Mahaska County Woman Inducted Into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame
Eileen Blom of Mahaska County was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Eighty-two counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.
Eileen Blom has a rich history in Mahaska County 4-H. She has served as a 4-H club leader, volunteer, Extension volunteer, and currently partners with 4-H through her work in Horticulture, Floriculture and with the local Farm Bureau. Eileen has raised her family in Mahaska County 4-H and now her grandchildren and being raised in the Mahaska County 4-H program. She has shared her knowledge and experiences with many youth, who now have children involved in the program. Eileen has been a great asset to our sheep program, including the Bottle Lamb category. She assisted with the creation of the rules for the Bottle Lamb project area and currently serves as a Bottle Lamb judge for the county fair. Eileen’s daughter, son-in-law and daughter-in-law are all active 4-H club leaders in Mahaska County; 4-H runs deep with her family.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program, said Amy Brainard, Mahaska County Youth Coordinator. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension and Outreach 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 are committed to Iowa’s youth and the 4-H Youth Development program,” said Chris Gleason, 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A display of previous honorees was available for viewing at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about the 2014 inductees and previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county.