Hall of Fame - 1980s
Return to the Hall of Fame List | 1981 Jack Kerns, Edmonton* | 1982 Allan Shenfield, Spruce Grove | 1983 Robert Bunbury, Alliance* | 1983 Robert Burns, Pickardville* | 1983 John Moore, Tofield* | 1984 C. Les Usher, Edmonton | 1984 Ed Ness, Calgary* | 1985 Dorothy Schnell, Castor | 1985 A.W. (Bill) Palmer, Medicine Hat* | 1985 R.A. (Reg) Gray, Sherwood Park | 1986 Dorothy Rigney, Bon Accord | 1987 Jackie MacGillivray, Iron River | 1987 Nick Chomik, Wetaskiwin | 1988 Georgina Taylor, Chauvin | 1988 Harold Anderson, Delacour | 1989 Viola Hampton, Rowley* | 1989 Verna Pickles, Castor* | 1989 Fred Boulton, Abee* | 1989 Bernice Boulton, Abee*
The 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame Recipients in the 1980’s
1981 Jack Kerns, Edmonton*
Jack Kerns has been an active supporter of the 4-H program for fifty- three years. Mr. Kerns was raised on a farm near Acme, Alberta, and began attending Olds College at age sixteen. Following this, he attended the University of Alberta, and graduated in 1933 with a general agriculture degree.
Mr. Kerns, throughout his career with Alberta Agriculture, has been District Agriculturist in the Camrose, Ponoka and Strathmore regions, where he was involved in helping clubs. He also served as an instructor at the Vermilion School of Agriculture. Later, he became involved with the Alberta Livestock Branch, doing extension work. Throughout this time, Jack Kerns maintained a close relationship with the 4-H program.
Mr. Kerns has had interests in many 4-H clubs, including the dairy, grain, and swine clubs and coached many 4-H judging teams throughout the years. He has also been an active judge himself at 4-H achievement days, for beef and light horse clubs. In 1955, Mr. Kerns chaperoned the Bluffton Grain Club to the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. He says, "That was the last year the competition was held, and the Bluffton team brought the Grain Judging Cup back to Alberta - the cup now resides at 4-H headquarters in Edmonton. "
In 1966, Jack Kerns performed an instrumental part in getting 4-H light horse clubs established in Alberta. To this task, he gave his considerable experience as a District Agriculturist, and most importantly his love for horses. Mr. Kerns says, "I was instrumental in getting horse clubs underway, and then I moved on and became involved with the Livestock Branch, but to this day I still have direct contact with the 4-H light horse clubs. " True to his word,, Mr. Kerns still attends many 4-H light horse club meetings, and continues to lend a hand in teaching proper horse care procedures.
Even though Jack Kerns retired in 1974 from his duties with the Alberta Livestock Branch, he continues to be an active participant within the 4-H program. He says, “I’m very interested in the 4-H program and as long as I'm able, I will give the clubs a hand. "
1982 Allan Shenfield, Spruce Grove
Allan Shenfield began his involvement with 4-H in 1941 when he joined a 4-H beef club. He became a 4-H leader in 1949 after he attended and graduated from the Vermilion School of Agriculture.
Mr. Shenfield has continued to be involved in 4-H at all levels. In the Spruce Grove area, where he was born and now farms, he led several 4-H clubs. In 1967, he organized the 4-H Centennial Jamboree. He was the founder and first president of the Barrhead Regional 4-H Council, vice-president of the Provincial 4-HAdvisory Council, and first president of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta. Over the years, he was also a valuable assistant in the television production of 4-H Clubtime.
As an active member of the community, Mr. Shenfield has helped organize many recreational programs for youth in his area. The town of Spruce Grove named its new recreational complex, the Shenfield Civic Centre, after him.
Currently, Mr. Shenfield is president of the Edmonton Northlands Association. He is overseeing construction of the Agricom, the new Agriculture building at Edmonton Northlands. Through the Association, he is also a supporter of rural youth activities.
Allan Shenfield has contributed to the 4-H movement since the late 1970's. With a lifelong dedication to young Albertans, he has completed twenty-eight years of 4-H leadership.
1983 Robert Bunbury, Alliance*
Robert (Bob) Bunbury was directly involved with 4-H as a club leader for fifteen years. His interest in 4-H began in 1933 when he joined the Junior Field Crops Club.
Mr. Bunbury was the leader of the Paintearth 4-H Beef Club from 1958 until 1961. He went on to become the assistant leader of the Castor 4-HBeef Club (1961-65) and leader of the North Castor 4-HBeef Club (1965-71).
Bob Bunbury was instrumental in the formation of the Coronation District 4-H Council and was president of the East Central Regional 4-H Council (1965-73). He also helped initiate the 1968 pilot project for Alberta's first conservation club. Mr. Bunbury also served as chairman of the committee which produced the history book, "50 Years of 4-H in Alberta" ; 4-H Alberta's official centennial project.
In 1964, in recognition of his contributions to 4-H, Mr. Bunbury received one of the first Leaders' Award Trips to the 4-H Conference at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
In addition to his involvement with 4-H, Mr. Bunbury was active with other community-based projects. He coached a local softball and hockey team from the Paintearth School. He also served on the executive committee of the local Elks Club for many years.
Bob Bunbury was a member of several boards and committees, including Unifarm, the local Farmers' Union of Alberta, Home and School Association and the Alberta Wheat Pool Advisory Board.
From 1971 to 1982, Bob Bunbury served as councilor for the County of Paintearth. He was also active as County Reeve from 1974 to 1983.
POSTSCRIPT Mr. Bunbury's interest in 4-H and his community, continued until his passing in 1983. To his friends and relatives, he was a man of achievement who will long be remembered.
1983 Robert Burns, Pickardville
Robert (Bob) Burns first became involved with the 4-H program when his daughter joined the Echo Hill4-HBeef Club in 1960. In 1961, Mr. Burns became leader of the club and held that position until 1969. Mr. Bums' dedication to the 4-H movement was evident in 1970 when he played an instrumental role in organizing the Double Diamond 4-H Multi Club. Bob Bums became leader of the club and continued in that role until the year he was honoured by the 4-H Hall of Fame.
Mr. Burns attended the Olds Agricultural School in 1940 to prepare for a future farming career. One of his major interests has been horses, and he has assisted Edmonton Northlands since 1940 with the organization of various horse and cattle events. Mr. Bums has also been a member of the Edmonton Northlands Rural Youth Committee for the past twelve years. He has helped with numerous 4-H events during the Northlands Spring Stock Show, Farmfair and the Edmonton Regional Show.
An active member of his community, Bob Bums has been involved with the Pickardville United Church (1956 to present), Pickardville Mutual Telephone Company (1964-68) and many community planning committees. Bob Bums lives in the Westlock-Pickardville district.
Mr. Burns' involvement with 4-H extended from local to provincial levels. He was president of the Westlock District 4-H Council for two terms (1970-72 and 1976-78) and president of the Northwest Regional Council (1976-78). In the past twenty years, Mr. Bums has devoted many hours to judging 4-H Beef and horse shows and public speaking competitions. In 1980, Mr. Bums received a Leaders' Recognition Award Trip to Toronto.
Bob Burns has been a strong believer in the 4-H motto, “Learn to do by doing" and has emphasized this to 4-H members. His club members have been recognized for their contributions and achievements in 4-H. They have great respect for Bob Bums, and have bestowed upon him the title of "Super-dad".
1983 John Moore, Tofield*
John Moore first became involved with 4-H in 1934-34 club year as a member of the Tofield Grain Club. His interest in the 4-H program led him to become the assistant leader of the Tofield Beef club from 1945-47. He served as leader of the club until 1974, for a total of thirty years of adult leadership.
Mr. Moore represented the 4-H leaders of Alberta during the mid 1950's when he was their delegate to a Canadian 4-H Council meeting. He spoke to the delegates on roles of the leader in Junior clubs. During this time, he also helped organize the Beaver County 4-H Council and became its first president.
In 1964, in recognition of his work with 4-H, Mr. Moore was selected as one of the ten Alberta representatives on the first Leader Exchange to Bozeman, Montana. In 1980, John's knowledge and understanding of the 4-H program was recorded, and his comments were placed in a sealed capsule along with other 4-H information. The capsule will be opened in 2005, for the benefit of future 4-H members and leaders.
During his involvement with 4-H, John Moore has assisted in training many members on judging teams which have toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Moore's leadership and guidance of 4-Her's has helped them win several major trips over the years. Mr. Moore has participated in many 4-H events, including public speaking, showmanship, grooming and guest speaking.
John Moore has served his community with the same spirit as he has shown 4-H. He has been a member of the Tofield Community League and the Tofield Agricultural Society. He has also coached baseball and basketball teams. John has also been extensively involved in the United Church and was a Master of the Masonic Lodge. He has held senior positions with the Alberta Polled Hereford Club and has served on the board of the Northern Alberta Hereford Club. In 1982, he was inducted into the Alberta Hereford Hall of Fame for his work and promotion of the breed.
At the time of his induction into the 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame, John Moore was still very active with the 4-H program and strongly believes that 4-H has helped young people to become better citizens.
1984 C. Les Usher, Edmonton
Les Usher has been involved with 4-H for many years. He began his association with 4-H as a youth. Mr. Usher was raised on a ranch in the Big Valley area, and was a member of the Scollard Beef Club for eight years. Following this, he attended the University of Alberta, and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree.
Mr. Usher was the Assistant 4-H Supervisor in 1949, Supervisor of 4-H from 1955-66, and later as Deputy Minister of the Department of Youth (1966-71), the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation (1971-75), and the Department of Culture (1975-80).
Mr. Usher was very active in the total youth movement of Alberta. He was also involved with other youth clubs such as Boy Scouts and Junior Forest Wardens.
Through his dedication and efforts, he was able to establish many of the 4-H programs that exist today. He was also instrumental in organizing the first Club Week. He helped establish Alberta and Calgary Power as sponsors for 4-H.
Mr. Usher started the 4-H public speaking program which has become popular and beneficial to all 4-Hers. He was instrumental in the development of the council system in Alberta. During this time, he was actively involved with the Canadian 4-H Council, and was the first President of the Canadian 4-H Foundation.
4-H has played a major role in his life. He refers to the member" as the most important person in 4-H. Mr. Usher believes that 4-H offers young people leadership development through acceptance of responsibility, decision making, skill development, self expression and citizenship. He considers 4-H as being one of the finest youth groups in this country.
Mr. Usher is an excellent listener, always having time to notice concerns of members, leaders, sponsors and others for the betterment of 4-H. He has had the opportunity to make contributions to the development of young people and meet many interesting people through his involvement.
The accomplishments and contributions of this man who has been known as a hard worker and a very enthusiastic 4-Her, are impossible to list. This gentleman has always looked towards the future, not the past. There is no doubt the 4-H movement is better because of Les Usher.
1984 Ed Ness, Calgary*
Edward Ness has been an active supporter of the 4-H program for over twenty years. He was born and raised on a farm near Carmangay, in Southern Alberta. Upon the completion of his high school education, he began farming with his father. His parents encouraged him to become involved in farm organizations and co-operatives, and he became a member of the Alberta Wheat Pool (A. WP) in 1944. In 1950, he began work as a field man in the Field Services Department of A. W P in Drumheller.
In 1956, he was transferred to Edmonton and appointed as a member of the Youth Activities Committee of the Edmonton Exhibition Association. While in Edmonton, he worked closely with the Department of Extension, University of Alberta; 4-H Branch, Alberta Agriculture; Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and various farm organizations and co-operatives. In 1967, after working with A. W P in Edmonton, Mr. Ness was promoted to Manager of Field Services and moved to A. W P.'s head office in Calgary.
During his years with the A. WP, he was actively involved with 4-Hgrain and garden clubs, as well as Club Weeks, 4-H scholarships, Send-Off Banquets for national award winners, leadership workshops, and public speaking. In 1980, for its 50th Anniversary, the A. W P sponsored seven regional seminars for 4-H members, parents and leaders to discuss "4-H in the 80's' Mr. Ness organized these seminars, and designed a commemorative pin for the participants.
Since his retirement in 1982, Mr. Ness has continued to be an active figure in the 4-H program. He was appointed Director of the 4-H Foundation and Vice President in 1982, and became Chairman in 1984.
No job has ever been too big or too small for Ed Ness. He has had a genuine love for the 4-H program, and seen its potential for contributing to the development of young people. With a lifelong dedication to youth, Edward Ness has contributed to the 4-H movement in many ways. Even though Mr. Ness was never a 4-H member, he believes he was since he had to "learn to do by doing". Mr. Ness states, "4-H has given me more than 1 have ever given 4-H. "
1985 Dorothy Schnell, Castor
Dorothy Schnell has been an energetic supporter of 4-H since 1964, although she was never a 4-H member herself. For seventeen years, she has been a leader of Castor 4-H clubs including Castor Clothing, North Castor Beef, Castor Beef and Castor Multi. She has been involved with 4-Hat the regional level for nine years, and at the district and provincial levels for seven years.
Mrs. Schnell has been active in her community since the 1950's, as a Sunday School teacher, C.G.L. T. leader and assistant leader, and Boy Scouts Den Mother. She helped establish the Paintearth Arts and Crafts Club in Castor. For several years, she held executive positions in that organization as well as on the East Central Continuing Education Council, Castor District Agricultural Society, and the Castor Community Hall Development Committee. Mrs. Schnell has also been a member of the Lauderdale United Church Women and the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge.
Her involvements in community affairs and her husband's farm have not hampered her extensive participation in 4-H. She taught parliamentary procedures and public speaking to members for several years, and organized Speak Offs and Colour Night functions. She represented the North Castor Beef Club and the Castor Multi Club on the Coronation District Council for seven years. Her other duties included serving two years as treasurer, and the selling of Council 4-H pins.
Mrs. Schnell has attended seven major 4-H seminars, representing the 4-H Alberta Council at two of them. She has been to fourteen consecutive annual 4-H Leaders' Conferences and has regularly attended the East Central Regional Conferences. She has been presented with her 5, 10 and 15 year Leadership Certificates and her 15 year Leader's Pin.
Dorothy Schnell has contributed much to 4-H in her area and on a provincial level. Her enthusiasm and support have earned her great respect in her community and have made her a worthy member of the 4-H Alberta Hall of Fame.
1985 A.W. (Bill) Palmer, Medicine Hat*
Bill Palmer's first involvement with 4-H was as the assistant leader of the Medicine Hat Dairy Club in 1963. He then served as leader for the following six years. Since 1963, Mr. Palmer has been extremely active in the 4-H movement. He has generally tended to work behind-the-scenes, offering accuracy with details, organizational abilities, guidance and leadership. He has been a 'walking 4-H encyclopedia’ and is known for keeping everyone on their toes, from the new leaders to the 4-H Branch staff.
Mr. Palmer is a former president of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. His community involvement has included executive positions on the Medicine Hat District Council, Southeast Alberta Council, Regional Council, Medicine Hat Milk Foundation, Milk Producers and Bullshad Gas Co-op. He has also been an Improvement District #1 member, Municipal Planning Commission Board member, Regional Council member, and coordinator for the Dairy Princess and Dairy Milk Maids.
In addition to playing an active role in his community, Mr. Palmer has devoted time and energy into the promotion of 4-H, utilizing his involvement in various organizations and committees to attain this goal. Through the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, he has made arrangements for the 4-H Show and Sale and has also coordinated booths in the Agriculture Arcade to involve 4-H members. His participation has ensured public support at 4-H District Speak Offs and Color Nights over the years, and he has used the media to present an enthusiastic and favorable picture of 4-H to the public. Mr. Palmer was also an instigator in the establishment of a camp in Cypress Hills Provincial Park which has been made available to 4-H members. He was a Provincial 4-H Council member from 1983 to 1985. In addition to these activities, he has helped locate new club leaders, and has always been available for 4-H information and guidance.
Mr. Palmer has earned respect throughout the province for his dedication and devotion to the betterment of the 4-H program in Alberta.
1985 R.A. (Reg) Gray, Sherwood Park
Reginald Gray has been an active supporter of 4-H for twenty-three years. He has lived in the Colchester, Alberta area all his life, and has a dairy farm there. He directed his 4-H enthusiasm at local, district and regional levels, since he felt it was there that he could best serve his community. He began his 4-H involvement by becoming the assistant leader of the East Edmonton Dairy Club, and has been their leader from 1963 to the present.
Mr. Gray has supported many rural organizations in his area. His special achievements have included the Klondike Farm Family, Citizen of the Year for the Colchester community, Charter Member of the Strathcona Fish and Game Association, Certificate of Merit from the Executive Board of the Sherwood Park Fish and Game Association and a certificate for contributions made during the International Year of the Child. He has given school tours of his family farm, provided a camping location for Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Guides, hosted agricultural exchange students from Japan and welcomed provincial exchange members from several provinces as well as Open House Exchange students from Quebec. He has been a member of the Colchester Community League for many years and is in his third year as president of the Colchester and District Agricultural Society. In 1976, he was an instigator in the building of the Strathcona Olympiette Centre for Recreation. Mr. Gray has supported the Farmer for a Day Program and spoken at career workshops in county schools.
From 1963 until the present, Mr. Gray has been a member of the Strathcona District 4-H Council and the Northwest Regional 4-H Council, where his advice and guidance have been a steadying force. He has helped organize, escort and chaperone many provincial 4-H trips. He began a Leaders' Night Out through which deserving leaders could be recognized, and was honoured once himself. He promoted a club treasurer record book contest by donating the Reg Gray Trophy to the District Council. The District 4-H Council bowling day, multi-project judging competitions and district public speaking contests have all benefited from his support and participation.
In 1967, Mr. Gray received a certificate from the Centennial Year Committee for his outstanding contributions. When the Edmonton Klondike Days Exposition featured the 50th Anniversary of 4-H in Canada, he supplied many mementos for the occasion. Mr. Gray has been very involved over the past several years in planning and supporting the Provincial 4-H Dairy Show, and has encouraged his club's members to attend.
Reg Gray has always been willing to donate time, money and energy to help make the 4-H movement more successful in his area. He has been a hard worker and a very fair man. His good work and deeds are known far beyond the boundaries of Colchester. He and his wife have been an example to many young people through out the years.
1986 Dorothy Rigney, Bon Accord
As a 4-H leader, a representative on district, regional and provincial 4-H councils and a member of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta, Dorothy has devoted over twenty years to 4-H in Alberta.
In 1960, Dorothy initiated the formation of the Bon Accord 4-H Clothing club and the Bon Accord 4-H Garden club. She remained the leader of the clothing club for twelve years. Dorothy also assisted with the Bon Accord 4-H Light Horse and Beef clubs. Dorothy served on the Sturgeon district and North West regional councils for many years. In 1971, Dorothy became a member of the newly formed 4-H Alberta Council. During her eight year tenure she served as treasurer, vice-president and president of the council.
Dorothy was a member of the Board of Directors of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta from its inception in 1977 until 1982. While she was with the Foundation over $200, 000 was raised for the 4-H Alberta Centre. Land at Battle Lake was purchased and a building fund for the main lodge was established.
Dorothy's heavy involvement with 4-H has not prevented her from being active in community organizations such as the Bon Accord Anglican church, the Ladies Community club and the Bon Accord community centre.
Through her work as a 4-H Leader and a member of the various 4-H councils and the 4-H Foundation, Dorothy has worked to ensure that 4-H members had the opportunity to travel and meet new people, enjoy new experiences and develop their skills. For her tremendous contribution to 4-H in Alberta, Dorothy is richly deserving of induction into the 4-H AlbertaHaf of Fame.
1987 Jackie MacGillivray, Iron River
Mrs. Jackie MacGillivray has been involved with 4-H in the Iron River area of Alberta and on a district, regional and provincial level for over twenty years.
Iron River was an isolated community, and Mrs. MacGillivray worked very hard to establish 4-H in the area. She served as a club leader for nineteen years, first with the Iron River Horticultural club and then with the Iron River Clothing club. She took an innovative approach to 4-H and would hold meetings during the school noon hour or whenever it was convenient for the 4-H members to attend. Under her leadership the Iron River Achievement day had a unique theme each year and attracted a gym full of interested spectators.
In order to ensure that every 4-H member received recognition, Mrs. MacGillivray introduced individual plaques. Each member received an engraved plate which recorded their accomplishments, big or small, for the year. She also supported other leaders by encouraging them to attend Leaders' Conferences and other training events.
Mrs. MacGillivray served on both the Bonnyville District and North East Regional 4-H Councils. She was a member of the 4-H Alberta Council from its inception in 1971 until 1983, serving terms as president and vice-president. She was a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta for a number of years and served on the committees which organized the 4-H rallies at the 4-H Alberta Centre in 1983 and 1987 Mrs. MacGillivray has also been very active in the Iron River community. She served on committees that produced the local history book and built the Iron River Centennial Hall. She was instrumental in starting the local ladies fastball club and league. She has also served with the local library and recreation boards, agricultural society and school association.
1987 Nick Chomik, Wetaskiwin
Mr. Nick Chomik served as a District Agriculturist with the Department of Agriculture from 1946 to 1980 in the Ryley and Vegreville areas. Until the late 1960's, district agriculturists supervised all 4-H clubs within their districts and were responsible for a large part of the training of the 4-H members.
During his tenure with the department, Mr. Chomik supervised twenty-six 4-H clubs, seventeen of which he helped to organize. He attended most club meetings, all achievement days and visited every 4-H family at least once per year. He had a major part in organizing field days, judging competitions and public speaking events.
Nick Chomik helped to organize two district 4-H Councils. One of these, in the County of Beaver, was the first in the province. He was also active in regional activities such as speaking competitions, thematic displays, leaders' courses and achievement days.
Mr. Chomik coached many 4-H judging teams for provincial competitions. Eight of his teams represented Alberta at National Club Week held in Toronto. One of these teams became the National Beef Judging Champions.
Nick Chomik has been very involved with community work. He actively served with many groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, IOOF, Home and School Association and the United Church. For many years he assisted with the annual Youth Fair Camps held in conjunction with the Vegreville Exhibition Association.
Mr. Chomik actively promoted 4-H throughout the communities he served. Several of his former 4-H members have become active farm and community leaders and credit their community involvement to the early influence of Mr. Chomik and 4-H.
1988 Georgina Taylor, Chauvin
During her seventeen years of 4-H leadership, Georgina Taylor has been the leader or assistant leader of the Lloydminster Silver Spur, Battle River Equestrian and the Chauvin Multi clubs. In 1988, together with her husband Harold and son John, the Taylor family had completed over fifty years of 4-H club leadership.
Mrs. Taylor has been a member of the Vermilion River and Wainwright district councils and the North East Regional Council for several years. Because of her willingness to volunteer, she has served on a number of council committees, including those for fundraising, finance, exchanges, show guidelines and beef and light horse project book revision.
Georgina has been a member of the 4-H Alberta Council from 1984 to 1988, and was the council treasurer for two years. Mrs. Taylor was very supportive of the Alberta 4-H Center's "Dimes for Dorms" and "Bucks for Bunks "Fundraising campaigns.
Through the guest ranch they operate on their farm, the Taylor's have become involved with the tourism industry in Alberta. Georgina has been a member of the Battle River Tourism Association since 1971, serving as vice-president, show councillor and brochure committee member for the organization. She is a founding member of both the Alberta and Canadian Country Vacations Associations and has served in a number of executive positions with both organizations.
Her busy schedule has not prevented her from being involved with community organizations. She has been an active supporter of student sports, youth camps and the local gymkhana club. She has served on the Chauvin Agriculture Society, Board of Trade and Tourism and the Home and School Association. Georgina has been a member of the Pelican Women of Unifarm for over fifteen years, and has served as secretary and treasurer for that organization.
1988 Harold Anderson, Delacour
Harold Anderson has been involved with 4-H in Alberta since 1965. At every level, he has provided support and leadership to the organization. Harold has been particularly involved with 4-H public speaking and the development of the 4-H Alberta Centre.
Mr. Anderson was the leader of the Balzac Field Crops club for five years and also served on the parent committees of the Irricana Beef and Keoma Small Engine clubs. He was a member of the Rockyview District 4-H Council for many years and served as president for two years. While on council, Harold helped to organize district participation in the first highway clean-up and 4-H exchanges in the Calgary area.
Harold was president of the Calgary Regional 4-H Council from 1974 to 1976. While involved with this council, he assisted with the organization of the first "4-H Parade': Mr. Anderson was honoured as the first recipient of the Calgary 4-H Region Recognition Award in 1983.
At the provincial level, Harold was a member of the 4-H Alberta Council from 1975 to 1986 and president for two years. During his tenure on council he worked with the 4-H Foundation in planning and promoting the 4-H Alberta Centre at Battle Lake. He attended many club, district and regional 4-H council meetings to explain the plans for the centre. Harold has also been a director of the 4-H Foundation of Alberta for eight years. He attended several leader recognition and training programs, including the Saskatchewan 4-HLeaders'Conference and the Western Regional Leaders Forum.
Mr. Anderson has also been involved with several community organizations including the Rockyview Municipal Planning board, the Home and School association and local recreation board. He has been active in the Masonic Lodge for over 30 years. Harold has administered the Gordon Anderson memorial scholarship since its inception in 1975 and has been a member of the committee administering the Fennessey Memorial Scholarship since 1960.
1989 Viola Hampton, Rowley*
Viola (Vi) Hampton began her 4-H involvement in Coos Bay, Oregon as a 4-H member in 1929. She became a part of the Rowley, Alberta community when she married Sie Hampton, a local farmer. Twenty-seven years ago, Mrs. Hampton started the Buttons and Bows 4-H Sewing Club which later became the Rowley 4-H Sewing Club. A few years following that she organized and led the Rowley 4-H Food Club for about five years. In 1982 Viola organized the Rowley 4-H Landscaping Club. This club, along with the Rowley 4-H Sewing Club, are still operating under Mrs. Hampton's leadership.
Viola's 4-H involvement went beyond the club level. She has judged at many 4-H achievement days in the surrounding area. In 1982, the regional 4-H Council elected her to attend the
4-HLeaders' Conference in Toronto. She has also attended many further education' courses to increase her skills and knowledge which she has willingly shared with others.
No matter in what area of 4-H involvement Mrs. Hampton has been in, she has taken a leading role. Her leadership ability is characterized with keeping the best interests of the young people in mind, cheerfulness, patience, compassion, kindness, diplomacy and a constructive positive attitude.
Mrs. Hampton has also been actively involved as a member of the Rowley community. She raised a family of four, all of whom are active in the community today. Among other things she was a member of the Home and School Association, a Sunday School teacher, and treasurer and caretaker at Rowley United Church. She was a founder of the Rowley Yesteryears Museum and worked on the Rumsey Rowley History Book.
Viola Hampton's faithfulness, enthusiasm and dedication to 4-H has made her a marvelous role model for young people. Many people in Alberta and elsewhere are enjoying much fuller and happier lives for having had the opportunity of being associated with Viola Hampton and 4-H.
1989 Verna Pickles, Castor*
As a club leader, a representative on both district and regional councils, an active participant in provincial activities and a 4-H historian, Verna Pickles has devoted over twenty-five years to
4-H in Alberta.
In 1964, Verna began assisting with the first Castor 4-H Horticulture Club (5 years) and also led the first Castor 4-H Clothing Club (3 years). Mrs. Pickles then took on the responsibility of leader of the Horticulture Club (2 years). The members of both clubs knew that they could count on Verna for sound advice and helpful ideas.
Verna Pickles is a very versatile person and shows this by the wide range of roles she has taken on in her 4-H involvement. These include being a 4-H mother, chaperone, public speaking and project judge, hostess of 4-H exchange trip participants and a guest speaker at various functions.
She was active in the Coronation District Council from 1965 until the present and has compiled and updated three District Council History books since 1967. A fourth book should be published in 1990. These are very comprehensive books with district, regional and some provincial information.
Mrs. Pickles' dedication to 4-H has not hindered her involvement in other activities in her community. She has been involved as a member of Unifarm, the All Saints' Anglican Women and Junior Auxiliary, and as a Sunday School teacher. Verna has also greatly assisted historical research of various schools and communities in her area of the province. She was also one of the first women to serve on the County of Paintearth Advisory Board.
Verna Pickles has maintained a keen interest in 4-H and her other community involvements. It is for these reasons that Verna Rose Pickles is most deserving of being inducted in the 4-H Hall of Fame.
1989 Fred Boulton, Abee*
When you ask individuals who grew up in the Thorhild, Abee or Newbrook areas about 4-H, the Boulton name is usually mentioned. Fred Boulton first became interested in 4-H through his work with school fairs. Driving a horse and sleigh, Mr. Boulton traveled the Abee and surrounding area publicizing the objectives of Junior 4-H Clubs. He also married a lady who loved 4-H and young people as much as he, and together they became a dynamic leadership team.
As a 4-H leader for twenty-five years, Mr. Boulton was involved in grain, forage, dairy, sheep and potato clubs. He was a great asset in organizing many of these clubs as well. The Junior Grain Club, Mr. Boulton led, boasts the World Oats Champion for 1948 and 1956 and a World Championship at the Chicago Seed Fair in 1955.
With Mr. Boulton serving as a positive role model, his members learned firsthand the importance of community involvement. Fred helped young people become better citizens by practicing the 4-H motto `Learn to Do By Doing': They were taught responsibility as well as correct parliamentary procedure. Many past 4-tier's from the Abee Clubs have become leaders in the Abee and surrounding communities.
Even though Mr. Boulton was heavily involved with 4-H he found time to help raise a family and bean active supporter of his community. With his quiet, polite direction, Mr. Boulton was able to organize volunteers to assist in club as well as community events. He was a founding member and director of the A.B.N. T. Rural Electric Association for 36 years. He is a life elder of St. Andrews United Church, a director of the Alberta Wool Growers Association, a director of the Abee Co-op Store, a member of Waskatenau Mason Lodge #154, a World War 1 veteran, a member of the Abee Community Hall Association and a life member of the Thorhild Legion.
Fred Boulton has contributed much to 4-H and young people in Alberta. His dedication, enthusiasm and support have earned him great respect in his community and have made him a worthy member of the 4-H Hall of Fame.
1989 Bernice Boulton, Abee*
Bernice Boulton was a 4-H leader for thirty years in the Abee area. The clubs she led included poultry, potato and garden. She was a great asset to the 4-H organization and members. Mrs. Boulton is married to a man who encouraged her and was as actively involved in 4-H as she. Together they raised a 4-H family and contributed immeasurably to 4-H in Alberta.
Mrs. Boulton actively participated in 4-H activities at the club, district, regional and provincial levels. She encouraged her members to do likewise.
Over the years, she was instrumental in organizing inter-club Achievement Days among several 4-Hgarden clubs in her district. Mrs. Boulton also helped promote 4-H through radio and television interviews.
In 1970 Mrs. Boulton was one of 10 Canadian 4-H leaders awarded a trip to Montana's 4-H State Congress where they presented the new Canadian flag. She had the honour of representing the Canadian Delegation by being the `courtesy speaker' at the Congress' Awards Night and Banquet.
As well as her involvement in 4-H, Mrs. Boulton has been a tireless volunteer of the Abee community at large. She is a life steward of St. Andrew's United Church, a lifetime member of Abee Women's Institute and the first president of the Abee Co-op.
With her quiet, polite direction, Mrs. Boulton was able to organize volunteers to assist in club and community events. She helped young people become better citizens by being a role model in practicing the 4-H motto `Learn to Do by Doing". Many past 4-tier's from the Abee clubs have become leaders in the Abee and surrounding communities.
One only needs to talk to her former 4-H members (some now over sixty years of age) to realize how many of them get excited when they hear that Bernice Boulton is being inducted into the
4-H Hall of Fame.