Mark and Laura Taglauer of Jefferson County will be 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, Aug. 18. Ninety-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 135 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members will be presented a certificate as they are introduced on stage.
Mark and Laura will be recognized at 3:30p.m. A reception will follow the presentations. Mark and Laura Taglauer reside on a farm in rural Jefferson County, where they have raised a family and
built a life! The couple has always been more than willing to volunteer and dedicate their time to make the community a better place. For the last 20 plus years the couple have served numerous volunteer roles and spent countless youth helping involved in Jefferson County 4-H. Laura played a huge role as a member of the Jefferson County 4-H Youth Committee and is now currently a Clover Kid’s leader for the Packwood Clover Kids. Mark’s passion for 4-H started young as he was a member of the Walnut Bomber’s 4-H club. Mark played an integral role in the completion of the 4-H food booth. During the County Fair, Mark can usually be found on the grill flipping burgers and turning hot dogs. 4-H has been a huge part of their lives since a young age, they enjoy getting to spend time helping the youth in Jefferson
“Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program,” said Ashtin Walker, Jefferson County 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.
“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.”