The genesis for our Hall of Fame began with discussions about how UW—Madison Division of Extension 4-H Youth Development should celebrate our Centennial in 2014. Three broad themes came out of initial planning: we need to capitalize on this opportunity for the future; take pride in our accomplishments; and celebrate our past.
Each year, state 4-H programs are invited to nominate two outstanding individual volunteers–one in each of two categories:
- The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award is given to an individual who has spent 10 or more years volunteering for 4-H.
- The Volunteer of the Year Award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than 10 years.
Wisconsin 4-H has an annual opportunity to nominate an individual to The National 4-H Hall of Fame sponsored by NAE4-HYDP, in cooperation with the National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, Extension staff and retirees, donors, and others who have made a significant impact on the 4-H program and/or 4-H members through the contribution of time, energy, financial resources, etc. Each state can submit one nominee for consideration at the National level.