The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for exemplary service with the 4-H Hall of Fame. The 2019 class includes 80 new inductees, including Jim Feuerborn of Campton Hills and Tina Heidrich of Oswego. All were honored during a celebration Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

“These volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”

Kane County’s Jim Feuerborn

Kane County 4-H alum Jim Feuerborn is a long-time supporter of Illinois 4-H and Extension. He was a ten-year member of 4-H and has served as a volunteer for 23 years in Kane County through the 4-H Horse Committee and as a 4-H fair superintendent

“He spends the entire week at the fair, organizing the horse barn, fully managing equipment borrowed for the fair and directing the set-up and daily activities,” said Doris Braddock, 4-H Program Coordinator in Kane County. “His sense of humor, announcing style and ability to keep everyone on-task is such an asset to the 4-H youth and program.”    

Kendall County’s Tina Heidrich

Kendall County honoree Tina Heidrich is a 4-H parent, volunteer and advocate. She has actively served as a member of the tri-county Extension Council, Kendall County 4-H Foundation, and the local Expansion and Review Committee. She serves as a Cloverbud leader and also provides leadership with 4-H teen organizations. She never misses an opportunity to promote 4-H to the community, and she and her family give back hours of time each month in various ways.

“She has a great connection to our 4-H youth at many age levels,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Program Coordinator. “Her Cloverbud youth love her teaching style and creative ideas. The older youth look up to her as a role model for community service and leadership. She is a calm, caring, inspiring, and approachable leader."

The 2019 Class of Inductees

The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Each inductee receives a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to create wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it touches.”

In addition to Feuerborn and Heidrich, those honored include Susan Kissick, Adams County; Dennis Lingley, Bond County; Cindee Robinson, Boone County; Monico Nunez, Bureau County; Jim Ruter, Carroll County; Diana Herriott, Champaign County; Kathy Bates, Christian County; Aaron and Mary Ann Crome, Clark County; and Denise Sinclair, Clinton County; Juli Stelle, Coles County; Bonnie Weger, Crawford County; Connie Koester, Cumberland County; Lisa Govig, DeKalb County; Sherry Fulton, Dewitt County; Walt Wright, Douglas County; Bradley Cash, Edgar County; Neil Fearn, Edwards County; Cindy Mathis and Janet Willenborg, Effingham County; and Kimberly Rahn, Ford County; Cathy Hewlett, Franklin County; Lee Roy Knuppel, Fulton County; Chris Delach, Grundy County; Jeff Rister, Hamilton County; Janetta Flener, Hardin County; Shellee Fecht, Hancock County; Ralph and Marilyn Torrance, Henderson County; Christina Fleming-Kidwel, Iroquois County; Sharon Swisher, Jackson County; Louis Ochs, Jasper County; Sandra Kabat, Jefferson County; Judy Benz, Jersey County; Pat Farman, Kankakee County; Randy Newell, Knox County; Karen Pillion, La Salle County; the late Allan Esgar, Lee County; Cathryn Frisby, Livingston County; and Pamela Tibbs, Logan County; Kevin and Kim Albert of Macoupin County; Carleen Paul, Madison County; Kane Austin, Marion County; DiAnn Kuehn, Marshall County; Bill Bree, Mason County; Norma Korte, Massac County; Robert and Karen Chatterton, McDonough County; Dawn Bihlmaier, McHenry County; Mark Schreiner, Menard County; and Krystal Jungmann, Mercer County; Dorothy Schilling, Monroe County; Peggy Hampton, Montgomery County; Earl Hagemeyer, Ogle County; the late Jason Coulter, Peoria County; Agnes Thurston, Pulaski County; Amie Callahan, Rock Island County; Terry Bohn, St. Clair County; David Morrison, Sangamon County; James Sparks, Shelby County; and Ron and Karen Horsley, Stark County; Karen Wilhelms, Stephenson County; Joe Grove, Tazewell County; Keith Ellis, Union County; Paige Brown, Vermilion County; Amy Quinn, Warren County; Angie Bowman, Washington County; Debbie Webb, Wayne County; Holly Healy, White County; Darren Mosher, Whiteside County; David and Lisa McMurtry, Will County; Donald Elliott, Williamson County; Ralph Koning, Winnebago County; and Paul and Theresa McHenry, Woodford County.

“The Foundation provides avenues to support the work of Illinois 4-H by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing to continue their 4-H legacy.”

The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in Illinois 4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive development experiences for Illinois youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn more, visit: 4hfoundation.illinois.edu.