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2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame Tama County recognizes Dale and Connie Whaley

August 1, 2019
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Who do you call when you need something fixed on the fairgrounds, when you need a woodworking workshop, you need record books judged, a plate of cookies, or you need the overall support of 4-H and more? The people to call in Tama County are long time volunteers, Dale and Connie Whaley. Tama County is proud to call Dale and Connie Whaley their 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame recipients.

Dale and Connie have been active in many ways in the Tama County 4-H program. Starting in 1984, Dale became the leader of the Wolfcreek Whirlwinds, continuing until 1998. While Connie was not officially a leader, she supported all that Dale and the club did.

Dale has been called on numerous times over the years to complete building and grounds projects at the Tama County Fairgrounds. There have been times he took it upon himself to do the job as it needed to be done. Dale began as an assistant to the sheep superintendent in 1989 and took over the job in 1990 until 1998.

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Dale and Connie have opened their home to helping 4-H youth learn more about woodworking. They have taken part in the 4-H exchange trips over the years. A section of Hwy 96 east of Gladbrook still holds the name of Friends of 4-H in the Adopt-A-Highway Program. Dale and Connie continue to be those friends to this day.

When Connie comes to a meeting, many times she comes carrying a newspaper article that she has cut out for a 4-H member to add to their record book. Dale and Connie know the importance of a record book and have helped over the years in judging them.

Dale and Connie have two sons. Bryan lives in Eagle Grove, IA with his wife Allison and daughter Shea and son Quinn. Bryan was active in Tama County 4-H from 1984-1992. Aaron lives in Omaha, NE with his wife Debra, and son Logan and daughter Madison. Aaron was active in Tama County 4-H from 1986-1994.

Tama County 4-H is thankful for the love and support they receive from Dale and Connie. They are truly one of our greatest supporters and we appreciate all that they do for Tama County 4-H.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame represent the many people in Iowa who have contributed countless hours to the 4-H program. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously. Nominations are due the end of May each year. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please contact the Tama County Extension Office.

Dale and Connie Whaley will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Sunday, August 18th at 3:30 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibit Building. All are welcome to attend.



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