Kenneth Gilchrist inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame

Kenneth Gilchrist has been a long-time supporter of the 4-H program.  Kenny started a boys’ 4-H club in the Douds area in 1972, which was named the Douds Livewires with 10 boys joining the first year, this club is still active in 2013.  He was on the Van Buren County Fair Board & served as president of the board for three years.  He also served as cattle superintendent.  He was on the Extension Council from 1977-1980 and served as president. 
More recently, in 2003, he was part of the group that started the Iowa Meat Goat Association.   He served on the board of this organization for 6 years.
Kenny said, “Besides the learning experience for the boys & girls, we also had fun.”                                
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.
Iowa is fortunate to have many people who have worked to “make the best better”.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002.  A summary of all previous honorees will be on display at the 2013 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

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