By Haley Schmersal
Three passionate and devoted Ohio 4-H youth development volunteers are set to be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame during the Ohio 4-H Conference. These women have spent countless years volunteering their time and talents to an organization dedicated to making the best better.
This year, Ada Sue Workman, Betsy Moore, and Roberta Gallagher will all become members of the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame. They share a love for Ohio 4-H, its members, and the endless opportunities for growth and friendships. Ohio 4-H is Ohio State University Extension’s youth development program.
Workman, of Ashland County, Ohio, is in her 63rd year as an Ohio 4-H volunteer. Workman first became involved in 4-H during high school with her sisters. Although she didn’t have children of her own, Workman became a 4-H advisor because she enjoyed teaching new skills to young members. She has also served on several 4-H committees alongside being an advisor. Workman was shocked and overwhelmed to learn that she is being inducted as an Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame member this year.
Moore, of Ross County, Ohio, has been involved in Ohio 4-H since she became a member at the age of 10. The program provided her with many opportunities, even the chance to go to India through the International Youth 4-H Exchange. Eventually, Moore became a 4-H advisor because she wanted to give her daughters and other children the same opportunities she had as a youth in 4-H. This also led to her involvement at the state level.
“I was speechless when I found out I was being inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame,” Moore said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Gallagher, of Portage County, Ohio, began her Ohio 4-H involvement at a young age. Her older sister was a member, which led to her own membership. Gallagher became very involved and participated in several activities including 4-H camp and National 4-H Congress. Gallagher always knew she wanted to serve as a 4-H advisor and make a difference in the lives of youth. She also serves as a state master clothing educator and judges 4-H sewing projects.
“I was flabbergasted and shocked, but thrilled beyond compare to be inducted,” said Gallagher.
Congratulations Workman, Moore, and Gallagher! Thank you for your dedication to Ohio 4-H and its members. We know that you have touched the lives of many, and they wouldn’t be where they are today without you!
We would also like to congratulate all of the other Ohio 4-H supporters who will be recognized at this year’s conference:
4-H Alumni Award
Joy Bauman and Angela Krile
Community Service Award
Wood County 4-H Clubs
Sheriff Gene Fischer and Audrey Robson
Meritorious Service Award
Cathy Rice, Kelly Kanicki, Tammie Strawser, and Mary Ann Mitchell