Nancy Crabtree was inducted into the 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties participated this year and have selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.
Nancy was contacted to give a demonstration to 4-H members in the Clarke County area on training your dog. At that time, the 4-H members did not have a dog obedience program. At the end of the short demonstration, nine members from Clarke County signed up for the Dog Obedience program as their project. Nancy soon became in charge of the Clarke County Dog Obedience projects as well as Warren County with a total of 90-100 youth. This project continues to grow in the Clarke County area in numbers of 4-Hers and dogs. Nancy treats the kids as her own. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer.
In addition to 4-H training classes, Nancy runs a dog grooming and boarding business and teaches dog obedience classes to the public with a total of 40 students with classes held sometimes three and four nights a week. Therapy dog classes and testing are also held for teams to visit hospitals and nursing homes to help patients alleviate stress.
Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Iowa State University Extension county council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones or ISU Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment and guidance to Iowa’s 4-H’ers through the years.
“Iowa 4-H volunteers and staff greatly impact our youth and this is one way we can recognize them for their remarkable service and commitment,” said Tillie Good, volunteer specialist, Iowa 4-H Youth Development.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. A summary of previous honorees will be on display at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Information about previous inductees to the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame also is available on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website, organized by year and by county. Go to http://www.iowa4hfoundation.org/ and select “Recognition.”