Influential women inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame


By Heather Willard - hwillard@aimmedianetwork.com



Trena Hershberger, left to right, Barb Heilers and Anita Barker hold their awards after being inducted into the Shelby County 4-H Hall of Fame.


SIDNEY — The 2017 inductees to the 4-H Hall of Fame were announced during the intermission of the Shelby County Junior Fair King and Queen contest on Sunday.

The 4-H foundation recognized Trena Hershberger, Barb Heilers and Anita Barker for their service and dedication to the 4-H program.

Hershberger is married to Andy and a mother to Owen. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Ohio State University. She is the president of the 4-H Foundation, has volunteered as an adviser for the Junior Fair Board and created the Rookie of the Year award.

Heilers is married with three children, and graduated from Wright State University with a degree in social work. She has been a 4-H adviser for several years and helped start the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club, even holding meetings at her home. She was the driving force in getting goats into the junior sale. She has also served as the treasurer to the Senior Fair Board.

Barker, married to Denny, is a mother of four. She started part-time at the Shelby County Extension Office in 1982, and became full-time in 1985. She was sometimes the only staff-member in the office, and retired after 32 years of service. She worked under four county directors, seven educators and eight program assistants during her time at the extension office.

The 4-H foundation also named four high school seniors as scholarship winners: Cole Tebbe, Tom Ballas, Owen Michael and Christina Gaerke, who was also a fair queen contestant.

Owen Michael was also awarded the Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Ginn Agriculture Scholarship, which is an endowment scholarship. Michael attended Anna High School and will be going to Kansas State University for Animal Science.

Trena Hershberger, left to right, Barb Heilers and Anita Barker hold their awards after being inducted into the Shelby County 4-H Hall of Fame.
http://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/07/web1_IMG_6979.jpgTrena Hershberger, left to right, Barb Heilers and Anita Barker hold their awards after being inducted into the Shelby County 4-H Hall of Fame.

By Heather Willard

hwillard@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.