CORVALLIS, Ore. – Six adult volunteers from across the state will be inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame during the Oregon State University Outreach and Engagement recognition banquet Nov. 17.
The 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to recognize those who have had a significant impact upon the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and its members and leaders. One hundred people were inducted in 2004 – one person for each year 4-H had existed in Oregon – and more honorees are added each year.
The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees are: Elaine Husted, John Day; Janet May, Vancouver, Wash.; and Stan Miles, Tammy Skubinna, and Ed and Jan Starkey, all of Corvallis.
• Elaine Husted has been the Family and Community Development and 4-H agent in Grant County for 33 years. She helped establish a youth leadership retreat for eastern Oregon youth, and her Junior Leader and County Ambassador programs have been popular; Grant County 4-H ambassadors often became state 4-H ambassadors. In 2005 Husted received the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award for Exemplary Dedication to the Field of Education and in 2007 the Grant Family Heritage Foundation award for outstanding service to the youth of Grant County.
• Janet May has a long history with 4-H as a young member and a former volunteer leader in Washington County, and currently with the Oregon 4-H Foundation. A dedicated supporter, donor and volunteer with the Oregon 4-H program, May was elected as a trustee to the foundation twice and has served as treasurer and executive committee member for 16 years. She is currently the 4-H Foundation representative to the OSU college affiliate and has been on numerous advisory committees for many years.
• As a volunteer shooting sports leader for 44 years, Stanley Miles has worked with more than 1,000 Benton County youth as a positive role model to help them overcome the challenges of learning archery. Since the early 1970s, Miles has been involved in state 4-H shooting sports activities, including development of leader and member materials, and acted as state fair superintendent and co-chair of a national shooting sports training camp in the 1980s. Miles was the scorekeeper for the 4-H Archery Mail-in-Tournament for 27 years until his retirement in 2010.
• Extension agents are frequently known for their expertise in a specific subject area, and Tammy Skubinna specializes in people. Skubinna is known for her many personal notes of congratulations she has sent to others. As the OSU Extension 4-H agent in Benton County for 26 years, Skubinna won awards for outstanding accomplishments in state and national 4-H organizations. She mentored many 4-H staff during those decades, and strengthened the outreach and diversity efforts of Benton County 4-H.
• Ed and Jan Starkey have both served as 4-H leaders in Benton County for 23 years. Their combined 46 years of volunteer leadership have aided hundreds of youth in Benton County. They have been mentors to many in livestock projects, attended many beef-related events and became established as the “beef experts." Jan worked as a program coordinator for the state 4-H office, and served as president of the Benton County Large Animal Leaders Advisory Group. Ed has been on the county Youth Auction Committee and state 4-H Advisory Council for many years.