Freeport, ILL [September 7, 2021]—Kristi Krahmer, co-club leader of the Lena Lucky Clovers 4-H, was recently named to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame for her leadership and mentoring role as a volunteer. The Hall of Fame honors volunteers and former staff members for their dedication to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development program. Kristi was nominated by Stephenson County extension staff and is one of 71 individuals that were recognized during a virtual ceremony on August 17.
Kristi has been a volunteer with the Stephenson County 4-H program for over 10 years. She’s spent the last six years as the Lena Lucky Clovers Club Leader. In her role as a club leader, Kristi serves as the liaison between club members
and the 4-H program/Extension staff. Some of her duties as a club leader include hosting club meetings and activities, recruiting new youth as well as helping current 4-H youth select their projects for the 4-H show.
“Kristi’s great communication skills—especially through the pandemic when we were only able to meet virtually, kept 4-H members, project leaders and extension staff connected,” explains Brenda Heimann, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth and Development Program Coordinator. “She focuses on 4-H youth and their project areas—making sure the youth have everything they need to get their projects ready for the 4-H show,” continues Brenda. “Kristi’s love for 4-H and the youth of Stephenson County shows through her dedication to the club and its members.”
Kristi, a Winslow resident, lives with her husband Roger, and son, Zakary. Besides volunteering with the Stephenson County 4-H, she’s also the treasurer of the Winslow Park District and employed at the FS Fast Stop in Lena as the assistant kitchen manager.
Volunteers in 4-H share skills and experience to help 4-H youth become confident, young leaders. There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of young people through 4-H. Volunteers can lead clubs, teach a skill, judge projects, plan or help at an event, and serve on an advisory board.
For more information about 4-H in Stephenson County or volunteering, contact Brenda Heimann, Stephenson County 4-H and Youth Development Program Coordinator at the University of Illinois Extension office by phone: 815-235-4125, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting go.illinois.edu/jsw.