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Beenkens inducted into hall of fame

Jim and Jeanne Beenken from Buckingham, Iowa will be inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame on August 23.

Jim and Jeanne Beenken of Tama County will be inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.

Two ceremonies will be streamed online to recognize this year’s honorees. Tama County will be recognized during the 3:30 p.m. event. Visit www.iowa4hfoundation.org the day of the ceremony to locate the online event.

For Jim and Jeanne Beenken, there is much more to a County Fair than just the 6 days that the animals and members are on the grounds and that is why Tama County has selected them as their 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductees. No one sees the amount of background work that Jim Beenken, Tama County Swine Superintendent since 1979 until a few years ago, does to make sure the youth are educated in their swine project, makes sure the scale is ready so that all swine are weighed, tagged and ear notched prior to the fair, organizes the weigh-in process at the fair and makes sure the show runs smoothly the day of the fair. And beside him all the way is his wife Jeanne, who has been a part of the Tama County Fair Board recently serving as treasurer. It is an honor to have them inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame and the youth of Tama County thank you, Jim and Jeanne, for your dedication to them!

Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. 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, program manager, 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. 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”.