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David and Joy McFarland of Ringgold County were inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and selected 135 inductees 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 President, Curt Lang, State 4-H Program Leader, Debbie Nistler, as they were introduced on stage.
David and Joy were club leaders of the Tingley Toppers from 1997-2008. Being very community-minded and caring individuals, they liked for the club members to find needs and challenges within their community. They then would help them figure out a way to tackle those needs/challenges to make things better. The wide variety of learning and community service projects left an impact on the community, one in which the Tingley Toppers current members are still striving to keep intact today. As one 4-H alum of the Tingley Toppers stated, “I learned from David and Joy that you can make an impact in your community by serving. Small intentional efforts add up to create a lasting effect.” Many of the Tingley Toppers 4-H club alumni can be found serving in their own communities today – a true example that youth learn by doing and follow the example that they see before them.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees serve as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
“We are honored to recognize these special individuals, for their advocacy and dedication to the Iowa 4-H program,” shared Iowa 4-H Foundation Executive Director, Emily Saveraid.
“This is a great way to honor the volunteers and staff across the state of Iowa that generously give their time and talents to foster positive partnerships with our 4-H youth,” said Tillie Good, Iowa 4-H stakeholder and partnership development manager.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A summary of previous honorees was on display at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building. These summaries are also available at the Iowa 4-H Foundation office in the Extension 4-H Youth Building at Iowa State University.
Information about previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame also is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition”.