Colorado 4-H inducts its inaugural Hall of Fame class

Colorado 4-H introduced its inaugural Hall of Fame members earlier this month, recognizing 11 individuals, including two former U.S. Senators, the president of a major Colorado university and a renowned animal behavior expert.

The inaugural 4-H Hall of Fame Class: John Stulp, Jessica Hartman, Wayne Allard, (4-H official Jeff Goodwin), Mark Trostel, Art Hoag and John Matsushima. (Not pictured: Tony Frank, Temple Grandin, Paul Hoshiko, Bazi Kanani and Ben Nighthorse Campbell.)
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The purpose of the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame is to promote the value of 4-H membership by recognizing people in the state who were 4-H members and have made notable accomplishments in their life that they attribute to their 4-H experience.

The inductees:

Wayne Allard
Former U.S. Senator Wayne Allard, who spent the first five years of his 4-H career in Jackson County and the last five years in the Fossil Creek 4-H Club of Larimer County, said his involvement in 4-H livestock projects had a direct bearing on his career choice of veterinary medicine.

Former U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard accepts his award into the Hall of Fame.
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As with many of the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame inductees, state 4-H program leader Cecil Staver had a large influence on Allard to develop his leadership potential by being active in many state and national level leadership opportunities in 4-H.

“My project and leadership experiences in 4-H prepared me to be successful in veterinary medicine, the Colorado State Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate,” Allard said.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell
Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former United States senator for Colorado, was inspired by 4-H, and the lives of his family have been inspired by 4-H as well. His son, Colin, and daughter, Shanan, participated in 4-H in their youth and have gone on to enjoy successful careers, raise loving families and be active participants in their communities in part, because of the lessons learned in 4-H.

Campbell’s wife Linda spent her youth in 4-H and was a 4-H leader in the community when their kids were involved. She not only impacted their lives by teaching the program and then modeling those values at home, but she also had a positive impact on the lives of many other 4-H kids in their community,

“Pledging one’s head to clear thought, their heart to loyalty, their hands to service, and their health to better living for our club, community, country and world teaches us to think in terms of how we, as individuals, can dedicate ourselves to a purpose greater than ourselves,” the former senator said.

John Stulp
Colorado’s Commissioner of Agriculture, John Stulp, is a Prowers County farmer and rancher. He was named to his state post in 2006 and has been a leading proponent of building wind farms in rural Colorado as a way to develop new economic opportunities and jobs for Colorado’s farmers and ranchers. In addition to many other appointments, Stulp served on the Colorado State University governing board from 1986 to 1995.

Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp and 4-H’s Jeff Goodwin.
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“As a Yuma County 4-H member, my first exposure to National 4-H Congress in Chicago and National 4-H Conference on Washington, D.C. were building blocks that have helped me better serve my family, my community, my state, and my country as an adult,” Stulp said.

Mark Trostel
Mark Trostel, retired Chief of the Colorado State Parol, was a 10-year member of the T-Bone 4-H Club in Adams County. His father and later his uncle were his 4-H club leaders while he participated in livestock and general 4-H projects. For a rural farm family like Mark’s, the 4-H program and the county fair was the social center of their lives.

Mark Trostel, former chief of the State Patrol, and Jeff Goodwin, assistant director of 4-H & Youth Development Programs at the induction of the 4-H Hall of Fame class on Oct. 8.
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“The keys to my 4-H experience were: learning responsibility through 4-H project work, learning to plan in order to complete a project, and speaking about the project to a group of people in my demonstration,” Trostel said. “These skills, along with the leadership 4-H members learn as 4-H club officers, teach young people how to successfully deal with the challenges that they will face later in life.”

Tony Frank
Colorado State University President Tony Frank was a member of the Compton-Brooklyn Beavers 4-H Club in Lee County, Illinois. His father was a club leader and he was active in the club with his two older brothers. Frank was very active in livestock projects, softball and being part of the club. “I learned later, long after I had held every office in the club, that the fairs and the fun were simply the steak sauce — the real red meat was learning about service leadership,” Frank said.

“As secretary of my 4-H club, I learned that the lowest ranked office usually has the hardest job. As treasurer, I learned it’s a special responsibility to handle other people’s money. As vice-president, I learned team work. As president, I learned that one person can do a little, but a team can do a lot. In so many ways, 4-H set the foundation for my career and my attitude toward public service.”

Temple Grandin
Known worldwide for her work in the design of humane animal handling facilities and working with families dealing with autism, Temple Grandin was involved with the 4-H horse project in New Hampshire for several years. She says that horses and the 4-H horse project were a refuge from the teasing she experienced as an autistic child.

Grandin’s first research in animal handling was a result of her work as an assistant 4-H leader for beef and lab projects to determine the cause for ‘dark cutters’ in 4-H market beef projects. This research project on the importance of proper animal handling procedures started her on the path to her notable career as an author, animal handling facility designer, and sought after public speaker. In 2010, HBO also produced a biographical movie about her career.

Grandin is currently a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.

Jessica Hartman
Jessica Hartman was the third runner-up of the 2010 Miss USA Pageant and the youngest Miss Colorado to ever compete in the national competition. She credits the 4-H program for providing her with life skills to be successful.

Seeking a degree in mass communications, Jessica says her longtime professional goal is to become anchor of The Today Show. She also hopes to inspire young women to be strong, independent individuals by example and through motivational speaking.

Paul Hoshiko
An active member of the Weld County Kuner 4-H Club, Paul Hoshiko capped off his 4-H experience by being selected as the second youngest man to represent Colorado in what was then called the International Farm Youth Exchange. Because of his experience as a delegate to Scotland in 1952, Hoshiko was instrumental in the expansion of the Colorado 4-H Foundation to insure the future of the IFYE program in Colorado.

Hoshiko was a dynamic leader in many areas including agriculture production, agriculture policy, community development and 4-H in Weld County.

Art Hoag
Art Hoag joined 4-H because the 4-H model rocketry project provided a way for a young man like himself — who was not interested in organized sports — to participate in competitive events and to be successful. Then in 2005, at the age of 18, Hoag launched the largest, privately owned rocket in the state of Colorado. The rocket was one foot in diameter, 20 feet tall, and weighed 300 pounds. It successfully flew to a height of 12,000 feet above the ground. Dubbed “Event Horizon,” the rocket is now on permanent display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Hoag says that 4-H gave him an opportunity to succeed and has had a very positive effect on his life. His involvement in the 4-H model rocketry project has definitely influenced his life as he is working toward a career as a professional pilot.

Bazi Kanani
Clearer thinking, greater loyalty, larger service and better living are the tenets of the 4-H pledge which 9News anchor Bazi Kanani recited countless times throughout her youth, and they are what 4-H taught her to put into practice. She joined the Sunshine 4-H Club in Wiggins when she was still in elementary school and continued through high school. Over the years she entered many different competitions, from cooking, cake decorating, and photography, to junior leadership and international intrigue — the study of life in a foreign country.

“4-H made learning fun and gave me the opportunity to keep doing so even when school was out for the summer,” recalled Kanani. “Instead of grades, I earned ribbons for my effort and so much more. I picked up some practical skills and made many wonderful friends. I was encouraged to grow and improve in all my endeavors and was taught the importance of using my abilities to help others.”

John Matsushima
John Matsushima, Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University, was a 4-H member in Weld County in the late 1930’s. He says that Cecil Staver, the state 4-H program leader at the time, gave him the encouragement to go to college. His interest in 4-H livestock projects directed his college studies.

Matsushima’s pioneering work in the late 1950’s to develop the steam-flake corn process of cattle feeding has had worldwide impact on the beef cattle industry. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Japan Emperor Award, the highest civilian award of that country. He is the only Japanese-American to have received this honor.

Matsushima continues to give back to 4-H and the youth livestock program; in 2008 he published a 246-page complete history of the National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest which documented the sponsors and participants of that program from 1935-2008.

Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, emcee of the event where the class was introduced, and Joe Blake, chancellor of CSU.
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Miss Colorado Jessica Hartman, Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp, Jane Stulp and Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll.
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