Hancock County Extension Inducts the late LaVern & Della Velau into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

LaVern and Della Velau, formerly of Klemme, will be 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 Iowa counties participated this year and selected 110 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they are introduced on stage and honored at a reception following the ceremony.  The ceremony honoring LaVern and Della Velau will take place at 1:30pm on Sunday, August 17th at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.  LaVern Velau Jr. will be accepting the award on behalf of his parents.

LaVern and Della were the recipients from Hancock County.   LaVern and Della Velau have given many years of service to the 4-H program in Hancock County.  For 23 years they co-managed the 4-H foodstand at the Hancock County Fair.  They began as volunteers, but their efforts were so successful that the Extension Council decided to give them a small wage.  LaVern and Della didn’t care about the pay; they only cared about helping the community.

Della was also a 4-H club leader of the South Liberty Busy Bees and was involved in helping merge 4-H boys and girls clubs, making it possible for more kids participate in activities.  LaVern was a 4-H club leader of the Liberty Go-Getters.

We are so grateful for the service that has been given to Hancock County 4-H by VaVern and Della Velau.

“Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program,” said Victoria Schmidt, Hancock County Extension Youth Coordinator.  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 have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa’s 4-H 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 will be available for viewing at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

Information about 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. Go to http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition.”