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Washington State 4-H Inducts Four into Hall of Fame, Outstanding County Volunteers Also Honored for Service to Youth

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Four Washington residents were inducted into the Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame for their leadership, commitment, and impact on 4-H and their communities. Honored at the 2010 4-H Forum in Spokane on October 15 were:

  • Lawana Harting, Dayton, Columbia County, has been a 4-H leader for 28 years. She leads projects in sewing, food and nutrition, entomology, beef, and leather craft.
  • Donna Hanger, Dayton, Columbia County, started her first 4-H club in 1971. She and co-leader Lawana Harting also are project leaders for food preservation, health, and swine. Together they also coordinate the Columbia County 4-H Dress Review, Foods for All Occasions, and baking contests.
  • Bruce Bradley, Port Orchard, Kitsap County, has served as a rabbit club leader, State 4-H Fair Rabbit Superintendent, and on the Washington State 4-H Fair Board. A volunteer for over 28 years, Bradley is also active in the Kitsap 4-H Council where he has held several leadership positions.
  • Jerry Newman, Palouse, Whitman, joined WSU Extension 4-H as a youth development specialist in 1979. Newman provided leadership in many project areas including equine, beef, sheep, swine, and animal quality assurance. He was also responsible for designing statewide and national curriculum and was instrumental in 4-H contests including Horse Bowl, Hippology, Horse Judging, and Forestry Stewardship.
Left to right: Jerry Newman, Bruce Bradley, Lawana Harting, Donna Hanger
Left to right: Jerry Newman, Bruce Bradley, Lawana Harting, Donna Hanger. Click image to download high-resolution version.

More than 160 people have been inducted into the State 4-H Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001.

Also recognized at the Forum were over 30 WSU Extension 4-H county volunteers who provide outstanding commitment to youth. The following people were selected for their exceptional efforts:

In the Southern District: Lance and Janelle Dever; Ann Wight from Benton/Franklin Counties; Ashley Reithmayer, youth leader, Benton/Franklin Counties; Lori Hull, Clark County; Amber Denton, Cowlitz County; Kim Hamilton, Lewis County; Shawn Deal, Wahkiakum County; Brenda Bryce, Walla Walla County; Barbara Bailey, Yakima County; Tracey Baker, Grays Harbor County; Julie Vance, Klickitat County.

In the Western District: Tara West, Clallam County; Su Tipton, Jefferson County; Jim Luty, King County; Bruce Bradley, Kitsap County; Ann Vonderau, Pierce County; Christy Lyon, Skagit County; Chris Elston and Andrea Hevesi, Snohomish County; Rick Johnson, Thurston County.

In the Eastern District: Kim Belanger, Zo Ann Byers, Gail Campbell, and Mike and Deb Marback, Asotin County; Wendy Frame, Columbia County; Holly Haddenham, Ferry County; Tom Freeman, Grant County; Audrey Wedin, Kittitas County; Joyce Bodeau, Lincoln County; Marcie Howell, Okanogan County; Bill Demers, Spokane County; Steve and Robin Minaker, Stevens County.

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Media Contacts

Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension 4-H, 253-445-4543