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Barb Wyndham of Kenton was recently inducted into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions of service to the 4-H program and who have also made an important positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program.
Wyndham was one of four recipients of this honor presented at the Bob Evans Farms Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held this spring at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
She received this honor as a 20-year-plus volunteer of the Ohio 4-H International Program, matching local host families with an exchange student traveling to the U.S. from Japan. The program’s primary purpose is to promote global awareness through friendship and cultural exchange.
Each year, Ohio families host more than 100 youth between the ages of 12 and 25, as well as several adult chaperones, for periods of two weeks up to one year. Families open their hearts and homes by sharing their everyday lives and American culture. Host opportunities are available in Hardin County by contacting the OSU Extension office at 419-674-2297.
The Japanese visitors belong to the Labo Foundation, an organization which promotes the study of English culture and language in Japan. Ohio 4-H has been conducting international exchange programs with Labo since 1980.
More than 300,000 young people are enrolled in the Ohio 4-H program, which is part of OSU Extension, and is led by approximately 21,000 volunteers. The recognition luncheon was part of an all-day 4-H volunteer education conference.