Bill Biedenfeld Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Bill Biedenfeld, 2017 Clay County inductee for Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Bill Biedenfeld of Clay County will be inducted into the 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 21. Ninety-two Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 119 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a certificate as they are introduced on stage.
 
Bill Biedenfeld was recognized at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.
 
Bill Biedenfeld’s contribution to 4-H was widely felt, said Amy Forrette with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Clay County. Bill was never a 4-H member, but exemplified the 4-H motto, “To Make the Best Better” and lived the portion of the 4-H pledge “My Hands to Larger Service” as a Clay County 4-H Volunteer for nearly 40 years.  Bill sought any and every opportunity to help youth within the 4-H program.
 
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Amy Forrette. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, Iowa State University Extension county council members and financial supporters,. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
 
“Volunteers provide the head, heart, hands and health to our Iowa 4-H program. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who have made a difference in the lives of our Iowa youth,” said John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, Program Leader, Iowa 4-H Youth Development.  
 
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A summary of previous honorees was displayed at the 2017 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
 
Bill will also have a dedication ceremony on the 1st Saturday of the Clay County Fair, September 9, during the 4-H/FFA County Beef Show in the Indoor Arena, after the county prospect classes are complete, before the breeding beef classes.  Come out to congratulate Bill and enjoy some cake outside of the east entrance of the Indoor Arena.
 
Information about previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame also is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition.”
 
 
Contacts:
Tillie Good, 4-H Youth Development, 515-294-1557, tbgood@iastate.edu
Megan Bagley, Organizational Advancement, 515-294-7586, bagley@iastate.edu
Amy Forrette, Associate Director of Youth Programming in Clay County, 712-262-2264, forrette@iastate.edu

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