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4-H Hall of Fame Inducts 6 From Lewis County

PULLMAN, Wash. — Six people represent Lewis County in the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame.

Inducted Oct. 18 in Ocean Shores were: Virginia Cook, 116 Meier Road W., Winlock; Deane H. Johnson, 554 NW Pennsylvania Ave., and Glennys and the late Don Pacsmag, 1116 Rush Road, all Chehalis, and Mary Jane Fox and Lillian Francy, both of Lewis County.

Cook has been a 4-H leader for over 30 years. She has served on the Leader’s Council as president, vice president, secretary, and has served as treasurer since 1983.

She has served on the Lewis County Trust Fund for years and is its current treasurer. She has chaired the Kouncil Kitchen, which she has served as co-manager for many years. She was a dairy leader for 18 years, and then dairy show superintendent for the Southwest Washington Fair. This year she became the livestock superintendent.

Johnson worked as a 4-H extension agent and was involved in the Southwest Washington Fair and the Washington State Fair. Since retirement, he continues to serve as a volunteer 4-H department clerk at the Southwest Washington Fair. He also serves as the fair’s treasurer for the Junior Livestock Sale.

Glennys Pacsmag and her late husband, Don, began volunteering in 4-H after their children were grown and out of the 4-H program. Both served on the Mayfield Youth Camp Board.

Glennys was treasurer for the Mayfield Youth Camp, served on the State Advisory Board, State 4-H Fair Board, and was a member of the Lewis County Trust Fund. She is still involved with the foods department as a leader, teacher, and judge. Don was the weigh master for the Southwest Washington Fair for the livestock sale for many years.

Fox has been a 4-H leader for 31 years. She started her 4-H career as a member in a horse club. She has served as a resource leader at personal development retreats and an officer of the Lewis County 4-H Leader’s Council. She is currently the announcer for the 4-H horse division at the Southwest Washington Fair and has also served as announcer at other youth shows.

Francy has been a 4-H leader for 37 years. She is the main club leader of the Logan Hill Headliners 4-H club. She has served as the superintendent of the 4-H Fashion & Consumer Review and the 4-H Clothing Division at the Southwest Washington Fair for many years. She also serves as a Master Clothier for Lewis County and conducts sewing classes for youth.

Induction of the first one hundred people was announced at a State 4-H Forum in Ocean Shores. The hall of fame was created as part of the 4-H centennial celebration.

More than 93,500 Washington youths are enrolled in 4-H programs; over 20,300 are enrolled in 1,733 clubs. Another 73,000 participate in a variety of other 4-H activities, such as the school enrichment program, day camps and overnight camping.

More than 10,300 adult volunteers support 4-H, which is Washington State University Cooperative Extension’s informal, educational program for today’s young people. The program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, WSU faculty, federal, state, and local governments, and businesses.

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(360) 740-1212 for Toni Gwin, Area 4-H Agent