Myron Sievers of Buena Vista County joined 79 other inductees into the 2005 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 21. Inductees into the Hall of Fame received recognition for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Myron and his family were presented with a plaque by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage.
Mr. Sievers was ten years old when he became an eight-year member of the Grant Beavers 4-H Club, which at that time was the largest club in the county. For the next 46 years Myron would be involved as a 4-H'er, a 4-H parent, 4-H Leader, 4-H grandparent, Beef Superintendent, and an announcer at the 4-H Junior Feeder Beef show at the county fair.
In the early 50's, Myron's 4-H Angus won the overall grand champion at the B.V. County Fair. At that time, beef projects were shown in three categories: Hereford, Angus, and Shorthorns. Steers never weighed over 1,000 pounds when exhibited at the fair. Sievers remembers the premium rates paid from the Fairboard of $8 for a blue ribbon, $6 for a red and $4 for a white ribbon.
Myron is known for his calm and willing-to-help-out personality as well as his knowledge in the cattle industry. He has been a valuable asset to the 4-H program in Buena Vista County, not only as a youth but as an adult. During his years as a 4-H beef superintendent, Myron helped establish the Special Beef and Bottle Bucket calf projects in the county and supported the addition of a new beef barn at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds and much-needed gates. For a number of years Myron has taken the leadership role of finding a fair price and a place to market the 4-H beef projects for the 4-H'ers. This has also included transporting the 4-H beef projects to the sale barn or processing plant after the fair.
Myron's philosophy of why youth should be involved in 4-H starts with the number-one reason - to have fun, number two - learn responsibility, number three - meeting other people, number four- making money, number five - never buy a trophy, number six - recording keeping skills, and most of all, number seven - share the love of cattle.
Counties select inductees for their exceptional work in contributing to the lives of 4-H members and the overall 4-H program. Many inductees served as club leaders, youth mentors, fair superintendents or fair board members, Extension council members, county youth council members, fair judges, financial supporters, chaperones, or Iowa State University (ISU) Extension staff members. The inductees have demonstrated dedication, encouragement, commitment, and guidance to Iowa's 4-H'ers through the years.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the counties and state to recognize and celebrate 4-H volunteers and staff who have shown outstanding service and dedication to Iowa's 4-H program," said Chuck Morris, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development interim director.
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was initiated in 2002 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of 4-H. Doris Fondroy, Albert City, was Buena Vista's Hall of Fame Inductee in 2003.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2006 Buena Vista County Hall of Fame Inductee, according to Rhonda K. Christensen, County Extension education director. For information on how to submit an application, check the ISUE website at www.extension.iastate.edu/ buenavista/ or contact the ISU Extension Office in Buena Vista County at 712-732-5056.