Delores Schultz of McGregor was honored at the 2012 Iowa State Fair as Clayton County 4-H Hall of Fame winner. Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. 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 4-H program,” said Chuck Morris, director of ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Delores Schultz has been active in 4-H for nearly 70 years. She was a 4-H member under Charlotte Olmstead, who was very important to Delores and the path she took with 4-H.
Delores was the organizational leader for 27 years for the Peppy Pals 4-H club. The Peppy Pals was one of the largest clubs in Clayton County. Many new programs and events were started under her leadership of the club. The club had a project day, an achievement show, a Christmas Tea and a yearly educational 4-H trip to name a few. When Delores was a leader she was approached about taking over the food stand at the fairgrounds. Many hours of work were dedicated to the running of the 4-H food stand and it is still being run today by the Peppy Pals/Mendon Hustlers 4-H club.
During those years she also served on the County Extension Board. Delores has always felt it takes the effort of the extension office and board, the club, the leaders and most importantly the 4-H family to have a successful 4-H program.
Delores served as a Clayton County Supervisor for 8 years. She has also been very active with her church serving as the Sunday School Superintendent, holding many offices on the church council and instrumental in many new building projects being done for the church.
Delores and her husband Bob raised 5 children, who were all active in the 4-H program and now the last of her grandchildren are making the most of the 4-H programs of Clayton County.
Delores’s goal is still to “Make the best better”.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. Information about previous inductees was available at the 2012 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building. Information about previous inductees is also available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition.”