National 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates Announced
Monday, June 1, 2020
Posted by: Jeannette Rea Keywood, Chair, 4-H Hall of Fame
NEWS RELEASE June 1, 2020
Jeannette Rea Keywood
Chair, National 4-H Hall of Fame For Immediate Release
NATIONAL 4-H HALL OF FAME LAUREATES ANNOUNCED
4-H has announced the names of the sixteen individuals who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony to be held on Friday, October 2 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Laureates who will be honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments include: David and Sue Benedetti (National 4-H Council), Susan Halbert (National 4-H Council), Greg Hutchins (Wisconsin), Dr. Denver Loupe (Louisiana), Robert Meadows (Virginia), Dr. Thearon McKinney (North Carolina), Darlene Baker-Millard (Arkansas), Arthur Nemetz (New Jersey) Jerry Parsons (Iowa), James Phelps (NAE4-HA), Marie Rice (Alaska), Sherman and Fay Sallee (Oregon), Glenn Snyder, Jr. (West Virginia), William Svendsgaard (Minnesota), Kendra Wells (Maryland), and Helene Zeug (Hawaii).
Each laureate was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame because of his or her significant contribution to 4-H, the nation’s premier youth development organization that serves over six million youth nationwide. 4-H programs in every state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia as well as 4-H's three national partners - National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP); National 4-H Council and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/USDA, nominate outstanding individuals for this honor.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame was created in 2002 as a 4-H Centennial project to recognize and celebrate those people who have made a significant impact on 4-H and its millions of members for over 100 years.
“These individuals have touched the lives of many people, from 4-H staff and colleagues to thousands of 4-H volunteers and members throughout the nation," said Jeannette Rea Keywood, Chair of the National 4-H Hall of Fame.
About the National 4-H Hall of Fame
In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/USDA created the National 4-H Hall of Fame during 4-H’s centennial year. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major impacts within the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. Biographies and more information about inductees can be found on the National 4-H Hall of Fame website at http://www.4-h-hof.com/
About the 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America annually with research based programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. For over 100 years, 4-H has connected the science, engineering and technology innovations of land-grant universities to local youth and families. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides programmatic leadership for the 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H programs are offered in every county in the United States. For more information about 4-H, visit the national 4-H website at http://www.4-h.org