Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:36 PM by Global Reach
Winneshiek County is honored to present this year’s Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Kristi Berge. Kristi has served as the 4-H leader for the Glenwood 4-Her’s (formerly known as Glenwood Future Homemakers 4-H Club) in Winneshiek County for 32 years. Her devotion to the program has encouraged many members to exhibit at the county, district and state levels. She is very proud of the Winneshiek County 4-H program and the many opportunities it provides the youth of the county.
Kristi and her husband, Mark, live in Decorah. Their family includes daughter Michelle and husband Ryan Einck, along with three grandchildren; Keagen, Karter, and Karlie. Kristi’s daughter, Michelle was very involved in 4-H at the county and state levels. Now Kristi’s three grandchildren carry on the family 4-H tradition.
Kristi didn’t have the opportunity to be in 4-H while growing up in the small community of Sattre, in Winneshiek County, but when her daughter, Michelle became involved in the program Kristi stepped up to become a leader. When Michelle graduated, Kristi stayed on as the club leader as her niece and nephew became involved in 4-H. Kristi spent countless hours as a 4-H leader assisting many members with ideas and exhibits for the fair.
Winneshiek County is fortunate to have a volunteer like Kristi. Her willingness to listen and encourage youth to be the best they can be deserves to be honored. Because of her dedication to 4-H, Kristi was recognized with the Honorary 4-H Award at the 2012 Winneshiek County Fall Awards banquet.
Kristi volunteers in many ways. She volunteers at her church teaching Sunday school, being the treasurer of the Glenwood Lutheran Church Women, and helping her circle coordinate the baking of Kringla, a Norwegian favorite, for the Nordic Fest celebration in Decorah. For the last 40 plus years Kristi first assisted, and now coordinates, the open textile booth at the Winneshiek County Fair. If you don’t see Kristi in the textile booth at the fair, you will see her supporting her grandchildren and 4-H club members at the community building and livestock shows.