Dodge County woman Sally Schoenike receives 4-H Hall of Fame Award
JUNEAU — Sally Schoenike, a retired 4-H youth development agent from southeastern Dodge County, was inducted into the 2018 Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame on Nov. 3 at the Green Lake Conference Center.
The 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major contributions to the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels.
Schoenike retired four years ago, following a long career.
“I am truly honored to be joining the past laureates in the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame,” Schoenike said. “I have really appreciated the support of my family, my late husband Jim, and our daughters Laura and Kari who were always willing to do whatever behind the scenes work was needed. It is exciting to receive this honor and I am proud to have been a part of 4-H through the years.”
As the Dodge County 4-H youth development agent for 32 years, Schoenike provided leadership for a program involving community clubs, school enrichment and community outreach initiatives annually involving 4,000-5,000 youths and 300-400 adult and youth volunteers.
“As a retired 4-H agent, I am not receiving this recognition alone, because a successful program is built by working together to make the best better,” Schoenike said. “A special thanks to the Dodge County 4-H members and families, 4-H leaders, UW-Extension staff, Dodge County Board of Supervisors and the Extension Education Committee, 4-H and youth agents across the state and the many individuals and organizations that we partnered with through the years. With our hard work and dedication, we were able to come together and truly make a difference.”
Schoenike’s nomination reads: “Schoenike is an innovative teacher, well known for developing strong local club programs and effective outreach partnerships with other youth organizations. She has a special talent for meeting a variety of local needs, including school enrichment and special interest community programs. She has invested tireless effort into building programs, is actively engaged professionally and personally in the community, and takes on numerous roles at the state level for the betterment of the Wisconsin 4-H youth development program.
“Schoenike continues to be actively involved in many community organizations, including serving as a 4-H volunteer leader at the club and state level. Building on her 10-year 4-H member experience, Schoenike has prided herself in setting a positive image for 4-H throughout her career and truly embodies the 4-H spirit.”
Wisconsin 4-H youth development includes more than 150,000 youths in urban, suburban and rural settings involved with 4-H and other UW-Extension youth programs in the state’s 72 counties. Youths, from five-year kindergarten to one year past high school, learn leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and communication. Wisconsin 4-H has 16,000 adult volunteers.