Extension News

Hougen Commemorates National Payne/4-H Fellowship Program

10/27/2008

Washington, D.C. -- Roy Hougen of Ames, Iowa, is one of 31 former National 4-H Fellows who commemorated the 77th anniversary of the National Payne/4-H Fellowship program this month at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

Hougen was a district leader of Iowa 4-H and youth programs in 1967 when awarded a National 4-H Fellowship recognizing his outstanding achievement as a cooperative extension service/4-H educator. Following the fellowship he served as assistant state leader for 4-H and youth programs and later as an Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development state specialist for volunteer development and youth community development programs until his retirement in 1992. 

Hougen currently coordinates a food pantry with his wife, Pat, in Ames.

The Payne Fellowship, initiated in 1931 and later renamed the National 4-H Fellowship, prepared young professional Department of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service staff for leadership in the 4-H Youth Development Program. The one-year fellowship combined post baccalaureate study with an informal study of the federal government and related organizations in Washington, D.C.  One hundred thirty-one former 4-H members and extension educators from 39 states were inducted into this national program. 

In Iowa, 4-H is headquartered at Iowa State University. For more information, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office or see www.extension.iastate.edu/kidsteens/.

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Contacts :

Chuck Morris, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1018, cmorris@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu