POCATELLO — Two Magic Valley women — Marie Baucum of Gooding County and Roxanne Berheim of Twin Falls County — have been inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame.
They are among the 12 new members who have made significant contributions to the University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development program, members and volunteers, leaders say.
Roxanne Berheim has been a 4-H leader in Twin Falls County for 25 years. Throughout those years she has served on the county, district, state and national Levels. She serves as the 4-H poultry superintendent and is a member of the Junior Market Animal Sale Board.
She has served as a district representative for Twin Falls County for District 4-H Leaders Association & Camp Board, president, vice chair and secretary of the District 4-H Leaders Association and is currently the Camp Board treasurer. She has also served as a chaperone and workshop presenter for the State Leaders Association, as well as president and secretary.
At the National Level, she has served as a coach at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. She has become level two certified to teach archery, pistol, and hunting to other 4-H leaders throughout the state.
While she has helped many 4-H youth, she and her husband of 30 years, Mike, have raised four children whom reached the 10-year mark and have continued on as 4-H leaders. She said she doesn’t remember a time in her life without 4-H. She has several years ahead of her installing the 4-H way into her grandchildren.
Marie Baucum’s 4-H career began when, at 10-years old, she joined a 4-H Club in Salmon. She remained a member until she graduated from high school. She became a volunteer leader when her two daughters were old enough to become 4-H members. She enjoyed teaching them and their friends how to cook, sew, knit, crochet, and many other projects.
After six years as a volunteer leader, she started working in the Gooding County Extension Office with the 4-H program. She worked for 23 years before retiring in 2011. Working with the 4-H program was much more than just a job. It was an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many adults and youth in Gooding County, she said.
She said she took her job very seriously and tried to make their program the best it could be. Since retiring, she is back to volunteering. She can be found helping with spring break classes and projects as well as judging at fair time. “4-H is one of the best opportunities available to our youth,” she said. “I wish every young person could be a member. The life skills they would begin to develop are priceless.”
Other 4-H Hall of Fame inductees included Bud and Betty Allen of Elmore County, Sharon Bradley of Custer County, Betty Campbell of Idaho County, Beth Kientz Carter of Gem/Boise County, Dixie Christensen of Canyon County, Julie Kerner of Washington County, Mary Kay Law of Nez Perce County, Arlinda Nauman of Latah County and Linda Webb of Ada County.
One hundred 4-H volunteers were inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2002. New honorees are inducted every three years. This year’s celebration of Idaho 4-H volunteers and professionals was held Nov. 4 during the Idaho 4-H Volunteer Association State Forum in Pocatello.