AMES - Eighty-three counties inducted honorees into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18. The honorees were selected by their counties for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage.
Tom and Pat Rittscher, Webster City, were the inductees from Hamilton County."This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's 4-H program," said Chris Gleason, of ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa's 4-H'ers through the years.
Pat and Tom Rittscher, Webster City, receive their certificate from Kris Fish Kuhlmann, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, following their induction into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 18.