Illinois 4-H Foundation holds annual 4-H Family Event
4-H Halll of Fame inductees
Photo by Joyce Seay-Knoblauch
August 22, 2012
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The 11th annual Illinois 4-H Family Event was held Saturday, August 11, at the Illinois State Fair. More than 650 members of the 4-H “family” were in attendance – the largest number ever in the event’s history.

“We were very pleased with the turnout this year,” said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, sponsor of the event. “We were able to recognize outstanding members of our 4-H family, including the Ratermann family of Clinton County. They were given the 2012 Family Spirit Award. We inducted 46 new members into the 4-H Hall of Fame, and we awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to six outstanding Legacy of Leadership Scholars. We were also able to recognize some very important people, our Illinois 4-H Project Partners. It’s been another great year for this annual event.”   

The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in the Illinois 4-H program. 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in Illinois with 200,000 youth, ages 5-19, participating with the guidance of 25,000 youth and adult volunteers. Youth learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through more than 250 projects. 4-H’s learning opportunities are intentionally designed around four essential elements necessary for positive youth development by providing youth with: supervised independence, a sense of belonging with a positive group, a spirit of generosity toward others, and a wide variety of opportunities to master life challenges. The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical “learn by doing” experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate, and think independently. 4-H programs are offered in every county in Illinois through chartered clubs, school-based programs, camp settings, and U.S. military installations.

Illinois 4-H is part of the University of Illinois Extension program that is offered in concert with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, the Federal Extension Service, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

For more information about 4-H in Illinois, visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/.