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2022 Chickasaw County Rhonda Wehling

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 10:55 AM
Rhonda started in 4-H while she was in school and showed dairy cattle during her time in 4-H. Rhonda and her husband Larry have five children and, their kids have all participated in several livestock projects during their time in 4-H. Their youngest, Miranda, graduated this year and completed her...

2021 Chickasaw County Leah Schwickerath

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 10:46 AM
Leah Schwickerath has been dedicated to the Chickasaw County 4-H Program for 18 years and countless hours. Leah's 4-H career started with her own membership to the D&R Clover Leaf Club. During her time as a 4-H member, she was involved in many different projects at the achievement show. These...

2020 Chickasaw County: Joanne Tupper

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Joanne Tupper’s relationship with 4-H dates back all the way to when she was a child and a member for the Peppy Pixies 4-H Club in Chickasaw County. She was active in her club, giving presentations, participating as a club officer, a member of the County Council, carrying many project...
Posted in Chickasaw, 2020 |

2019 Chickasaw County: Leon Sheets

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 11:44 AM
Leon Sheets is a pork producer from Chickasaw County. He has been producing pork for 39 years operating a wean to finish operation that produces 33,000 hogs per year. He also farms 600 acres of corn, soybeans, and hay. Leon was an 8 year member of the Orthel Eagles 4-H...
Posted in Chickasaw, 2019 |

2018 Chickasaw County: Dennis & Kendra Crooks

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 2:08 PM
Dennis and Kendra Crooks have spent countless hours helping serve Chickasaw County as well as multiple surrounding counties over the last two decades. Growing up in Waverly, Iowa, Kendra (Schwartz) Crooks was a member of Betty Arn’s B- Square 4-H Club in Bremer County. It is through B-Square that Kendra’s...
Posted in Chickasaw, 2018 |

2017 Chickasaw County: Marguerite ‘Marge’ Ashley

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 3:32 PM
Marguerite ‘Marge’ Ashley has set a good example of a 4-H leader and community citizen in Chickasaw County. She has been an inspiring leader by coaching and mentoring new leaders and youth throughout her career. Marge has been the leader of the Jolly Blue Bells 4-H club in Ionia since 1992....

2016 Chickasaw County Nancy Hillesheim

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 10:03 AM
Nancy Hillesheim’s career so helping others began with young girls in the Peppy Pixies Club in 1979 to 1983. Though she was no longer a leader she continued to be an active part of the club that later became the Jolly Blue Bells. Nancy has many interests and talents in...

2015 Chickasaw County- Patty Phillips

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

2014 Chickasaw County - Ron Zelle

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

2013 Chickasaw County - Roger and Laurie Tiemessen

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2005 Chickasaw County - Lawrence (Bud) & Naomi Hruska

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 11:12 AM
Lawrence Hruska was a leader of the Utica Lucky 4’s 4-H Club from 1963-1982 (20 years) and a Project Leader from 1983-1984. He started the softball games at the Saude Park. He implemented discs for bases that are still there for the Utica Lucky 4-H Club as well as others...

2004 Chickasaw County - Charlie Edson

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:14 PM
Charlie has been leader of the Bradford Eager Beavers for 25 years. He has been a vital component of the 4-H/FFA Fair. Every year he places saw dust in the barns. He helps at all the livestock weigh-ins. He has helped with the horse show. In 2003 when the rains...

2003 Chickasaw County - Vi Palmersheim

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:43 PM
Vi Palmersheim joined 4-H in 1928 when she was 10 years old. She gave demonstrations at Cattle Congress in Waterloo and was the Chickasaw County 4-H President in 1933. Vi married Joe Palmersheim in February 1939, and they raised four children – Jack, Jim, Barbara, and Bill – who were...

2002 Chickasaw County - Joan Mueterthies

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:11 PM
Joan Mueterthies enjoyed being an active 4-H member and trying a variety of projects during her nine years in 4-H. When her oldest daughter joined the Lawler Lively Lassies in 1969, Joan began working with the club as an assistant leader. She helped the members with their projects and giving...
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