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2022 Ringgold County Eugene & Esther McAlexander

Posted on 08/22/2022 at 12:17 PM
Eugene and Esther McAlexander became involved in 4-H with a gentle nudge of a family member stating they should get their kids involved in showing animals at the fair. Shortly after Eugene was asked to become the leader of the Beacon Bombers with the promise that it would only be...

2021 Ringgold County Jay & Pat Meester

Posted on 08/23/2021 at 4:47 PM
Jay & Pat Meester brought their passion for family, hard-working country living and horses to Ringgold County a long time ago and Ringgold County is so glad they did. Not only did their passion for horses rub off onto their three daughters, but also onto all the horse project members...

2020 Ringgold County: Dr. Keith Miller

Posted on 08/23/2020 at 12:00 PM
Dr. Keith Miller is a longtime resident of Ringgold County. He believes that in order to make the county stronger, it is important to give of your time to things that you are passionate about. Two of Dr. Miller’s passions are livestock and the county fair. He has been able...
Posted in Ringgold, 2020 |

2019 Ringgold County: David and Joy McFarland

Posted on 08/19/2019 at 2:09 PM
Every 4-H program loves to have volunteers that are dedicated, passionate, kind-hearted and level-headed. Those words right there describe David and Joy McFarland. Ringgold County 4-H feels lucky to have had them serve as leaders of the Tingley Toppers 4-H Club for eleven years – 1997 - 2008. David and...
Posted in Ringgold, 2019 |

2018 Ringgold County: Dixie Taylor

Posted on 08/21/2018 at 3:11 PM
Dixie Taylor was an exemplary 4-H volunteer during her time as club leader of the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club in Diagonal. She touched the lives of countless youth in her 4-H club, as well as the Diagonal community. Dixie possesses many wonderful skills in the areas of food and nutrition,...
Posted in Ringgold, 2018 |

2017 Ringgold County: Ruth Angus

Posted on 08/28/2017 at 9:23 AM
Ruth Angus didn’t grow up participating in 4-H, but yet she was the true epitome of what 4-H is all about. For 18 years she served as a 4-H club leader of the Clover Belles 4-H Club (from 1965 – 1983). Her depth of knowledge ranged from home preservation, sewing,...

2016 Ringgold County Vickie Jeanes and Bobbi Bainum

Posted on 08/26/2016 at 9:16 AM
Ringgold County has many volunteers worthy of the 4-H Hall of Fame recognition but in 2016 two nominees are being submitted. They exemplify the motto of “Making the Best Better” and practice the concepts of the 4-H Pledge in 4-H meetings as well as in daily activities. Bobbi Bainum and Vickie...

2015 Ringgold County- Lois Hunt

Posted on 08/24/2015 at 9:41 AM
Lois “Cookie” Hunt from Ringgold County is remembered for her many years of service to 4-H and Extension programming in this county as well as all over Iowa. She was a co-leader in the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club for 16 years. The wide variety of learning and community service projects...

2014 Ringgold County - Cindy Schlapia and Cheryl Whittington

Posted on 08/18/2014 at 8:34 AM
Cindy Schlapia and Cheryl Whittington have devoted over 25 years enhancing the lives of 4-H members in Ringgold County. The educational experiences, positive role modeling, youth led activities, community service, and hands on in the community and fair will forever impact the young people in all they do and in...

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...

2011 Ringgold County - Preston Hayes

Posted on 08/19/2011 at 12:37 PM
Preston Hayes is an example of someone who bleeds green – he believes in 4-H. Preston was always interested in livestock growing up as a youngster in Sioux City, and although he was never a 4-H member he believes in 4-H. From there his passion continued as he served as...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2006 Ringgold County - Jessica Pierschbacher

Posted on 04/05/2011 at 12:39 PM
Jessica touched many youth and adults with her kindness, caring, and fairness in 4H and by being a great person during her 16 years of life. She helped many youth to see the value and good of being involved in 4H. She was a true example of what 4H is...

2005 Ringgold County - Mary Ann Smith

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 1:55 PM
Mary Ann Smith has had a long 4-H career. It began as a young 4-H member and continues today in her many roles as a 4-H volunteer. Mary Ann was a successful 4-H member with many accomplishments that helped make her the individual she is today. Mary Ann was a...

2004 Ringgold County - Arlene Sobotka

Posted on 03/31/2011 at 10:59 AM
Arlene served as a 4-H leader in the Jolly Jinglers 4-H Club for 20 plus years. She also served many years on Ringgold County Extension Council, Open Class Superintendent for the Ringgold County Fair and on the 4-H & Youth Committee. Arlene’s ability to develop life skills in youth and...

2003 Ringgold County - Bob Martin

Posted on 03/29/2011 at 11:49 AM
Bob Martin is a hands-on volunteer in the Ringgold County 4-H Program. He has served on the County Extension Council, as a 4-H & Youth committee member, 4-H volunteer, County Fair 4-H & Livestock Superintendent, and a mentor for many youth and adults. His ability to influence policy-making in the...

2002 Ringgold County - Milt Henderson

Posted on 03/24/2011 at 2:51 PM
Milt Henderson spent a lifetime loving youth and encouraging them to be the best possible persons they could become. Milt became involved in ISU Extension work in 1946 and served on the local, area and state level. At one time Milt could name all the 4H members in the six counties...
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