4-H Foundation inducts 2018 Hall of Fame class
Inductees include John and Annie Coers of
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[September 10, 2018]
Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes 4-H volunteers for
exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program. This year, 67 new
members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a
celebration Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in
Springfield. This year celebrated the 14-year anniversary of the
award, said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive
“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H
strives to instill in youth,” Barnard said. “They are caring,
dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is
extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every
one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful
“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to
Illinois 4-H,” Barnard said, “the program they love will continue to
create wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it
Included in the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2018 were John
and Annie Coers from Logan County who are long time leaders of the
Hollander 4-H Club.
Patty Huffer, Extension Program Coordinator for Youth
Development in Logan County, stated in Coers’ nomination “John &
Annie Coers have been leaders of the Hollanders 4-H club in Logan
County for the past 14 years. They work hard to provide club
meetings that include planned activities, field trips, and community
service opportunities to keep youth active and involved.
"Their club received Farm Credit Community
Improvement grants in the past spearheaded by the Coers' and planted
flowers at the New Holland Community Center where their club
meetings are held to beautify the grounds and surrounding community.
"John also serves as the 4-H Sheep Superintendent and
Annie assists as a 'recorder' - they put a lot of effort each year
into making a special 'awards area' for photo opportunities and
instituted a 4-H Alumni Showmanship contest at the sheep show which
had many participants who enjoyed being in the contest.
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"Logan County feels lucky to have both John & Annie as leaders
and supporters of the 4-H program!”
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to
honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff.
Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.
“The Foundation provides avenues to continue to support the work of Illinois 4-H
by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to
support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing
to continue their 4-H legacy.”
The Illinois 4-H Foundation raises private funds that are invested in Illinois
4-H programs that provide meaningful, positive development experiences for
Illinois youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. To learn
more, visit: www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu.
[Text provided by Patty Huffer]