Ken and Sue Keune to be inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair

Ken and Sue Keune have been selected by Winneshiek County for induction into the 2019 4-H Hall of Fame. The announcement was made before the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at the Winneshiek County Fair.

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.

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.
Ken and Sue Keune joined the 4-H program in 1992, when their oldest daughter joined the Madison 4-H’ers 4-H club. As each of their four children entered into the program, Ken and Sue devoted much of their year supporting the Madison 4-H’ers club through attending and hosting meetings, participating in various club fundraising events, building parade floats, helping cook food for the club soup supper, chaperoning club trips, volunteering with fair activities, and judging record books.

The highlight of the summer was always preparing for and enjoying the Winneshiek County Fair week with their children. Both Ken and Sue spent time supporting their children with their fair projects, teaching their children about baking, sewing, crafts, carpentry, and raising beef cattle. Both continue to enjoy meeting members of the community at the fair, volunteering in the 4-H café and other 4-H booths, judging fair contests, and supporting other 4-H members through the livestock auction. For Ken and Sue, most summers are not complete without a trip to the Iowa State Fair to look at the 4-H projects and livestock from exhibitors across the state!

Ken and Sue have continued their involvement in 4-H by joining various other 4-H committees in Winneshiek county. In 2001, Ken joined the Pine Bluff 4-H Camp Board, which supports the youth camp that serves as an outdoor laboratory for schools, a retreat site for families and other groups, and a valuable forest and wildlife habitat. In 2005, Ken and Sue were part of a group of founding members which created the Winneshiek County 4-H Endowment Board, with the goal of ensuring a strong and vital 4-H program for years to come. The Board works to support educational workshops and materials for 4-H members as well as provide financial assistance for youth attending summer camps and conferences. Additionally, in 2018, Ken and Sue helped to organize the first annual Winneshiek County “Friends of 4-H” Gala, with all the proceeds going to supporting educational workshops, recognition awards and financial assistance for youth participating in summer camps, conferences and leadership training. Ken and Sue have continued to support the 4-H program to ensure other children in Winneshiek County have the same great experiences as their children had over 18 years.
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.

The Keune's will be inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 18, in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair at 3:30 p.m. A reception for family and friends will be held following the ceremony. Iowa 4-H is fortunate to have many wonderful people who have worked to "Make the Best Better".

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