Posted on August 26, 2016 at 9:09 AM by Emily Saveraid
Tony and Shirley Schroeder of Plymouth County are 2016 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipients. Tony was first involved in 4-H when he was a member of the Union Vikings 4-H Club. He took part in the swine project. Little did he know when he married Shirley, their lives would be centered around Plymouth County 4-H and the Plymouth County Fair.
They raised their four sons, Andy, Ryan, Scott, and Nick in the Union Vikings 4-H Club where Shirley served as the organizational leader for 6 years and still serves as assistant leader. She also volunteers on the Pride of Iowa committee during the fair. Shirley was an active school board member at Remsen Union while her children were in school.
Tony got involved with the Extension Council Nominating Committee and then the County Fair Board shortly after high school. He recently retired from the board after 35 years. Tony remembers one of the first things they voted on was moving the historic round barn to the fairgrounds where it still stands today and serves as the Ag Education building! While on the board he served as chairman for four years and vice chair for 8 years. He also served on the beef committee.
Tony and Shirley are active on the County Cattleman’s Association and are members of the Plymouth County Pork Producers. Throughout the years this couple has always made 4-H and the youth involved a priority! They promote 4-H and agriculture in all they do! Each year they serve as hosts for the beef farm for the Le Mars Ag Chamber Farm Tour where young students visit farms and learn about agriculture.
This couple has been instrumental in helping with remodeling the current 4-H building, building a new 4-H livestock building, and supporting county 4-H fundraisers! They’ve also been active in getting agriculture classes started in their school district! They have dedicated themselves to doing what’s best for the youth involved!
Their hard work has not gone unnoticed and we look forward to serving the next generation because of their determination and passion for the Plymouth County 4-H program.