Layne Anderson of Estherville was chosen to be Emmet County's 2012 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. The ceremony took place on Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
"It was a nice honor and I was happy to receive the it," said Anderson. "I've been blessed with great family and lots of friends."
Eighty-seven Iowa counties participated this year and selected 114 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they are introduced on stage.
Layne Anderson was Emmet County’s inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame this past weekend at the Iowa State Fair.
"Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program," said Marcy Sander, Emmet County Extension Youth Coordinator. 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.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's 4-H program," said Chuck Morris, 4-H Youth Development program director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Anderson was an active 4-H member in Nebraska as a youth, participating in the livestock judging team and beef area. He especially enjoyed showing his cattle at Ak-Sar-Ben in Omaha.
As an adult in Emmet County, he was the livestock judging team leader for several years.
Anderson has been generous to have various 4-H members who live in town keep their livestock at his home and helps kids throughout the county learn ways to improve their livestock projects. He served as an Emmet County Extension Council member.
Anderson has also been a very important part of the Emmet County 4-H and FFA Premium Auction Committee and has organized and implemented the premium auction at the fair for many years.
"It's been an opportunity to interact with a lot of 4-H kids interested in animal agriculture," Anderson said. "It's been great for me to teach them more about 4-H and animal agriculture in general."
Throughout the years Anderson has enjoyed helping his sons, nieces, and now grandchildren with their livestock projects for the fair.
He is always thinking of new ways to make the Emmet County Fair and the Emmet County 4-H program better for all youth involved.
'It's great to have a volunteer like lane who believes strongly in the 4-H program and in the development of youth," said Sander. "Layne is excited about making the 4-H experience great for all kids."
Look for Anderson to continue his dealings with Emmet County 4-H youth.
"Our kids have made great friends through 4-H and I've met great people throughout the 4-H family," he said.