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Local Volunteer Inducted to Illinois 4-H Foundation U of I Extension News – August 31, 2016


Local Volunteer Inducted to Illinois 4-H Foundation

The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner. This year, 74 new members were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame, the largest inductee class to date. The ceremony was held Saturday, August 20 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Our local winner was Glenn Brammeier of Oakdale. Brammeier was a leader with the Oakdale Four Leaf Clovers for over 40 years, and was a longtime member of the 4-H Animal Science Committee. He also volunteers his time as a 4-H project judge for woodworking, tractor, and small engines.

“There’s not a photograph from our past shows and events that doesn’t include his smiling face,” said Amanda Fox-Clark, 4-H Program Coordinator. “Glenn’s passion for the program and dedication to the youth of 4-H has paved a firm road of tradition for future generations to come. We are so grateful to have had Glenn’s wisdom, time, dedication, passion, and true commitment molding the youth of 4-H in Washington County.”

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:

Shooting Sports volunteer training on target for October 21-23

Adults interested in teaching the shooting sports hobby to young people should attend the fall adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program October 21-23 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost is $125.

Volunteers must register through their local U of I Extension office by Oct 12. Check in begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 21. The training ends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 23. Volunteers must be present for all hours of the training to receive their certification.

A new shooting sports discipline will be added this year, Pistol. Only 20 spots are available for pistol certification. There are five additional concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, and hunting and wildlife, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at:

Economic Dev


University of Illinois Extension will host a free webinar, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies at Work in Illinois, on Thurs., Sept. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

Darrin Fleener, economic development representative from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s Chicago regional office, will provide an overview of the regional planning process. Prior to EDA, Fleener worked for 13 years with the State of Oregon’s economic development department in project management, program development, government relations, and as a rural affairs policy advisor. His professional experience includes working in both urban and rural distressed communities.  

Also presenting will be Jennifer Daly, CEO of Greater Peoria Economic Development District.

“Economic development requires effective, collaborative institutions that are focused on advancing mutual gain for the public and the private sector,” says Kathie Brown, U of I Extension community and economic development educator. “It’s essential to ensuring the economic future of both rural and urban communities across our state.”

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, pre-registration is required. Register online to attend or contact Kathie Brown (309-255-9189, for more information.