Illinois 4H Foundation Illinois 4H Foundation Illinois 4H Foundation
Give to the 4-H Foundation

You are here

Larry Fischer Leadership and Spirit Award

The Illinois 4-H Foundation created the Larry Fischer Leadership & Spirit Award in 2001 to honor county 4-H or Extension foundation board members or other county fundraising volunteers who exemplify the spirit of "making the best better" for their county's 4-H or Extension fundraising efforts.

Larry Fischer has been a dedicated volunteer for Illinois 4-H for many years. His effective and inclusive leadership style and his passion and spirit for the youth that 4-H serves earned him the respect that resulted in his name being associated with this Leadership & Spirit Award. An Adams County native and a graduate of both Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the University of Illinois, Fischer retired as the Vice President of Instruction at John Wood Community College in 2008. Larry Fischer served on the Illinois 4-H Foundation board for eight years and was elected to two terms as President.

Meet one of our winners

Ruth Poppe

Ruth Poppe, of Chenoa, was an eight year member of the Ellsworth Tip Toppers and Dawson Toppers 4-H Clubs in McLean County. She began volunteering for 4-H in 1981 as an organizational leader of the Space Age Pioneers 4-H Club. Since then, Ruth has served McLean County 4-H as a leader mentor, a county workshop leader, a 4-H Fair Superintendent, and in her words, "...all other duties as assigned."

Read more

Previous Winners

Nomination Process

This award is no longer receiving nominations. Thank you for your interest.