Ken and Nadene Van Hauen of Grundy County was inducted into the 2013 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 18. Eighty-three Iowa counties participated this year and selected 110 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception following the ceremony.
Grundy county natives Ken and Nadene Van Hauen stayed local after college, teaching in a nearby school district before moving back to the family farm and began raising hogs. Ken became the 4-H swine superintendent for 19 years, while Nadene volunteered to help with the 4-H non-livestock judging by being a comment writer and most recently helping 4-Hers at the registration table. Ken has served on the Grundy County Extension Council and Nadene has been part of the Extension Council nominating committee and 4-H youth committee for several years. In 1998 Ken was awarded the Grundy County Honorary 4-H Award and Nadene was awarded the Grundy County Alumni Award in 2000.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Shari Sell-Bakker. 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 and Outreach staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa's 4-H'ers through the years.
"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, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2013 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about 2013 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select "Recognition."