Honoring service to 4-H

Area volunteers are being inducted into Hall of Fame today

It’s hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn’t know a bit about 4-H. It has been more than a century since 4-H got its start in Iowa in 1901. Today it is the largest youth-development program in the Hawkeye State. About one-quarter of the state’s young folks are involved in 4-H. Those 125,000 youthful participants from all 99 of the state’s counties are supported in their activities by more than 11,000 adult volunteers.

The underlying theme of 4-H is captured succinctly in the organization’s motto: “Make the best better.” Growth through learning, teamwork and communication is at the very core of 21st-century 4-H.

Adults who volunteer time to help this important program succeed make a crucial contribution to its success. That’s why the Iowa 4-H Foundation conducts an annual ceremony at the Iowa State Fair to induct into the 4-H Hall of Fame “caring adults who are committed to the program.” That event is being held today.

This year’s inductees from our circulation area include:

• JoAnn Lennon, Webster County,

• Dawn Clark, Calhoun County,

• Marilyn Middleton, Hamilton County.

• Clarence and Bernice Norman, Humboldt County,

• Faye Kuhlmann, Kossuth County,

• Clyde Johnson, Palo Alto County,

• Judy Krips, Pocahontas County,

• Rich and Jan Mason, Sac County and

• Doug Helgevold, Wright County.

The Messenger congratulates and salutes these exceptional volunteer leaders. Their investment of time and energy in 4-H have helped — and will continue to benefit — the many young people who participate in 4-H in the communities they call home. The tireless work by these volunteers should inspire other adults to explore how they too can be of assistance to this immensely worthwhile program.