4-H inducts Schnitzler into hall of fame

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ELIZABETH–A Jo Daviess County resident is one of 71 new members of the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.

Marvin Schnitzler, Elizabeth, was inducted for his decades of support for 4-H. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have supported and raised five children who were Jo Daviess County 4-Hers, 12 grandchildren (six of whom are alumni) who are 4-Hers, and one grandchild who cannot wait to join.

Marvin has volunteered in many ways during his years of service.

Schnitzler has been dedicated to the 4-H beef project. He has served as the 4-H beef superintendent for over 35 years.

During that time he started many traditions that continue to this day, including a Thursday tradition of buying pies for all beef exhibitors to enjoy while watching the dairy show.

Marvin and Elizabeth sponsor the Beef Herdsman Award and was instrumental in starting the 4-H Livestock Auction.

Schnitzler served as the swine superintendent for four years, cooks pork chops during the 4-H pork chop barbecue and hosted the Jo Daviess County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest for over 20 years.

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Marvin has served on the Extension and Illinois 4-H Foundation Board and hosted International Four-H (4-H) Youth Exchange and Labo International Exchange students.

“Marvin’s support of Jo Daviess County 4-H, our members, and Extension has helped make our program what it is today. Marvin does not just volunteer in 4-H. He lives each day in a way that supports agriculture, promotes hard work, and gives back to our local communities. He helps to instill those qualities in our 4-H members,” said Angela Miller, 4-H Youth Extension program coordinator.

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. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

“As a result of these volunteers’ years of service and leadership to Illinois 4-H,” Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director said, “the program they love will continue to create wonderful opportunities for the young people whose lives it touches.”

“The foundation provides avenues to continue to support the work of Illinois 4-H by accepting financial gifts specifically directed to the program you wish to support,” Barnard said. “Estate planning services are available to those wishing to continue their 4-H legacy.”

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 about 4-H, visit 4hfoundation.illinois.edu.

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