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 many blue ribbons during her 9 years as a 4H member. She also repesented Benton County at the Iowa State Fair in the “Better Grooming Contest” and the “Fashion Revue”.
Judi and her husband Terry had a son and a daughter who both participated in Benton County 4H for nine years. Judi started a new 4H club in Eden Township of Benton County when her daughter wanted to join 4H and there wasn’t a club in the area. She was the club leader for seventeen years. The Eden Township club is still active today.
When she retired as the 4H leader, Judi was elected to the Extension Council where she has been a member of the council for sixteen years and the chairperson for approximately twelve years. Judi is a member of the state IACEC board and she and her husband Terry were named by the state as “Friends of Extension”. Judi has also received the honor of being selected as a Benton County Honorary 4H Member.
As an Extension Council member as well as a 4H alumni Judi has always recommended funding the 4H program to help all youth. Judi is also a member of the Benton County 4H Foundation Committee, is a 4H 400 donor and a yearly donor to the Benton County 4H Booster Club. This year, Judi served on the 4H Future Focus Committee, setting goals and making improvements to the county program for the benefit of youth.
Judi has been a 4H judge for over thirty years, judging in the S.E.T. and Home Economic areas including the Educational Presentations, Fashion Revue and Clothing Selection contests. Judi judges about ten fairs or contests each summer as well as helping at the Benton County Fair.
Currently, Judi and her husband Terry have two granddaughters who are Benton County 4H’ers, making four generations of 4H’ers for the Hertle family.