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4-H Day at ISU Basketball Game 

Though there will not be a 4-H Day held at the ISU Women's basketball game in 2013, group tickets can still be purchased at a discount rate on the Cyclone athletics webpage. 
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Kris's Korner
According to, one definition of "inspire" is "An inspiring or animating action or influence".

Have you ever had the experience of being around another individual such that their very presence brought an element of positive energy and delight to your existence? That the distinctive sound of their voice or contagious laugh would bring an "ahhhh" because you knew they were in the midst? For me, and many that have had the pleasure of working around him, I am describing the presence of our retiring Director of 4-H Youth Development, Chuck Morris. Read More>>
Help Honor Morris' Retirement

Dr. Chuck MorrisJoin the Iowa 4-H Foundation at a special reception to honor the retirement of Chuck Morris as director of Iowa 4-H Youth Development. The reception will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 4-6 pm at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott (just prior to the Iowa 4-H Gala). RSVP online.


Dr. Chuck Morris announced his retirement last month as director of 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach effective January 2, 2013.


Chuck asks that any commemoration of his retirement be directed as a charitable gift to the National 4-H Conference Fund through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Make a donation in honor of Chuck's retirement.


Individuals attending Chuck's retirement reception are welcome to attend the 4-H Gala. However, it is a separate event, requiring advanced registration and fee to attend. 


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4th Annual Gala Draws Near
The 4th annual Iowa 4-H Gala is quickly approaching! Register today to attend the gala on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott from 6-11 pm.

Don't miss the opportunity to spend a night with entertainment provided by Dueling Pianos, dinner reception, and live and silent auction, all while supporting Iowa 4-H. View the full list of events.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Downtown Marriott Hotel at discounted rate of $105 on March 2, 2013 for Gala attendess. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 514-4681 and mention the "Iowa 4-H Gala". This rate expires at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 8, 2013.

The Gala will  feature a silent and live auction portion showcasing items made by Iowa 4-H'ers, date packages, and vacations, just to name a few. An online auction will begin early February. Are you interested in donating an auction item or package? Contact Heidi Nyhus at or (515) 294-7581.

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Great Western Bank Joins Scholarship Donors
Great Western Bank, an Iowa-grown regional bank with 200 locations, will award two new 4-H scholarships for incoming Freshmen attending Iowa State University for the 2013-14 academic year. The $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female 4-H member majoring in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Great Western Bank joins the Iowa 4-H Foundation and more than 100 other scholarship donors to encourage Iowa 4-H'ers to continue their education beyond high school. A complete listing of Iowa 4-H Scholarships and online application forms are available now on the Iowa 4-H Foundation website.  Application deadline is March 1 for most scholarships.
Loren Kruse Application Available
Do you know a 4-H leader who has inspired 4-H'ers to reach their full potential? Nominate them for the Successful Farming/Loren Kruse Outstanding 4-H Leader Award. The application is now available online. Application deadline in March 1, 2013. 

Meredith Corporation Foundation and Edwin T. Meredith Foundations honored Successful Farming Editor-in-Chief, Loren Kruse, with a $25,000 donation to the Iowa 4-H Foundation. The Successful Farming/Loren Kruse Outstanding 4-H Leader Award will be given annually to one 4-H volunteer leader, nominated by a 4-H'er or group. 

IRA Rollover Giving Returns
The IRA charitable rollover is back for 2012 and 2013! Donors age 70-1/2 or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRA's directly to qualified charities like the Iowa 4-H Foundation without having to pay income taxes on the money. Congress recognized the issues with a late extension and provided two special transition rules:

1.) Qualified distributions made by February 1, 2013, may be counted retroactively for the 2012 tax year.

2.) A taxpayer who took a distribution from an IRA in December 2012 may make a contribution to a qualified charity before February 1, 2013, and treat this as a direct transfer.


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