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2018 Pottawattamie (East): Steve & Marge Pierce

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 4:08 PM
East Pottawattamie County is honored to nominate Steve and Marge Pierce into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Steve and Marge have been volunteering and dedicating their time to Pottawattamie County Fair and the East Pottawattamie County 4-H program for over 25 years. Steve is a past member of the...

2017 East Pottawattamie: Robert and Linda Andersen

Posted on 08/24/2017 at 9:17 PM
Robert and Linda Andersen were married in 1976. Robert grew up as an active 4-H member in East Pottawattamie County. During Robert’s years in 4-H he showed sheep and cattle, spending many hours in the barns caring for his animals. Both Robert and Linda knew the life skills 4-H would...

2016 Pottawattamie East County Perry Henry, Jr. and Josephine ‘Hilda’ Beedle

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:13 AM
Perry and Hilda Beedle were married in 1948. Neither had the opportunity to be in 4-H, but their married life included involvement in the county 4-H program. Perry and Hilda became leaders soon after their children: Gloria, Perry, Linda, and Mark, joined the Center Clover Club and the Center Clever...

2015 Pottawattamie County (East)- Gene and Sharell Fritz

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Gene and Sharell Fritz’s life-long passions began in 4-H. Both began their 4-H career in 1951. Their parents were club leaders, and Sharell’s grandmother was also a leader. They have guided two more generations of youth in 4-H; their own three children: Melissa, Greg, and Guthrey and grandchildren. Gene’s love of...

2014 East Pottawattamie - Boyd M. Nilan

Posted on 08/17/2014 at 9:52 PM
Boyd Nilan was instrumental in the development of 4-H in East Pottawattamie County. In 1950, with motivation from his wife, Norma, he helped to start the Westside Feeders 4-H Club and continued as a leader for fifteen years. His passion with 4-H youth, as well as in his family life...

2013 Pottawattamie (East) County - Nancy Hering

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

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...

2011 East Pottawattamie County - Dr. Jim Hoffman

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:46 PM
Jim Hoffmann was introduced to 4-H along with his brothers and sisters as a member of the Layton Livewires 4-H Club in Walnut. Jim’s parents believed in the 4-H program and encouraged their children to participate in the many 4-H activities that were offered to members in East Pottawattamie County...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2005 East Pottawattamie County - Geneva Kaven

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 3:02 PM
Geneva’s 4-H career has spanned over 35 years and included serving as a volunteer leader of the Knox Up and At’em 4-H Club in Avoca, and a long time member of the County 4-H Committee. Geneva finds it inspiring to see girls grow from childhood to maturity with definite abilities...

2004 East Pottawattamie County - Max Hummel

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 12:00 PM
Max has been the official "weighmaster" of all 4-H and FFA livestock at the Pottawattamie County Fair for nearly 50 years. He is always ready to come and operate the scales at weigh-ins and at the county fair each year. He enjoys getting to know all of the members and...

2003 East Pottawattamie County - Claire Vance

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 2:31 PM
Claire Vance has been an asset to the 4-H program in East Pottawattamie County for over sixty years. As a 4-Her, Claire exhibited dairy cattle, beef cattle and workhorses at the local county fair in Avoca, IA during the thirties and forties, with the exception of the three years that...

2002 East Pottawattamie County - Bernie and Norma Bolton

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 12:54 PM
Bernie and Norma Bolton of Oakland, IA, exemplify the 4-H motto “to make the best better”. Bernie was a member of 4-H in his youth, and after their marriage, the couple continued to support the 4-H youth in East Pottawattamie County. All three daughters spent ten years each in 4-H....
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