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Volunteer recognized for years of dedication and service to 4-H program

CLINTON, Ill. — Illinois 4-H relies on more than 15,000 volunteers to fill key leadership and mentoring roles. Each year, longtime volunteers and former staff members are recognized by the Illinois 4-H Foundation for their service and dedication to the University of Illinois Extension 4-H youth development program. A virtual ceremony for the winners was held on August 17, 2021.

Sherry Young, Salt Creek Clovers 4-H club leader, is one of seventy-one Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame award winners for 2021. She was a 4-H member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H club and the Clever Clovers 4-H club for a total of 11 years. She has been a leader for the Salt Creek Clovers for the past 8 years. Sherry has also served as a fair judge, Extension Council member, and youth committee member.

“Sherry’s passion for 4-H is admirable, and DeWitt County appreciates all of her hard work as a priceless volunteer,” says 4-H Program Coordinator Lindsey Burden.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Those inducted have a record of exemplary service to 4-H or outstanding career and community achievement and were nominated by either county University of Illinois Extension staff or the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board.

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WRITER: Maria Lightner, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

ABOUT 4-H: Illinois 4-H empowers and prepares Illinois youth for success. University of Illinois Extension provides 4-H programs in every county in Illinois, affecting the lives of 200,000 youth each year through sustained learning clubs, groups, and short-term programming.