Celebrating 4-H Hall of Fame inductees

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer or family per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner.  This year, 74 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date.  This year celebrated the 12-year anniversary of the award. The ceremony was held Saturday, August 20 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”

The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to create brilliant futures for the young people whose lives it touches.”

Boad (Robert) Maher
Boad (Robert) Maher

Among those honored was the following volunteer serving University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H programs in Stark County:

 STARK COUNTY: Boad (Robert) Maher of Princeville, Illinois, has been involved in 4-H his entire life.  As a kid he spent about 10 years in 4-H in the Valley Go Getters Club. As an adult, he kept the tradition alive through his children – enrolling all three in 4-H Clubs and providing assistance with their projects when needed.  Knowing how important the Fair is to 4-H, Boad always stepped up to the plate to ensure that 4-H members had what they needed to show their projects. During 4-H Fairtime, Boad helped with weighing cattle, assisting with the cattle show and auction, setting up for the Fair and taking down and cleaning up. He has been Beef Superintendent and served as a Fairboard member. Throughout the years, Boad and his wife Veronica have donated money for the 4-H trophies. When he’s not helping with 4-H, Boad is a farmer, cattleman and works for FS Agland.
 Congratulations to all of the 2016 4-H Hall of Fame Winners!  The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn more, visit: www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu.

About 4-H: Illinois 4-H helps youth learn skills for living. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois. Illinois 4-H aims to impact the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs and groups and short-term programming.

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