OSU 4-H Hall of Fame honors five volunteers

June 26, 2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Five Oregon State University 4-H volunteers have been chosen for the 4-H Hall of Fame and will be recognized during a reception and dinner June 29 at 5:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to recognize individuals who have had significant impact upon the 4-H program and its members and leaders. One hundred people were inducted in 2004 – one person for each year 4-H had existed in Oregon. More individuals are added every year.

This year the new inductees are Daryl and the late Marcia Eash from Polk County, Norbert and Eileen Hartmann, also from Polk County, and Barbara Pederson, Deschutes County.

Daryl and Marcia Eash have been involved in 4-H programs since their childhood in Indiana and were active club members and leaders. They began their Polk County 4-H years in 1987, primarily in dairy projects, but also in shooting sports, goats, swine, ceramics and many more. They served as long-time fair superintendents: Daryl, with dairy and Marcia, goats.

Daryl was the foundation of the shooting sports program in Polk County and serves as Master Shooting Sports instructor in the archery program.  He has been in leadership roles at the state level and on the board for the statewide shooting sports committee and as superintendent of the State Fair 4-H Dairy area.

Marcia was a key player on the State 4-H Leader Board, serving as a regional representative and state vice president. She took on key leadership roles for coordination of State Leader Forums and State Leader Association events.

Norbert and Eileen Hartmann have been 4-H and Extension volunteers from Polk County for years. Norbert has been active on the Polk County Fair Board and was president of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and a member of the OSU Extension Citizens Network. He was on the committee that petitioned Polk County Commissioners to put the Extension Service District on the ballot that passed in May 2010.

Eileen is a CPA and served as treasurer of the Oregon 4-H Center Board of Directors. She developed policies for a new nonprofit association to operate the 4-H Center more efficiently and to set up the financial records needed for the association. For years she was treasurer of the Polk County Livestock Association and the market auction committee, handling nearly $200,000 in market animal sales.

With the Hartmann’s involvement, the Oregon 4-H Foundation developed policies and relationships to make the foundation a well-run nonprofit. In cooperation with the Oregon 4-H Foundation and OSU Foundation, the Hartmanns established an endowment to support 4-H and youth development programs, both in the county and at the state level.

Barbara Pederson has been a 4-H horse leader in Deschutes County for nearly 40 years and helped start the county horse bowl more than 25 years ago. She has also been a leaders association officer, horse program mentor and clinician.

Many of the 4-H students that Pederson helped were young people who would have never been able to do horse 4-H without her help. She guided them, provided for them and encouraged them – not just to be better horse people, but to be better people. In her club, horse judging, public speaking and community service were all requirements and she encouraged mentorship in which older kids help younger members. 

Pederson dedicates a major portion of her life to the 4-H program and to growth and expanding the knowledge of dozens of kids. She has been generous with her time and knowledge over the years, spending countless hours helping 4-H youth achieve their goals.

Author: Judy Scott
Source: Helen Pease