CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program celebrated its 100th year of service to Oregon youths by inducting 100 4-H supporters and leaders into the newly created Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame.
The inaugural group of 4-H Hall of Famers, dubbed the 'Centennial' class, was recognized at a special induction ceremony held recently at OSU. Future members of the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame will be inducted annually.
"In honor of the past century of hard work building and maintaining one of the finest state 4-H youth programs in the country, we established the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame to acknowledge those individuals who've made significant contributions to 4-H over the years," said Jim Rutledge, OSU 4-H Youth Development program leader.
The 100 inductees selected through a nomination process include 4-H volunteer leaders from throughout the state, campus-based OSU 4-H youth development specialists, county-based 4-H field faculty, and 4-H donors who have provided financial support.
"These 'Centennial' inductees all share in common great dedication and excellence in service to 4-H," said Rutledge. "For example, we have people in this group who have spent 50 years or more working as volunteer leaders in county 4-H programs."
The Oregon 4-H Youth program began in Yamhill County in 1904 when school superintendent, L.R. Alderman, organized a boys' 4-H industrial club in Dayton.
Since then a long line of committed 4-H volunteers, supporters and OSU 4-H Youth program faculty have continually worked to provide quality 4-H youth education programs aimed at helping Oregon's young people develop life and leadership skills, Rutledge said.
He added that the Oregon 4-H Youth program has had a noteworthy track record of success in developing new and innovative 4-H programs.
"The Oregon 4-H Program is recognized as a national leader in reaching out to Latino youth through programs like the 4-H Tech Wizards club that emphasizes computer and Web development skills," said Rutledge. "Oregon 4-H youth faculty are also pioneering new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of 4-H educational programs.
"The strength of the Oregon 4-H youth program has been, and continues to be, the devotion of our community volunteers and the quality of our OSU 4-H faculty who manage the program," said Rutledge. "Our challenges in the future will be to expand the outreach of 4-H to more Oregon youth and to create new educational programs that will appeal to the contemporary interests of today's young people."
The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame 'Centennial' class members are:
Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame members recognized posthumously are:
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