Linda Fitzgerald of Yorkville was one of 65 new inductees to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame recognized during the 4-H Family Event on August 10 at the Illinois State Fair.
For more than 20 years, Fitzgerald has been a 4-H leader and fair superintendent in Kendall County.
“Linda is an outstanding leader and example for our youth in Kendall County,” said Sandra Davis, director of University of Illinois Extension for DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. “She is a compassionate, dedicated and generous volunteer, and we are grateful to have her as an integral part of our program.”
She currently serves as Unit 5 Extension Council secretary, and previously served Expansion and Review as a leader, member and speaker. Fitzgerald is dedicated to 4-H members – encouraging recordkeeping, and providing project help, workshop leadership and reference letters, Davis said.
Fitzgerald is part of the ninth, and largest, class of inductees since Hall of Fame recognition began in 2004. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion and will be added to the virtual 4-H Hall of Fame list.
“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. “The Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them, and we thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”
The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff. 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 www.4hfoundation.illinois.edu.
For more information on the 4-H program in Kendall County, contact Kim Eisnaugle at 630-553-5823 or visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dkk/.
Provided by University of Illinois Extension