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Denise Flaherty Named To 4-H Hall Of Fame

July 27, 2017
Emmetsburg News

A Graettinger woman has been honored with nomination to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during ceremonies last Thursday evening at the Palo Alto County Fair. Denise Flaherty will officially be inducted into the State Hall of Fame during ceremonies next month at the Iowa State Fair.

Denise was born and raised in Emmetsburg, IA. She married Mike Flaherty in 1973. They had two daughters, Angie and Christy, both who were very active in the Palo Alto County 4-H program with Angie currently being employed by Palo Alto County Extension as a Program Coordinator. Denise also has grand-children currently in the 4-H program. In her spare time she enjoys being with family, going to craft shows, and following all her grandchildren's school and other activities.

Understanding the importance of 4-H in her own life and wanting that for her own two daughters, Denise Flaherty of Graettinger became a 4-H leader of the Walnut Willing Workers 4-H Club in Palo Alto County in 1982. She gave leadership to that club for approximately ten years. Then twelve years later when her grandchildren and nieces were of 4-H age she again volunteered to be a 4-H leader for another ten years, this time for the Graettinger Pirates 4-H Club. During those years of leadership the Graettinger Pirates won community service awards in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. Some of their bigger projects included fundraising for the replacement of the flooring in the basement of the American Legion in Graettinger, varnished four new park signs, got a grant to purchase flags for the Graettinger City Council Chamber and to do some landscaping and install a flag and pole in front of City Hall, assembled four sets of bleachers, got a grant for a new town sign and helped with the landscaping around it, got a grant to purchase new tennis nets for the town's tennis court, helped with the landscaping, planted trees, and purchased a bench for the swimming pool that was being installed, and held a teen dance with all the proceeds going to the Graettinger Ambulance Service. In 2004 Denise was presented an Alumni Award at our annual awards banquet for her dedication to the 4-H program.

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HALL?OF?FAME - Denise Flaherty of Graettinger, at left, is Palo Alto County’s 4-H Hall of Fame nominee for 2017. Julie Naig, ISU?Extension Youth Coordinator, at right, announced the nomination during ceremonies last Thursday evening, July 20, at the Palo Alto County Fair. -- Dan Voigt photo

From 2002-2010 Denise held the position of Office Manager for the Palo Alto County Extension Office. She was credited for making the office run smoothly, doing everything from answering the phone, to sending out correspondence, to paying bills, to working with 4-Hers and their families, to organizing meetings and luncheons, and all other duties as assigned. She was a great asset to the office.

In 2013 Denise was elected to the Palo Alto County Extension Council where she served for 2 years. At that time she also volunteered to be on the 4-H Youth Committee and presently continues to be a member of that committee.

All 99 counties in Iowa have the opportunity to recognize volunteers who have exhibited outstanding service to the county 4-H programs and nominate them for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.

Palo Alto County is now proud and honored to have Denise Flaherty as their 2017 inductee to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Denise will join past inductees from Palo Alto County which include Julie Nelson, Angie Beem, Ray Brown, Merrylea Clasing, Helen Anliker, Tim Naig, Dan Voigt, Ann Stillman, Terry Rouse, Bert and Julie Naig, Devona Perkins, Karen Schwartzkopf, Roberta Hersom, Keyron and Este Fogarty, and Margaret Pratt.

The 4-H Hall of Fame Induction ceremony takes place the last Sunday of the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building. The 4-H Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation and was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H.



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