Betty Troendle inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Iowa 4-H Foundation Interim Executive Director Albert Grunenwald (left) awarded Betty Troendle (right) of Waukon a certificate celebrating her induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Sunday, August 17 at the Iowa State Fair. Submitted photo.

Betty Troendle of Allamakee County was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Sunday, August 17. A total of 82 counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.
“Betty's contribution to 4-H was widely felt,” said Morgan Heim, Allamakee County 4-H Youth Co-Coordinator. "Betty has taught her children well and influenced them to give back to their communities. Her hard work, heart of gold, and willingness to always help out has influenced many youth throughout her 4-H career in Allamakee County."
Troendle’s service to the 4-H program emphasizes the mission of the 4-H Hall of Fame. She has touched many lives through her dedication, encouragement, commitment, and guidance to the Allamakee County 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 Heim.  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 and Outreach 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 are committed to Iowa’s youth and the 4-H Youth Development program,” said Chris Gleason, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about the 2014 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county.

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