2019 Pocahontas County 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. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.

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. 
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.

2019 Pocahontas County 4-H Hall of Fame is Dean and Deb Ekstrand

Dean and Deb Ekstrand live on the family’s Century Farm in Pocahontas County.  Dean grew up on the farm and was involved in the Grant Guides 4-H Club for 8 years, showing swine and dairy.  Deb grew up in southeast Iowa, but was never involved in 4-H as a youth.  
Dean and Deb moved to the family farm 25 years ago, and their oldest son joined 4-H.  Deb became a leader of the Guys and Gals 4-H Club of Grant, the club where their 6 children were members. 
Deb was leader for over 15 years!  Dean served on livestock committees for a number of years as his children were involved in the swine project.  Debs passion has been the communications program, encouraging members to participate. 
Deb encourages members of the club to explore different project areas to find topics they are interested in learning more about and developing projects and exhibits to share what they learned. 
Dean and Deb continue to volunteer with Extension and 4-H activities.  4-H has been an important part of the Ekstrand family’s life.

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