The Illinois 4-H Foundation awarded 71 individuals, all long-time volunteers or former staff, the Foundation Hall of Fame Award, for their selfless dedication to the 4-H Extension youth development program of the ‘University of Illinois, in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, August 17.
Locally, Clem and Doris Huber were inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame for Montgomery County. The couple’s mutual love for 4-H dates back to their childhood, when they had both been members of the Nokomis Faithful Workers 4-H Club for ten years, where they met.
Later in life, they married and took on the role of leading the Nokomis Faithful Workers 4-H Club together. Their two children have been members of 4-H throughout their childhood and their grandchildren are members of their local 4-H organization.
The Nokomis Faithful Workers Club has been very active during Hubers’ years of leadership. The club has received numerous awards and Mr. and Mrs. Huber were very proud of the accomplishments of their members, whether it was winning local awards or attending the 4-H Congress.
The members of their club got involved a lot Also in community service projects, including helping run the Butler Fairgrounds and working on the food stand at 4-H events.
They both appreciated the skills that young people learn in the 4-H program, and their dedication and service to the organization has helped their alumni develop their skills, discover career opportunities and become contributors to the organization. their communities and beyond.
“We started with 12 members and by the time we left it had grown to 35 children. Watching the kids grow up was worth all the time we spent developing the 4-H program locally, ”said Doris. “I can’t say enough good things about 4-H, it instills so many great values in kids. They learn leadership, responsibility, how to take initiative, be active members of their communities and public speaking skills. To this day, I can spot a 4-H member by the way he behaves in front of a crowd. “
The couple also volunteered their time to help judge 4-H records and prepare children to compete at the state level. After retiring as 4-H leaders, they continue to support the 4-H program financially and in advisory roles. Mr. Huber was on the board of the 4-H Foundation and was its chairman.
“These volunteers are a model of 4-H values,” said Angie Barnard, Executive Director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. “All of our volunteers are precious, but this award honors those who go above and beyond. They are volunteers who have helped shape not just individuals, but generations of 4-H members. The Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to offer them this honor to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the State Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate the alumni, volunteers and former staff of Extraordinary 4-H. Inductees have a history of exemplary 4-H service or exceptional careers and community achievement and have been appointed by the University of Illinois County extension staff or the 4- Foundation Board. H from Illinois. Each inductee receives a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.
Illinois 4-H programs reach nearly 120,000 young people each year through 4-H clubs, camps, educational programs, workshops and conferences held in communities, schools, parks and Illinois homes. The program relies on its more than 15,000 volunteers to fulfill key leadership and mentoring roles statewide.
“Many volunteers have a 4-H tradition in their family or were 4-H members themselves,” Barnard said. “However, more and more adults who are new to the 4-H experience are seeing the value of the life skills development program and volunteering for the first time. 4-Hs have volunteer opportunities that match such a wide variety of time, skills and talents.
Those interested in volunteering can request information from the Montgomery County Extension Office at 217-532-3941.
“There is a place for everyone in 4-H, whether you have an hour or a lifetime to give,” Barnard said.