Congratulations Pat and Louis Beck on Being Inducted into the 2014 4-H Hall of Fame!


Pat and Louis Beck Inducted into 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

            Waterloo -- Pat and Louis Beck were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17.  Eighty-two counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized 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 and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.
            Pat and Louis have dedicated their lives to youth in Black Hawk County.  Their 4-H experiences make them convincing advocates for 4-H involvement. "We have seen the power of 4-H to enhance our lives and the lives of our children," Pat said.  "Our three adult children have lifelong friends, positive work habits and exciting careers that began with their 4-H experiences in Black Hawk County." 
            Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Michelle Temeyer, Executive Director of Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach. 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 and Outreach 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 are committed to Iowa’s youth and the 4-H Youth Development program,” said Chris Gleason, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
            The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.  Information about the 2014 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county.
Contacts:                                                        Chris Gleason, 4-H Youth Development, 515-294-1557,
Laura Sternweis, ISU Extension and Outreach, 515-294-0775,
Article from Sunday, Aug. 24th Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:

Black Hawk County's Pat, Louis Beck inducted in 4-H Hall of Fame

By Jim Offner

DES MOINES | Pat and Louis Beck of Black Hawk County were among 110 new inductees honored as new inductees in the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Aug. 17 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
Both were active 4-H members: Louis in Black Hawk County for 10 years as a member of the Bright Eagles Club and Pat in Scott County for 9 years as a member of the Lincoln Go-Getters.
Louis Beck participated in livestock, science and communication project areas and served in leadership roles on county and area councils. Pat Beck participated in home improvement, communications and citizenship projects; served on county, area and state councils; and served as the girls' state 4-H president. Both are active as county fair judges and volunteers. Both received the Black Hawk County 4-H Alumni Award and have been active, long-time supporters of the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair Foundation, which has grown to become Iowa's largest and most financially-stable fair foundation in the state, according to the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
The Becks are both graduates of Iowa State University.
Louis Beck currently is an agricultural science instructor/FFA adviser in La Porte City. As a long-time FFA adviser, his chapters have earned superior ratings for 25 years and numerous state proficiency awards. He has involved his students in hundreds of volunteer hours supporting community projects and introducing the students to this important aspect of citizenship. Beck volunteers on the fair board and serves as a livestock superintendent at the county and state fairs. He is a dual enrollment class instructor for Hawkeye Community College and was his school's representative to the Global Agricultural Program to Brazil in 2013.
Pat Beck’s service to 4-H has included volunteer leadership of Bright Eagles 4-H Club and nine-year membership on the Iowa 4-H Foundation, including one year as its president. She also volunteers for state scholarship and award selection processes. Pat has enjoyed a career in communications positions for education, manufacturing, publishing and health care organizations. Her volunteer involvement supports many local non-profits and community groups.
“We have seen the power of 4-H enhance our lives and the lives of our children,” Pat Beck said. “Our children have lifelong friends, positive work habits and exciting careers that began with their 4-H experiences in Black Hawk County.”
Other inductees from the area included the following:
Norbert Lovstuen, Winneshiek County; Marlene Weis, Mitchell County; Bill Noteboom, Grundy County; Don Bahe, Fayette County; Dr. Richard Flickinger, Franklin County; Joe and Sue Paulus, Floyd County; Lowell and Marge Dohlman, Howard County; Martin and Joann Kruse, Delaware County; Doug Schueler, Butler County; Kevin and Peney Rasing, Bremer County; and Greg Svoboda, Benton County.
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