The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program.
This year, 67 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a celebration Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.
This year celebrated the 14-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director.
“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” Barnard said. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.
“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to create wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it touches.”
“The Foundation provides avenues to continue to support the work of Illinois 4-H by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing to continue their 4-H legacy.”
Ogle County honored Nancy Etnyre of Oregon. Etnyre grew up in southeast Wisconsin and was involved in 4-H with her mother being a project leader.
4-H provided many opportunities and adventures during her teen years. At one time she worked at the Ogle County Extension Office as an Agriculture and 4-H and Youth Advisor.
Since then, she has stayed active as an Extension volunteer. She and two friends formed the Trailblazers 4-H Club in Oregon and led the group for 12 years. She also held positions on the Ogle County 4-H Foundation, Multi-County Advisory Council and State Advisory Council.
She is very deserving to be honored as this years 4-H Hall of Fame winner for Ogle County.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills.
For more information, visit www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu.