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2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame - Tama County recognizes Margaret Thomsen

September 10, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame represent the many people in Iowa who have contributed countless hours to the 4-H program. They work tirelessly to see that Iowa's youth have a great learning experience in a safe and fun environment. These adults have modeled volunteerism, community service, integrity, and leadership to Iowa's youth. Their legacy is the young people they have mentored who will in turn support the continuation of a 4-H program that builds Iowa's leaders. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.

On Sunday, August 20 at the Iowa State Fair, the Tama County 4-H Program was proud to honor Margaret Thomsen as their 2017 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee.

Even before being a leader, Margaret Thomsen opened her home to having meetings and workshops. Her daughter Ann remembers making cinnamon and applesauce ornaments before Christmas when she was in 4-H.

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Margaret began as a leader for the Crystal Sunbeams in 1986 and ended when the club disbanded. For 15 years, she was committed to the club and the members. Even after her time as a leader, she continues to contribute to 4-H in so many ways.

Margaret has a passion for communication and clothing events. She has helped to analyze and compose many presentations for her daughters and other members of Crystal Sunbeams. Even today, she judges communication and clothing events around the area. She loves judging Agriculture and Natural Resources and home improvement.

Margaret continues to support Tama County 4-H from behind a camera. Each year at the Tama County Fair, Margaret attends nearly all the livestock shows to take pictures and organizes them to be included in a special edition of the local newspapers. Margaret is always present at the annual award banquet to include pictures and an article in the local papers. Anytime 4-H pictures are needed for the newspaper, Margaret is there! She gives great attention to detail, always making sure she has everyone's name correct and promoting 4-H through the newspapers.

It is an honor to have her inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame! We appreciate Margaret for her dedication to the 4-H youth of Tama County.



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