Four New Members Named to Board of Illinois 4-H Foundation
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September 24, 2013
Four new members have been named to the Illinois 4-H Foundation board. Jerry
Hicks and Karl Barnhart, both from Sangamon County, Jessie Crews of Clark
County, and Sharon Tenhouse of Adams County have each been appointed to a
is co-owner of Agrivest, Inc., in Springfield. He grew up in Lee County
where he was a member of 4-H for 10 years. He earned both bachelor's and
master's degrees in animal science from the University of Illinois, was an
agricultural 4-H advisor with the Extension service, and later served as a
regional livestock specialist. Jerry was a 4-H leader for 23 years and has
received the Illinois Friend of 4-H award. Jerry and his wife Jill (also a U of
I alumna) have three children who were all 10-year members of 4-H as well.
first 4-H project, I learned to organize my thoughts and make a presentation,"
said Jerry. "This is a life skill I am still using today."
is the chief marketing officer of BRANDT in Springfield. Karl grew up on a
family farm in western Pennsylvania, then lived and worked in New York City for
21 years. After moving to Illinois to work at BRANDT, Karl said he chose to
serve on the foundation board in order to give back to the agriculture industry
and the communities that BRANDT serves.
"Though it is
rooted firmly in American agriculture, 4-H is so much more than showing
livestock for farm kids," said Karl. "It's enduring life lessons. It's positive
values. And it's having the confidence to succeed no matter what life throws at
you. I'm proud to be a small part of such a positive, life-changing
has provided leadership to 4-H members, volunteers, and local 4-H programs for
more than 25 years. She currently works as the youth development educator in Clark,
Crawford, and Edgar counties. Jessie has served as chairperson of the Illinois
4-H youth development team and president of the Illinois Extension
Professionals for Youth Education, and she was given the Distinguished Service
Award by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
Illinois youth development educator, I'm excited to serve on the board and be a
liaison between 4-H staff and the board members who graciously give of their
expertise to the 4-H program," said Jessie. "Great things are happening in the
Illinois 4-H program, and I am happy to be a part of it."
Tenhouse is a retired teacher who served in the public schools for 34 years,
teaching elementary, pre-kindergarten and pre-kindergarten special education
students. Sharon earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois, and
is a 4-H House alumna. She has been a 4-H leader and Extension volunteer for 40
years, and was honored as a member of the 2013 Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.
to continue to expand 4-H opportunities in Illinois, saying, "My experiences as
a 4-H member helped develop my communication and leadership skills and a strong
sense of responsibility to my community."
4-H Foundation, chartered in 1954, provides grants to 4-H clubs throughout the
state and to county 4-H programs. It funds delegates who represent Illinois at
national conferences and supports the state 4-H judging teams that earn the
right to compete nationally. It provides registration subsidies so 4-H members
with limited resources can attend camps and leadership conferences. The
foundation's scholarship program offers merit-based scholarships to Illinois
4-H'ers as they pursue a college education. For more information about the
foundation or to make a gift to the foundation, visit www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu.
information about the Illinois 4-H Foundation, contact Angie Barnard at (217)
333-0333 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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