The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, more than 1,000 supporters watched the induction of 66 new members into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.

This year celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the award, said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. All but ten inductees were in attendance for the ceremony held Saturday, Aug. 9 on the Director of Agriculture’s Lawn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” Barnard said. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”

The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to create brilliant futures for the young people whose lives it touches.”

The winner for Iroquois County was Lori Shule.

Though Lori Shule was not a 4-H member herself, she has been active in her county for numerous years. Lori was one of the founding leaders of the Ashkum Barnbusters 4-H Club and continued to lead the club for over 20 years. Though her children had aged out of the program, she saw the value in the 4-H program and continued to serve as leader. She also helped out at the county level by participating in project tear down at the fair and helping with awards evaluations.