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Marianne M. Adams

2020, 4-H Hall of Fame Award

Marianne M. Adams

Marianne Adams was a 4-H Advisor and supporter in Pike County who impacted the lives of many youth and volunteers throughout her years there. Marianne was a 4-H member as a youth in Indiana. When she and Ross moved to Illinois, she made sure her two boys were active in the 4-H program as well. One of Marianne’s passions was conservation and the environment: she was instrumental in starting a recycling program in the county and supported and chaperoned a forestry team from Pike County that competed in the National Forestry Contest. Whether it was teaching youth to build duck boxes for a wildlife program or encouraging youth to participate in the Freshmen Legislative Conference at the State Capital (where Pike County had the Speaker of the House for several years in a row), Marianne was there with a smile and a word of encouragement. She was also a great support to her leaders and volunteers and often attended leaders training and events with them, creating a lot of unforgettable memories.

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