VonAhnen to be inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

Pat VonAhnen felt the impact of 4-H as a 9-year-old girl. She believes in the program so much that she remains involved dozens of years later as a key volunteer in Marshall County.

“I’ve kind of been volunteering on and off since high school,” VonAhnen said.

She will be getting recognition for her work as she is inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 18 at the Iowa State Fair.

“I’m just very excited and honored,” VonAhnen said. “I know people who have gotten this award and I feel I haven’t done as much as them. I’m thankful that they considered me.”

Pat and her husband Jeff live in rural Marshalltown and had three sons involved in 4-H. For the past several years, VonAhnen has been involved in working with the local non-livestock entries at both the Central Iowa Fair and the state fair.

“The kids that participate in 4-H, they do some neat things,” she said. “They are also getting together and learning and growing. I’m their biggest cheerleader to encourage them.”

VonAhnen looks forward to the induction ceremony where she enters into the Hall of Fame with several others from across the state.

“I think that is going to be a really cool day to see all of these people getting that award and to learn of their 4-H experience,” she said.

VonAhnen was busy this past week getting the local state-qualifying projects ready to take to Des Moines to be displayed at the 4-H building at the state fair, which begins Thursday. County Extension Youth Coordinator Caleb Carver said VonAhnen is a valuable volunteer for Marshall County.

“We would not be able to function without Pat’s effort,” Carver said.