Kruse inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame
Henry Kruse Jr. was inducted into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Eighty-three Iowa counties participated this year and selected 110 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception following the ceremony.
Henry Kruse Jr. had been active with the 4-H program since he was 11 years old. In 1965 he represented Dubuque County 4-H at the State 4-H Conference and was the alternate in the state demonstration program. A year later he became the Dubuque County Fair King.
Henry served as a 4-H leader over 40 years. He started as the assistant leader of the Dyersville Jr. Farmers and later became the leader of the New Vienna Jr. Farmers. Then he helped form the New Vienna Future Homemakers for girls within the community who were interested in 4-H. He enjoyed assisting all six of his children when they participated in the 4-H program.
While being a leader, he served on the Dubuque County Extension Council, helped with setting up for the fair, and lent a hand with various activities throughout the week of the fair for many years. He was the dairy project leader and helped with herdsmanship over 30 years. Henry Jr. coordinated the St. Boniface cemetery cleanup day, as well as the lunch stand for the New Vienna tractor pull.
Henry has thoroughly enjoyed 4-H and what it has to offer youth in the community. Even though Henry isn’t a leader anymore, he can still be found attending the Dubuque County Fair, sipping on an ice cold, lemonade served by the Lions Club and watching the 4-H judging.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Heather Roesch, Dubuque County Extension 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 have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa’s 4-H 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 2013 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about 2013 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. Go to http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition.”
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