CI Hero: Woodford County 4-H volunteer inducted into state 4-H Hall of Fame

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — A Woodford County 4-H volunteer has been honored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation for his dedication to the youth development program.

Bill Royer has displayed a lifelong commitment to the organization and area youth. From member to club leader, to livestock supervisor, Royer stays involved in the 4-H program by volunteering.

“I know what they can get out of 4-H,” said Bill Royer, 4H Volunteer | Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee. “I know how to do 4-H, so that’s why I’m involved.”

The University of Illinois Extension reported the state’s 4-H program reaches nearly 120,000 kids and teenagers. It offers a way to innovate projects, embrace community, ignite creativity and make good choices.

“Besides the projects, I mean, kids build such great leadership skills,” said Alcha Corban the Woodford and Livingston Counties 4-H Youth and Development Educator. “They’re developing their teamwork abilities. So there’s the skill they will have through the 4-H program they can apply later in life.”

Royer was recently inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame for his nearly 70 years of dedication. Each inductee receives a commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

“These volunteers are a model of 4-H values,” said Angie Barnard, Illinois 4-H Foundation executive director. “All of our volunteers are valuable, but this award honors those that go above and beyond. These are volunteers that helped shape not only individuals, but generations of 4-H members.”

Corban said he is a true asset to the area.

“I think it’s really important to recognize individuals who give without expecting anything in return, and that is Bill,” said Corban. “He’s that for our 4-H staff. He’s that for other members in the community, and more importantly, he’s that for our 4-H members. He just gives and doesn’t expect anything in return.”

Over the years, it has been a family tradition as Royer’s kids and grandkids have participated in 4-H.

“They took 10 projects and they did it successfully, and they’ve kept doing that every year,” said Royer. “Well, they’re seniors in high school now, and they’re applying for scholarships and so all the experiences they got in 4-H they can add a lot of things to that application.”

Kids age five to seven can enroll in the Cloverbud Program. Eight to 18-year-olds can participate through area 4-H clubs. The 4-H year begins on Sept. 1, annually.


Peoria County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 4810 North Sheridan, Peoria, Illinois 61614 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 685-3140VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Illinois State Office

801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61821 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(217) 333-0910VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Tazewell County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 1505 Valle Vista, Pekin, Illinois 61554 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 347-6614VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Woodford County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 109 East Eureka Ave, Eureka, Illinois 61530 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 467-3789VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Marshall County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 509 Front Street, Henry, Illinois 61537 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 364-2356VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Putnam County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 509 Front Street, Henry, Illinois 61537 GET DIRECTIONS

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Henry County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 26234 Black Hawk Rd. Galva, Illinois 61434 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 853-1533VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Stark County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 26234 Black Hawk Rd. Galva, Illinois 61434 GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 853-1533VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

McLean County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington, Illinois 61704GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 862-4041VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE

Mason County Office

University of Illinois Extension, 127 S. High St, Havana, Illinois 62644GET DIRECTIONS

Call or visit your local 4-H website to find more information about local programs and offerings(309) 543-3308VISIT LOCAL WEBSITE


About Illinois 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of the University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active, and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. 

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for the University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

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