2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as 4-H celebrated 100 years of a program dedicated to teaching youth life skills.  During those 100 years, it became evident that one of the essential elements of the 4-H program was the caring adults who were committed to the program. 
In 2014, eighty-two Iowa counties nominated outstanding contributors to their local 4-H program to be inducted at a ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Exhibit Building on August 17.
Inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame represent the many people in Iowa who have contributed countless hours to the 4-H program.  They work tirelessly to see that Iowa’s youth have a great learning experience in a safe and fun environment. .These adults have modeled volunteerism, community service, integrity, and leadership to Iowa’s youth.  Their legacy is the young people they have mentored who will in turn support the continuation of a 4-H program that builds Iowa’s leaders.
Thirty year 4-H leader, Cheryl Palsma, was recognized for her contribution to 4-H in Sioux County.  Cheryl has committed to being a 4-H club leader and the caring adult for countless 4-H’ers in Sioux County.  The 4-H program depends on selfless people like Cheryl to willingly give back to the 4-H program. 
Change is inevitable.  Club names change.  We no longer have the Reading Rough Riders or the Helping Hands.  Fair projects have gone from Food and Nutrition and Home Improvement to including Robotics and Digital Storytelling.  One thing that has not changed for the past 30 years, is Cheryl’s dedication to remain involved and give back to the Sioux County 4-H program.
Cheryl, her children, and now her grandchildren, as well as many Sioux County 4-H’ers can testify to her ability to help them reach the 4-H outcomes of personal life management through their goal setting, communication, leadership and citizenship. 
County 4-H Youth Coordinator, Cindy Cleveringa, says, “Cheryl is the quiet encourager, dedicated worker and excellent example of the caring adults who share their passion for youth in the Sioux County 4-H program.  They are one of the essential elements that contribute to producing the productive citizens, outstanding communicators, effective leaders and successful learners that are the outcome of the 4-H experience.”
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Sioux County 4-H offer our sincere congratulations and we are grateful to have individuals like Cheryl who willing give back to our youth  and continue to help “make the best (youth) better.” 
For information about how your child can join 4-H or how you can become a 4-H volunteer, contact the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 or email clever@iastate.edu.  More information about 4-H can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/sioux/4h

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