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Thurston County Places 4 in State 4-H Hall of Fame

PULLMAN, Wash. — Four people have been honored for their contributions to 4-H in Thurston County.

Inducted Oct. 18 into the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame were: The late Andy Andrews; Joyce Elliot, 2201 E. End Road, David Kalar, 8013 Spurgeon Creek Road S.E., all Olympia; Rose Waring, 1380 N.W. Arizona, Chehalis; and Sid Willuweit,14812 Bery Valley Road S.E., Yelm.

Andrews worked closely with the 4-H Youth Development Program for many years. He was the area livestock agent for Thurston and surrounding counties. Prior to moving to Olympia, he served as an extension agent in Clallam County. He was involved in the local and state 4-H fairs, and a leader in the Northwest Jr. Livestock Show.

Elliot has worked as a 4-H parent and volunteer leader in foods, clothing, gardening, dairy, beef, poultry, and craft projects for half a century. She has been the superintendent for foods, demonstrations, Sewing Expo, and judging contests at the Thurston County Fair. She also has served on the County Leader’s Council and on the Kitchen and Judging Contest State Committees.

Willuweit was involved in 4-H as an exhibitor in his early years and became a 4-H leader. He exhibits as an adult in open class events. He has been on various committees throughout the county and state. He was Chair of the Forum when it was held in Olympia. He served three years as president of the the Washington State 4-H Fair Board and helped get a Llama Division at the State 4-H Fair.

Willuweit was honored this year with Thurston County 4-H’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has given many sheep to 4-H youth for their projects. He has been a contributor to the Washington State 4-H Fair, both as a volunteer and a monetary donor.

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) 786-5445 for Mike Holroyd, 4-H Agent or
Emily Killeen, 4-H Program Assistant