Theresa Heitman Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Theresa Heitman Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

8/20/14

Theresa Heitman of Iowa 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.

Theresa Heitman has been an amazing asset to Iowa County 4-H program.  As a member of 4-H herself of the Sumner Sweathearts where she exhibitedBeef, Clothing, Home Improvement, Foods and Nutrition, Citizenship, Communication and Child Development.  Theresa became involved again when her children joined 4-H. As a former club leader for Pilot 4-Hers for eleven years and currently supports on the Iowa County 4-H Foundation.  It is people like Theresa who make a positive difference to the youth of Iowa county and truly is the backbone of the Iowa 4-H program, who understands the importance of life skills through 4-H.

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Veatch.  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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