2022 Hall of Fame
Roberta (Bobbie) has been an active volunteer in Portage County and Ohio 4-H for almost 40 years. In her time as a volunteer, she has served as head advisor of the Edinburg Seambusters where she dedicated her time to teaching 4-H youth how to sew as well as advising them on how to compete with their projects and encouraging their development in leadership. Bobbie also is a part of the Portage County Life-skills board as well as an Ohio 4-H Master Clothing Educator (MCE). Bobbie is a true leader and always encourages her youth to strive for success. She watches them grow and encourages them to apply for the scholarships and awards they deserve. She is never shy to lend a helping hand or advice. She enjoys helping 4-H’ers by performing mock interviews, writing recommendations, and assisting with achievement records or anything else they need to feel more confident and achieve whatever it is they want. Bobbie helps to grow young leaders and she always makes sure they strive to make their best better.
Betsy has spent her entire life championing the 4-H motto to make the best better. She works hard to chase opportunities that help maximize the amount and quality of 4-H programs available to our world’s future leaders. By being an IFYE, she advocated 4-H not only locally but globally. Betsy has been able to impact 4-H youth over multiple generations directly through her service, and indirectly through her advocacy and financial contributions. Betsy started a club for her daughters over three decades ago because she wanted to raise the bar of their club experience. Since then, she’s poured her heart into making the best hands-on learning experience possible for all the kids she’s had in her club. She passionately believes in developing public speaking and leadership skills through club meetings, but also by eagerly encouraging her members to participate in county, state, and national opportunities. Most notably, Betsy was the driving force in launching the Ross County 4-H Endowment, Betsy models being a dedicated volunteer. She served on the Ohio State University Extension Advisory Committee for six years and the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board for eight years, including chairing the Foundation Board’s County Endowment committee for six years. She’s not afraid to use her voice to advocate for all that 4-H offered to her as a 4-H’er.
Ada Sue Workman
Probably the most significant contribution of Ada Sue is that she has made a difference in the lives of children. She is a dedicated, friendly, knowledgeable role model for countless 4-H'ers who have passed through her care. Many of her former Ashland County 4-H members that she has influenced over the past 60 plus years have stayed involved with the program. Each year, she teaches county-wide workshops to young 4-H'ers. She realizes that many children may never sew their own outfits but that everyone should have a basic knowledge of sewing so that clothes can be mended, simple accessories can be made. Two former 4-H members have since graduated and used some of what they learned from Ada Sue either in their chosen career or in a supplemental career. She also encourages youth to look at careers involving sewing - many times for an extra income while attending college or just earning some spending money for extras. While she may not speak to thousands or have patented a new invention, she has been a caring, positive influence in the lives of many and still makes a difference every day. A common saying is that people either see the glass as "half-full" or "half-empty." Ada Sue sees it as overflowing! She is one of the most positive people and that attitude rubs off on all those that she works with.
2021 Hall of Fame
Tony is more than just a 4-H advisor to the youth in his club. He is a mentor who is always ready to go beyond what is expected. He mentors youth to learn from their projects to gain skills they will use throughout their lives. In the early 70’s Tony saw a need at the Mahoning County Fair to provide affordable food for 4-H families. The Pop Shop was born and since has served as a place not only for food, but as a place for 4-H youth to work and learn business and customer service skills. Proceeds from the Pop Shop supports youth development opportunities in the county. Tony is a mentor and role model for many volunteers through the many committees on which he has served. Many of his 4-H alumni have returned to thank him for teaching them how to mentor others. Helping to coordinate the exchange trips to other states was also a highlight for members and adults alike. Many memories and friendships were created with youth in different areas of the country through this exchange program.
Karen has made significant lifetime contributions of service to the Ohio 4-H program through the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board of Directors which, in turn, has resulted in positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program. Her lifetime of service began as a ten-year member of 4-H and continued as an adult, volunteering at Tar Hollow 4-H camps as a cook, to judging projects to helping members understand the value of volunteering. Karen, from Ross County served on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board for 14 years, chairing various committees and ultimately as president. During Karen’s tenure the annual Celebration of Youth grew from generating $100,000 each year to more than $150,000. Karen is a humble, compassionate, accomplished leader that others look to for her thoughts and experience. Karen exhibits a strong leadership ability and wherever there was a 4-H need, she was there to fill it. Karen's passion for 4-H started as a child and she used the skills she learned in 4-H to set her career path. Not only did she use her Home Economics skills but her strong leadership skills in all aspects of her volunteer work.
There are few people who have made a greater impact on 4-H youth in Wood County than Peg Naus. Her enthusiasm, special skills and continued dedication and volunteerism make her a valued treasure. Not only does she give hundreds of hours to youth in her role as an advisor of the Golden Key 4-H Club for the past 31 years, but it’s in her role as 4-H Camp Nurse is where her two loves “children and healthcare” are combined. Wood County campers with cuts, scrapes and tummy aches have appreciated “Nurse Peg’s” caring demeanor for 30 years. She has a knack for giving homesick campers a much-needed hug and sending them off with a smile. Peg has donated camperships for needy families, judged projects and taught craft sessions. Peg is a brilliant example of what is good about 4-H. She continues to give back in so many ways and has encouraged generations of youth and young adults to build strong character through 4-H. She is an inspiration to her community, and her positive attributes and ability to empower others is her special gift.
2020 Hall of Fame
Jane is the face of the Licking County 4-H Band. The 4-H band operates as the largest 4-H Club in Licking County, with more than 125 members in 2019. The youth who have worked with Jane over the past 47 years have gained confidence, life skills, and invested in the communities in which they live. She believes everyone has worth, and it has nothing to do with how they look or dress, or how much support they have at home. Jane is committed to the 4-H Band with weekly practices from March through the end of May, the week-long band camp, and an eight-day performance schedule during the Hartford Independent Fair. During the summer, the band performs on average twice a week. Her biggest accomplishment is that she opens the door to 4-H for a group of youth who might not otherwise choose to join the 4-H program.
David has served as an instructor for hundreds of youth across Ohio. He has judged natural resources projects at the state fair, taught at the Ohio 4-H Conservation Camp and at programs in Knox County. He was well prepared for those opportunities having taught science subjects at the high school level until his retirement. For 21 years, David has served as an adult camp staff member for Knox and Holmes camps and was a trainer for camp counselors. His love of teaching is evident, no matter where he travels or what ages are represented in his audiences. He has positive thoughts to share while accepting people as they are. David has served on the Knox County 4-H Planning Committee as well as regional and statewide advisory committees.
Vic has made a positive impact on the youth and adults of Lorain County for over 45 years. His involvement began as a volunteer for the Lorain County Steer Club. Vic has conducted numerous clinics for youth taking steers and lambs, assisted with tagging and never hesitates to help youth with any issues or questions. Many of the youth he has come into contact with have attended college to pursue careers in agriculture and are currently involved in local and state 4-H programs. There is no doubt Vic’s passion for 4-H had positive influence on these youth, who are now adults and continue to promote 4-H.