Leland and Nan Martin earn places in 4-H Hall of Fame

Ashlee Boers
Leland and Nan Martin

The fourth class of Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame inductees was recognized on Saturday, August 9, 2008, during the 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff.

Collectively, the 47 members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008 have been involved with 4-H as members and 4-H club leaders for 1,379 years. Inductees range in age from 39 to 87 years. Each honoree hails from a different Illinois county.

Included in this area were:

• Leland Martin of Orion (Mercer County), 15-year club leader, long-time volunteer.

• Nan Martin of Orion (Mercer County), 15-year club leader, long-time volunteer.

Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion and will be added to the virtual

“We are proud to honor the contributions of these 47 exceptional individuals. The Illinois 4-H program is fortunate to have each of them as advocates,” said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

“We are pleased that by preserving their names and 4-H stories, future generations will be able to learn from their examples.”

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.

4-H is the largest out-of-school educational program for youth in the United States. 4-H assists youth in acquiring knowledge, forming attitudes, and developing life skills that will enable them to become caring, competent, and contributing members of society. In Illinois, 292,302 youth participate in 4-H and the other youth programs of University of Illinois Extension. More than 25,500 youth and adult volunteers assist in the programming. For more information about 4-H in Illinois, visit