SHEBOYGAN — Nancy Kissel of Sheboygan, Wisconsin was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 12 for her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.
Honored by the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Program, Kissel was one of 20 people inducted during the ceremony held at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council; the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP); or the Division of Youth and 4-H, United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.
Honorees were presented with a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque, and memory book during the ceremony. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the Centennial Project of National Association of Extension 4-H Agents in partnership with National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at USDA.
Nancy Kissel’s 66 years of 4-H involvement started as a high achieving 4-H member. Her three sons and extended family have also been actively involved in 4-H. Nancy founded a robust 4-H community club, serving as 4-H general leader (35 yrs.) and more as 4-H project leader. Her expansive 4-H volunteer contributions include roles at the county, state, and national levels. Nancy credits her 1970’s part-time position as an urban expansion 4-H Staff Assistant, developing programs and organizing 4-H clubs for underserved urban and minority populations, with further developing her leadership skills.