Kevin & Peney Rasing inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame

The Rasings

   Kevin & Peney Rasing of Bremer County was 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, Aug. 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.
   Kevin and Peney Rasing are huge supporters of the Bremer County 4-H program and have always followed the motto “To Make the Best Better.” They were recipients of the 2012 Bremer County Honorary Award given to adults that were not former 4-H members, but have made a significant contribution to the 4-H program sharing their time and talents.
   Our recipients this year have been a large part of the Bremer County 4-H program for the past several years. They have gone above and beyond in providing service for the 4-H’ers and those who volunteer with the program. These individuals have volunteered for a Bremer County Communication Day, served on several committees, and support the program by volunteering for 4-H events or advocating for the youth.
Kevin has even strutted his stuff at the local fashion show. They can always be counted on to go that extra mile and make the best better for the kids and create a better environment for families and youth alike. 
   The Bremer County 4-H program can always count on them to have new ideas, gather volunteer supplies, and try new things to help the youth have a fantastic 4-H year!
   We greatly appreciate everything they have to offer to the 4-H program. They are a great match for the 4-H Hall of Fame and fantastic examples for the Bremer County 4-H program.
   Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Sarah Merrifield, Bremer County 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 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.

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