Tazewell County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Dear 4-H Families,
- National 4-H Week
- Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover Campaign—October 4-15
- Tazewell 4-H Events
- Federation News
- 4-H Leaders Meeting
- 2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer Awards
- All the fun of camping with none of the mess! Join us September 22-24
- Quiltchat: The NEW Quilting SPIN Club
- THANK YOU
- 2017 4-H Rabbit Giveaway
- Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
- Illinois Bicentennial Party
- 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement - Due September 29
- Club Scrapbook - Due September 29
- Tazewell County Club of the Year Award - Due September 29
- Secretary Book - Due September 29
- Treasurer Book - Due September 29
- Dog SPIN Club
- Information to make your new year sparkle!
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
- INCREDIBLE WEARABLES! Join the largest science experiment ever!
- Shooting Sports Volunteer Training on Target for October 13-15
- Who will win $5,000?
- We Need You in Springfield!
- Lost & Found!!
- 2017 Illinois 4-H State Dog Show
- Save the Dates and Get Ready for Washington, DC!
- STEM Saturdays
- NEW Award Applications!
- Interested in a new culture?
- National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
- 2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee—Vivian Gerrietts
Dear 4-H Families,
Hooray!! It is a new 4-H Year! Anyone have any big plans for the year? I like to call these your "4-H Resolutions". I would love to hear what you are planning. Especially, if your club is doing something special for National 4-H Week...
On September 15, 4-H Online will be reopened for enrollment and re-enrollment. Your club leaders will be learning more about this process at their October meeting, but if you want to go ahead and re-enroll, you may. It is very similar to your initial enrollment, but with slightly less work. I am excited for what this 4-H Year holds for our Tazewell 4-H Families!
I wanted to make sure I let you all know I will be on vacation September 21 thru October 1. I will return your emails, calls, and texts as soon as I return. Have a wonderful September!
National 4-H Week
Celebrate your 4-H membership during National 4-H Week, October 1-7. Our theme this year is Mission: Adventure –Join the Team. Change the World. There are many ways you can spread the word and share your 4-H story while promoting 4-H in your school, community, church, and family. Contact Katharine at the Extension Office if you need ideas or supplies.
Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover Campaign—October 4-15
It's time again for the TSC Paper Clover Campaign! Twice a year, TSC does a fundraiser for 4-H by requesting donations at their checkouts. From October 4-15, the money raised by our local Tractor Supply Co. stores (Pekin & Peoria) comes directly back to our Extension Unit for use on camp and leadership experiences. Of course, these fundraisers are FAR more successful when local 4-Hers are at the stores to help. We'd love for every club to visit one these stores during the campaign to help raise as much money as possible for our youth. There are lots of fun and easy ways to show off your club at TSC:
Have youth members act as "celebrity baggers" at the checkout lines.
Set up a display table at the front door and talk about the great things that 4-H is doing in the area.
Take your animals and have a mini petting zoo in the parking lot.
Show off your projects and all the things you've learned in 4-H.
Have a bake sale or hot dog cookout to raise money for your club (Remember: Club fundraisers require preapproval from the Extension Office. Complete this form, http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/67565.pdf.)
We've talked to the managers and they're super excited to partner with us! Please sign your club up at the links below to take a 2-hour shift at the TSC of your choice. If you have questions, need marketing materials, or can't get online to sign up, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for all you do to support 4-H!
Pekin TSC Sign Up - https://doodle.com/poll/mntnbq7kp2qq3nr5
Peoria TSC Sign Up - https://doodle.com/poll/qxmrbhv46m8eit5y
Tazewell 4-H Events
21—Dog SPIN Club begins, 6 p.m.
29—Club Records & End of the Year Paperwork DUE
01-07—National 4-H Week
03—Leader Meeting, 7 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin
06—Leader Meeting, 10 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
09—Quiltchat Club begins, 10 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
12—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
21—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
28—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
09—Federation Mtg., 6:30 p.m., Extension Office, Pekin (tentatively)
11—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
18—Quiltchat Club, 9:30 a.m., Extension Office, Pekin
23-24—Thanksgiving, Extension Office closed
Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
All 4-H members ages 13-18 are invited to join Federation.
Meeting will contain:
Post 4-H Show Feedback
Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. (tentatively)
Tazewell Extension Office
4-H Leaders Meeting
Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 6 at 10 a.m.
Tazewell Extension Office
Hopefully at least one leader per club will be able to attend one of the meeting times. We will cover several topics with 4-H Online and the new awards program. You will also receive the new year Enrollment packets.
If you can not attend one of the meetings, please contact Katharine to schedule a time to meet and go thru the information.
2018 Salute to Excellence 4-H Volunteer Awards
The Illinois 4-H program is built on the work of amazing volunteers, and we look forward to recognizing our volunteers for what they do! The National 4-H Council sponsors the Salute to Excellence Award Program that targets 4-H volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to 4-H, while promoting service through volunteerism as both an opportunity and a privilege. Outstanding local volunteers can be nominated for consideration as the 2018 Illinois Salute to Excellence Volunteer. If you are interested in nominating a volunteer for consideration, contact your extension office.
The award categories are:
Volunteer of the Year – recognizing individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years at the local, county, region, and state level.
Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer – recognizing individuals who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, region or state level.
Nomination criteria will be available at your local Extension Office. Nominations are due to the State 4-H Office by Thursday, September 21, 2017. Illinois 4-H has a history of producing winning volunteers, and we are excited to see what this year holds.
All the fun of camping with none of the mess! Join us September 22-24
Let 4-H Memorial Camp put the fun back in camping. Enjoy a weekend family camping trip with none of the prep or mess! Come experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities. Let us manage the stress of planning a camping adventure while allowing you, your family and your friends the opportunity to enjoy a weekend together at camp!
Your family will sleep in a cabin, have meals provided (starting Friday dinner and ending with Sunday lunch), and enjoy a LOT of fun activities! Many of the same staff that run our summer camp programs volunteer to make this an enjoyable experience for your family. Expect to have fun, eat heartily, and make memories which will last a lifetime!
At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person, while those 4-7 years old are only $35/person.
Plan to arrive anytime from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 22. Camp runs through 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 24. Late arrivals will be accepted from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.
Check out all the details @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/family-camp. Please contact Andy Davis at 217-762-2741 or email@example.com with any questions or if you need accommodations.
Quiltchat: The NEW Quilting SPIN Club
Capture your "quiltie"!
Are you interested in self expression through the art of quilting? Then, Quiltchat is the 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club for you! Quiltchat is open to beginners to advanced quilters. You also do not need any sewing experience.
Monday, October 9 is the kick off meeting, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension, Tazewell branch office.
$20 4-H Program Fee if not already a 4-H member.
To register, call (309) 347-6614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the ladies from the HCE Board and extension units, I would like to thank the many 4-Hers, 4-H leaders, and 4-H family members for helping out in our food stand at the 4-H Show this summer. Sometimes, we get very busy and with your help, we are able to move the line along as quickly as possible. It is fun for us to have young people to work with and to talk to. Your energy is contagious! We appreciate the way you listen and follow our instructions and the way you find helpful things to do during down time, like washing tables and trays. It is also fun to get reacquainted with past 4-H members as they come to help us in a new capacity as parents and leaders. Thank you so much, and we look forward to another great fair in 2018!!
2017 4-H Rabbit Giveaway
Congratulations to Taylor Powell., who received the pair of Silver rabbits from the 2017 4-H Rabbit Giveaway! Due to the outstanding generosity of several rabbit breeders from Illinois, there were other purebred rabbits donated to other applicants, too.
At the Illinois RBA show on August 26, Nell Grove took home a Silver doe and Sarah Carl received an English Spot doe. Hailey McCoy and her brother chose to purchase a Lionhead and Holland Lop at the show. Thank you to all of the rabbit breeders who donated rabbits, and to those who were willing to donate as well!
The goal of this livestock giveaway was to increase the interest in the rabbit project in Tazewell. Rabbits are an excellent livestock project because of their low investment, ease of care, small housing space requirement, and ability to keep in town.
If you are interested in information on upcoming shows sanctioned by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), or how to show rabbits at the 4-H Show, please contact Emily Smith at email@example.com or visit arba.net.
Tazewell 4-H Member Shout-Out
Emily Boecker, of the Morton Helping Hands, received third place in her age division of the Cream of the Crop photo contest!
Moriah Williams, of the Horsin' Around SPIN Club, performed the National Anthem at the ribbon cutting opening ceremony of the Illinois State Fair!
Illinois Bicentennial Party
Citizens in Illinois are looking forward to many bicentennial celebrations beginning December 3, 2017 with a cannon blast in Delavan and ending a year later with a closing cannon blast. Tazewell County Museum, 15 S. Court St., Pekin along with Cristal Dagit are the Tazewell County facilitators for the events in our county. Tremont has been invited to participate with a 200 year birthday party at Tremont High School on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1-4 p.m.
This birthday celebration is a chance of a lifetime for students to engage in and create a historical table scape to display and share at the celebration. Any Tazewell County event, historic sight, or geological sight that displays significance during the past 200 years is welcome. All students, any age may create an individual or group table scape to be in place by 1 p.m. on February 11.
Table scapes may include, but are not limited to memorabilia, photos, pencil drawings, creative replicas, etc. Students should be available at their table for Q and A. Students will research via internet, library, museums, interviews with knowledgeable persons and list their sources. We also welcome any Young Authors, who wrote stories or pieces with historical relevance to present them that day as well.
Suggestions for projects:
One room schools; some are now houses
Centennial farms; 137 in Tazewell
Landmarks; 4 plaques mark these
Farmdale Geologic Exposure in East Peoria
Historical places; Google National Register of historical places in Tazewell County, Illinois
History of your town
Abraham Lincoln in Tazewell County
Tazewell County in the Civil War
Tazewell County in World War II
Our own astronaut, Scott Altman
Colombia River Boat sinks in Pekin
Who is buried in Tazewell?
Email your interest and the approximate number of youths who will participate to Dorothy Theobald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H Club Annual Financial Statement - Due September 29
All 4-H clubs with a checking or savings account must complete both pages of the 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement form at the end of each 4-H year. Submit this statement along with other required forms and officer books to Tazewell Extension office by September 29.
The financial statement includes a report of income and expenses for the 4-H club checking account (page 1) and/or savings account (page 2). The club treasurer and club leader must sign on page 2 of this form to verify that the information is correct. Also on page 2, the Fiscal Review Committee (a group of 2 or 3 youth and adults who do not have signatory rights on the club's bank account(s)) must review the financial records of the 4-H club for the past year and sign to indicate that they have found everything in good order.
Contact the county Extension office if you need a copy of this financial statement. This is a required step from the IRS. Your club cannot be re-enrolled for the new 4-H year until this is received in the Extension office.
Club Scrapbook - Due September 29
Each 4-H Club has the opportunity to turn in a scrapbook for judging. Due September 29, 2017.
Scrapbooks are judged on:
Newspaper clippings with headline of newspaper
Pictures printed in newspaper with headline of newspaper
Tazewell County Club of the Year Award - Due September 29
All Tazewell County 4-H Clubs are invited to submit a story of their club's activities for the 2016-2017 year. The story can include information and inspirational stories about any and all aspects of the 4-H club, such as electing officers, special club tour, members mentoring each other, recruiting new members, recognizing members, community service, club projects, involvement in county programs, working with another club(s), new experiences/adventures, things members learned, goals reached, etc.
Stories are due with the end of the year club paperwork on September 29.
Secretary Book - Due September 29
All Clubs are required to turn in a Secretary book for the 2016-2017 4-H year. Clubs have the option to turn it in for judging (must be completed by club Secretary) or to meet the requirement (may be completed by leader or parent).
County Best Kept Secretary Book Award judging:
Must be completed by the 4-H member.
May either be hand written or typed.
Scored on the following:
Membership information and attendance
Officer and Leader information
Minutes of meeting—completed, proper order, proper form
Community Service and other club activities
Legible and written in ink or typed
Treasurer Book - Due September 29
Each 4-H Club is required to turn in either a Completed Treasurer's Book with audit form completed OR an Indication of Financial Activity Statement (for clubs without a treasury).
Clubs whose elected Treasurer completes the book can choose to be judged for the County Best Kept Treasurer's Book contest. Those books will be scored on the following:
Adequate list of club inventory
Accurate accounting of receipts, checks written and balance
Evidence of careful and responsible handling of club funds
Up to date information
Evidence of year round action
Dog SPIN Club
The Dog SPIN Club Fall session is scheduled to start Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the Stuber's indoor dog training facility. The Dog SPIN Club focuses on dog training skills such as obedience, agility, rally and showmanship along with dog care.
Youth ages 8-18, who have a dog are invited to join the club.
Pre-registration is required simply by calling or emailing the leaders prior to Wednesday, September 20.
Danielle Stuber: 309-241-6261 or email@example.com
Kelly Stuber: 309-645-5776
Information to make your new year sparkle!
Congratulations for working through the first year of 4-H Online enrollment. Re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 year will open September 15. The site will be closed from September 1-14 so new projects can be added.
National 4-H Week is October 1-7. Illinois' theme is Mission: Adventure – Join the Team | Change the World. Counties may choose to use the national theme "Grow True Leaders."
Consider taking one of these NEW projects: Collectibles, Creative Writing, Coding in Visual Programming Languages, Coding in Text Based Programming Languages, Seeing i2i—Adventures in Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Free Range Robotics, 3-D Printing & Design, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Fiber Arts, Stained Glass Projects, Duct Tape Crafts, Paper Crafts, and Getting Started in Art (beginner level)
Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association!
Once a 4-H member, always a 4-H supporter. We know that 4-H alumni share a bond. We're all family, and we don't want to lose track of our family members. Now, you can register online as a 4-H alum (from any state) and tell your story. Click over to go.illinois.edu/4Halumni.
INCREDIBLE WEARABLES! Join the largest science experiment ever!
4-H National Youth Science Day is the world's largest youth-led science experiment in the country. This year's NYSD will be October 4 during National 4-H Week. The incredible wearables kit is perfect for classrooms, clubs, or at home! Watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E588sR-UeyM.
Shooting Sports Volunteer Training on Target for October 13-15
Adults interested in teaching the shooting sports hobby to young people should attend the fall adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program October 13-15 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost is $125.
Volunteers must register through their local U of I Extension office. Check in begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 13. The training ends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 15. Volunteers must be present for all hours of the training to receive their certification.
There are five concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, and pistol, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shooting-sports.
Who will win $5,000?
The Youth in Action Award honors four 4‑H members who have gained critical life skills through their 4‑H experience and have used those skills to overcome a challenge, or challenges, they have faced. Each of the honorees epitomize 4‑H youth empowerment and leadership. In addition, the winners have demonstrated the positive impact they've made with their family, peers and community through their 4‑H experiences.
It's time, again, to nominate outstanding 4-H members in four different categories: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living, and STEM. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education, be featured as the 4‑H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at National 4‑H Council's Legacy Awards.
Learn more at http://4-h.org/parents/4-h-youth-in-action/ .
Deadline for application is October 23.
We Need You in Springfield!
We're looking for Illinois 4-H teens that want to give back – give back to 4-H by sharing their 4-H story with others! That could be YOU. Whether it is talking to donors, civic groups, county board members or state legislators, we need YOUR help! Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team and share your story. The next training is Saturday, September 30 in Belvidere at the Boone County Extension Office.
Taught by members of the Illinois 4-H Youth Leadership Team, Speaking for Illinois 4-H is open to 4-H members age 14 and older. Speaking for Illinois 4-H (SFI4-H) offers teens advanced training in preparing your 4-H story to "tell the world" how great the 4-H program is!
By taking the training, you'll be able to assist your local 4-H program with speaking engagements and one-on-one conversations. Once trained, 4-H'ers are expected to work with their local Extension staff to promote 4-H on the local level. On the state level, trained members receive invitations to participate in the 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state Capitol each spring.
Cost is $12 for the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. training; lunch is included. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute to register! We hope to see you at the next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training! Register @ go.illinois.edu/4Hspeaking by September 20.
Lost & Found!!
We only have a few items left unclaimed after the 4-H Show. A pink, youth Columbia fleece (left after the last summer Horse Clinic in the arena), a book left in the Livestock Arena Sweet Shop (The Timber Wolf), Sizzlers Dog Treats and the ULINE water bottle. Please check with any friends or family that were out at the 4-H Show as well. You may call the Extension Office at 309-347-6614 if any of these items are yours.
2017 Illinois 4-H State Dog Show
The 2017 Illinois 4-H State Dog Show held August 26 and 27 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana. Tazewell had two participants, Ely Leitner and Danielle Stuber. Danielle claimed the beginner high point award with a score of 197.5 in the beginner novice 2 division. She also finished third in the senior showmanship division. Congratulations to both of these young ladies and their dogs for all their hard work!
Save the Dates and Get Ready for Washington, DC!
Even though we just finished the summer of 2017, we're already making plans for next summer's Illinois' Citizenship Washington Focus trip! The dates have been set for Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14! Registration will open in mid-October, so start YOUR planning now to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime 4-H experience!
Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states. The 2017 cost to youth was $1025, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Our 2018 costs have not been finalized.
More information is available on the 4-H website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/citizenship-washington-focus. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!
Be sure to check out the STEM Saturday events for middle school and high school students through Jump Simulation, https://www.jumpsimulation.org/events/all-events-courses.
NEW Award Applications!
Whether you are a first-year 4-H member or a tenured member with 7 or more years under your belt, you can begin collecting information for your 4-H award applications. With the NEW Illinois 4-H Recognition Program in place, even 8-9 year old members can submit the 4-H Experience Application and be eligible for 4-H recognition. Older members can submit both the 4-H Experience Application and the Illinois 4-H Award Application for recognition.
The Illinois 4-H Experience Award Application for Individuals focuses on all of those events and activities that you have experienced during the 4-H year in four areas: Participation, Community Service, Leadership, and Project Learning. Depending upon the type and number of experiences you can report on, members are eligible to receive recognition on the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover Award level. Your family calendar, 4-H records, checkmarks, and a few written details are all that's needed for even our youngest members to submit this application. This application can be found @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/awards.
Also found at that link is the Illinois 4-H State Award Application, the application for statewide competitive awards. Many counties also use this application for their county 4-H awards; check with your 4-H leader or local Extension office to check on your county's requirements. This application is also used for our state 4-H Award selection process, so those members who are 15 and above by September 1 are encouraged to check out this application. Members may apply in any or all of the five award categories: Communications, Community Service, Leadership, Personal Growth, and/or Project Mastery. State winners in these categories can receive educational scholarships or trips to national events.
Several other 4-H award applications are also posted on that webpage; many for older members. Check them out and contact your local Extension office for local deadlines and information.
Tazewell 4-H Club leaders will receive training on this NEW application process at the October Leader Trainings.
Interested in a new culture?
Do you enjoy learning about different cultures? Does learning a new language sound exciting? The Chinese Language Institute and the ICC International Center is hosting Chinese classes and would love for you to join them! ICC's Visiting Chinese Scholar is teaching free classes centered around the Chinese language and culture. Also, the scholar is willing to help individual 4-Hers on Passport to the World and International projects.
Club leaders, are you looking for a fun program for one of your monthly meetings? Clubs are also encouraged to hold a meeting at ICC's International Center and have a program on the Chinese culture. They have presented topics such as kite making, tea ceremonies, Chinese games, Calligraphy and much more. If your club is not able to make it to ICC's International Center, Shari West is happy to come to you and present. Please contact Shari West at 309-657-3484 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
Coming soon to an Extension Office near you… the 2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum, #4HGrows Through Volunteers! You are invited to be a part of the very first National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum! This is your chance to get energized as you network with volunteers, county-based staff, and state specialists from all across the county where #4HGrows through volunteers!
The e-Forum series includes three sessions:
Cultivating an Environment of Growing True Leaders: Thursday, October 5; 6-7:30 p.m.
This session includes ideas and activities volunteer leaders and teens serving in leadership roles can use to create engaging 4-H club experiences that stimulate valuable skill development in the club setting.
"STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders: Thursday, November 2; 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn about strategies to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts into animal science program and project areas.
Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work: Thursday, December 7; 6-7:30 p.m.
Explore successful programs being implementing across the country that help youth focus on life-long learning, workforce readiness and career exploration.
Each e-Forum session is designed to include presenters sharing information virtually and interactive, hands-on activities at the local site that all volunteers, teen leaders and staff will participate in during the 90-minute program.
Contact your 4-H Extension staff to let them know you are interested in participating and to find the closest location where you can attend!
2017 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee—Vivian Gerrietts
The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, 71 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.
This year celebrated the 13-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The ceremony was held Saturday, August 12 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
"These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth," Barnard said. "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."
Vivian Gerrietts was inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame for her continued support of the Tazewell County 4-H program. Vivian Gerrietts' 4-H roots run deep in Tazewell County. After a 10 year 4-H career with the Green Valley Toilers 4-H Club, Vivian returned to the club to assist her mother with leading it. Nearly 40 years later, you will find Vivian and her husband, George, and sister-in-law, Darlene, leading the club and the next generation of Tazewell 4-Hers. During the Tazewell 4-H Show, you can find Vivian going between her roles as a Visual Arts Superintendent and volunteering in the Tazewell County Home and Community Education Food Stand. 4-H is a family affair for Vivian, and the 4-H family she has grown to love in Tazewell County is a big part of her continued involvement!