch believe that involvement in 4-H has always been a part of their family life. All four of their children were very involved in 4-H and 4-H programs. Tom and Cora are still actively involved in the Chickasaw County 4-H fair as they have been the Livestock...

2007 Clay County - Ann Lohman

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:18 AM
Ann Lohman, who retired on April 30 of this year, spent the past 22 years of her career with Iowa State University Extension – initially as a Home Economist and for the last 15 years as Clay County Extension Education Director. Although 4-H was not a part of her youth,...
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2007 Clayton County - Dr. Ken Reimer

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:16 AM
For many years, Dr. Reimer has been an advocate for young people to be members of 4-H as a way for them to grow in leadership and citizenship skills. That encouragement is based on his 4-H experience in the 1950’s. A 4-H highlight each year of most 4-H'ers is exhibiting...

2007 Clinton County - Beverly Downey

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:15 AM
Bev has been a positive influence on the youth of Clinton County by helping them to develop life skills including leadership and communication. She provides consistent encouragement in several 4-H project areas. Her time and dedication is unable to be measured by the youth she has benefited. 1967-76 Member of...
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2007 Crawford County - Nancy Kremin

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:14 AM
Nancy Kremin began her 4-H experience when she joined the local 4-H club in Manilla when she was in 4th grade. She was an active member participating in various aspects that 4-H brought to her through her years as a member. In 1978 Nancy became a 4-H group leader and...

2007 Dallas County - Shi & Dwight Johnson

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:13 AM
Dwight and Shi Johnson started their 20 year 4-H involvement as club leaders soon after their oldest son Brad became a member, continuing as daughters Dinah and Jenny showed beef and horses. When the children were off to college, Dwight became beef superintendent, with Shi doing the paperwork end of...

2007 Delaware County - Ruth & Allen Remling

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:12 AM
Ruth Remling was a club leader of the Dundee Luckies and a county Visual Arts project leader for a total of 20 years of service. Former club members and co-leaders praised her for her organizational skills and her ability to make concepts clear and understandable. She also judged at county...

2007 Des Moines County - Terri & Dennis (Butch) Miller

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:09 AM
Terri and Dennis (Butch) Miller are an important part of the Des Moines County 4-H program. Terri served as general leader of the Unity Klover Leaf 4-H Club for 20 years. She has served on the 4-H Youth Committee for six years and has received the Des Moines County 4-H...

2007 Dickinson County - Sue Boettcher

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:06 AM
Sue’s contributions to the 4-H program are numerous. She was a 9 year member herself, attended ISU, and came back to Dickinson County where she served as a volunteer leader for 3 years. Sue has been an Extension Council member for 8 years and served as council chair for 2...

2007 East Pottawattamie County - Kenneth Parkhill

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:03 AM
Kenneth Parkhill enjoyed helping young people and so it was only natural that around 1950 he was asked by the county Extension 4-H aide to be a 4-H leader for the Westside Feeders 4-H Club. This was an agricultural club that had been formed in the 1940's and was made...

2007 Emmet County - Belva Henrickson

Posted on 04/12/2011 at 11:02 AM
Belva Henrickson has been a very valuable asset to the Emmet County 4-H program and an excellent volunteer for Emmet County Extension events for many years. She was a 4-H leader of the Lincoln Handy Helpers 4-H club and the bicycle project group. From 4-H day camps to many project...
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2007 Fayette County - Eldon & Wilda Ingamells

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:33 PM
Eldon and Wilda have both been great assets to the Fayette County 4-H program over the past several years. Eldon served on the Fayette County Youth Committee from 1981 to 1989. In Fayette County, Eldon is known as the “beef weigher” as he has weighed in all the market beef...

2007 Floyd County - Larry Stewart

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:31 PM
Larry has always been a supporter of youth and related programs and events in Floyd County. He likes to visit with the youth about how they raised and prepared their livestock for the county fair. Larry was born and raised in Floyd County –left after college for education profession-returned to...
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2007 Franklin County - Ken Showalter

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:29 PM
Ken Showalter has always been a strong supporter of 4-H in Franklin County, being the second of 4 generations involved with the program. As a member he was active in livestock and judging projects. He served on the 4-H committee and as a 4-H leader for 15 years. His 4...

2007 Fremont County - Paul McElroy

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:24 PM
Throughout its history, Fremont County 4-H has been extremely fortunate to have individuals who have given an extraordinary amount of time and dedication to the 4-H program and Extension service. One of those individuals was Paul McElroy, who started working with Fremont County Extension in 1943 and continued until his...

2007 Greene County - Joan Allen

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:22 PM
Joan Allen was a club leader in the 1950’s and 60’s who instilled a sense of dependability, integrity, fair play, and good citizenship in each member, largely by example. She wholeheartedly appreciated working with the 4-H program and was involved in a variety of areas for over 20 years. Besides...

2007 Grundy County - Jerry Schmidt

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:19 PM
Jerry has been an active supporter of the Grundy County 4-H Program for many of years. Jerry has been very supportive of his children, grandchildren, and all of the youth in Grundy County. His interest in 4-H grew when his daughter started showing poultry and his poultry project has been...

2007 Hamilton County - Wilfred Groves III

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:09 PM
Wil Groves has served the Hamilton County 4-H program for over 30 years. He began his volunteer services as a photography project leader, conducting at least 3 photography workshops each year for our county 4-H program. When his son, Jackson became 4-H age he became a club leader of the...

2007 Hancock County - Doug Adams

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:07 PM
As a youth, Doug Adams was a member of the Liscomb Lively Laborers 4-H club for nine years. During this time he served as President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. He was on the club livestock judging team, the Marshall County Livestock Judging Team, Marshall County Teen Council, and he showed...

2007 Hardin County - Pat & Joe Rash

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:05 PM
Joe and Pat Rash have volunteered many hours in support of the 4-H program. Each one has served their community as a leader; Joe for 19 years and Pat for 21 years. They have enjoyed watching their children and now grandchildren enter exhibits, show livestock at the county and state...

2007 Harrison County - Debbie & John Straight

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 2:02 PM
John and Debbie Straight are outstanding 4-H volunteers. Both of them have been active in Harrison County’s 4-H youth development program for longer than 13 years. Debbie is currently the volunteer organizational leader to a very successful and dynamic 4-H club that has over 60 members. She sets the standard...

2007 Howard County - Helen & Don Perkins

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:56 PM
Don and Helen Perkins have been strong leaders and supporters of the 4-H program in Howard County. Loyalty to Extension was also evident. Don had a love for horses and turned that into a 4-H Flying Hoofs Horse Club. Helen enjoyed working with 4-H leaders and youth. Helen was an...

2007 Humboldt County - Harold & Janice Nostrom

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:55 PM
Harold and Janice have been strong supporters of 4-H for many years in Humboldt County. All of Harold and Janice’s 4 children were involved in 4-H in Corinth Township and 8 of 9 of their grandchildren have been involved in 4-H. Janice’s mother was a 4-H member and adult volunteer...

2007 Ida County - Chester Burton

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:54 PM
Chester was a leader for the Garfield All Stars in Ida County for over 50 years. His dedication to the 4-H program will long be remembered by the 4-H’ers of Ida County. He never missed a day of the fair and was always present to support his 4-H members in...
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2007 Jackson County - Wanda Cornelius

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:51 PM
4-H has been an important part of Wanda Cornelius’ life. As a child, she learned many new things as a 4-H member. She learned the importance of the care of animals and how to bake homemade bread. Wanda later married Jerry Cornelius and had one son and two girls. They...

2007 Jasper County - Mavis Geisler & the Geisler Penquite Charitable Corporation

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:51 PM
Mavis has been a long time resident of Jasper County. Mavis and her husband were very involved in agriculture and owned and operated several farms in the Mingo area stretching over a thousand acres. Through their successful farming operation she has graciously and most generously contributed to the Jasper County...

2007 Jefferson County - Leland Stanley

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:49 PM
Leland is currently involved with 4-H in a variety of ways. He assists with the Fairfield Clover Kids Club monthly. He helps during the annual Farm Safety Day Camp held during the Jefferson County Fair. Leland also serves as a static exhibits judge for a number of county fairs. During...

2007 Johnson County - Ronald & Virginia Stutsman

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:48 PM
Through their business, Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc, and through their family and community leadership, Ron and Virginia Stutsman are “extraordinary” supporters of the Johnson County and Iowa 4-H program. Ron has served as president of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, vice president of the Hills Bank Board of Directors, member of...

2007 Jones County - Paul Glen

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:47 PM
Paul Glenn is the type of individual that is always eager to donate his services to the 4-H program. During his youth, he was an active 4-H member and participated in the 4-H livestock judging contest at the State Fair for five years. Paul has continued that interest in the...
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2007 Keokuk County - Elmer Greiner

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:46 PM
Elmer has been a 4-H and Keokuk County Expo supporter since before most people can remember. He has been one of the constants in the 4-H Livestock formula. His efforts could only be measured in years of extensive service. Serving as Swine and Carcass Committee Chair and keeping a watchful...

2007 Kossuth County - Merwyn Hurlburt

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:45 PM
Mert Hurlburt became involved with 4-H in 1988 again after his kids were long out of 4-H. At that time he joined the Kossuth County Fair Board where he remained an active member for 15 years. He continues to be active in the youth program after his board tenure. During...

2007 Lee County - Margeret Dresser

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:43 PM
The backbone of the 4-H program is volunteers. They come in several types, the visible, the behind the scenes and the special occasion volunteers. All types play an important part in 4-H being successful. Margeret has been all of these. She has helped numerous members, parents and leaders find success...
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2007 Linn County - Jim & Janice Crow

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:40 PM
Jim and Janice Crow have been a part of Linn County 4-H for a combined total of over 50 years of service. Both have been club leaders – Jim with the Squaw Creek Warriors and Janice with Marion’s Best. Both have been active on many 4- H committees and are...
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2007 Lucas County - Gert Patterson

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:20 PM
Gert has been such a positive and powerful influence throughout the years to so many youth. She has dedicated her life to helping and teaching others and it shows by the many lives she has touched. We appreciate her dedication and believe she is an inspiration to all of us....
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2007 Madison County - Jack Kinney

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:13 PM
Jack has been actively involved with 4-H most of his life. First as a 4-H member, then as the father of three 4-H members, and for the last several years as a club leader. Kids and 4-H have always been important to Jack and always will be! Jack’s club is...

2007 Mahaska County - Vera Minenga

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:12 PM
Vera Minenga of Mahaska County definitely bleeds green! She was a very active 4-H member in Mahaska County and loves to tell stories of her time in 4-H. Vera was the Office Assistant for Mahaska County Extension for many years and continues to fill in when they are short-staffed. She...

2007 Marion County - Benny Brooks

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:11 PM
For Benny, 4-H was a life-long activity. He began in 1939 as member when he was 12 years old showing his beloved Shorthorn cattle. He served in many capacities but probably was most happy as a father of 4-H members. He promoted his belief in strong values through his dedication...

2007 Marshall County - LeRoy Stewart

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:09 PM
LeRoy Stewart has been involved in 4-H leadership with the Liscomb Lively Laborers for 17 years. He began as a 4-H parent, then became an assistant leader, along with his wife, Sharon and since 2000 he has been the organizational leader. This tenure may not be as long as some,...

2007 Mills County - Tom Pollock

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:08 PM
Tom Pollock and his wife, Helen, have raised three sons on their farm south of Malvern. Tom was a 9 year 4-H’er in Mills County. Tom has been an indispensable volunteer for Mills County 4-H for nearly three decades. He has been a 4-H leader for 25 years, touching and...
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2007 Mitchell County - Jack Steiert

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 1:06 PM
Jack Steiert has been an active volunteer supporting the Mitchell County Extension 4-H program for more than 45 years. Jack has a concern for youth and gives his time and talents to help 4-H’ers grow. Jack started his volunteer service over 40 years ago as a beef project leader. He...

2007 Monona County - Lettie Thrift

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:58 PM
Lettie Thrift was a part of 4-H as a member in Mills County, Iowa, when it first started in 1922. Lettie knew the Superintendent of Schools in neighboring Wright and Page Counties, O.H. Benson and Mrs. Jessie Field-Shambaugh, where 4-H club work was introduced into schools in 1906. Lettie’s mother,...

2007 Monroe County - Charles (Jake) & Betty (Arlene) Jacobs

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:49 PM
Charles (Jake) and Betty (Arlene) Jacobs are instrumental Monroe County 4-H volunteers and have been for many years. Both were active leaders in the Mantua Township Area. Jake was a Monroe County 4-H Leader for 17 years and Arlene for 20. Both concluded their leader rein in 1987. Through those...

2007 Montgomery County - Dennis Carlson

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:48 PM
Dennis has been involved in Montgomery County 4-H for 52 years. He was a member of the Grant Spitfires 4-H Club for 10 years with both beef and swine projects. He showed swine at the state fair and Aksarben and had the grand champion market hog at the Iowa State...

2007 Muscatine County - Linda Pierson

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:47 PM
Linda’s involvement with 4-H began when she became a member of the Pike Peppy Pals 4-H (girls) club and the Pike Pluck Pikers (boys) 4-H clubs. Back then, you had to join the boys’ 4-H club and do two record books if you wanted to show livestock. She has been...

2007 O'Brien County - Sally DeKok

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:43 PM
Sally DeKok of Primghar, has been one of O’Brien County’s biggest supporters of the 4-H program for over 3 decades. As a youth, she was a member of O’Brien County Omega-We-Go 4-H club, and went on to ISU and taught home economics in Sheldon for nearly 20 years. As a...

2007 Page County - Arlen Meyer

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:40 PM
Arlen Meyer grew up in a 4-H family. He was a nine-year member of the Page County Nodaway Nuggets 4-H Club. While he was a club member, Arlen served in nearly all offices, participated in county-wide activities, and enjoyed raising and showing market beef. He also participated in livestock judging...
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2007 Palo Alto County - Tim Naig

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:35 PM
For many years Tim Naig of Cylinder, IA has made a positive impact in the lives of many 4-Hers in Palo Alto County and throughout the state. He was a 9-year 4-H member as a youth and has been involved with 4-H ever since. Tim has judged numerous sheep shows...

2007 Plymouth County - Zelda Sherlock

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:33 PM
Zelda Sherlock was never a 4-H’er because she lived in town and at that time town kids couldn’t belong to 4-H. She does remember being able to attend club meetings though. Her aunt was a 4-H leader and she got to go along. Although Zelda was never an official member,...

2007 Pocahontas County - Melvin Powers

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:30 PM
As a County Extension Director for 34 years, Melvin Powers contributed many hours to the 4-H program through training, involvement with 4-H Leaders, and county Fair activities. He worked successfully at the reorganization of the Pocahontas county Fair to provide county wide board representation. Even today, this board organization has...

2007 Polk County - Mary Lou Lathrum

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:22 PM
Mary Lou was a Polk County 4-H’er in the 1940s and 1950s. She was elected County Secretary in 1953. She sang in the Polk County 4-H Chorus. She attended State 4-H Camp, State Girls Convention (now Conference), and did demonstrations at the Iowa State Fair and Waterloo Dairy Cattle Conference....
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2007 Ringgold County - Merritt & Lorene Triggs

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 12:04 PM
Merritt & Lorene Triggs have been lifetime supporters of 4-H in Ringgold County. Merritt was an 11 year member of 4H in Ringgold County. His passion while in 4-H was the swine and horse project area. He exhibited Spotted and Poland hogs, draft horses, decorated and drove multiple hitch. After...

2007 Sac County - Roger Jensen

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:36 AM
Roger Jensen devoted 24 years of his professional career to ISU Extension. He started as 4-H and Youth Leader in Sac & Ida Counties, eventually moving into County Extension Director positions Ida County, then Sac County. His leadership in Sac County resulted in Girl and Guy Talk programs, Ag in...
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2007 Shelby County - Julienne Ferry

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:29 AM
Julienne Ferry models the 4-H spirit. She has served youth in Shelby County as a 4-H parent and leader, a judge and now as a proud grandparent. Through her 4-H volunteer efforts, past service on the Shelby County Extension Council, and now serving on the county ISU sesquicentennial committee she...

2007 Sioux County - Dr. Fred Sick

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:27 AM
Fred has been an invaluable resource to 4-H in Sioux County for more than 20 years. The active role he has played on the local Extension Council, as well as on the IACEC Board has influenced 4-H programming in Sioux County and beyond. He is a strong supporter of leadership...
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2007 State County - Phyllis Olson

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:25 AM
Phyllis Olson, Professor of Food & Nutrition, was an ISU Extension Nutritionist providing nutrition education for 28 years. She developed project materials for 4-H’ers and volunteers, conducted training for staff, county and State Fair 4-H judges as well as implementing other food and nutrition activities. Dr. Olson was superintendent of...

2007 Story County - Lee and JoAnn Blanchard

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:24 AM
The 4-H program in Story County has always been a part of Lee and JoAnn Blanchard’s life from the early days that both were 4-H Club members. JoAnn served for seventeen years as the 4-H County Youth Coordinator for the Story County Extension office and Lee served as Superintendent of...
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2007 Tama County - Helen Volline Marie Boldt

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:21 AM
Helen Boldt served as a volunteer 4-H leader in Tama County for over 40 years. This included four years as a local volunteer leader, 20 years as a Tama County Girls’ 4H Committee member and 22 years as a member of the Tama County Fair Association. She also served as...
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2007 Union County - Charles Ehm

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:19 AM
As Extension Director in Union County from 1962-1965. Charles (Chuck) Ehm was involved in every aspect of the 4-H program, from member to leader to county director and community stakeholder. He developed a strong 4-H leader’s training program providing a strong foundation of skill development for leaders. Chuck organized the...
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2007 Washington County - Robert L. Spenner, Sr.

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:18 AM
Robert L. Spenner, Sr. has been an active member of Washington County 4-H since 1945. He has been a member, club leader, chaperone, host family for the Japanese Exchange Program, served on the Extension Council and on the sheep committee for the fair. Robert was a member of the Cedar...

2007 Wayne County - Doris Pollock

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:17 AM
Doris has been involved in 4-H in one capacity or another almost all her life. She joined 4-H when she was a young girl, later served as an assistant leader and then a leader. She helped not only with the usual club activities but worked and traveled with the livestock...
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2007 Webster County - Brian & Jeannine Dencklau

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:10 AM
Brian and Jeannine Dencklau have been very active in the Webster County program in many ways. They have been leaders of the dog project for over thirty years, active on the fairboard, and their six children have all been very active in the 4H program. Volunteering their time twice a...

2007 West Pottawattamie County - Roberta Hall

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:09 AM
As leader of Neola Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Roberta loved teaching members about communications, social skills, and etiquette. Her most memorable meeting was when a former 4-H member who was at the Air Force Academy came back and demonstrated etiquette at table. This member said that when she was 9...

2007 Winneshiek County - Vernon Spilde

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:08 AM
Vernon Spilde, from Winneshiek County, started his career in 4-H in 1938 becoming a member of the Springfield Choreboys. During his years as a 4-H’er he received many honors from the Holstein Association, one of which was a scholarship to Iowa State College. After Vernon graduated from high school, he...

2007 Woodbury County - Wayne Molstad

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:05 AM
For Wayne Molstad of Moville, being part of 4-H and the County Fair was just doing what was expected - a family tradition. When his father could no longer serve as 4-H Leader or assistant and County Fair Superintendent, Wayne took over these positions. Wayne was poultry superintendent from the...

2007 Worth County - Edward Kruger and Ellis Schaub

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 11:00 AM
Eddie and Bud were 4-H leaders of the Golden Banner Club in Grafton, Iowa area for 19 years. They worked together to build a strong club that excelled in the livestock area. They are now both great supporters of their grandchildren’s 4-H projects. They worked together as an excellent team...
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2007 Wright County - Phyllis Stoakes

Posted on 04/07/2011 at 10:58 AM
Because of her experiences in 4-H Phyllis realized how important her 4-H leaders were to her by giving time and talent and how that had benefited her as a person. She wanted and did give back to 4-H what it had given her. She constantly reminded youth and others about...

2006 Adair County - Terry Jaschke

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:32 PM
Terry Jaschke’s life, short as it was, was full of 4-H events. From personal participation to teaching as a father and leader, to watching as a proud spectator. As stated in his 1963 4-H story, he truly took the 4-H pledge to heart by: Pledging his head to clearer thinking,...
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2006 Adams County - Earl & Ruth Goldsmith

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:31 PM
Earl and Ruth Goldsmith of Corning were role models for hundreds of Adams county 4-H members and their parents in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Both served as 4-H club leaders for about 15 years. Earl was leader of the Nodaway Atoms 4-H Club and Ruth was leader of the...
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2006 Allamakee County - Arlyn & Lois Fossum

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:30 PM
The Allamakee County 4-H & Youth Committee are proud to recognize Arlyn and Lois Fossum as the 2006 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductees from Allamakee County. The Fossums have exhibited life-long service to the Iowa 4-H program. Arlyn was a 4-H member of the Elon PMC club and showed...

2006 Audubon County - Sandy Kristensen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:29 PM
Sandy Kristensen truly lives the 4-H Motto “To Make the Best Better”. As a ten year old girl who wanted to show cattle, she had to belong to a ‘boys’ club. Before you could belong to a boys club, you had to belong to a girls club; and since there...

2006 Black Hawk County - Rose Ann Pierce

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:26 PM
Rose began her involvement in 4-H as a Black Hawk County 7 year member in the Orange Blossoms 4-H Club.. She became 4-H leader for the Bright Eagles 4-H Club for 3 years and for the past 32 years has been the Horse and Pony Project leader and Fair Superintendent....

2006 Boone County - Art & Bev Sturtz

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:25 PM
Art and Bev Sturtz joined Boone County 4-H as youth and have been involved most of their adult years as 4-H supporters and fair volunteers. Art served on the Boone County fair board (the Sunday morning worship service that he initiated still continues) and swine superintendent (4-H families appreciated his...
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2006 Bremer County - Janice Mueller

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:24 PM
Janice was a seven year 4-H member of the Biz-E-Bees club, has been a 4-H parent and a leader for nine years. She also served on the youth committee and superintendent of Bremer County Fair Home-Economics Division for 12 years. Janice worked as a volunteer in the Extension office. She...

2006 Buchanan County - Beverly Spahn & Ann Burns

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:23 PM
For the last 30 years, the 4-H program in Buchanan County has been financially supported through the most distinguished event at each Buchanan County Fair—The Pie Baking Contest and Auction. In 1976, some funding for 4-H Awards Night was not received as promised. The 4-H Program Assistant at that time,...

2006 Buena Vista - Kathy Fahr

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:22 PM
Glancing at Kathy’s community involvement, 4-H has always been a part of Kathy’s life – as a young person, a parent, a leader, and as a supporter. Kathy served as the mentor for her two daughters, Melissa and Nicole, her nieces and nephews, and many other youth who joined the...

2006 Calhoun County - Candace Booth

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:20 PM
Candace Booth is a 3rd grade teacher for the Rockwell City-Lytton School District. She grew up in 4-H showing livestock and static exhibits. Knowing the benefits that 4-H has to offer, she has encouraged her students to get involved in the county’s 4-H program. Candace became a 4-H leader in...

2006 Cass County - Marlys Berry

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:17 PM
In 1974, Marlys Berry began her 33 year career as a 4-H leader of the Klassy Kassettes 4-H club. In 1980 the girls and boys clubs combined to form the Cass Coed Clan. Marlys has been responsible for all of the administrative responsibilities of a 4-H club leader. She gathers...
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2006 Cedar County - Larry Glick

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:16 PM
Larry Glick has been involved in 4-H his whole life. His family has placed an emphasis on rural living with 4-H being a major part. He recently found his Mother’s 4-H record book and shared this with many residents of Cedar County. Larry is currently a leader of the Center...
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2006 Cerro Gordo County - Pat Junker

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:14 PM
Pat was a 6 year member of the Bennezette Farmer’s Daughter 4-H club from Aredale, IA. She went on to marry and raise a family and in 1973 became a leader of her daughter Toni’s club the Grimes Clover Belles. Her children grew up in 4-H and she continues to...

2006 Cherokee County - Don Pingel

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:02 PM
Don Pingel began his work with the rabbit program in Cherokee County over 30 years ago. Don has served as the Cherokee County Rabbit Project Leaders since 1977. As the rabbit project leader, he has organized an annual area wide Rabbit Workshop, tattooed 4-H rabbits, and helped 4-H’ers as needed....

2006 Chickasaw County - Carol & Fred Bohaty

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:01 PM
Carol Bohaty was a 4-H Leader for the Far Out 4’s 4-H Club for 24 years. As a leader she attended leaders meetings, trainings, and State Forums in Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. She has been a 4-H County Fair Judge for 17 years. She was a member of the Chickasaw...

2006 Clay County - Donald C. Steffen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 2:00 PM
For decades, Don Steffen has been an active member, leader, voluntee4r and supporter of 4-H programs in Clay County and in Iowa. Being a “4-H’er” has been a life-long endeavor – spanning an impressive 70 years! Below are just some of the ways Don has contributed: · Along with his...
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2006 Clayton County - Dorene Larson

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:58 PM
Dorene Larson has been active in 4-H as a member, 4-H parent, and as a leader for a total of 44 years. Dorene was a club member for 12 years holding various offices and served on many committees. She received many county awards for her projects during those years she...

2006 Crawford County - Beth Argotsinger

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:57 PM
One of the most enriching and rewarding pursuits a person can have is to help youth learn and to grow. For Beth Argotsinger of Denison, these pursuits lead her to volunteer for the 4-H program. Beth currently is a co-superintendent of the static exhibits for the Crawford County Fair. In...

2006 Dallas County - Larry & Karen Taylor

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:56 PM
Larry and Karen have a long involvement with the Dallas County 4-H program. In fact, they met as teenagers at the Dallas County Fair. For many years as active club leaders, they encouraged and guided their five children and countless other 4-Hers in setting and reaching high goals. Now, Larry...

2006 Delaware County - David & Donna Kunde

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:54 PM
Thirty years ago, David and Donna Kunde organized the Delaware County “Friends of 4-H” Food Stand which has raised thousands of dollars allowing generous financial support for out of county 4-H events. David was a 10 year member of 4-H and is in his 40th year as 4-H leader and...

2006 Des Moines County - Evelyn Swearingen

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:52 PM
Eveleyn Swearingen had a very active 4-H member experience as a member of Unity H 4-H Club. As a member, secretary and president of the county 4-H Youth Committee, she was actively involved in establishing the Des Moines County Friends of 4-H program to obtain financial resources for county 4-H...

2006 East Pottawattamie County - Dr. Bruce Van Zee

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:48 PM
Dr. Bruce Van Zee is East Pottawattamie County's inductee into the 2006 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Bruce was born in 1941 and started his 4-H career as a member in Jasper County. After high school graduation in 1960 Bruce attended Iowa State University where he was a member of...

2006 Emmet County - Rachel Holl

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:43 PM
Rachel Holl has devoted thirty years to the Emmet County 4-H program. She served on the 4-H and Youth Committee from 1947-1958 serving as chairperson all but the first three years of her committee membership. Rachel led a very active 4-H club, Lincoln Handy Helpers for nearly 20 years as...
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2006 Fayette County - Jim & Donna Lein

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:36 PM
Jim and Donna Lein have been involved in the 4-H program in Fayette County, other Iowa counties, and state and national events for over 37 years. Contributions to 4-H programs by the couple have involved livestock, especially sheep. Their personal participation, however, began with dairy cattle. Sheep projects, along with...

2006 Floyd County - Ray & Leone Mitchell

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:34 PM
Ray and Leone Mitchell were HUGE supporters of 4H and the Floyd County Fair. They served on the 4H County Committee and long time 4H leaders helping establish both the West St. Charles Feeders and West St. Charles Goalshooters 4H club. Ray was on the fairboard when the current fairgrounds...

2006 Franklin County - Bill Hemm

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:32 PM
While a member of 4-H in Franklin County Bill Hemm of Sheffield, had many great experiences. He exhibited his first Champion Baby Beef in 1937, was a member of the top Iowa State Fair Livestock Judging Team, competed in the International Livestock Show judging contest in Chicago, and named top...

2006 Fremont County - Lorraine & Ruth Nenneman

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:29 PM
Lorraine was leader of West Nishna Livestock for 11 years, 1948-1958. Ruth was leader of Sidney Silver Skylarks for 6 years, 1953-1958. Lorraine was the first generation of his family to work as a volunteer for the 4-H program and the Extension Service. His father felt it was a waste...

2006 Greene County - Phyllis Gannon

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:28 PM
Phyllis Gannon has been involved in 4-H in one way or another for over 217 “4-H years”. She is the matriarch of many years of 4-Hers as a mother, grandmother, and soon to be great grandmother. Phyllis has pursued 4-H for her children and grandchildren. She has “produced” many years...

2006 Grundy County - JoAnn A. Billerbeck

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 1:27 PM
JoAnn A. Billerbeck was involved with 4-H for many years. JoAnn was very supportive of the Grundy County 4-H program as a 4-H'er, Leader, & Volunteer. She started as a member of the Lincoln Links 4-H club in Hudson. After that, she was a club leader for several years in...