Eighty-eight Iowa counties participated this year and there were 121 inductees selected for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage.
Sally Wilkie was recognized at 1:30 p.m. A reception followed the presentations.
Sally Wilkie is one of Cherokee County's brightest shining 4-H Volunteers. Sally has been a club leader for 21 years, leader of the year in 1996 and 2003, and Youth & 4-H Committee member for nine years.
Residing near Larrabee with husband Scott and family, Sally is a farm wife, mother, grandmother, chief milker, cake decorator, seamstress, fill-in postmaster, and can do just about any other odd job that needs to be done. Plus, if that isn't busy enough, she is a 4-H leader to 30 young people and a HUGE 4-H program supporter, ready to help where help is needed. Sally spends a great amount of time and care with youngsters and their bottle calves, giving them advice, sharing her knowledge and encouraging them.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Brenda Medick, Cherokee County 4-H & Youth Coordinator.
Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa's 4-H'ers through the years.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's program," said Chuck Morris, director of ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th Anniversary of 4-H.