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Two selected to 4-H Hall of Fame, Outstanding 4-H Alumnus named

September 23, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana 4-H Foundation will name two Hall of Fame inductees and one Outstanding 4-H Alumnus at the State Leadership Forum in Sidney, Sept. 25-26.

Avice Hoff of Dagmar and Wayne Gipp of Bozeman have been selected to the 4-H Hall of Fame and Matt Roen of Melstone has been selected as Outstanding 4-H Alumnus.

Hoff grew up with 4-H and has been involved as a member, a 4-H mother, a 4-H leader, district
chairwoman, state council president, two-time president of the 4-H Foundation and judge at numerous fairs in Montana and Wyoming. She has also taught workshops at the Western Regional Leaders Forum as well as at the county and state level in both Montana and Wyoming. Hoff also serves as Montana's chairwoman for the Miss Montana contest and escorts Miss Montana to many events including 4-H events.

"Avice is a get-it-done type person and has been a real asset to the Montana 4-H Foundation board where she is currently serving as past president," said Sandra Germann, executive director of the Montana 4-H Foundation.

"When help is needed with a project, one can count on Avice stepping up and often going above and beyond in response. Avice's commitment to the 4-H program and youth in the state qualifies her as very deserving of the 4-H Hall of Fame award," Germann said.

Gipp served as the MSU Extension swine specialist from 1984 to 2009. Known to Montana 4-H'ers as the "pig guy," Gipp's time, effort and support in behalf of the 4-H market swine project has helped make it the most popular 4-H project in the state.

Gipp was instrumental in designing the first series of national 4-H swine manuals as a member of the swine resource development team for the national 4-H cooperative curriculum system. He conducted many workshops for 4-H youth each year across Montana including many Montana 4-H livestock forums and several Montana State 4-H Leaders Forums. He also developed and worked each year with the Symbol of Excellence Swine Program to reward those youth producers that raised quality market hogs.

"Wayne understands the purpose of 4-H," said Betty McCoy, a retired state 4-H leader. "While teaching youth about raising swine, he is helping them develop skills they can use for the rest of their lives. He knows that a very low percentage of the 4-H members he interacts with will raise pigs in the future, but what they learn in the project will serve them well in other facets of their lives."

Roen is a former member of the Hawk Creek 4-H Club in Musselshell County. He excelled in a variety of livestock projects and at one time took 37 animals to a single fair. He now raises beef cattle and sheep and is a beef leader for Keggie Koulee 4-H Club. He offers advice, puts on judging clinics, showmanship clinics, and helps clip steers, cows, calves and sheep. He has knowledge of feed rations, health issues and has helped local Extension agents put on quality assurance training classes. This year he accepted the position of sheep and goat superintendent at the Rosebud/Treasure Counties Fair. Roen is a mentor to many 4-H members.

Contact: Martha Klaumann (406) 994-5911 or martha.klaumann@montana.edu