Schoning to be inducted in Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mike Schoning, of Clay County, will be inducted into the 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Eighty-seven Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 114 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they are introduced on stage.

He will be recognized at 1:30 p.m.

A reception will follow the presentations.

"Mike Schoning's contribution to 4-H was widely felt," Bonnie Dalager, ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County program director, said. "Mike has been on the sheep and beef committees for many years, encouraging youth and working to make the program give the kids beneficial learning opportunities. Those in the program and those who work with him as a volunteer all seem to say something similar -- that Mike has the best interest of the kids at heart."

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, Dalager said. 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 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 have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's 4-H program," Chuck Morris, 4-H Youth Development program director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, said.

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 will be on display at the 2012 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

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