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Washington County 4-H looking for Hall of Famer

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Shirley Bohr gives a speech during the 2015 Washington County Fair after she and husband Harold were inducted into the Washington County 4-H Hall of Fame.
GTNS file photo Shirley Bohr gives a speech during the 2015 Washington County Fair after she and husband Harold were inducted into the Washington County 4-H Hall of Fame.

Nancy Adrian, Washington County Extension Director, will never forget the day in 2012 when she learned she was being inducted into the Washington County 4-H Hall of Fame.

The recognition, given every year since 2002, is for people who have worked hard to impact the county 4-H program. Now Washington County 4-H is looking for another person who has had a strong impact on the club to join the ranks of people whose photos are displayed with pride in the Washington County Extension Office. The club is asking for nominations of volunteers, community leaders or Extension staff thought worthy of being named the 2019 Hall of Famer. An inductee should exemplify outstanding service and dedication to the program.

“This is a great opportunity to recognize people who have contributed to making our program as strong as it is,” Adrian said.

The recipient will be inducted during a ceremony held, usually on Thursday, of the Washington County Fair. Additionally the person will be recognized statewide during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair.

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as 4-H celebrated 100 years of a program dedicated to teaching youth life skills. During those 100 years, it became evident that one of the essential elements of the 4-H program was the caring adults who were committed to the program.

Adrian asks anyone who wishes to make a nomination for the 2019 Hall of Fame recipient to contact the extension office with the name of the person and background information of why they should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nominations should be made by April 1. She said anyone who has had an impact on the program is eligible for consideration. Posthumous nominations can be taken. The 4-H Youth Committee will determine the recipient from the list of nominees.

“People like these are the reason why our 4-H program in this county is as strong as it is,” Adrian said. “It is only right we should give them some recognition.”

Adrain recalled being inducted herself, saying the honor came as a surprise. She had been involved in 4-H for quite a while, but felt there were others more deserving than she of the honor. At the time she was a lifelong member of 4-H and had worked tirelessly to promote the program.

People with nominations should call 653-4811 or email amygreen@iastate.edu.

Past Washington County inductees include Esther Birney; Elmer Schneider; Mike Orris; Howard and Shirley Bohr; Gary Murphy; Robert Spenner; Marie Hora; Pat Greiner; Donnie Davison; Gale Whitacre and Harold Wylie; Nancy Adrian; Jim Frier; Robert Emde; Harold and Shirley Bohr; Jim and Louella Schneider; and Keith and Sara Murphy.