CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program celebrated its 100th year of service to Oregon youths by inducting 100 4-H supporters and leaders into the newly created Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.
The inaugural group of 4-H Hall of Famers, dubbed the 'Centennial' class, was recognized at a special induction ceremony held recently at OSU. Future members of the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame will be inducted annually.
"In honor of the past century of hard work building and maintaining one of the finest state 4-H youth programs in the country, we established the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame to acknowledge those individuals who've made significant contributions to 4-H over the years," said Jim Rutledge, OSU 4-H Youth Development program leader.
The 100 inductees selected through a nomination process include 4-H volunteer leaders from throughout the state, campus-based OSU 4-H youth development specialists, county-based 4-H field faculty, and 4-H donors who have provided financial support.
"These 'Centennial' inductees all share in common great dedication and excellence in service to 4-H," said Rutledge. "For example, we have people in this group who have spent 50 years or more working as volunteer leaders in county 4-H programs."
The Oregon 4-H Youth program began in Yamhill County in 1904 when school superintendent, L.R. Alderman, organized a boys' 4-H industrial club in Dayton.
Since then a long line of committed 4-H volunteers, supporters and OSU 4-H Youth program faculty have continually worked to provide quality 4-H youth education programs aimed at helping Oregon's young people develop life and leadership skills, Rutledge said.
He added that the Oregon 4-H Youth program has had a noteworthy track record of success in developing new and innovative 4-H programs.
"The Oregon 4-H Program is recognized as a national leader in reaching out to Latino youth through programs like the 4-H Tech Wizards club that emphasizes computer and Web development skills," said Rutledge. "Oregon 4-H youth faculty are also pioneering new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of 4-H educational programs.
"The strength of the Oregon 4-H youth program has been, and continues to be, the devotion of our community volunteers and the quality of our OSU 4-H faculty who manage the program," said Rutledge. "Our challenges in the future will be to expand the outreach of 4-H to more Oregon youth and to create new educational programs that will appeal to the contemporary interests of today's young people."
The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame 'Centennial' class members are:
- Amity: Delores Fanning, Edna Moon.
- Astoria: Myrtle Slanger.
- Beaverton: Hildah Highbe.
- Bend: Carolyn Schmidt.
- Burns: Joanna Corson.
- Canby: Dale Friedemann.
- Cascade Locks: Bea Scott.
- Central Point: Phyllis Caldwell.
- Condon: Ron and Gloria Davis.
- Corbett: Dorothy Klock.
- Corvallis: Alberta Johnston, Andy Landforce, Duane Johnson, Glenn Klein, H. Joe Myers, Jean Roth.
- Creswell: Dale and Betty Riddle.
- Dallas: N. John Hansen, Roger Fletcher.
- Drain: Mildred Whipple.
- Eugene: Lamoine and Enid Savage, Len Calvert, Norbert Vandehey.
- Gold Beach: Walt Schroeder.
- Grand Ronde: Elsie Werth.
- Grants Pass: Nancy Rand.
- Grass Valley: Emma Jean Smith.
- Haines: Barbara Wendt.
- Hillsboro: Bill Farrell.
- Imbler: H. Clayton Fox.
- Imnaha: Bonnie Marks.
- Irrigon: Lois Richards.
- Island City: Ralph D. Hart.
- Lake Oswego: Linda Erickson.
- Lakeview: Eva Marie Lindsey.
- Lebanon: Bert and Betty Udell, Joy Brougher Brown.
- McMinnville: Jackie Hurl.
- Merlin: Everett and Marjorie Seagoe.
- Milwaukie: Harold Black.
- Myrtle Point: Jean Davenport.
- Newberg: Ken Austin.
- Oakland: Gene Fisher.
- Pendleton: Evelyn Larsen.
- Pilot Rock: Grace Harvey.
- Portland: Linda Allen, Frances Price.
- Prineville: Blanche Harper, Dick Hoppes.
- Redmond: Elizabeth H. Johnson.
- Salem: Bob Ohling, Doris Schoenborn, Frank von Borstel, Jerry Brog.
- Summerville: Bob and Bobbie Cornford.
- The Dalles: Margaret (Margie) Stark.
- Tillamook: Rudy Fenk.
- Wilsonville: Vern Palmblad.
- Coulee Dam, Wash.: Roy Hamilton.
- Kennewick, Wash.: Dora Rumsey.
- Manhattan, Kan.: A. Lois Redman.
Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame members recognized posthumously are:
- Albany: O.E. Mikesell.
- Arlington: Marion Weatherford.
- Coquille: Ida Oerding.
- Corvallis: L.J. Doc Allen, Helen Cowgill, Burton Hutton, Cal Monroe, Joe Cox, Ken Minnick, Lee Allen, Rich Guerber, Ritz Oikawa, Harry Case Seymour, T.J. Starker.
- Eugene: Don Owen.
- Fossil: Kenneth Killingsworth.
- Gold Beach: Gladys Mann.
- Gresham: Regenia (Genie) Townsend.
- Klamath Falls: Tana Mankinen.
- LaGrande: James R. Jim Huber.
- Lookingglass: Katherine Cory.
- Madras: Jay Macy.
- McMinnville: : L.H. Alderman.
- Medford: Bill Bigham.
- Newport: Gladys Barclay.
- Ontario: E.M. Curl Hauser.
- Portland: Ed Shannon.
- Prairie City: Echo Kuhl.
- Redmond: Marvin Young.
- Salem: James Bishop, Z.F. Martin, Bud Forrester, Ivan Stewart.
- St. Helens: Robert (Bob) Stevely.
- The Dalles: William (Bill) Thomas.
- Tillamook: Margaret (Peggy) Parker.
- Warm Springs: Caroline Tohet.
- Yamhill: MaryAnn Greenlund.