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2022 Keokuk County Sharon Fritchen

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 11:41 AM
Sharon (Atwood) Fritchen has been a 4-H leader in Keokuk County for 39 years. Her 4-H journey started in the early 1970s when she joined Stick-to-It 4-H Club for indoor exhibits and Riverside 4-H Club to show her beef cattle and sheep in Keokuk County for nine years. She also...

2021 Keokuk County Joan Colbert

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 9:08 AM
Joan Colbert of Sigourney, Iowa has been selected as Keokuk County’s 4-H Hall of Fame recipient for 2021. Joan was a co-leader for the Keokuk Kookies 4-H Club with Irene Cassens from 1975-1985. Joan has also been a member of the Keokuk County Expo Board since 1991. Joan has played...

2020 Keokuk County: Eugene & Karen Greiner

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Eugene and Karen Jones – Greiner have been involved in the 4-H program for years. Eugene was a 4-H member in Keokuk County and Karen belonged to a 4-H club in Washington County. Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer was a favorite place to show steers for Eugene. Karen was...
Posted in Keokuk, 2020 |

2019 Keokuk County: John Webb

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 1:18 PM
From an early age, 4-H was part of John Webb’s life. He began his 4-H career as a member of the Plank Jr. Farmers 4-H club in Keokuk County where his father was the leader. He took garden baskets and rabbits to the county fair and helped his older brothers...
Posted in Keokuk, 2019 |

2018 Keokuk County: Rhonda Wehr

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:28 PM
Veterinarian Rhonda Wehr and her family have a rich heritage in 4-H. Her mother-in-law was a charter member of the Stick To It 4-H Club, the oldest club in Keokuk County. Dr. Rhonda and her husband, Larry, both grew up in 4-H, as did their 3 children: Neil, Lisa, and...
Posted in Keokuk, 2018 |

2017 Keokuk County: Ron and Janis Collins

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 8:36 AM
Growing up in Keokuk County has made it easy for Ron and Janis Collins to be excited to be part of the 4-H program. Ron being a member of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club and Janis a member of the Stick To It 4-H Club, prepared them to serve on...

2016 Keokuk County Gail Weber

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 8:49 AM
Gail Weber is the leader of the Stick-to-it 4-H Club, which happens to be Keokuk County’s oldest Club. The Stick-to-it Club celebrated their 90th anniversary at the Keokuk County Expo this past July. As a past member she continues to celebrate the rich heritage vested in this rural groups' roots...

2015 Keokuk County- David and Kay Witte

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

2014 Keokuk County - Terry and Marsha Steinhart

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

2013 Keokuk County - Donna Decker

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2003 Keokuk County - Cap Miller

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 1:38 PM
County superintendent Cap E. Miller in Keokuk County was one of several individuals in Iowa who pioneered the precursors to 4-H clubs as we know them today. In 1904 he made plans and urged his teachers to promote clubs and teach farm subjects. He sponsored a county organization of boys...

2002 Keokuk County - Hilda Souer

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 1:46 PM
Hilda is a long time 4-H advocate. She attended club congress and was a county program assistant. Even after retirement, Hilda has continued to be a regular contributor to the 4-H program as a resource person for clubs, as a county 4-H historian, and as both an advocate and judge...
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