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Daryl Eash has been involved with 4-H since his childhood in Indiana. He continued that work in Polk County, having served as a club leader and fair superintendent.
July 02, 2012
POLK COUNTY -- Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Howe, Ind., Daryl Eash said it was only natural for youths to gravitate toward their local 4-H program.
Animal and crop projects, veterinary science safety work, dairy judging -- Eash said he participated in all of it.
"I liked it, I had friends who were in it, you had opportunities to meet people from other industries," he said. "And it showed you how to get involved in community service."
Eash, who manages Platt's Oak Hill Dairy, never stopped. He and his late wife, Marcia, became Polk County 4-H mainstays when they moved to the Independence area in 1988. They've passed that affinity on to their two children, who in turn, are doing the same with youths today.
"My daughter, Stacy, is finishing up her junior year at Oregon State University," he said. "She's now working as a superintendent at the Polk County Fair."
Daryl and Marcia Eash were two of five individuals added to the OSU 4-H Hall of Fame last week. Polk County was well represented; longtime volunteers Norbert and Eileen Hartmann, who live near Monmouth, were also inductees.
Norbert and Eileen Hartmann volunteered with OSU Extension Service and 4-H since the mid-1970s.
Norbert Hartmann said he put aside a key state cattleman's conference he usually attends to make it to the Corvallis ceremony.
"It's quite an honor," Hartmann said. "It's something very special to us."
Norbert and Eileen Hartmann have been 4-H and OSU Extension Service volunteers since the mid-1970s.
Norbert Hartmann was on the Polk County Fair Board and was president of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and a member of the OSU Extension Citizens Network. He was on the committee that lobbied for the successful passage of the county's Extension Service District in 2010.
An accountant, Eileen Hartmann was treasurer of the Oregon 4-H Center Board of Directors and developed policies for a new nonprofit association to operate the 4-H Center more efficiently.
In cooperation with the Oregon 4-H Foundation and OSU Foundation, the Hartmanns established an endowment to support 4-H and youth development programs, both in the county and at the state level.
The Eashes, meanwhile, were 4-H club members and leaders, and served as fair superintendents -- Daryl, with dairy, and Marcia, goats. Daryl Eash is an instructor for the county's 4-H shooting sports program and is a member of the board for the statewide version.
Marcia Eash was a regional representative and vice president of the state's 4-H Leader Board of Directors. Marcia died in 2011, at age 51.
Eash said that most of those added to the Hall of Fame this year were from Polk County didn't surprise him.
"That's one thing about this place," Eash said. "We have a lot of people who are willing to go the extra mile."
* Carol Harris, Polk County Fair horse superintendent, recently received a 4-H "cooperator" award from the Oregon State Extension Service. Harris, who lives in West Salem, has been a part of the Polk County 4-H horse program for more than 20 years and is a member of the State Horse Develpomental Committee.