The National 4-H Council announced that long-time volunteer and Kentucky native, Linda Branstetter, was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The prestigious award recognizes Branstetter for five decades of service to the 4-H organization and her significant contributions to the community.
“I was surprised and overwhelmed,” Branstetter said. “Many specialists, volunteers, and administrators have been recognized for their work. I can’t believe I would be considered in the same company.”
Hall of Fame awards are presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to 4-H programs and positively impacted the lives of youth. Recipients include state and national extension specialists and volunteers for their dedication to the 4-H organization.
A retired educator, Branstetter has been actively involved in 4-H for 50 years, working with members of all ages. Volunteering in Metcalfe and Hart counties, she has served on the Kentucky Volunteer Forum committee for eight years and works with kids on everything from their 4-H projects to talent shows and speeches as well as school clubs.
“Linda is one of the best volunteers I have ever worked with,” said Ken Culp, III, 4-H agriculture extension principal specialist for volunteerism in the Department of 4-H Youth Development at the University of Kentucky. “She ensured every child had what they needed for their projects. Whether that was supplies for a specific project to ensuring transportation, she is always there for the 4-Her. When it comes to someone that should be in the Hall of Fame, Linda checks all of the boxes.”
The 2023 National 4-H Hall of Fame class was Oct. 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals.
“I’m just so blessed to receive this award. However, giving back to the community and doing other projects is as important as winning awards,” Branstetter said. “The 4-H program teaches children life skills and responsibilities. 4-H has a positive impact on everyone, and I’ve been proud to have the opportunity to work with the organization.”