[Des Moines, Iowa] – The final day of the Iowa State Fair, Brian McNulty, of Watkins, joined a group of Iowans who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. On Sunday, August 22, McNulty was inducted into the 2021 Iowa 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair.
McNulty became involved in 4-H in the late 1980s as a member of the Eldorado Young Master Farmers 4-H Club. His project was showing dairy cattle, a natural progression from living and working on the family dairy farm with his dad and uncle.
He became even further involved in 4-H on a county level after graduating from high school. He has always been first in line to assist whenever there is a call for help, whether composing questions for County Youth Council interviews, helping with livestock weigh-in days, or emceeing at the Benton County Fair. As advisor to the Youth County Council, he challenges youth to set a good example and not be afraid to try new experiences.
McNulty serves on the Benton County 4-H Foundation Board, Benton County Extension Council as the chair, and has been a prominent fixture at the Benton County Fair.
ABOUT IOWA 4-H FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME
The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as 4-H celebrated 100 years of a program dedicated to teaching youth life skills. During those 100 years, it became evident that one of the essential elements of the 4-H program was the caring adults who were committed to the program. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year.
Inductees into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame represent the many people in Iowa who have contributed countless hours to the 4-H program. They work tirelessly to see that Iowa’s youth have a great learning experience in a safe and fun environment. These adults have modeled volunteerism, community service, integrity, and leadership to Iowa’s youth. Their legacy is the young people they have mentored who will in turn support the continuation of a 4-H program that builds Iowa’s leaders.