Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame

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Commemorating More Than 100 Years of Oregon 4-H

In 2004 the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals that have had a significant impact upon the 4-H Program and/or its members and leaders. One hundred people were inducted in 2004 - one person for each year 4-H had existed in the State of Oregon. More are added each year. Nomination information here.

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L. H. Alderman, State 4-H Office


As the School Superintendent for Yamhill County, L. H. Alderman started the first boy's industrial club in 1904. This was the beginning of what we now call 4-H, and it is very fitting that he be our first Hall of Fame inductee. When Alderman became State Superintendent of Public Instruction, he asked the State Bankers Association and the Union Stock Yards to help fund two paid "agents" to support club work, thus began paid positions to support boys and girls club work in Oregon. Thank you Mr. Alderman, for getting Oregon 4-H started!


L. J. "Doc" Allen, State 4-H Office


L. J. Doc Allen was State 4-H Program Leader from 1947 to 1952. But more importantly he was part of the trio of state 4-H staff that really created the Oregon 4-H Program. He served on the state staff from 1915 through 1952 with Harry Seymour and Helen Cowgill. Together they created many successful programs including 4-H Summer School at OSU, which included as many as 2,000 students at one time.

L.J. "Doc" Allen

Lee Allen, Benton County


Lee Allen co-chaired the Youth Auction Committee in Benton County for 30 years. He secured buyers, did promotion, was in charge of all the paper work, and supported the overall organization of the auction. He worked with community businesses to recruit funds for an auction pool to keep prices fair for all 4-H & FFA members. Lee served on the selection committee for the 4-H Extension Agent position in 1983, and was on the advisory board for the Youth Employment program for 15 years.


Linda Allen, Multnomah County


Linda Allen's love of 4-H began as a 10 year 4-H member in Tillamook County. She became a leader in Multnomah County 27 years ago. She has been active in the Multnomah County Leaders' Association and was President for at least 5 years. She was also a member of county, metro, and state advisory committees, and is on the 4-H Board of Trustees. Linda can always be counted on to do any special projects whenever a volunteer is needed.

Linda Allen

Wilbert Lowell "Andy" Andersen, Curry County


Andy joined the Extension staff as 4-H agent in Douglas County in 1950. One of his first accomplishments was developing a 4-H Community Leader program to assist in the recruitment and training of 4-H leaders. He served as 4-H and livestock agent in Curry County from 1956 to 1966 and increased 4-H enrollment by 25% his first full year. He developed several innovative programs including a Dads and Lads archery program, a 4-H horse trail ride program, a school 4-H marketing program, a Youth Employment Service to provide supervised work experience for at risk high school students, and a County Youth Council. As a result of the latter he was selected to take part in President Eisenhower’s Children and Youth Conference in Washington, DC. Andy served as an Extension Advisor in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and up to his retirement he taught Extension classes at OSU. Andy Andersen

Leonard Aplet, 4-H Foundation, Columbia County


As a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Oregon 4-H Foundation, Leonard has brought leadership and expertise to the financial management of the Foundation, which now manages $ 5 million dollars in endowments for state and county programs. With his experience and skills in finance and investment fields, he was able to help the Board of Trustees to better understand and manage the finances for the Foundation, thus providing long term support for the Oregon 4-H program. Leonard recognized the need for young people to also get training in personal and family finances. He further supported the 4-H program by funding the development of personal finance curriculum for use in the state 4-H program and also by co-leading, with his wife, a 4-H finance club in Columbia County. Financial management skills help youth throughout their lives. Leonard also provides a scholarship endowment to help a Columbia County 4-H member attend OSU.


Len Aplet

Ken Austin, 4-H Foundation


Ken Austin was elected as a Trustee of the 4-H Foundation in 1980, and was President from 1983-1985. He continued as a Trustee until 1995. Mr. Austin provided leadership in two areas - marketing 4-H and the 4-H Foundation. He helped develop a fund raising strategy and led the effort by providing funding for a number of challenge campaigns which helped put the Oregon 4-H Foudnation on solid financial footing. Mr. Austin was a 4-H member in Oregon and was recognized with the National 4-H Alumni Award. photo of Ken Austin

Gladys Barclay, Lincoln County


The name Gladys Barclay is synonymous with 4-H in Lincoln County. Gladys was a 54 year 4-H leader with as many as three generations of 4-H members to her credit. Many of these members and former Extension Agent, Gray Thompson, were attendees at the 4-H Leaders' Banquet that honored Gladys and her husband, Everett at the celebration of her 50th year as a 4-H leader.

Gladys Barclay

Bill Bigham, Jackson County


J. William "Bill" Bigham was one of the pioneer leaders in Jackson County. He believed whole heartedly in the 4-H program and gave his all to his community and the county. He was a leader, fair manager and friend to the 4-H program. Because of him Jackson county is still one of the strongest 4-H successes in the Oregon!

Bill Bigham

James Bishop, OSUEA/4-H


James Bishop represented Oregon at many of the NAE4-HA events in its early years. He worked in Coos, Umatilla and Marion counties. In the mid 1950s, he was working in the state 4-H office on special assignments. He served on the organizational committee of NAE4-HA in 1946. James was the torch bearer of our state organization and was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for his contributions to NAE4-HA.


Harold Black, Clackamas County (2004)

As the Clackamas County 4-H Agent, he often had 400 kids at camp and 100 at 4-H Summer School, with as many as 300 of those on some type of scholarship. Harold Black was instrumental in helping the committee that formed the 4-H Agent Association. In 1974, he returned for a national training program and urged the group to form a state association. He saw how a state organization could help 4-H agents professionally, and was a supportive leader in getting the state association formed in 1975. Harold was the first full time 4-H agent to become a county staff chair.


John and Edyth Bohnert, Jackson County


John and Edyth Bohnert were involved in 4-H for a good part of their lives. They both were members of 4-H as youth, and both became involved as leaders in Jackson County (John in 1945, Edyth in 1949). As parents of two very involved 4-H members, John and Edyth saw to it that their children made it to their meetings and helped haul animals for them. John also hauled other members' livestock to the State Fair, the Pacific International Show, and to the Cow Palace. John was a swine leader and superintendent for the Jackson County Fair. He served on the County Fair Board for ten years. Edyth was a leader in both Home Economics and Forestry. She served on the Executive Board at both the county and state levels, in addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon 4-H Foundation. After becoming grandparents, Edyth and John were very supportive of their grandchildren, continuing their involvement in 4-H.

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Jerry Brog, OSUEA/4-H



Jerry Brog, Frank von Borstel, and Norbert Vandehey were the active committee members who helped establish the OSUEA 4-H Affiliate in 1974. The group spent a year developing rules of operation and bylaws with a set of proposed goal and objectives. They presented the proposal to the 4-H agents training in 1975. In the fall of 1975 the 4-H association became a reality at the Extension Staff Conference, and at the spring conference in 1976 the association became official. Gerry worked in Coos, Gilliam and Jackson counties.

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Joy Brougher Brown OSUEA/4-H


Joy Brougher Brown was another one of the early leaders in the effort to create the 4-H Agents professional association. Records show that she was the one that went to the administration several times to gain approval for the concept of creating the 4-H Affiliate for the Oregon State University Extension Association. The Association was eventually established in 1975.


Evelyn Brookhyser, Lincoln County


Evelyn Brookhyser's influence and impact on 4-H has been profound and long lasting. Over the years she has always looked for new and innovative ways to reach youth through grant projects and by involving them in activities that would enrich their characters and teach them life skills. Evelyn has been involved with OSU Extension for 36 years, and with 4-H for a good portion of that time. She was hired in 1966 at the Yamhill County Extension office as a 4-H agent, and became administrator for the Lincoln County Extension office in 1974. In 1995 she assumed the leadership of the county 4-H program as well. Throughout her years with 4-H, Evelyn has always asked the youth to stretch themselves by becoming more involved, to try new things, and to go beyond the county activities. Youth realized their own potential when Evelyn would nominate them for State Ambassador or the State Leader's Association. She always looked for the leader potential in youth, and helped them realize it. Evelyn knew how to involve the adult volunteer community, by finding new volunteer leaders and keeping them returning every year. Evelyn has been active in community service organizations and has been recognized over the years by receiving numerous awards and recognitions.

Evelyn Brookhyser

Dale Buck, Tillamook County



"I think 4-H is very important because it provides role models for youth as evidenced in my own children and grandchildren. I feel that very few 4-H youth are delinquent because 4-H gives them something to do that they feel good about, and that the 4-H youth become the leaders in their community."
This statement by Dale Buck illustrates his commitment to and support of the 4-H program within Tillamook County and throughout Oregon. Dale lives what he states. He was a 4-H member in Scotts Mills in the 1940s with a roan heifer for his project. His contributions to the Tillamook community, the 4-H program, OSU Extension, his church and the public service arenas exemplify his concern and interest in the welfare of others. He is a positive role model for our youth today. Dale is a facilitator, negotiator, mediator, counselor and true human being. "Mr. Dependable," as one dairy farmer called Dale, can be depended on to give of himself, his time and his knowledge to better our community. Honesty, integrity and altruism are adjectives that have earned Dale the right to be called a leader, and above all, one who has served the community. Dale is held in the highest respect and surely upholds the 4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better."

Dale Buck

Phyllis Caldwell, Jackson County


Phyllis Caldwell has been a "temporary leader" in Jackson County for 44 years. In 1960 she received a phone call two weeks before the fair, and was asked to be the leader for a rabbit club. When she said she didn’t know one breed from another, she was told that wasn’t a problem, and she has been the leader ever since. She has also served as a member of the 4-H Executive Committee for at least 15 years, and has managed several barbeques for at least 30 years. photo of Phyllis Caldwell

Leonard Calvert, Extension Service


Len Calvert worked for 35 years as the 4-H editor in the agriculture communications department at OSU. Even though he did not always enjoy the fair, he spent years covering all of the important news coming out of the 4-H division of the Oregon State Fair. It would be hard to estimate the number of new releases that he has written in support of 4-H. Even in retirement he has continued to write news releases for special events and for the 4-H Foundation. Len Calvert

George and Glendel Campbell, Clackamas Co.



In Clackamas County 4-H, the names George and Glendel Campbell stand out. No one has had a bigger impact on educational programs, volunteer leadership, or fundraising than this couple. During their tenure they have made the 4-H horse program better for an estimated 4,500 Clackamas County 4-H members. The Campbell’s started the Bit ‘N Bridle 4-H Club, which they led for 25 years. Many former club members are now volunteers themselves.  The Campbell’s volunteered at annual events, including  county fair, where they produce the horse fair book, coordinated the annual Horse Fair barbeque for at least 18 years, and started the free county fair ice cream parties.  George  organized educational clinics for over 14 years and was the State Fair Trail Coordinator for many years.  Over 10,000 4-H youth participated in the classes designed and supervised by George. Glendel’s greatest influences on the county program have been financially related. For at least 20 years she has been treasurer of the Clackamas County 4-H Horse Advisory.  She also coordinates the biannual 4-H Tack Sale in Canby, a huge regional event that attracts over 3,000 horsemen and has generated $170,000 during the years that Glendel has provided leadership. The Campbell’s have been recognized many times by their County 4-H Program, and were awarded both the Distinguished Service Award for leaders, and the Friends of 4-H Award. George and Glendel Campbell are the kind of volunteer that 4-H most values. They are role models of commitment, integrity, and service.

George and Glendel Campbell

Patricia Combest, Marion County



Patricia “Pat” Combest is a well known leader and supporter of the Marion county 4-H.  She started the second oldest club in the county, the Willamette River Riders, more than 43 years ago.  Pat’s experience and knowledge became evident when her club became strong winners in medallion classes and went on to state competitions. In addition to winning riding competitions, Pat wanted her club members to make something of themselves.  She advocated for her members to try other areas in 4-H, such as presentations, photography, educational displays, etc.  Many adult alumni of the Willamette River Riders are successful doctors, teachers and trainers who have fond memories of Pat.  She gave them the confidence and training in responsibility to help them follow their dreams.

Pat has served in many capacities, including superintendent of Marion County fair, State board, Horse Development board member, lead project leader, and more.  Her name is on many of the horse training manuals that 4-H uses today.  Despite slowing down a bit, Pat rarely misses meetings and continues to be willing to help out wherever she can. 

Pat Combest

Bob and Bobby Cornford, Union County


The Cornfords have been outstanding supporters of the Oregon 4-H Program since they moved to Union County in 1973. The Cornfords, as a team, have been the foundation for countless projects and events for over 30 years. They most often work as a team for countless projects and event in our 4-H program for over 30 years. Bob and Bobby have played active roles in programs such as the 4-H radio auction, the Blue Mountain 4-H Center, the Union County Fair Board, and the 4-H/FFA Blue Ribbon Auction Bob and Bobby Cornford

Jean Correa, Umatilla County


 Jean Correa was a dedicated 4-H volunteer in the Oregon 4-H Program for over 28 years. Her 4-H career began as a club leader for Home Economics, Expressive Arts and Leadership clubs in Umatilla County. Recognized for her subject matter expertise, Jean was sought out as a judge at numerous county and state fair events for over 25 years. Her wisdom and leadership were highly respected. Jean served as a member of the State Fair Board, State Home Economics Advisory Board, Umatilla County 4-H Advisory Board, as an instructor at area-wide leader trainings and in multiple other leadership roles. Jean has been recognized for her service and dedication at the national and local levels, including having a flag flown in her honor over the US Capitol. She was also selected as Umatilla County Fair Grand Marshall and City of Echo Grand Marshall.

Jean Correa

Joanna Corson, Harney County


Joanna Corson has been a 4-H dog project leader for more than 30 years in Harney County. She has also been an active leader in the county 4-H Leaders' Council. If you imagine you're in the community center building with 35 to 40 kids, a dozen adults and a number of yipping and barking dogs, you're probably with Joanna for one of her dog project meetings. Imagine doing this for 900 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Add all of that up and you will find that Joanna Corson has dealt with 3600 youth and over 4000 dogs! Joanna Corson

Katherine Cory, Douglas County


Katherine Cory was a beloved individual who served as a Douglas County 4-H leader for over 50 years. She started her first 4-H club in 1927, teaching a small group of children to sew. During her 4-H career, she also taught cooking, forestry, livestock, health and safety, and horticulture projects. One of her most memorable clubs was Health and Safety. This club was responsible for several stop signs and cross walks installed in Dillard and Winston.

Katherine Cory

Helen Cowgill, State 4-H Office


Helen Cowgill was Assistant State 4-H Leader for girls from 1914 to 1947. She was part of the team with H. C. Seymour and Doc Allen. Together they ran the Oregon 4-H Program as a team for more than 30 years. As such, they created the foundation for everything that 4-H is today. Helen Cowgill

Joe Cox, Extension Service


Joe Cox served as the Washington County 4-H agent for several years beginning in 1945, before going on to become agriculture program leader and the State Extension Director. He was responsible for developing a systematic volunteer recruitment and training system for new leaders. The program he developed in Washington County was eventually used by many other agents in Oregon. Joe was also a great supporter of the 4-H Foundation and the 4-H Conference and Education Center.


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Jean Davenport, Coos County


Jean started the Twin Oaks 4-H Livestock Club in 1947. Jean has been active in the 4-H Leaders' Association, serving as secretary for many years. Jean and her husband Lloyd ("Duke") were very involved in obtaining donations and working on the Coos County 4-H building at the fairgrounds in 1952 and 1953. This building was named the "Davenport Building" on August 11, 1993 in honor of Duke's 35 plus years of service to the fair.

Jean Davenport

Ron and Gloria Davis, Gilliam County


Ron and Gloria Davis made a powerful leadership team. For a combined total of over 83 years, this team used 4-H as a tool to interest the kids so they could teach them citizenship and social responsibility. The Oregon Trail Livestock Club met close to the road traveled by the pioneers and many of the club's community service projects centered on preserving landmarks in the area. Gloria passed away in 1997. Ron continues to share his expertise with the Gilliam County 4-H program.

RonGloria Davis

Darryl and Marcia Eash, Polk County


Daryl and Marcia Eash have been involved in 4-H programs since their childhood in Indiana and were active club members and leaders. They began their Polk County 4-H years in 1987, primarily in dairy projects, but also in shooting sports, goats, swine, ceramics and many more. They served as long-time fair superintendents: Daryl, with dairy and Marcia, goats.

Daryl was the foundation of the shooting sports program in Polk County and serves as Master Shooting Sports instructor in the archery program.  He has been in leadership roles at the state level and on the board for the statewide shooting sports committee and as superintendent of the State Fair 4-H Dairy area.

Marcia was a key player on the State 4-H Leader Board, serving as a regional representative and state vice president. She took on key leadership roles for coordination of State Leader Forums and State Leader Association events.

Darryl and Marcia Eash

Marjorie Edwards, Lane County


For over twenty years, Marjorie Edwards was a "major player" in both the Lane County and statewide 4-H programs. She was a dominant factor in the County 4-H Leader's Association and the 4-H Home Economics program. Marge served on the Oregon 4-H Advisory Council/Oregon 4-H Leaders' Association Executive Council, and was not only a member of these groups, but also Secretary, President-elect, and President. Between 1977 and 1990, she served as a member of the Oregon 4-H Foundation. This was a growth time for the rather new 4-H Foundation and Marge was a valuable asset in providing the latest information on youth development and needs for the future. Marge was not a flashy person, but had a great sense of humor, wonderful attitude, and was always happy. She was an instrumental person when state leader forums were established-with one of the first ones being held in Lane County. In 1981, she was on the planning committee for Western Regional 4-H Leaders Forum, which was hosted by Oregon. She was also the co-chair for the 1992 Oregon 4-H Leaders Forum. Her tireless efforts in many phases of both the Lane County 4-H program and the statewide 4-H program definitely benefited all involved.


Morris Elverud, Washington County



In the Spring of 2005 Morris Elverud said, "I was an old man when I started this Wagon Train, and now it's almost 25 years later...what does that make me now?" Morris nearly made it to his 91st birthday, but passed away peacefully in 2005. Many difficult years of working his farm in South Dakota with teams of horses prepared Morris for the rigors of life as a modern-day pioneer on the Oregon Trail. Morris and his wife left South Dakota in 1950, and moved their family to Oregon. In 1980 Morris and his good friend came up with the idea of incorporating a 4-H youth leadership program in Washington County with the pioneer experience of a Wagon Train adventure. Morris knew of a Wagon Train for at-risk youth, and asked, "Why wait until these kids get into trouble?" He was 66 years old, and retired at the time. Every year since, Morris traveled with his team of Draft Horses and over 100 modern day pioneers, for an eight-day adventure over 100 miles of scenic Oregon Trails. 4-H Wagon Train is the only 4-H club of it's kind in the US, meeting monthly for educational preparation, follow-up, and a fall reunion. The contributions made by this amazing 4-H Pioneer are too many to count. The 2006 trek to Central Oregon, was the 25th Anniversary Wagon Train and was dedicated to the memory of Morris Elverud.


Linda Erickson, Clackamas County/ NAE4-HA


Linda Erickson is a wonderful example of a dedicated 4-H agent. She served Clackamas County for over 20 years, building up leadership opportunities for youth and empowering volunteers to run their own program. She raised nearly a half million dollars in grants to support her program. Linda's career was also marked by service to the profession; she was president of four professional societies, including the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

Linda Erickson

Delores Fanning, Polk County


Delores Fanning has demonstrated a strong work ethic and exceptional devotion to youth through her 46 years of involvement in the 4-H Program. She served as an active club leader for over 30 years in the Ballston community. Delores motivated her 4-H youth to participate in a wide variety of community service activities. Delores has served on many state and county 4-H committees, and continues to this day as a presentation judge at the Oregon State Fair.

Delores Fanning

Bill Farrell, Grant County


Bill Farrell served as the Grant County Extension Agent from the 40s to 1982. Bill was "Mr. 4-H" in Grant County. He was devoted to Youth Education and Natural Resources. Bill enjoyed making things grow - people as well as animals and crops. Bill made sure 4-H members made it to various 4-H, including state fair, Pacific International, Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, and the Tygh Valley Livestock Show. Bill was also the leading force in establishing the Grant County 4-H and Extension Service District in 1986.

Bill Farrell

Rudy Fenk, Tillamook County


Rudy Fenk was a Tillamook County 4-H member and leader in the 4-H Dairy project. Rudy was the first Tillamook County 4-H member to attend 4-H Summer School in Corvallis. He served for many years as a 4-H leader and as 4-H Dairy Superintendent at the County fair for over 20 years. He was also instrumental in the creation of the 4-H and Extension Service District for Tillamook County. Current 4-H families recognize Rudy as a strong supporter of 4-H.

Rudy Fenk

Gene Fisher, 4-H Foundation


Gene Fisher became a 4-H Foundation Trustee in 1987 and is presently a Trustee Emeritus. He was always an actively involved Trustee attending all of the Trustee meetings and serving on the Fund Development Committee. His interest in 4-H programming is youth leadership development. He donated funds that established an endowment for regional youth leadership retreats. Gene became interested in the 4-H program when he served on the Douglas County Extension Advisory Committee.

Gene Fisher

Roger Fletcher, Extension Service


An original member of the OSUEA 4-H association in 1975, Roger provided leadership for the continued refinement of association goals as President in 1982. He worked closely with the co-chairs of the 1983 NAE4-HA Conference that was hosted by Oregon. Roger was an agent in several counties, and ended his career as an Associate Director for Counties. In all of his roles, he was always a strong supporter of 4-H

Roger Fletcher

Bud Forrester,    4-H Foundation


Bud Forrester was elected to the 4-H Foundatoin Board in 1970 and was elected President in 1974. Under his leadership, the 4-H Foundation merged with the OSU Foundation. The merger allowed the 4-H Foundation to maintain its individual identity, with the OSU Foundation providing many essential services. During his years as a Trustee and President, the Foundation completed the 4-H Center Dining Hall, hired a Center Manager, and began logging timber as well as developing programs to support the total 4-H program.


Lee Foster, Hood River County


With a lifetime of living by 4-H ideals, it was only natural for Lee Foster to be an Extension Agent involved in 4-H. During his career, Lee's name was synonymous with 4-H. He started his career in Washington State in 1936, moved to Milton-Freewater, Oregon in 1947, and then, moved to Hood River in 1949, where he retired 24 years later, in 1973, as county 4-H Agent. Lee received many awards during his career including Hood River County Citizen of the Year, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, and The Diamond Pioneer Registry at OSU. Lee was a strong promoter of 4-H, and contributed to the 4-H Livestock Auction at County Fair, as well as the 4-H Foundation and the 4-H Conference and Education Center.

Lee Foster

H. Clayton Fox,        Union Co.         4-H Foundation


Clayton had a long history with Oregon 4-H and the Oregon 4-H Foundation. He was a 4-H member in the 1930s and attended the National 4-H Congress as one of the top four members in the nation. Clayton became a Foundation Trustee in 1991 and served in that capacity until he passed away in 2007. He was a faithful supporter of the State 4-H Center, the Blue Mountain 4-H Center and the National 4-H Congress trip. At the State 4-H Center he provided support for a new cottage, the new education building, and numerous other projects. The Fox Cottage at the 4-H Center recognizes his significant financial support.

H. Clayton Fox

Dale Friedemann, OSUEA/4-H


Dale Friedemann served as the second president. He served two terms 1977-1979. He provided leadership to refine our organizational goals and committees to align with the NAE4-HA structure. Dale motivated people to be proud of the youth profession and led by example as he ran for Western Regional Director and served in the capacity for two years. In 1983 he co-chaired the NAE4-HA National Conference which was held in Portland.

Dale Friedemann

Winnifred Fulmer, State 4-H Office


Winnifred was employed by the Oregon State University Extension Service for 33 years. During part of that time she worked as a State Specialist in Home Economics, but one of her biggest contributions to Extension and the 4-H program was helping to establish, and find funding for the Oregon International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program. This program provided an in-depth-experience for persons ages 19 - 30 to live with families from countries in all areas of the world. The first exchange student from Oregon was Glenn Klein (a 2004 Hall of Fame inductee) who went to New Zealand. Even in her retirement, Winnifred still keeps in touch with former students from other corners of the world including England and India. Winnifred Fulmer

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Mary Anne Greenlund, Coos County


Mary Anne Greenlund was an original member of the association in 1975. She was chair of various committees in the association during her tenure in Oregon. She was a leader behind the scenes, so to speak. She was one of the key leaders to help Dale Friedemann and Roy Hamilton with the national conference in 1983. Her organizational skills were utilized to make events and activities run smoothly. She started her Extension career in Coos County in 1956.


John Grimes, Polk County


John Grimes was the 4-H agent in Polk County from 1953 - 1970 before moving on to Wheeler and Clatsop counties until he retired in 1977. He also served as secretary of the National Association of County Agents. Knowing how to pull people together to get things done was one of John's biggest strengths. In 8 short years, the number of 4-H youth enrolled in Polk county doubled, pre-fair training attendance exceeded 450 participants, and over 70 members from Polk County joined John for the annual 4-H Summer Conference held on the OSU campus. John developed May Festival, an event where up to 600 4-H youth displayed their health and safety posters in the storefronts of downtown Dallas. Many of John's 4-H members are now 4-H leaders and/or parents or grandparents of current Polk county 4-H members who enjoyed visiting with "Mr. Grimes" as adults, while sharing their memories of learning to "make their best better."

John Grimes

Rich Guerber, Benton County


Rich Guerber supported the Benton County 4-H program in many ways. He was a 4-H leader from 1964 to 1975, and received the Agriculture Leader of the Year Award in 1972. For 45 years he co-chaired the Youth Auction Committee, serving as ringman, setting up the auction ring, and hauling animals to the auction yards. Rich was on the Benton County Fair Board for 19 years and was a founder of the Fair Foundation. In both these roles Rich always supported the 4-H program.

Rich Guerber

Roy Hamilton, OSUEA/4-H


Roy Hamilton served as the co-chair of the NAE4-HA National Conference held in Portland in 1983. He was one of the 25 original members of the new affiliate in 1975. In 1986-87, Roy served as a national committee chair of the Professional Improvement committee. He motivated agents to actively participate and get involved in the association. It was hard to say "no" to Roy when he asked someone to provide leadership.

Roy Hamilton

N. John Hansen, 4-H Foundation


John Hansen is a strong supporter of the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center. He was involved in the 4-H Foundation's decision to purchase Ivan Stewart's property for the 4-H Center. He and his wife have volunteered on work parties at the 4-H Center. John and Ruth Hansen have established endowments and annuities to be used for maintenance and development of the Center. John Hansen was the county chairman for OSU Extension in Polk County

N. John Hansen

Blanche Harper, Crook County


Blanche has been an active leader and supporter of the 4-H program for 45 years. She started 4-H at the age of nine, showing all kinds of market steers and has been involved ever since. She has been an active 4-H leader, superintendent and judge for the 4-H program . As a 4-H Foundation Trustee she is always looking for people to introduce to the foundation and faithfully attends meetings wherever they are held. She is always willing to do whatever is necessary to support 4-H youth.

Blanche Harper

Ralph Hart, Union County


After 11 years as 4-H and Ag Agent in Idaho, Ralph Hart served as Union County Agent from 1969 to 1989 for a total of 32 years in Extension. He devoted many hours to facilitating field days, livestock shows, judging contests for 4-H, FFA and adults. What makes Ralph unique is his continued involvement with youth. Since his retirement, he has continued to be very active in assisting with local judging contests, livestock show and fairs. He continues to be an active supporter of the Blue Mountain 4-H Center and the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.

Ralph Hart

Norbert and Eileen Hartmann, Polk County


Norbert and Eileen Hartmann have been 4-H and Extension volunteers from Polk County for years. Norbert has been active on the Polk County Fair Board and was president of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and a member of the OSU Extension Citizens Network. He was on the committee that petitioned Polk County Commissioners to put the Extension Service District on the ballot that passed in May 2010.

Eileen is a CPA and served as treasurer of the Oregon 4-H Center Board of Directors. She developed policies for a new nonprofit association to operate the 4-H Center more efficiently and to set up the financial records needed for the association. For years she was treasurer of the Polk County Livestock Association and the market auction committee, handling nearly $200,000 in market animal sales.

With the Hartmann’s involvement, the Oregon 4-H Foundation developed policies and relationships to make the foundation a well-run nonprofit. In cooperation with the Oregon 4-H Foundation and OSU Foundation, the Hartmanns established an endowment to support 4-H and youth development programs, both in the county and at the state level.

 Norbert and Eileen Hartmann

Grace Harvey, Umatilla County


Grace Harvey is considered a foundation member of the Umatilla County 4-H program. She was active in the 4-H Home Economics as a member and went on to dedicate her life to 4-H volunteer work as a club leader, Leaders' Council member, chaperone to Summer Conference and 4-H Camp. "Grandma Grace" has taught hundreds of youth how to fish while at 4-H camp and blazed trails for thousands of 4-H campers. Grace continues to provide financial support for 4-H travel scholarships and County Fair Awards.

Grace Harvey

E. M. "Curly Hauser, Malheur County


E. M. "Curly" Hauser began his career in Umatilla and Klamath Counties in 1930. In 1933, Curly was appointed Assistant County Agent to work with the
4-H Club program in Malheur County. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1966. Curly was the first full time 4-H agent in Malheur County and was instrumental in building a very solid club program. His work continues to have great influence on the present 4-H program.

Curly Hauser

Hildah Highbe, Washington County


Hildah Highbe's love and devotion for children led her to becoming a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in North Dakota and Wyoming. She also became a 4-H leader and continued in that role when she moved to Oregon. For 72 years, she cared for and treated 4-H members as unique individuals, working to make each feel special. She was a donor, solicitor, and organizer for all static exhibits throughout her years as Fair Superintendent and Washington County Leaders Association Treasurer.

Hilda Highbe

Jeri Hitchcock, Benton County


For more than 39 years of 4-H Leadership in Benton County Jeri Hitchcock has used every moment of that time to help others. She has done everything possible in the 4-H Home Economics and Arts program, from leading 4-H clubs to supporting 4-H school programs and judging. Jeri has been a mentor to new leaders through the Benton County "buddy system" for many years, visiting clubs, sharing information, and answering questions about exhibits, contests and club activities. She has been a volunteer judge many times for the county Favorite Foods contest. Jeri secures awards from businesses for Fashion Revue, Favorite Foods and Food Preparation contests and County Fair participants. Jeri served on the State Development committee for five years and judges at State Fair and many county fairs. In 1998, Jeri started the Benton County Hitchcock Scholarship to honor her late husband Sam; she now sponsers up to two $500 scholarships each year. Wherever Jeri sees a need, she finds a way to fill that need. Many times when she is judging a county fair, she will donate awards at the fair and also use all her judge's pay for her scholarship endowment. We are fortunate to have Jeri Hitchcock in Benton County and Oregon 4-H!

Jeri Hitchcock

Dick Hoppes, Crook County


Dick Hoppes was not in 4-H himself, but his three daughters were all in the horse and cooking projects, and he became a leader. He was involved in the horse program at county and state level for over 25 years. He has judged a lot of county fairs and horse shows. Hoppes was one of the instigators of the statewide horse judges' seminars that have evolved into regional training programs that draw judges from the whole northwest. As a former County Judge, he will gladly tell you that 4-H is having a positive impact on the young people of his community and state.


James Huber,  Union County


Jim Huber was employed as a County Agent working with 4-H youth programs in 1947, following service in the U.S. Army. Mr. Huber spent his entire 36 year career in Union County, retiring in 1983. During his tenure as county agent he attained the rank of Full Professor with Oregon State University. It is estimated that he served over 35,000 youth and 7500 volunteer 4-H leaders. Among his many accomplishments was the construction of the Blue Mountain 4-H Center located near Mt. Emily in Union County.


Jackie Hurl, Yamhill County


Jackie's heart has always been wrapped around 4-H. Her many years as a 4-H leader and advocate for 4-H, both at the county and state committee level have helped create a sound 4-H horse program across the State. Her voice and support have also been felt by Oregon 4-H'ers during her tenure on the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. She has been a very strong financial supporter of the 4-H horse program for many years.

Jackie Hurl

Elaine Husted,
Grant Co.


For 33 years, Elaine Husted served as the FCD and 4-H Agent in Grant County.  Throughout those years she was busy developing, promoting and nurturing those strong programs.  Elaine was a role model to many Grant County youth and leaders. One of her greatest qualities was helping 4-H members set attainable goals and giving them the opportunities necessary to achieve those goals.  Elaine was also instrumental in establishing leadership opportunities for Eastern Oregon youth, through a youth leadership retreat.  Her Junior Leader and County Ambassador programs were popular and successful, and many Grant County 4-H Ambassadors went on to become State 4-H Ambassadors.  Elaine is definitely an important part of the history of Grant County 4-H.

 Elaine Husted

Kathleen Huston, Lane County



Kathleen Huston first began her involvement in 4-H as a member in Lane County, in the late 1940's. She served as a 4-H club leader for nearly forty years and still serves as a resource leader today. In addition, she has been involved with the county-wide 4-H Leaders Council, Home Ec and Camp committees and other event planning committees. Lane County 4-H Camp remains an area close to Kathleen's heart. Home Ec project areas have been the focus for Kathleen; she has served on the Home Ec project committee, coordinated many Foods Contests and Fashion Reviews over the years. She was helped developm a curriculum that is used in foods and nutrition projects for Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In addition, she served on state project development committees, helped with project trainings, served as a 4-H fair superintendent, and helped with the state 4-H fair. Kathleen has assisted with statewide 4-H judges training, and became a 4-H judge approximately 20 years ago, judging food contests, food preservation, food of all kinds, and presentations. Kathleen teaches youth through her role as a judge in Foods - whether through an interview or as they serve as clerks at fairs.

Kathleen Huston

Burton Hutton, State 4-H Office


Burton Hutton did not spend his whole life in the 4-H Program. He joined the 4-H staff in 1948 and became State 4-H Program Leader in 1952, serving until 1970. Hutton was the Program Leader responsible for organizing the committee that eventually selected the current site for the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center near Salem. The Oregon 4-H Foundation was created in 1957 while Hutton was program leader. Hutton oversaw the post-war expansion of 4-H Programs and led 4-H into the modern era.

Burton Hutton

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Walt and Florence Jaeger, Gilliam County


Walt and Florence Jaeger met as young members in 4-H events in 1926. They married 16 years later, and continued to remain very involved in 4-H, in leadership roles. Once they had both passed away, their wheat ranch was sold and part of the proceeds were used to create an endowment with the Oregon 4-H Foundation. As a result, over the past seven years over $42,000 has been used to support Gilliam County 4-H members to be able to attend OSU Summer Conference and other programs. In addition to the in-county enrichment programs, members have attended regional workshops, increasing their knowledge of their projects and their leadership skills. Leaders have been assisted in attending Oregon and Regional Leaders' Forums, enabling them to learn new skills to share with 4-H members. This most generous support of the Walt and Florence Jaeger Endowment has provided numerous opportunities for the youth and volunteer leaders to participate at the local, regional, state and national levels.  

Mel Jeffrey,

Clackamas County


Mel Jeffrey has been involved in the 4-H program in Clackamas County since 1987. She was a club leader for 13 years, and has been a resource leader for the past 7 years. Mel has been a Fair Superintendent for 14 years, the last 8 as the Head Exhibit Hall Superintendent (not a small job!). She served on the Fair Management Committee for 14 years, and has been an active member of the HEARTH Advisory Committee for 18 years. She has coordinated major fundraisers for HEARTH to provide funds to support static exhibits, in addition to gifts and gift certificates. She has been on the Metro Awards and Recognition Committee for 14 years, and has served on the State Awards and Recognition Committee as well. Mel was the County Ambassador Team's Adult Advisor for 5 years and on the County Leader's Board for three. While she was on the Board, she implemented the Board's major fundraisers. She has been committee chairman for Western Regional Leader's Forum. She has given and given and given to the 4-H program both through time and money.

Mel Jeffrey

Duane P. Johnson, State 4-H Office


Duane Johnson spent his entire professional career with the Oregon 4-H program, beginning in Multnomah County in 1959 and retiring in 1999. Duane served as State 4-H Program Leader from 1980 to 1991. Duane was very supportive of the creation of the 4-H Agents' Association and supported faculty involvement in hosting the NAE4-HA Conference in Portland in 1983. During his years on state staff he emphasized the Japanese Exchange Program, and developed new recognition programs for 4-H members and faculty. He served as the Member Recognition Chair for NAE4-HA for three years. Duane was inducted into the National Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. in 2007.

Duane Johnson

Elizabeth H. Johnson, 4-H Foundation


Becky Johnson became a 4-H Foundation Trustee in 1976 and is still serving as a Trustee. One of her interests is long range planning for the Foundation and she continues to help us look to the future. Mrs. Johnson and the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation have provided financial support for the 4-H programs in Jefferson and Deschutes counties, for Guide Dog and Livestock Judging programs, and the for 4-H Center including the new Education/Administration Building. Her unrestricted gifts have helped to fund the 4-H Innovative Grant program.


Alberta Johnston, 4-H Foundation


Alberta worked in Extension for 40 years in Wyoming, Montana and Oregon, finishing up her first career as Deputy Director of the OSU Extension Service. Shortly after retiring in 1990, Alberta accepted a "temporary" volunteer assignment as Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation. During the past 13 years she has guided the Foundation into one of the most successful in the nation. Annual income each of the last two years was over one million dollars. Assets have grown to over four million, with half of that in endowments. Alberta was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. in 2004.


Yvonne "Von" Kam, Yamhill County


Von Kam has been a symbol all of that is good about the 4-H program. She was the strong, silent, "behind the scenes" leader who for 20 years brought life and warmth into every moment. Her involvement in 4-H began as a co-leader of a sheep club with her husband, Ron. She provided hundreds of youth with a positive 4-H experience, and instilled a strong sense of pride and self-confidence in them. Von's experience as a 4-H leader started an avalanche of other ways in which she shared her time and talents in 4-H and in her community. She later served as a 4-H sheep superintendent, a workshop instructor, and was popular both as a 4-H and Open Class judge.

Von was someone, who before it was ever documented, was helping 4-H members gain the 6 Cs of positive youth development: Caring, Confidence, Character, Competence, Connection and Contribution. Many of her club members have gone on to develop successful careers in adulthood.

Yvonne Kam

Kenneth Killingsworth, Wheeler County


Ken was an outstanding 4-H supporter throughout his entire life. He was Wheeler County Extension Staff Chair from 1969-1988. He was a teaching judge - always giving training and tips on showmanship, conformation, judging and carcass evaluation. Ken supported the Japanese and IFYE exchanges and initiated a Canadian/Gilliam and Wheeler County 4-H exchange that 300 youth participated in. In retirement, Ken was an instrumental leader in the formation of the Wheeler County 4-H and Extension Service district.


Glenn Klein, Extension Service


Glenn Klein was Oregon's first IFYE delegate in 1951 and continued to be a strong supporter of all 4-H programs. From 1953 to 1960 he served as the 4-H Agent in Jackson County and led many innovative programs. He finished his career as the primary professor for Extension Education classes at OSU and as such trained many future Extension and 4-H Agents. For many years after his retirement he continued to be a strong and avid supporter of 4-H, and established college scholarships for 4-H members to attend OSU.

Glann Klein

Dorothy Klock, Multnomah County


Dorothy Klock became a leader when she was 18, in 1933, and continued as a leader for more than 50 years. She was an active leader in many projects including sewing, knitting, sheep, and poultry. She served as the state fair dorm superintendent, and loved it! Dorothy helped write 4-H curriculum for sewing and knitting, attended 4-H Summer School, and helped start 4-H programs in Multnomah County schools. One of her favorite activities was judging county fairs, which she did all over Oregon.


Robert Myron Knox, Curry County


Bob Knox started in Extension as an assistant county agent in Washington state. Later, he was a partner in a dairy farm on Coos River and led a 4-H Dairy club. In 1930, he was the first Extension agent hired in Curry County while also serving in Coos County as an assistant agent. By 1934 his work was so well received that farmers and ranchers in Curry County petitioned the County Court to hire Bob as their full-time county agent.

In 1934 Bob had enrolled 222 4-H Club members in 24 clubs. A few of the state and national leaders developed under Bob's tutelage were A.W. "Bill" Sweet who developed a nationally recognized dairy, and later became President of Western Bank. Another was Ralph Cope, who developed an excellent Jersey herd and had the champion producing Jersey cow in the nation for three years. These men, and many others, give Bob Knox credit for helping them achieve their goals in life. Bob's additional accomplishments as a county agent included working with the Curry Extension Advisory Committee to bring electricity to Curry County, and spearheading the development of a hospital in Gold Beach, among other things.

Robert Myron Knox

Francis and Myrtle Krouse, Jackson County


Francis and Myrtle Krouse were great supporters of the 4-H program in Jackson County for many, many years. In 1949, Francis started a beef club, and shortly after that became very involved with the Jackson County 4-H Leaders Board. This eventually lead him to serve as President on the State 4-H Leaders board. In addition to his 4-H activities, Francis served on the Jackson County Fair Board for over 10 years. Always interested in her husband's activities, Francis' wife Myrtle started volunteering as a 4-H clothing and cooking club leader. Myrtle served on many committees and was also on the county 4-H executive board. She was very active in the Home Extension group in both the Applegate Valley community where they lived, and at the county level. As a result of the decades of service to the 4-H program and to their community, the Krouse barn at the Jackson County Expo was named in their honor.

Myrtle KrouseFrancis Krouse

Echo Kuhl, Grant County


Echo Keyes Kuhl was a leader for an all boys 4-H Dairy Club in 1929 in the Prairie City area. She was a leader for more than 25 years. As a former school teacher she shared her knowledge in many ways: camping trips, chaperone to summer school, club meetings, and fair. Her club work with dairy included animal husbandry, care and feeding, sanitation, nutrition, cheese making, marketing and consumer education. She was also instrumental in getting the kids involved in community activities.

Echo Kuhl

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Andy Landforce, Wallowa County


Andy Landforce was the first county 4-H Agent in Wallowa County, working there from 1946 to 53. In 1953 he became the Wildlife Specialist at OSU, but he never lost his interest in 4-H. He remained active in the development of 4-H camping and natural resource projects. Many leaders are still using the materials that Andy wrote.

Andy Landforce

Evelyn Larsen, Umatilla County


Evelyn Larsen has been an active 4-H Leader for the past 37 years in Multnomah and Umatilla counties. Her primary focus is the 4-H Dog and Guide Dog Program. She has served as a Guide Dog Advisor for 27 years. She has served on the County 4-H Advisory Board and on the OSU State Dog Development Committee and helped to revise all of the Oregon 4-H Dog Project material. She currently serves as a superintendent at the Oregon State Fair 4-H Dog Show and as the Umatilla County Fair Dog Show Superintendent.

Evelyn Larsen

Eva Marie Lindsey, Lake County


Eva Marie Lindsey served for many years as a sewing project leader in Lake County. and was a very adamant supporter of the 4-H program. She owned a fabric store in Lakeview for many years, and when she sold her store, she donated an enormous amount of fabric and supplies to the 4-H program. While she owned the store, called EM's Calico Country, she established monetary awards for the 4-H Fashion Revue and county fair clothing projects. The award is the EM Calico Award and it continues to be funded by her family today.


Miriam Lowrie,  Polk Co.



Miriam Carlson Lowrie began her Extension career in Hood River County in 1971, and 22 years later ended her Extension career in Polk County.  She then continued to support the 4-H program as a resource leader, award donor and judge.  Miriam has been described as enthusiastic, full of ideas and willing to learn about new projects and new activities.  She encouraged youth and leaders to stretch their capabilities, to make their best better – at the club, county, state and national level.  Miriam always found time in her busy schedule to think up such creative activities as Teen Board, Junior Superintendents, at County Fair, Oregon Adventure and New Leader Trainings.

  Miriam was very involved with both international and interstate exchange programs. She also played a significant role in statewide 4-H record keeping training and judging, developed the 4-H Records Primer, and helped create the Oregon 4-H Ambassador program.  Her 4-H Secretary of almost 20 years summed it up, “In all the years I worked with Miriam, I never heard her say a discouraging word about anyone.  She always saw the potential in a person and urged them to spread their wings, try new activities and reach out to others. “

Miriam Lowrie

Jay Macy, Jefferson County


Jay was involved with 4-H from 1947 to 2000 as a leader, resource person, fair board member, and overall great supporter of 4-H. Jay served for 20 years as a 4-H Foundation Trustee and helped start the Jefferson County 4-H Endowment in 1987 which has given over $30,000 in scholarships. He also hosted youth from other countries as part of the 4-H exchange program, influenced the 4-H livestock judging at the fair and served on the Jefferson County 4-H Executive Council for over 20 years.

Jay Macy

Sam Mallicoat,  4-H Foundation


Mr. Mallicoat was a Trustee and Officer of the Oregon 4-H Foundation in the mid-nineties, at a time in its history when decisions were made that have impacted the operation of the Foundation ever since. Some of these decisions included accepting a gift from the Carruth Trust which provides income for the operation of the Foundation. In the last 25 years, this gift has provided over $650,000 in support of 4-H. He was also involved in developing a forestry plan to provide funds for the 4-H Center maintenance and development. Mr. Mallicoat served as a Trustee, as Treasurer, and as Vice President of the Foundation. He continues to provide financial support for the 4-H program in Oregon.

Sam Mallicoat

Tana Mankinen, Klamath County


Tana Mankinen loved living, and filled her short life full of joy and giving to everyone around her. Tana was the 4-H program secretary for Klamath County from 1987 - 1994. At times she also filled the role of 4-H Program Assistant when the agent postion was vacant. Tana tried to ensure that 4-H members would learn life-long lessons from each 4-H experience. As a former nine year 4-H member, Tana knew the value of the program for the whole family. May her love of live and humor be carried on by all who met and respected her!

Tana Mankinen

Gladys Mann, Curry County


Gladys Mann was a Curry County 4-H horse and nature leader for more than 40 years. She would take kids on 8 day trail rides into the wilderness area, and if a member didn't have a horse or the right gear, she would come up with it. She was active in the County 4-H Council, 4-H Summer School, and the State 4-H Horse Development Committee. Local leaders still take members and adults on Gladys Mann Memorial Hikes and the conference room at the County Extension office is named in honor.

Gladys Mann

Mike and Gail Mann,  Linn County


Mike and Gail Mann have been involved in 4-H since the mid 1950’s, when they were children participating in 4-H clubs. As adults, Mike and Gail have remained committed to supporting Oregon 4-H. Gail has been an active registered leader for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Linn County Horse 4-H leaders Silver Dollar Show, which created funding for the Linn Co. 4-H Horse program.  Mike and Gail donate the use of their equine facility to any Linn County 4-Her who wishes to visit and learn, and have provided horse club members with educational opportunities related to riding, training, breeding, record keeping, feeding, tack identification, judging, hay selection, etc.

Gail has been a 4H Judge at county and state fairs for many years.  Gail was a representative on the 4-H executive committee, and other Extension leadership groups. She has even testified to the Oregon House and Congress regarding the need for 4-H and has lobbied for continued 4H funding across Oregon. The Mann’s have impacted thousands of 4-H horse members through horse judging, leadership and support of the program.   

Mike and Gail Mann

Bonnie Marks, Wallowa County


The year that Bonnie became pregnant with her daughter, she became a 4-H leader. (She was planning ahead!!) She has appointed herself the community activities coordinator, and as such she is also the community coordinator for 4-H. She has been a club leader for 27 years, and in that time has personally led clubs in the areas of: beef, ceramics, sewing, cooking, leathercraft, crafts, fiber arts. As the local postmistress she keeps tabs on all kids in the community and makes sure there is a project available to fit the kids' interests.

Bonnie Marks

Z. F. Martin, Marion County


Z. F. Martin was a 4-H volunteer leader in Marion County. He was the President of the Oregon 4-H Leaders Association and was a member of the 4-H Center Selection Committee that chose the current site of the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center near Salem. As a volunteer leader he worked with OSU Extension specialists on the development of many 4-H forestry and gun safety programs and publications.


Janet May,
OR 4-H Foundation


Janet May has a long history with 4-H, as a young member, and as a former volunteer leader in Washington County, and currently with the Oregon 4-H Foundation.  A dedicated supporter, donor and volunteer of the Oregon 4-H program, Janet May was elected as a Trustee to the Oregon 4-H Foundation not once, but twice, and has served in this position for a total of  16 years. In addition to fulfilling this role, Janet has been  Treasurer, and  Executive Committee Member of the Foundation. She is currently the 4-H Foundation representative to the OSU College affiliate, and has been on numerous Advisory Committees for many years.  She is an excellent communicator and visionary thinker, and we are proud to induct her into Hall of Fame.

Janet May

Ralph and Dee McNulty, Deschutes County


Seldom do residents of this Central Oregon community see this couple far from one another's gaze. A commitment from one is surely the calling of the other. Ralph and Dee McNulty's lives resonate a warmth and humanity that defines their collective commitment to the health and well being of young people. They share a combined eighty year history of contributing to the mission of 4-H and youth development. As club leaders, they devoted their evenings and weekends to leather tooling, horse, ceramics, knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching. 2005 marked the 27th year Ralph has served the Deschutes Co. Fair Association Board. Their most recent achievements include the 4-H and FFA Scholarship program that enables youth to raise quality production animals. They also recently initiated a transportation system for the infirm who visit Deschutes County Fair every year. Their dedication to 4-H and youth development truly is inspiring.

Ralph and Dee McNulty

O. E. "Mike" Mikesell, Umatilla County


O.E. Mikesell began his 4-H career as a livestock member in Umatilla County in the 1920s. In 1925 he received a Union Pacific Scholarship to Oregon Agricultural College based on his 4-H livestock judging skills. He went on to become the first 4-H Agent in Linn County. From this position he advanced to Staff Chair for Linn County - a position he held until 1974 when he retired after 40 years of service to OSU. Mike never lost his interest in the 4-H Program and was known as a Statewide Champion for the advancement of the 4-H Program.  

Stan Miles,
State 4-H Office


As a volunteer shooting sports leader for 44 years, Stanley Miles worked with more than 1,000 Benton County youth, not only being a positive role model, but also in helping youth overcome the challenges associated with learning archery.  Since the early 1970s, Stan was involved in State 4-H shooting sports activities including the development of Leader and Member materials for the program, acting as State Fair superintendant, and co-chair of a National Shooting Sports Training Camp held in Oregon in the 1980s.  Notably, is Stan was the State 4-H Scorekeeper for the 4-H Archery Mail-in- Tournament for 27 years until his retirement in 2010. Without Stan’s unwavering dedication to the Mail-in-Tournament, the event would not have been possible in recent years.  Stan has made a tremendous contribution to the growth and success of the shooting sports program, and we are grateful for his support of the Oregon 4-H youth development program.

 Stan Miles

Ken Minnick, Benton County


Ken Minnick was the 4-H Extension Agent in Benton County from 1947-1974. He built a solid 4-H program that still influences the program today. Ken was an excellent organizer of volunteer leaders and built a strong 4-H Leaders' Association. He was instrumental in getting the property for the Benton County Fairgrounds. Ken took Benton 4-H members on tours to see other parts of the state, started the roadside clean-up program in Oregon, and was the Sheep Superintendent at the State Fair. He also worked in Douglas County from 1944 to 47.

Ken Minnick

Cal Monroe, State 4-H Office


Cal Monroe started his Extension career as 4-H Agent in Union County from 1942 to 1944. After two more years in Gilliam County he moved on to become a member of the State 4-H Staff. He served as Acting State 4-H Program Leader from 1960 to 61. Well liked by everyone, Cal was a mainstay of the State 4-H Office for many years. His family established the Cal and Beth Monroe Memorial which is helping fund the new Education Building at the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center near Salem.

Cal Monroe

Edna Moon, Polk County


Edna Moon was a Polk County 4-H Leader for 42 years, and according to the county office she would probably sign up again if a kid in Ballston needed a leader. She became the leader for whatever project would keep the kids in Ballston involved. Over the years they took a lot of different projects, but community service, presentations and leadership were always an important part of the club. 4-H'ers from Ballston easily moved into leadership roles because of the Moon's expert guidance and caring.


Bruce Moos, Benton County


Bruce Moos has given over 32 years to the Benton County 4-H program and has had a major impact on many 4-H members. For ten years, he led the Blodgett Tailtwisters 4-H club and then became a livestock resource leader, helping 4-H leaders and members throughout the county with livestock information. Bruce taught swine and judging clinics over the last twenty years. He followed up on beef and swine carcasses after fair auctions and shared data and photos to educate 4-H members and leaders. His "Carcass Nights" were popular and helped 4-H members upgrade the quality of their animals. Bruce has coordinated the county meat animal judging contests for nearly 30 years. Bruce took on the leadership of the popular Benton county 4-H judging club in 2002. Many 4-H members have strengthened their public speaking skills and gained self confidence because of the judging club and judging contest. Benton County teams have qualified for the National Livestock Judging contest several times under his leadership. At the state level, Bruce has coordinated the state meat animal judging contest for many years and also serves on the State Livestock Development Committee working on livestock issues. Bruce is a committed, caring 4-H leader, who is fun and keeps teens involved in the 4-H program!

Bruce Moos

H. Joe Myers, State 4-H Office


H. Joe spent 32 years as a 4-H professional. After starting his career as the 4-H agent in Linn County in 1948 he moved to Marion County and the State 4-H Office. He was State 4-H Program Leader from 1971 to 1980. During Joe's years as program leader, Oregon developed a strong international 4-H program, and to this day Oregon has hosted more Japanese students than any other state. As the Marion County 4-H Agent he was on the selection committee for the State 4-H Center. After his retirement he was the number one volunteer at the Center near Salem up until he passed away in 2006 H. Joe Myers

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John and Nancy Nyberg, Yamhill County


John and Nancy Nyberg were strong role models, advocates, and leaders in the Oregon 4-H program for many years. Their involvement in 4-H started as 4-H members in Washington County, competing against each other in Master Showmanship Contests. They became 4-H leaders and raised their two children as active members in the Yamhill County program.  As grandparents, they continued to serve as the main leaders of the largest club in the county. Over the years, they gave their time, talents and financial resources to numerous endeavors.

They were known in the county as individuals who brought the Adec Building to the fairgrounds through their work with Ken Austin, established a strong operational 4-H/FFA Market Animal Auction, were the key to the success of the Bacon Bits and Friends 4-H club, and donated their time and resources to make great things happen for young people. When people think of 4-H and 4-H leadership in Yamhill County, they think of John and Nancy Nyberg.


Nellie Oehler, Benton Co.


Nellie Oehler has given 44 years to the Oregon 4-H program as a 4-H Volunteer Leader and as a 4-H & Family Community Development Extension Agent in Linn, Benton & Lane Counties. She has touched the lives of many 4-H members, leaders and families and is known statewide for her humor, wit, energy and commitment to 4-H.  Nellie has led home economics, livestock & 4-H Cloverbud clubs and is known for her creative teaching methods and helping youth to focus on learning and fun, not competition.  Serving as a role for other 4-H volunteers, Nellie co-teaches with her older members so that we can learn from the youth in our 4-H program.

Nellie has been a county 4-H Sheep Barn Superintendent for over 15 years, always keeping things calm & fun in her area. She leads a superintendent team of 4-H leaders, parents & older youth and gives them all a chance at leadership. She also coordinates the large animal Master Showmanship contest each year at the county fair and serves on the County Fair Committee. At the state level, Nellie serves as the “Dorm Mom” at State Fair, and is also the State Fair herdsmanship judge.

In Linn and Benton Counties she oversaw large 4-H programs, serving as Camp Director and working with 4-H programs for people with disabilities. She recently retired as an Family and Community Development Agent, where she created the state Extension food preservation hotline. She coordinated several unique programs in Lane County, including working with food pantries and homeless shelters.  Nellie served on the statewide Family Community Leadership team that taught many 4-H & Extension volunteers to get involved in public issues.

Nellie Oehler

Ida Oerding, Coos County



Ida Oerding became a 4-H leader in 1930, when she started her first woodworking club in Coos County. She continued to be a leader for more than 50 years, eventually including health and many other projects in her community club. For many years her clubs were 100% clubs because she believed the kids should finish what they started. When asked about her leadership style she said: "I don't lead them, I guide them." Over the years she guided about 1000 youth through the local 4-H program.


Bob Ohling, 4-H Foundation



After being a 4-H member in Linn County, Bob Ohling started his professional career in 1947 as the Polk County Extension Agent. After leaving Extension, he continued his interest in 4-H by serving on the Oregon 4-H Center Advisory Committee, and served as the chairman of their finance committee. He joined the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees in 1995, and continues as a member. He served as the Treasurer of the Foundation for six years. In addition, Bob and his family have been continuous sponsors of State Fair 4-H awards for the past 56 years.


Ritz Oikawa, State 4-H Office


Ritz Oikawa served as 4-H Japanese Exchange coordinator for 25 years, beginning the second year of the exchange. Prior to 1989 she held the Coordinator Training in her home. You entered the real atmosphere of a Japanese home, removed your shoes at the entry and settled in for an evening of learning, eating Japanese food and absorbing the enthusiasm from Ritz and the rest of the group. Ritz gave authenticity to the program because she has lived in and knew the cultures on both sides of the Pacific.


Sherma and Wanda Olsrud, Jackson County


In 1967, Southern Oregon was not aware of how fortunate they were when Sherm and Wanda moved to town. They bought a grocery store in Medford - it became one of the busiest stores in town. Sherm was invited to the 4-H and FFA livestock auction and Sherm and Wanda have been a fixture at the Jackson County Junior Livestock Auction every year since. They have bought the grand champion animal many times, and have been there to bid on or purchase the last animals. As the number of their grocery stores increased, so did the number of auctions attended and counties supported. In addition to Jackson County, Sherm and Wanda now attend and support auctions in Douglas and Klamath counties, and also support Josephine county 4-H and FFA members. To help keep auction-goers protected from the weather, the Olsrud's built the Olsrud Auction Arena at the Jackson County Expo. In 2008, the Olsruds started a number of college scholarships for youth in Jackson, Douglas, Klamath and Josephine counties.

Sherma and Wanda Olsrud

Don Owen, Lane County



Don Owen was a 4-H Club Leader in Lane County for 20 years from 1962 to 1982. His club was the "Lucky H" Beef club. At one point while he was the leader there were 34 members in the club. Since Don was a rancher he could teach and show these 4-H'ers the skills they needed to produce a great finished market animal. Don was an active member of the Lane County 4-H Auction Committee. He helped to acquire buyers for the auction and also raise funds. Many 4-H'ers have benefited from Don's knowledge and hands on experience.

Don Owen

Vern Palmblad, Clackamas County


Vern Palmblad has been involved in 4-H as a member, leader, and judge. As a ten year 4-H member, he became interested in rabbits and other small animals. He became a leader in 1949 and continues to be a resource leader in Clackamas County. Vern has been a 4-H small animal judge for about 30 years. He has judged in every county and at many State Fairs. He is loved and respected by everyone who meets him.

Vern Palmblad

Margaret "Peggy" Parker, Tillamook County


Peggy Parker was a 4-H leader in Tillamook County for 43 years and led projects in foods, food preservation, clothing, knitting, forestry and flowers. In addition to her service as a 4-H leader, she was the camp director and taught camp cookery for the Tillamook County 4-H Camp. She served on the Tillamook County Fair Board for 20 years and on the State Fair Board for about 15 years. She also served as a counselor for 4-H summer School and on the Oregon State 4-H Leaders' Association Board.


Barbara Pederson, Deschutes Co


Barbara Pederson has been a 4-H horse leader in Deschutes County for nearly 40 years and helped start the county horse bowl more than 25 years ago. She has also been a leaders association officer, horse program mentor and clinician.

Many of the 4-H students that Pederson helped were young people who would have never been able to do horse 4-H without her help. She guided them, provided for them and encouraged them – not just to be better horse people, but to be better people. In her club, horse judging, public speaking and community service were all requirements and she encouraged mentorship in which older kids help younger members. 

Pederson dedicates a major portion of her life to the 4-H program and to growth and expanding the knowledge of dozens of kids. She has been generous with her time and knowledge over the years, spending countless hours helping 4-H youth achieve their goals.

 Barbara Pederson

Orrin Potampa, Jefferson County


Orrin had more than 13 ‘official' years to his name for service in the Jefferson County 4-H program but, in truth, he was a lifelong supporter. Included in his long list of supporting roles were those of parent, resource leader, Executive Council Officer, Executive Council member and Fair Board member. Orrin was instrumental in establishing a scholarship endowment fund, out of which scholarships are given each year to graduating high school seniors. As a member of the Fair Board he helped cement good relationships between the Fair Board and the 4-H program, allowing for open communication and expressions of concerns to be brought to the table from both sides. At one point he was also very involved with the IFYE program, traveling across Oregon to share experiences he had in the program. Orrin was an upstanding member of the 4-H program and of the community. Through his efforts, the Jefferson County 4-H Leaders Association successfully implemented new 4-H programs, such as "Summer Fun", a county-wide summer education program targeting youth who were not previously engaged in 4-H club work. This program resulted in a significant increase in 4-H enrollment of youth members and adult volunteers. This program was instrumental in shifting directions to support underserved audiences such as Hispanic and low-income youth. As a result of these efforts, city officials identified a stronger sense of community, fewer incidents of vandalism and increased participation by youth and their families in community activities. The Jefferson County 4-H Leaders Association is grateful for all Orrin Potampa has done for the 4-H program during many years of selfless service.

Orrin Potampa

E.L. "Dad" Potter, OSU


E.L. "Dad" Potter was an early pioneer in Oregon agricultural education. In 1908, he became an instructor in Animal Husbandry at OSU; from 1913 to 1932 he was the director of the Animal Science Department. He became the first director of Agricultural economics in 1932 and retired in 1950, but continued his work at OSU on a part time basis until 1961. Dad Potter was deeply involved in the initial development of the Oregon 4-H Horse program. Believing in the development of horsemanship skills, knowledge and communication between horse and rider, he established the E.L. "Dad" Potter Award for horsemanship in 1956. This award involves the completion of three steps of the Horse Advancement Program, focusing on a broad base of knowledge and skills he deemed to be desirable in furthering the mind, understanding, and work with horses. The highest horsemanship honor for an Oregon 4-H'er is to receive the Dad Potter Pin. 312 members have earned the Dad Potter award since 1956, and another 163 riders have completed one or more of the three steps required for this award.

Dad Potter



Frances Price, Douglas County



Frances has been a 4-H Leader in Oregon for 50 years. She has served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of boys and girls in Douglas County. Frances has led numerous 4-H projects in her club, the Douglas Foresters, including cooking, sewing, forestry, photography, archery, rabbits, and woodworking. Her expertise has benefited both county and state 4-H programs. She has coordinated the Natural Resource Tour, served on committees including 4-H Camp, 4-H Foundation Board, State 4-H Natural Resources and Japanese Exchange program.

Frances Price

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Nancy Rand, Josephine County


Nancy Rand has been a Josephine County 4-H Leader for more than 50 years. She still serves as primary leader of Pooch Paw Raiders, a dog club she started in 1962. This club meets weekly and has been marching in the Yearly Boatnik Parade for more than 30 years promoting 4-H. Nancy began one of the first 4-H Guide Dog Clubs in the state in 1971. She has served as president of the Josephine County 4-H Leaders Association, as 4-H representative on the Josephine County Advisory Committee, and as 4-H Dog Superintendent for 30 years.

Nancy Rand

Janet Rash and Emilio Cañas, Washington County



In response to Washington County 4-H concerns about the high drop out rate of local Latino students, Janet Rash of Intel Community Affairs introduced 4-H faculty to Emilio Cañas, the President of the Intel Latino Network. Together, Rash and Cañas co-authored the first of many successful grants to Intel Corporation (now approaching ¾ of a million dollars in cash, in-kind, and equipment) to support the Washington County 4-H Tech Wizard program. At the same time, they also contributed countless hours of their personal time and resources. For 10 years, Janet has been a tireless supporter of 4-H by making introductions to other high tech companies and professional organizations such as IBM, PGE, and SEMI, resulting in additional volunteers, grants, and equipment. Janet has served on the Washington County 4-H Board of Directors and has created opportunities, inspired youth through presentations, recruited additional Directors, and spearheaded fundraising efforts, all the while inspiring youth with her very personal, warm, and caring presence, cheering them on and believing that they can achieve. As President of the Intel Latino Network, Emilio has championed the 4-H Tech Wizards program by recruiting volunteers, garnering community support and opportunities (such as grants, internships, and partnerships), mentoring youth, and writing curriculum. He has made local, regional and national presentations on behalf of the Tech Wizards at education and business conferences. Emilio has also served on the Washington County 4-H Board of Directors and is currently their Treasurer.


Janet RashEmilio Canas

A. Lois Redman, State 4-H Office


Lois Redman began her career as a 4-H Specialist in 1959.  She was responsible for home economics, awards, international and camping programs.  She developed the County Coordinator position for volunteer leaders whose counties hosted Japanese exchangees. The County Coordinator concept and written materials were adopted by many other states who later had Japanese exchanges. Lois was very involved in improving county camping programs and helped to establish the State 4-H Center.  She also started interview judging at the State Fair and started training programs for home economics county fair judges.

Lois spent 20 wonderful years as an Oregon 4-H Specialist before moving on to Kansas where she completed her 35 1/2 year 4-H career.  Lois was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in October 2009.  Since retiring she has established an endowed scholarship for Oregon and Kansas 4-H members.  She continues to help international students at K-State.


A. Lois Redman

Lois Richards, Morrow County



Lois Richards has been a 4-H leader in Morrow County for 39 years. For over 20 years, Lois has facilitated the north end sheep and swine weigh-in at her farm and acted as a dormitory chaperone during fair. She raises top quality hogs for project pigs and always charges a fair price. She also supplies hogs for field days, judging contests, and last by not least, barbecues! Lois is indeed a very special lady and Morrow County 4-H members have had the benefit of her nurturing for nearly 40 years and hopefully many more.


Lois Richards

Dale and Betty Riddle, Lane County



Dale and Betty Riddle changed the lives of many young people from 1958-1986. They were leaders of the "Empire Builders 4-H Club" in Lane County. This club was a community Service Club. The Empire Builders had a Food booth on the Fairgrounds. Some years they raised $5000. These funds allowed them to support many service projects and to help many people in need. They cleaned yards, painted houses, bought Christmas gifts and trees, provided clothes and toys for needy children and so much more than can be listed here.


Dale and Betty Riddle

Jean Roth, 4-H Foundation


Jean Starker Roth served as a Trustee for the Oregon 4-H Foundation from 1984 through 1992. She also served as Treasurer for several years. The Starker swimming pool at the 4-H Center was funded by the Jean and her family family. Jean continued her faithful support for the 4-H Conference and Education Center when she established an endowment to fund maintenance and improvements of the pool. Jean also served as an Extension Agent in Clatsop County.

Jean Roth

Dora Rumsey, OSUEA/4-H


Dora Rumsey served as the fourth president of the 4-H Agents Affiliate in 1981. Along with Roy, Dale and Mary Anne, Dora helped make the national meeting a success. She served as the financial officer of the conference. Dora's energy encouraged fellow agents to get involved in association matters. She walked her talk. She was a excellent role model. Dora's innate ability to keep a "cool" head during some lively discussions helped the organization to succeed. Dora was an agent in Coos County prior to moving to Washington State as an area supervisor.

Dora Rumsey

James Rutledge, State 4-H Office


During the ten years Jim Rutledge was Oregon 4-H Program Leader, program participation more than doubled to 100,000. The private monies raised to support the 4-H program increased from $281, 483 in 1994-1995 to over $1,000,000 in 2003-04. 4-H Youth development became a department in the College of Education and Jim was a contributor to the development of the College of Education double degree program. The Ag In The Classroom program became an important part of the youth development program in Oregon. Under his leadership, grants from other foundations and individuals resulted in a million dollar building project at the 4-H Center and program grants to fund outreach programs and a forestry grant to involve Hispanic youth in the forestry industry. On the national level, Jim was a major contributor to the reestablishment of the National 4-H Congress program. He also played a major role with the development of the 4-H International Programs Committee and the evolution of involvement with international 4-H programs. Both of these programs had direct impact on the 4-H program in Oregon. Jim also served on the board of National 4-H Council, and was very involved in the national celebration of 100 years of 4-H. During his tenure as the State 4-H Program Leader Jim helped reestablish the Oregon 4-H Leaders Forum and developed the initial guidelines for the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.

Jim Rutledge

Fay and Sherman Sallee, Linn County


This amazing couple spends full-time serving 4-H families! Fay and Sherm Sallee, leaders of the Clever Clovers 4-H Club near Lebanon in Linn County, have devoted their lives to Helping youth develop them selves, and helping families grow together through the benefits of 4-H. Fay and Sherm's knowledge and love of nature has spread to thousands of others through their work on state 4-H committees, county and state fair leadership, and tireless local club nurturing. Their welcoming house in the forest is a second home for many in 4-H, and hosts frequent events for over 100 people at a time. Their family ownership of extensive tree farms has resulted in the development of Family Adventure Day and Tree Day, both educational events for the public and 4-H. The Sallees are true practitioners illustrating how caring adults CAN change the world, one youth at a time!

Fay and Sherm Sallee

Enid and Lamoine Savage, Lane County



Enid has been involved in 4-H for 33 years and Lamoine has been volunteering for 24 years. Both have been very active in both county and state leadership roles. Both have been President of the county leaders' council and the State 4-H Leaders' Council. Enid started out as a clothing and foods leader and now helps with resumes and scholarship applications. Lamoine has led woodworking and leathercraft clubs and also does a lot of volunteer construction work at the 4-H Center. Both continue to serve as judges at the Oregon State Fair.


Enid and Lamoine Savage

Carolyn Schmidt, Deschutes County



Carolyn Schmidt's character and integrity define the roles of club leader, mentor, executive officer, superintendent, fiscal manager, and financial benefactor. Carolyn has been involved in Oregon 4-H for over 25 years. She has served on the Oregon 4-H Leaders' Council, other statewide committees and boards. Her tenure as an officer of the Deschutes county 4-H Leaders' Association is unsurpassed.


Carolyn Schmidt

Doris Schoenborn, Marion County



For the past 44 years, Doris Schoenborn has been a horticulture leader in Marion County. Doris helped others see that 4-H was more than animals, cooking and vegetables. She worked with the weed and insect identification and judging in the early years, and served as a clerk in the exhibit hall for many years. Her most important contribution has been taking in many kids that might not be welcome in some groups. Doris and her husband Art have encouraged these kids to come into their 4-H club and their home, and encouraged them to do great work.



Walt Schroeder, Curry County


Walt Schroeder is a Friend of 4-H. He retired from the OSU Extension Service in 1983 after 34 years of service in Coos, Lane, Washington and Curry counties. For a time he also served as a forestry specialist and 4-H caming specialist. Today, he still serves in a variety of roles as he volunteers his time to the 4-H program in Curry County. As a 4-H leader Walt has led many hikes and camps for his 4-H Club. We are very proud to say that Walt has also served in the Oregon State Legislature for four terms as a State Representative.

Walt Schroeder

Bea Scott, Hood River County


Bea Scott was a 4-H leader in the community of Cascade Locks for 52 years from 1939 - 1991. Her project areas were clothing and forestry. Many 4-H'ers remember the wonderful hikes they would go on to collect specimens for their exhibits. Bea has always been a strong supporter of 4-H and the Extension program. Of young people and 4-H she says, "4-H develops ordinary ones into outstanding ones." She continues to encourage young people and adults to participate in 4-H, and she serves as a role model for anyone who works with youth.

Bea Scott

Everett and Marjorie Seagoe, Josephine County



The Seagoes have both been active Josephine County 4-H Leaders for more than 30 years. Marjorie tells how a 4-H club was simply turned over to them just before fair. She said they were so green that they didn't know to bring a pitch fork to fair. Then they started the North Valley Livestock club and are still leaders. Marjorie has been the Sheep Superintendent for more than 25 years. They have both been active in the 4-H Leaders' Association. Marjorie has served as president and vice president.


Everett and Marjorie Seagoe

Harry Case (H. C.) Seymour, State 4-H Office



Harry (H. C.) Seymour was State 4-H Program Leader from 1916 to 1947. He laid the foundation for many of the successful 4-H programs that exist in Oregon today. Seymour's insight led Oregon to become the first state to offer 4-H in a major metropolitan area, beginning with WWI victory gardens in 1918 and 1919. Seymour created one of the first campus educational programs for 4-H when "4-H Summer School" was held at Oregon Agricultural College in the summer of 1916.


HC Seymour

Ed Shannon, City of Portland



Ed Shannon was in a unique position as the 4-H Agent for the City of Portland. Oregon was one of the only states in the nation to have agents that were assigned to cities and schools in addition to counties. Ed was "Mr. 4-H" in Portland and all of Extension called on him when they needed contacts in Portland. He served in Portland from 1945 through the 60s. Ed was also in charge of all the horticulture exhibits at the 4-H division of the Oregon State Fair for many years.


Ed Shannon

Jackie Shirley, Tillamook County


Jackie has been instrumental with the 4-H program in Tillamook County from 1980 to the present. Over those 28 years, Jackie has volunteered for many different roles with the 4-H program. She was a food club leader, has served as a volunteer Treasurer of the County 4-H Leader Association, was interim County Extension agent, and in 2006, after 22 years of service, retired from the Tillamook County Extension Advisory Council. Jackie has been actively involved with both county and State Fair, and has spent many hours volunteering for both the fairs and their advisory boards. Jackie was an integral part of the effort to secure county funding by establishing the county funded Tillamook County 4-H and Extension Service District in 1986. She has been an exemplary 4-H and OSU Extension volunteer. Her selfless efforts have helped make certain that 4-H and Extension programming has continued to be available to people throughout Tillamook County for over two decades.

Jackie Shirley

Tammy Skubinna,
Benton Co.


Extension agents are frequently known for their expertise in a specific subject area. Tammy Skubinna specializes in PEOPLE! At her retirement roast in 2010, almost all of the hundreds in attendance acknowledged personal notes Tammy had sent them with her congratulations for something in their life. She's an amazing people person who truly spends literally all of her time acknowledging and appreciating others unselfishly.

As the OSU Extension 4-H Agent in Benton County for 26 years, Tammy  won virtually every possible award for her outstanding accomplishments in state and national 4-H organizations.  Tammy mentored many 4-H staff during those decades, in addition to strengthening the outreach and diversity efforts of Benton County 4-H.  Even after her retirement Tammy continued to volunteer on some special 4-H programs which needed leadership. This level of amazing personal and professional commitment is why Tammy is definitely worthy of the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame Award.

Tammy Skubinna

Myrtle Slanger, Clatsop County


Myrtle Slanger has given unselfishly to the 4-H program for over 50 years. She started a clothing club in the Jewell area in 1949, and since those early years the club has expanded to forestry, outdoor cookery, flowers, vegetables, home improvement, and food preservation. The club taught forestry and outdoor cookery continuously until 2002. Myrtle has also been active in recruiting other leaders, as a chaperone for 4-H summer school, record book coach, and fair superintendent. Her family tradition of bringing flowers to school every fall continues today.

Myrtle Slanger

Emma Jean Smith, Sherman County


Emma Jean Smith has been a volunteer 4-H club leader for 50 years in Sherman County. A 4-H alumni herself, Emma Jean learned her cooking and sewing skills in 4-H, honed them under the tutelage of a Swiss-trained tailor. When her club sewing machines became too old, Emma Jean personally spearheaded a drive to raise several thousand dollars to equip her club members with the newest sewing equipment. She has judged at many fairs and contests over the years. She has been a faithful friend to club co-leader Margie Stark.

Emma Jean Smith

Margaret "Margie" Stark, Sherman County


Margie Stark has given generously of her time for 50 years. She has served the youth of Sherman County as a volunteer 4-H club leader in sewing and knitting and expressive arts. With co-leader Emma Jean Smith, their club conducts an annual raffle of a quilt of blocks made by the sewing members. Margie and Emma Jean finish the quilt and the proceeds go to purchase supplies and books for members to use.

Margie Stark

T. J. Starker, 4-H Foundation


T.J. Starker was a Trustee for the OSU Foundation and for the Oregon 4-H Foundation from 1970 to 1982. His committee developed a plan for utilization and conservation of the forest resources at the 4-H Center and began harvesting timber for income. Mr. Starker provided $25,000 to help make the down payment on the Center property and later the Starker family provided funds for the swimming pool. He was also involved in the decision for the 4-H Foundation to become an official affiliate of the OSU Foundation in 1976.

TJ Starker

Ed and Jan Starkey,
Benton Co.


Ed and Jan Starkey have each served as a 4-H leader in Benton County for 23 years.  Their combined 46 years of volunteer leadership have impacted hundreds of youth in Benton County and the state of Oregon.  Ed and Jan have been mentors to many youth in livestock projects, especially the beef project.  Both were leaders in two different 4-H clubs.  Ed and Jan reached out to youth who may not have made it in life, if not for them.  In one instance, a young lady needed support and guidance through a difficult family situation, and Ed and Jan were there for her.  That 4-H member is now a 4-H leader, and credits Ed and Jan for changing her life.  At the county level Ed and Jan attended many beef related events, and became established as the “Beef Experts” who one could go to for advice, anytime.  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.  Additionally, they have sponsored many county fair beef awards.  Ed and Jan loved being a part of 4-H and working with youth.  

Ed and Jan Starkey

Robert Stevely, Columbia County


Bob served as the Columbia County 4-H Agent from 1954 through 1976. Because of Bob's leadership, the county had very strong programs in Livestock, Rabbit, Horse, Horticulture and Summer Camp. Bob was a talented horseman, and his skills were evident in the county 4-H Horse program. He was a strong part of maintaining a resident camp program that still exists today, in the same facility. Bob was involved in the NW Forestry Camp and taught a variety of classes. Parents of currently enrolled youth comment on the impact that Bob had on their lives.


Ivan Stewart, 4-H Foundation


The Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center is Ivan Stewart's legacy to the youth of Oregon. James Ivan Stewart, an Oregon Pioneer, was born in 1895 at Fossil and grew up on a horse and cattle ranch. He attended Oregon Agriculture College, and became a feed and seed dealer. His great love for nature motivated his purchase of a 720 acre ranch ten miles from Salem, on which he planted some 200,000 trees. To preserve its beauty for the enjoyment of future generations he sold the ranch to Oregon 4-H in 1968 for a fraction of its value.


Vern Struble, Benton Co.


Vern Struble gave 45 years to the Oregon 4-H program and got many youth into 4-H through the archery project. He led the Benton 4-H Archers for 45 years, along with friend Stan Miles in Benton County. Because archery is a unique project, it helped Benton County 4-H become more diverse by getting males, urban residents and youth of color involved in 4-H. Vern was the county 4-H Archery Superintendent all of those 45 years and served on the county 4-H Advisory Council for six years. Additionally, Vern coordinated the state 4-H archery contest for many years, and served many years on the state 4-H Shooting Sports Development Committee and the 4-H Natural Resources Development Committee.  Vern even tried to recruit adults to become 4-H archery leaders by writing an article in a national archery magazine, about making a difference in the lives of youth and the satisfaction that comes from getting involved as a 4-H leader.

Vern impacted thousands of youth and adults in Benton County and across Oregon. We are honored to have him be inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.


 Vern Struble

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Esther Taskerud, State 4-H Office


Esther was a pioneer in the 4-H program, starting her career in Oregon in 1947. Both her experience and enthusiasm were guiding lights for the 4-H agents working in across Oregon. Esther's first assignment at OSU was Assistant 4-H Program Leader. She also served as district supervisor for Extension Services. These positions helped her provide statewide leadership for 4-H. She developed the junior leader program that remains in existence today. Under her leadership of the Oregon Homemakers Council, homemakers funded the construction of Azalea Lodge on campus to provide housing for 4-H'ers attending OSU. As Assistant OSU Extension Director, Esther continued to support 4-H by employing the first child development specialist. This indirectly helped 4-H agents and specialists adapt their teaching materials to a child's developmental needs. Esther provided leadership on the national level serving as a Trustee on the National 4-H Council. She received an honorary doctorate from South Dakota State College, the US Dept of Agriculture Superior Service Award, and the Corvallis Women of Achievement Award. But most important, she made a difference in the lives of all she touched. Her love of people, and warm and friendly responses with good humor, endeared her to all who knew her. One of her favorite mottos was "Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better, best". Esther Taskerud

Cornelia Tellefson, Umatilla County


Connie Tellefson was a dedicated 4-H Volunteer in the Oregon 4-H Program for over 37 years. Her 4-H career began much earlier as a 4-H Home Economics project member in Umatilla County. She went on to serve as a Club Leader for Home Economics, Horticulture and Leadership, and also served as a Judge at many county fairs. Connie shared her leadership expertise as an officer for the Umatilla County Leaders' Association and the State 4-H Leaders' Association. She was recognized at both the local and national level for her dedication to the 4-H program.


William "Bill" Thomas, Wasco County




Bill Thomas was a sheep leader in Wasco County for over 20 years. For many of those years, he served as sheep barn superintendent and as president of the Wasco County 4-H Leaders Association. Bill was extremely popular with 4-H members and adults alike. He had a kind word or a hug for anyone who needed it, and always displayed a positive attitude and kid-centered approach to 4-H leadership. Adults often joked that they had to keep Bill from giving ribbons to every kid who walked by, as it was so important to him to reward kids for their efforts.



J. Gray Thompson,


A trip to 4-H Summer School at age 14 inspired Gray Thompson to attend Oregon State College (now known as OSU). He served as an Extension agent for 4 years in Lincoln County where he had 2/3rds responsibility for agriculture and 1/3rd for 4-H. He liked 4-H and opted for the 4-H agent position in Umatilla County where he served for 13 years. He saw his main goal as a "developer" of children and youth and devoted his time to helping children grow into positive citizens. In Lincoln County he started a 4-H livestock sale and conducted livestock clinics. When Gray arrived in Umatilla County in 1952 the total enrollment was 400 youth. When he left, the enrollment was 1400. Gray developed a very successful 4-H Camp, trained camp counselors, organized a 4-H Jr. Leader Program, and started a market based beef sales program. He was well loved in Umatilla County and the 4-H and FFA Building at the Fairgrounds in Hermiston was named "Thompson Hall" in his honor. Gray transferred to the City of Portland where he developed projects and programs used in Portland schools. He helped establish a joint county fair and a combined 4-H Leaders Association with Multnomah County. In 1976 started a Master Gardener program in the metro area and served in that position until retirement.

Gray Thompson

Caroline Tohet, Warm Springs Reservation



Caroline Tohet was a leader at Warm Springs from the early 1960s until her death in 1998. Each year she would teach 8 to 10 4-H members to do beadwork. Beadwork to Caroline was learning the skill but far more important was teaching responsibility, commitment and native culture. Once the club started their beading, Caroline would tell stories that shared history and culture, which is a form of teaching that goes back generations. A number of individuals currently use their beadwork to supplement their family income.


Regenia "Genie" Townsend, Multnomah County



Regenia was involved with 4-H for over 60 years. First as a 10 year member then for 50 years as a leader in Multnomah County. She was President of the Multnomah County Leaders' Association and the State Leaders' Association and judged at Oregon and Washington at county and state fairs. Along with husband Robert, she developed the Hunter Safety Program, and worked with over 500 youth in this program. She was a member of Chat-Co. Recreation Lab for 20 years, ran the State Fair dormitory for 20 years, and chaperoned Summer School for ten years.


Regenia Townsend

Bert and Betty Udell, Linn County



Bert and Betty Udell have been cornerstones of the Linn County 4-H Program for over 50 years. They have served as club and community leaders for youth and forestry. Their 4-H club is recognized as the strongest forestry and natural resource program in the state of Oregon. Their Happy Valley Tree Farm is known throughout the U.S. as an innovative example of commercial forestry management and sound environmental stewardship. Besides that, they are wonderful folks!


Bert and Betty Udell

Norbert "Van" Vandehey, OSUEA/ 4-H



Norbert Vandehey, Jerry Brog and Frank Von Borstel were the original committee members that helped establish the OSUEA 4-H Affiliate in 1974. The group spent a year developing rules of operation and bylaws with a set of proposed goals and objectives. Their goal was to create new organization within the Oregon Extension Association without offending the leadership of the NACCA and NAEHE affiliates. Van served as the first president of the association in 1975. Norbert Vandehey started his 4-H career in Linn County in 1959.


"Van" Vandehey

Frank Von Borstel, OSUEA/4-H


Frank Von Borstel, Norbert Vandehey, and Jerry Brog were the original committee members that helped establish the OSUEA 4-H Affiliate in 1974. The group wanted to develop a committee structure reflecting and serving the professional improvement needs of the 4-H Agent. They presented the proposal at the 4-H agents training meeting in 1975. In the fall of 1975 the 4-H association became a reality at the Extension Staff Conference, and at the spring conference in 1976 the association became official. Von Borstel started in Douglas County in 1948.


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Marion Weatherford, 4-H Foundation




Marion Weatherford was one of the founders of the Oregon 4-H Foundation in 1957. He was elected as the first Vice President, and became the second President in 1960. One of his interests was finding a location for a 4-H center. In 1967 and 1968, he was President when the 4-H Foundation purchased the present 4-H Conference and Education Center from Ivan Stewart and began planning fund raising to develop and operate the 4-H Center. Mr. Weatherford was very involved in the evolution of the Foundation's business practices and ability to accept gifts for 4-H.



Holly Weimar, Oregon 4-H Foundation, Gilliam County


Holly's 4-H career began in Linn county as a 10 year member of one of the oldest 4-H livestock clubs in the county. The Greenback livestock club also happened to be founded by her grandparents almost 50 years ago. After moving to Gilliam County, Holly served as a 4-H leader, and for over 15 years was involved with livestock, sewing, and cooking clubs as well as the 4-H Leaders Association. Holly served as a Trustee of the Oregon 4-H Foundation for eight years. Her leadership roles included Vice President for four years and President for four years. Some of the changes made in the Foundation under her leadership included increasing financial support for the Foundation; development of a non-profit 4-H Center Board of Directors, a restatement of the 4-H Foundation Articles of Incorporation, a major revision of the bylaws, and a written agreement with the OSU Foundation for services provided to the Oregon 4-H Foundation. She recently retired from the Wheeler County Commission on Families and Youth.

Holly Weimar

Barbara Wendt, Baker County


Barbara Wendt has been a 4-H Home Economics club and project leader for 35 years. Her children were in her 4-H club and now Barbara's grandchildren are actively involved in her club. Barbara has provided leadership, guidance and support to over 700 youth in her 4-H career. Barbara is the Home Economics Fair Superintendent. She has served on the Baker County 4-H Leaders' Association Executive Board and volunteers for numerous behind-the-scenes jobs that make the Baker County 4-H program run smoothly.


Elsie Werth, Polk County



Elsie Werth was a 4-H leader in the Grand Ronde community for 37 years. She was an original member of the 4-H Center Advisory Committee after serving on the committee that selected the site for the State 4-H Center near Salem. She was also the chair of the Polk County 4-H Leaders' Council, a representative on the State 4-H Clothing Advisory Committee, and Chair of the County Extension Advisory Committee. Elsie and her husband Elmer continue to sponsor county fair awards for 4-H members.



Elsie Werth

Mildred Whipple, 4-H Foundation


Mrs. Whipple is a friend and donor to the 4-H Foundation. Some of her first gifts provided funds for an endowed scholarship for 4-H faculty who are working on an advanced degree. Her gifts to the 4-H Center have provided money to update the water system, roads and dining hall equipment. She provided funds to construct the Whipple Cottage and helped match the Ford Family Foundation's grant to construct the new Education Building. The 4-H Foundation was named a 20% beneficiary of the Jim and Mildred W. Whipple Fund of the Oregon community Foundation.


William Woodard, 4-H Foundation


Bill has served as a Trustee of the Oregon 4-H Foundation for 16 years, as President, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Under his leadership, the Foundation began a strategic planning process looking at the Mission and Vision of the Foundation and the governance as a non-profit organization. The Foundation was also involved in developing plans for the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center. Bill chaired a committee which developed a business plan for the Center. The 4-H Foundation was linked to the OSU Foundation and OSU for many years; with Bill's leadership the organization began to define these relationships and OSU recognized the Oregon 4-H Foundation as an Associate of the OSU Foundation.
Fund development was, and continues to be, the primary focus of the 4-H Foundation. Today, the OSU Foundation provides the 4-H Foundation with a fund development director. This has greatly improved the ability of the Foundation to raise monies to support 4-H.

Bill Woodard

Marvin Young, Deschutes County


Marvin worked in several counties starting in Josephine County in 1958. He also worked in Coos and Deschutes counties, and eventually became the county chair in Deschutes County. Besides being a great supporter of the 4-H Program he was often called on to be the song leader. He served many times as the song leader for the 4-H Summer School at Oregon Agriculture College, or when a group of agents got together. Marvin Young could get everyone in the group to sing along!


Ed Zollner, 4-H Foundation


Ed Zollner has provided leadership to the 4-H Foundation for 16 years, as a Trustee, President, Past President and serving on various committees .
During his tenure as President and Trustee, the Foundation became an active fund development organization both to support 4-H program activities and to improve and maintain the Oregon 4-H Conference and Education Center. Ed lead the Foundation in making long range planning a viable process, one that guided the activities of the Foundation. He served on the nominations committee as the Foundation added new trustees to guide the organization. Ed also served as the liaison with the OSU Foundation, serving as an OSU Foundation Trustee to define and strengthen relationships with the OSU Foundation. Ed did not have a 4-H background when he started as a Trustee, but he is now a strong supporter of the 4-H program in Oregon.

Ed Zollner
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