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2022 Benton County Dwight & Bonnie Sanders

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:17 PM
Dwight and Bonnie (Schadle) first met on a 4-H Chicago Award Trip. Bonnie served two, 2-year terms (1975-1976 and 1977-1978) on the Benton County 4-H Committee and was the committee's 4-H Chicago Trip Award recipient in 1976. For a number of years, Bonnie was a Benton County 4-H Garden Tour Leader, visiting...

2021 Benton County Brian McNulty

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:23 AM
Our Benton County Hall of Fame nominee became involved in 4-H in the late 1980s as a member of the Eldorado Young Master Farmers 4-H Club. His project was showing dairy cattle which was a natural progression from living and working on the family dairy farm with his dad and...

2020 Benton County: Duane Johnson

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Duane Johnson didn’t have experience with 4-H when he first moved to Benton County in the late ‘70s. As an auctioneer and friend of the cattle industry, it didn’t take long for a community member to ask him to volunteer with the Benton County 4-H program by helping with the...
Posted in Benton, 2020 |

2019 Benton County: John Holst

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:24 AM
This year’s Benton County Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee is a person who truly believes in the lifelong benefits of 4-H. John Holst is a Benton County 4-H alumni and began his life-long love for 4-H in the Eden Blue Racer 4H club. We’ve heard many stories of his “Fur...
Posted in Benton, 2019 |

2018 Benton County: Denise Schwab

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 12:36 PM
Denise Schwab has been a tremendous asset to Benton County 4-H. As a young girl her love and passion for 4-H and livestock was evident when she joined two 4-H clubs. She was involved in the traditional girls club with the sewing and cooking projects but also loved beef cattle...
Posted in Benton, 2018 |

2017 Benton County: Michelle Thoma

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 7:26 AM
Michelle Thoma spent 16 years in her role as County Youth Coordinator in Benton County. This length of service to the 4-H program says much about her love of 4-H, dedication to the members, families, and volunteers. She worked hard to ensure fairness for all was followed in her role...

2016 Benton County: Duane Fisher 

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:04 AM
Being a volunteer takes someone with a big heart, enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a passion for “making the best better”. Benton County has been lucky enough to have many volunteers that meet that description but one in particular has gone above and beyond for many years. Duane Fisher has...

2015 Benton County- Rick Claeys

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

2014 Benton County - Greg Svoboda

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

2013 Benton County - Tim and Jean Schmidt

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

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...

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 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....

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...

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...

2004 Benton County - Royal Tuttle

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:25 PM
"A 4-H leader receives more than he gives." Those were the words of Royal Tuttle of Norway explaining his 40 years of leadership in 4-H club work in Benton County. In the '30s when the Florence Hawkeyes 4-H Club was organized by Tuttle, the country was in a depression. Com...

2003 Benton County - Albert Hepker

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:54 PM
Albert Hepker of Urbana, Iowa, joined the local club Polk 101 in 1949 at the age of 13. He was an active member until May of 1956. In 1966, Albert started his role in helping youth become leaders as a Club Leader for Polk 101 with 12 members under his...

2002 Benton County - Glennis Nissen

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