The University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development Program inducted 100 laureates into the brand-new Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame Saturday, November 15. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony was the last statewide event celebrating 100 years of 4-H in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to 4-H at the local, state and national levels. The honorees represent 4-H in the broadest sense, according to Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development State Program Director Dale Leidheiser.
“We are inducting volunteers, supporters and UW-Extension employees who had an impact on the lives of children, their community or state through significant contributions of time, energy, or financial resource to 4-H and its members,” Leidheiser says.
St. Croix County 4-H is proud to be represented by Mari Omann in the 4-H Hall of Fame. Mari has volunteered as a 4-H leader in St. Croix County for 34 years. She has served as a general club leader and project leader in many areas, and held positions on Leaders’ Council and numerous county committees.
Mari’s personal growth in the 4-H program has evolved into leadership roles at the district, state and regional levels; serving on district and state leader’s council; holding offices for many years; and attending state and regional volunteer conferences. Mari’s organizational skills were valuable as the North Central Regional Volunteer Forum Wisconsin delegates’ coordinator. She served on forum organizational committees and taught conference sessions.
Mari is a wonderful role model for other parents and has an ability to offer parents successful volunteer opportunities that lead to greater involvement. Mari’s passion for 4-H Youth Development is evident in her fun-loving, enthusiastic attitude. Youth and adult volunteers alike are able to grow, succeed, gain life skills, and feel included and welcomed in the St. Croix County 4-H program because of Mari’s commitment to them.
Since 1914, Wisconsin 4-H has helped youth grow the leadership, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to be successful in a constantly changing world. To learn more about the individuals who supported 100 years of growing Wisconsin leaders, visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hhof/.