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News Release

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Christian County Couple Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame

Christian County volunteers Jeff and Kelly Yoder of Edinburg were honored for their many years of service as 4-H volunteers.  Jeff currently serves on the Christian County 4-H Livestock Committee and Kelly serves as the Edinburg Warriors club leader.  Jeff and Kelly were two of 71 volunteers recognized by the Illinois 4-H Foundation as 4-H Hall of Fame recipients during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.


The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program.  This year, 71 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a celebration Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.


This year celebrated the 13-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, executive director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.


“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.”


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 wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it touches.”

“The Foundation provides avenues to continue to support the work of Illinois 4-H by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing to continue their 4-H legacy.”

Those honored include Stan and Jeanne Krutmeier, Adams County; Dee Sternhagen, Boone; Dave and Deb Faber, Bureau; Dave Thorngren, Carroll; Lyle and Diane Stone, Cass; Joann O'Connor, Champaign; Jeff and Kelly Yoder, Christian; Erin Wycoff, Clark; Dina Hilmes, Clay; and Cindy Overton, Coles;


Lynn McCleave, Crawford; Vernon and Jane Miller, Cumberland; Lynette Limberis, DeKalb; Cindy Hoffman, DeWitt; Todd Gordon, DuPage; Steve Terrell, Edgar; Don Latch, Effingham; Jo Stine, Fayette; Karen Moore, Ford; and Kathy Butler, Fulton;


Doreen Harlow, Grundy; Tillie Kaufman, Hamilton; Karen Bisby, Hancock; Shari Campbell, Henderson; Jim Geuns, Henry; Dennis and Renee Behrends, Iroquois; Connie Elliott, Jasper; Bob Beatty ,Jersey; Leisa Hubb, Jo Daviess; Rhonda O'Neal, Johnson; and Patricia Bunge, Kane


Kim Yohnka, Kankakee; Diane Morris, Kendall; Dennis and Shirley Hertz, Knox; Karen Dietrich, Lake; Gail Hayward-Kapp, LaSalle; Mike and Rita Palmer, Lawrence; Brenda Willett, Lee; Carol Tibbs, Logan; Bea Hall, Macon; and Suzanne Humphreys, Macoupin;


Connie Grapperhause, Madison; Marilyn Thompson, Marion; Rod Monier, Marshall-Putnam; James Harp, Mason; Jim and Kathy Torrance, McDonough; Linda Bragg, McHenry; Kathy Weinzierl, McLean; Annette Speer, Mercer; Joe and Sharon Marquardt, Monroe; and Earl and Doris Sorrells, Montgomery;


Phyllis McReynolds, Moultrie-Douglas; Sheryl Hopkins, Ogle; Karen Watson, Piatt; Cheri Myers, Pike; Elaine Bramlet, Pope; Francis Ochs, Richland; Deke and Sarah Carls, Rock Island; Patricia Boarman, Sangamon; Rhonda Armstrong, Schuyler; Jan Curry, Stark; and Barbara Curry, Stephenson;


Vivian Gerrietts, Tazewell; Cheryl Brumett, Vermilion; Darlene Wulf, Warren; William Riechmann, Washington; Stephanie Walker, Wayne; Charles Nolan, White; Julie Bielema, Whiteside; John Zalanka, Will; and Colleen Magee, Winnebago.


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:







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.


About Illinois 4-H Foundation: The Illinois 4-H Foundation’s mission is to build relationship to generate financial resources for Illinois 4-H. Funding from individual donors, our Illinois 4-H Project Partners, companies, and friends of Illinois 4-H help the Foundation support statewide programming initiatives along with scholarships, assistance to National events, grant opportunities, Teens as Teachers and assists us in filling funding gaps.


For Further Information, Contact:

Source: Angie Barnard, Executive Director, Illinois 4-H Foundation, 217-333-9295

News Writer: Judy Mae Bingman, Extension Media Communications Specialist, 217-300-2113