By JAN JACKSON
For the Capital Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Five new members were inducted into the 2012 Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame during the Celebration of 4-H Excellence appreciation banquet.
Inductees honored this year were Norbert and Eileen Hartman and Daryl and the late Marcia Eash of Polk County and Barbara Pederson of Deschutes County.
Established in 2004, the Hall of Fame was created to recognize individuals who have had significant impacts on the 4-H program and its members and leaders. One hundred people were inducted in 2004 -- representing one person for each year 4-H had existed in Oregon -- and more individuals are added every year.
In addition to honoring the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees, the evening featured the 2012 National 4-H Congress finalists, state 4-H ambassadors, state 4-H scholarship winners, 4-H Foundation executives, board members and donors.
Selected as the 2012 Oregon delegation to National 4-H Congress were Courtney Kutzler, Larissa Seybert and Shayne White of Benton County; Emily Brant, Ely Crawford, David DeFrain, Chris Janek, Jacob L. Johnson and Akaela Wafford of Clackamas County; Caleb Lennon of Josephine County; Raquel Albee of Marion County; Emily Cackler, Matthew Ferguson and Nathanial Tilp of Washington County; and Tia Piscitelli of Yamhill County.
The banquet was held during the 4-H Summer Conference June 29 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University Campus.
For more information, call Helen Pease at 541-737-1314 or email her at Helen.Pease@oregonstate.edu.