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Highland man named to Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame

Everett Rogier sits with his wife, Ruth, after having received his medallion as an inductee to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.
Everett Rogier sits with his wife, Ruth, after having received his medallion as an inductee to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame. Courtesy photo

Everett Rogier began his 4-H career at age 10 as a member of the Good Producers club in Highland. Seventy years later, he is still involved in 4-H, but now it is with his grandkids.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for any young person to get involved in 4-H,” Rogier said.

Rogier’s dedication and support of 4-H have earned him a place of honor in the state. He was one of 70 new members inducted this year into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Aug. 15 at the Illinois State Fair.

“These long-time volunteers fully embody what 4-H strives to instill in youth,” said Angie Barnard, director of the Illinois 4-H Foundation. “They are caring, dedicated, generous leaders, and the Illinois 4-H Foundation is extremely proud to be able to provide this honor to each and every one of them to thank them for their service to this wonderful organization.”

As a youth, Rogier helped milk the 25-cow herd on his family farm. Through 4-H, he said learned even more about his Holstein cattle through his various projects.

After he graduated, Rogier continued to work on his family farm. He also became a leader in the Good Producers.

“Right out of high school, I took over the leadership for about eight years,” he said.

Rogier got involved with the club again when his sons — Timothy, Randy and Joel — signed up.

“We were out of dairy by then,” Rogier said.

The boys showed hogs, beef cattle and poultry. Timothy even made it to the national poultry contest one year.

“We also held workshops on poultry for quite a few years out at the farm,” said Rogier, who at one time had about 6,000 pullets on his farm in Sebastopol.

Not only has Rogier spent countless hours over the years helping with the Good Producers, he has served as livestock superintendent for both poultry and beef at the Madison County Fair, and he is a former president on the Extension Council. He was also on the Livestock Committee for many years and furnished a trophy for the 4-H Poultry show for 25 years.

Rogier said 4-H is a program where children can explore new things, find a hobby or maybe even a career.

“It’s is a great opportunity for anybody to start a project that could turn out to be a lifetime dream,” he said.

“And there’s so many projects,” said Ruth, Rogier’s wife of 47 years. “Whether it’s cooking, sewing or whatever, they can get into.”

Previous Area Hall of Fame inductees

2014 Laurie Raymond, Alhambra

2014 Vivian Luebbers, Aviston

2013 Glenn Grotefendt, Marine

2013 Wesley Pourchot, Bond County

2013 Tracy Harpstrite, Clinton County

2012 Melissa Moore, Marine

2012 Diane Sinclair, Clinton County

2011 Joyce Huelsmann, Trenton

2010 Anita Brandmeyer, Clinton County

2006 Sandy Ohren, Pin Oak

2005 Lucille Korsmeyer, Alhambra

The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2004 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. Each inductee received a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.