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Voigt In 4-H Hall Of Fame

By Staff | Jul 31, 2008

Dan Voigt, sports reporter for The Reporter & The Democrat, was surprised with the announcement that he will be inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. He was nominated for the honor by members of the Palo Alto County Fair Board and Extension Council.

“Dan Voigt has been very generous with is time and talents for Palo Alto County Extension,” the nomination papers say. “Because of his job with the local newspaper, he gives us great media coverage. He covers everythingfrom 4-H activities and events, such as the county fair and our annual 4-H wards banquet, to Extension happenings and programs.”

Voigt has been a member of the Palo Alto County Fair Board since 1998, keeping “what’s best for the kids” and “making a memorable experience” in mind .

“Because of Dan’s media coverage, Palo Alto County residents are very aware of ISU Extension and its purpose in the community,” nominators said. “He has used his promotional skills to let anyone who will listenknow what a solid influence Extensionis in the lives of the area residents.

“His coverage of 4-H events has raised interest in the 4-H program not only from parents but also from your readers. His articles encourage youth to get involved.“”

As a photographer for the newspaper, Voigt has also visited 4-H clubs and used his photography skills to teach numerous 4-H club members the art of good picture taking.

In 1996 Dan was awarded the 4-H Alulmni Award at the county awards banquet for his contributions to 4-H.

Dan Voigt of Palo Alto County will be inducted into the 2008 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Eighty-two Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a plaque by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they are introduced on stage.

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Extension council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones, or Iowa State University (ISU) Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment, and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa’s 4-H program,” said Chuck Morris, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development interim director.

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H.